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What are parasitic worms?

Parasites are organisms that live in and feed off a living host. There are a variety of parasitic worms that can take up residence in humans. Among them are flatworms, flukes, and roundworms.

Read on to learn more about parasitic worms, plus how to avoid becoming an unwitting host.

TYPES OF WORMS
What worms commonly cause infection?

When it comes to parasitic infection, flatworms and roundworms are the likely culprits. These two types of parasitic worms can be found in a variety of habitats and aren’t always visible to the naked eye.

Tapeworm

You can get a tapeworm by drinking water contaminated with tapeworm eggs or larvae. Raw or undercooked meat is another way these flatworms can find their way into people.

Tapeworms embed their heads into the intestinal wall and remain there. From there, certain types of tapeworms can produce eggs that migrate to other parts of the body.

A tapeworm looks like a long, white ribbon. They can grow up to 50 feet long and live in a human for up to 30 years.

Flukes

Flukes are a type of flatworm. People are less likely than animals to become infected with flukes. Raw watercress and other fresh water plants are the main sources of flukes in humans. You can also get infected when you drink contaminated water.

They make their home in your intestines, blood, or tissues. There are many varieties of flukes, none reaching more than a few inches in length.

Hookworms

Hookworms are transmitted through feces and infected soil. The most common way to make contact with this type of roundworm is to walk barefoot on soil infested with hookworm larvae, which can pierce the skin.

Hookworms live in the small intestine, where they attach themselves to the intestinal wall with a “hook.” They’re usually less than half an inch long.

Pinworms (Threadworms)

Pinworms are tiny, fairly harmless worms, but they’re quite common in children. These roundworms live in the colon and rectum. The female lays eggs around the anus, usually during the night.

The eggs can survive on bedding, clothing, and other materials. People get infected when they touch the eggs and end up putting them in their mouths. The eggs are so small you can even breathe them in if they become airborne. They’re easily passed among children and caregivers or in institutions.

Trichinosis worms

Trichinosis roundworms are passed among animals. The most common way humans get trichinosis is by eating undercooked meat that contains the larvae. The larvae mature in your intestines. As they reproduce, those larvae can travel outside the intestines into muscle and tissue.

SYMPTOMS
What are the symptoms of parasite infection?

It may be hard to believe, but you don’t always know when you have an uninvited guest inside you. You may not have any symptoms, or they may be quite mild.

The symptoms that you could have include:

  • nausea
  • lack of appetite
  • diarrhea
  • abdominal pain
  • weight loss
  • general weakness

In addition, tapeworms can cause:

  • lumps or bumps
  • allergic reaction
  • bacterial infection
  • fever
  • neurological problems such as seizures

It may take weeks or months to notice additional symptoms of fluke infection. These may include:

  • fever
  • fatigue

Additional symptoms of hookworms include:

  • itchy rash
  • anemia
  • fatigue

As trichinosis worms travel through the bloodstream and enter other tissue or muscles, they can cause:

  • fever
  • swelling of the face
  • muscle pain and tenderness
  • headache
  • light sensitivity
  • conjunctivitis

Diagnosis

If you’re experiencing any unusual symptoms, especially if you’re returning from a trip to another country, you should consult your doctor. They will work with you to determine the cause of your symptoms.

Diagnostic tests will be necessary to identify the culprit:

  • fecal test involves checking a stool sample for parasites, larvae, or eggs.
  • An endoscopy or colonoscopy can be useful when stool samples turn up no evidence of parasites. They may also help eliminate other causes for your symptoms.
  • blood test can be used to detect parasites in the blood.
  • Imaging tests like MRI, CT scan, or X-rays can be used to detect parasites.
  • tape test involves placing clear tape around the anus. The tape can be examined under a microscope for the presence of pinworms or pinworm eggs. But even with the naked eye, you may be able to see evidence of pinworms around a child’s anus first thing in the morning.

 

 

How is parasitic infection treated?

The main treatment is prescription antiparasitic medication. This family of drugs can kill parasites and help pass them through your system. In most cases, you’ll have to take the medication for several weeks. You shouldn’t stop taking it, even if you feel better.

