I think when most people think of parasites, they think of nightmarish 30-foot-long monsters, when in reality there are thousands of different types of parasites.
Before you freak out it’s important to understand that parasites are everywhere. They can be found in the water, food, soil and even in the air we breathe. They can be transmitted in utero, from sexual contact and bug bites. You do not become infected by swallowing big worms, rather infected when a microscopic egg enters your body via your hands, nose, mouth, skin.
Also remember, it’s the parasites job to remain undetected. I have many posts on parasites to reference. Unfortunately doctors are missing the boat when it comes to parasites. Part of the reason is testing are often very in accurate (bio resonance & muscle testing can tho 😊) We unfortunately live in an age where parasites are now a taboo subject and we think that because we live in a clean, sanitary environment that we are immune to parasites.
Parasites are not just a Third World country problem. Did your grandma (or great grandma) spoon feed you castor oil as a kid? Parasites.
What exactly counts as a parasite? A parasite is anything that lives off of or on a host. They also get food from or at the expense of the host.
🦠 Protozoa — Most parasites are one cell protozoa and they can invade any single cell in our bodies. Protozoa reproduce and multiply by duplicating themselves like a bacteria or virus. Examples include: toxoplasma and giardia.
🦠Helminths — can live in the gastrointestinal tract, blood, lymphatic system, and other tissues. They are multi-celled organism that can live on or inside your body and include roundworms, pinworms, whipworms, hookworms. Flukes are also considered in this group and are the hardest parasite to get rid of as they can stay in the human body for 10 to 20 years with each adult fluke living for one year. Tapeworms are half an inch inch long but there are some species that can grow to 33 feet 😱
🦠Ectoparasites - can be transmitted from ticks, fleas, lice, and mites and live on the surface of a human host or feed off the skin. Examples include: malaria, filaria and Babesia.