The gross reality of parasites
It’s funny, because although people can pick up parasites in any number of ways, ultimately, all parasites are coming from the same source. Do you know what that source is?
Are you sitting down? The main source of parasitic infection is what is technically referred to as fecal-oral transmission. That’s right fecal – oral transmission.
This means, contaminated feces are making their way into body. These feces are contaminated with parasites, parasite larvae, or parasite eggs, and these are parasitic creatures are then taking up resident in their host.
This contamination occurs most often through the mouth, but also through other parts of the body like the nose, mouth, ears, eyes, and others. And, it’s been shown that parasites can even invade the body through open flesh wounds.
How feces find their way into your life
Most of you may be thinking, “well, how does this apply to me?” Most of us sane, healthy, individuals like to pride ourselves on good hygiene. Good hygiene is easy. Shower regularly, brush your teeth, brush your hair, wear deodorant, and always wash your hands. Most of us, as least I’d like to think, always wash our hands.
But, unfortunately this is not enough.
Just because you wash your hands after you use the rest room or before you eat a meal, this doesn’t mean you are totally free and clear. It’s a good start, and these are good practices for avoiding parasites. But, sometimes parasites can’t be avoided. Sometimes they are going right in you without even realizing it.
Would you believe me if I told you that fecal matter can sometimes find it’s way into the food supply? Oh yes, it’s true. And, it get’s worse. There’s actually acceptable levels set by the FDA which determine just how much fecal matter is allowed to be in our food.
The amount of fecal matter legally acceptable to be in food is termed “acceptable levels of contamination”, and the acceptable levels vary from food to food. For example, cocoa beans and wheat are on the higher side of the scale.
Much of the fecal matter that makes it’s way into our food supply comes from the rodents that are making their living off of it. During production, storage, and transportation, raw ingredients stand the risk of losing some of their product to these little pests.
Although, the quantity taken is not usually a concern, the quality of the product can be effected, and this is the problem. Take a look at the diseases you can catch from rodents and other pests, and you might notice that quite a few of those listed are actually parasite born illnesses.
Rodent droppings aren’t the only fecal matter is finding it’s way into the food supply, because there are plenty of other opportunities along the chain for contamination to occur.
Think about it. Most of the food we buy in stores goes through a long process from raw ingredients on the farm, to the product you purchase at the store. Through out this process, the food makes a journey through a long list of hands, and travels around to quite a few different places before finding it’s way to your stomach.
The opportunities for contamination to occur are too many to count, even right down to that cute little corner cafe that (unknowingly) served you the contaminated coffee or tea. I’m not trying to scare you, I’m trying to shed some light, and hopefully dispel the myth.
Parasites are global
The myth that parasites don’t effect people in developed countries, and that they are only a problem of the developing world, this myth is a dangerous thing to believe.
To think that parasites only effect under-developed countries is like thinking that poverty only effects underdeveloped countries. Sure, it may be a bit more extreme, and a bit more obvious, but surely this is a problem that is present just about anywhere people live in groups. Poverty is global, and parasites are global too.
Aside from a few exceptions, most people living in developed countries are almost just as likely to encounter parasites in their lifetime as many developing countries. And, although the common types of parasites may differ, parasites are indeed a worldwide problem.
What can we do?
Parasites, parasite larvae, and parasite eggs make their way into our systems in one way or another (as we have just discussed). Once inside, one of two things occur.
- Parasite is expelled and passed through the system.
- Parasite finds a comfy home, and takes up residence.
If the your system is weakened, a parasite will be less likely to pass through, and more likely to take up residence. When it comes to parasitic worms, these nasty buggers will be much more inclined to take up residence if the conditions of your digestive tract meet their liking.
This means, if your digestive track is “backed-up”, “out-of-whack”, overly-acidic, or over-worked, parasitic worms will have a much easier time making a home here. If your diet is heavy in meats, dairy, and wheat, parasites will likely find your digestive track to be more hospital, and by this I mean more “parasite-friendly”.
How do we get rid of them?
There are a few ways you can go about doing this. You can use your own foods and herbs, and all need to do is a little homework first to find out what is going to work for you.
You can start by checking out our section about the best foods and herbs that fight parasites. This should give you a good idea of what works, how it works, and what your options are.
If your not sure where to start, or you want to speed up the process and really maximize results, you might want to consider a cleanse. Some people like to use cleanses because they simply the process, but be warned not all cleanses are created equal (as we found out).
Prevention is of course the best measure. Whether you have parasites or not, prevention is the best step you can take. If you have parasites, you want to decrease your parasitic load by slowing down the intake of new parasites, eggs, and larvae. If you don’t have parasites, you want to continue to prevent contamination, and there are some key ways to do this.
- Remember, fecal-oral contamination is the main source of parasite transmission. So, don’t touch your face too much, especially when you are out in public.
- Always wash your hands after using the restroom. Especially if you are in public.
- Always wash your hands before meals.
- Avoid unsanitary food service providers. Whether restaurant, store, etc.
- Avoid questionable meat products.
- Avoid undercooked meat. Especially pork, and beef.
- Avoid raw fish.
- Always wash produce thoroughly.
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