In very severe cases in which parasites have invaded other parts of the body, additional treatments like surgery may be necessary.

Ask your doctor if you should follow a special diet or take nutritional supplements during this time. And follow up with your doctor as advised.

 

Outlook

Most people respond well to treatment and feel better within a few weeks. A full recovery can be expected in most cases.

It may take longer to recover if you have a severe case, a compromised immune system, or a coexisting health condition.

 

How to prevent parasitic infection

The following tips can often help prevent parasitic worm infection:

  • Never eat raw or undercooked meat or poultry.
  • Avoid cross-contamination during food prep by keeping meat separate from other foods.
  • Disinfect all cutting boards, utensils, and countertops that touched raw meat.
  • Don’t eat watercress or other fresh water plants raw.
  • Don’t walk barefoot in places where soil may be contaminated by feces.
  • Clean up animal waste.

You should also give your hands a good scrubbing with soap and water:

  • before eating
  • before food prep
  • after touching raw meat
  • after using the toilet
  • after changing a diaper or caring for someone who is sick
  • after touching an animal or animal waste

It’s more difficult to prevent parasitic worm infection when you’re traveling to foreign countries, especially those regions where sanitation is a problem. That’s when you should be extra vigilant.

 

When traveling, be sure to:

  • Be aware of how your food is prepared.
  • Drink only bottled water.
  • Carry hand sanitizer. Soap and water is best, but if you don’t have access to soap and running water it can help prevent parasitic worm infection.

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WARNING!! TAPEWORM SUSHI! Would You Eat This?

Afterwards, the fish was thrown out in its’ entirety, and the complete work area was cleaned off and sanitized properly. We used our liquid detergent to scrub down the entire area of the cutting board including the cooler top as well as the knives and utensils, and then sprayed the entire area with a mixture of 2 tablespoons of bleach to a gallon of water and let that entire area air dry. The knives, after cleaned off with detergent were also soaked in this bleach liquid and then taken out to air dry.

If you’re a sushi fan, this is why you need to visit only the places that have a good reputation; if not you’ll be faced with some dangerous eating that could get you sick for many many months. Furthermore, we know that many restaurants, upon finding parasites like what we have shown, cut out the “infected areas” and use the rest. They may also cook the infected area as well. We choose to discard the entire fish as this is what a reputable establishment should do. Profit has no place when a patron’s safety is in question.

The cameraman actually had an experience with eating fish infected with parasites. He ate raw wild salmon from a Publix in Lake City FL, a large chain supermarket and the fish was infected. A couple months later, he went to use the toilet and when he was finished, he went to wipe himself and saw a white stringy substance that looked almost like strand of mucus hanging from his anus into the toilet. When he went to wipe away, thinking it was mucus, it kept coming out from his anus and would wipe away. When he took a closer look, he saw that it was moving and was alive! Needless to say, he was in a state of panic and called his doctor who prescribed some pills to take. An hour after, the pills gave him a very bad case of diarrhea which when he looked in the toilet, were signs of the dead tapeworms. It was an experience he has vowed never to go through again…

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OMG! Are You Infected With Spirochete Parasites? Please Sit Down While Watching This!

So far to date. Six people and myself I have seen tested, most people tested had never been tested for spirochetes! Half of them in decent health. All tested positive for this bacterium. 100% infection rate. This literally means that healthy people could be infected at low infestation levels or loads. Bordello strain Spirochetes have a life cycle similar to egg layers! A larva stage may exist too.

Treatment must deal with Ammonia toxicity aka Herx reaction.Treatment must be sustained over more than one life cycle and may have to be interrupted of 24 /48 hrs for any toxicity reactions related to parasite die off.

I would not recommend a Western Blot Test. That raises eyebrows. Dark field microscopy is essential if you have chronic illness.

Lyme is susceptible to ultra violet, infra red, gamma radiation especially in pupil and larval stages. Sudden die off will cause sudden symptoms. If you have intense knee pain, please consider that you could be one of the 90 percent with this infection.

Spirochetes will target dead, dying, injured tissues. May be the reason for cystic response including Lipoma and Rheumatoid cysts. May hide in nerve tissue but I doubt it. Epstein Barr hides in nerve tissue.

If you have cardiac damage to progression of disease, or acute infarction, heavy steroid use, congestive failure spirochetes can infect your heart, similar to Sarcoidosis.

Spirochetes can hide but must feed in plasma. But seem to love red cells at the non oxygenated side of hemoglobin or in venous blood cells that are O2 deficient.

Spirochete will leave people susceptible to viral infections and yeast infections, black mold, tuberculosis and other infections.

Epstein Barr and Spirochetes make a dangerous combination and Spirochete load may actually determine the type and nature of your Epstein Barr / Autoimmune disease.

Longer term, untreated will present like Lyme disease but secondary infections can be more acute and require immediate attention while the baseline Parasitic virus or bacterium goes unaddressed.

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Parasite-schizophrenia connection: One-fifth of schizophrenia cases may involve the parasite T. gondii

Many factors, both genetic and environmental, have been blamed for increasing the risk of a diagnosis of schizophrenia. Some, such as a family history of schizophrenia, are widely accepted. Others, such as infection with Toxoplasma gondii, a parasite transmitted by soil, undercooked meat and cat feces, are still viewed with skepticism.

A new study by Gary Smith, professor of population biology and epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine, used epidemiological modeling methods to determine the proportion of schizophrenia cases that may be attributable to T. gondii infection. The work, published in the journal Preventive Veterinary Medicine, suggests that about one-fifth of cases may involve the parasite.

“Infection with Toxoplasma is very common, so, even if only a small percentage of people suffer adverse consequences, we could be talking about problems that affect thousands and thousands of people,” Smith said.

In the United States, just over a fifth of the population is infected with T. gondii. The vast majority aren’t aware of it. But there are some populations that need to be concerned. For example, if a woman becomes infected for the first time during pregnancy, her fetus can die or suffer serious developmental problems. People with HIV or other diseases that weaken the immune system are susceptible to a complication of T. gondii infection called toxoplasmic encephalitis, which can be deadly.

Though the medical community has long believed that most healthy people suffer no adverse effects from a T. gondii infection, recent studies have found evidence of worrisome impacts, including an association with schizophrenia because the parasite is found in in the brain as well as in muscles. Other work has shown that some antipsychotic drugs can stop the parasite from reproducing. In addition, field and laboratory studies in mice, rats and people have shown that infection with T. gondii triggers changes in behavior and personality.

To further investigate this connection, Smith sought to calculate the population attributable fraction, or PAF, a metric epidemiologists use to determine how important a risk factor might be. In this case, Smith explained that the PAF is “the proportion of schizophrenia diagnoses that would not occur in a population if T. gondii infections were not present.”

The usual method of calculating the PAF was not well suited to examining the link between schizophrenia and T. gondii, because some of the variables are constantly in flux. For example, the proportion of people infected by T. gondii increases with age. Using a standard epidemiological modeling format, but taking into account all of the age-related changes in the relevant factors, Smith found the average PAF during an average lifetime to be 21.4 percent.

“In other words, we ask, if you could stop infections with this parasite, how many cases could you prevent?” Smith said. “Over a lifetime, we found that you could prevent one-fifth of all cases. That, to me, is significant.”

Smith noted that in some countries, the prevalence of T. gondiiinfection is much higher than in the U.S., and these countries also have a higher incidence of schizophrenia.

People with schizophrenia have greatly reduced life expectancies, and many are unable to work. Family members may also leave the workforce to care for relatives with the disease. For these reasons and others, schizophrenia acts as a large drain on the economy, responsible for $50 to $60 billion in health-care expenditures in the U.S. each year.

“By finding out how important a factor T. gondii infection is, this work might inform our attitude to researching the subject,” Smith said. “Instead of ridiculing the idea of a connection between T. gondii and schizophrenia because it seems so extraordinary, we can sit down and consider the evidence. Perhaps then we might be persuaded to look for more ways to reduce the number of people infected with Toxoplasma.”

The study was supported by the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.

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