Is it Parasites?

Excuse this adorable cartoon, I had a hard time finding a parasite picture that I could stand looking at while writing this post!

This past week there has been an amazing Parasite Summit hosted by Dr. Jay Davidson available to the public. If you were not able to listen in, you will definitely want to look at these key notes!

Did you know that parasites are a much more epidemic crisis here in the United States than most people believe? Many people think that parasitic infections are only a problem in other countries but that simply is not true.

According to the CDC millions are affected by parasites in the United States.

Where would I get parasites?

Parasites are all around us, and there is really no way of avoiding them. We can be exposed to them through:

  • Meats

  • Unwashed fruits and vegetables

  • Walking around barefoot

  • Pets and animal exposure

  • Roommates and family members with parasites

  • Contaminated water

  • Etc.

How do I know if I have a parasite?

Some experts believe that everyone that has a pulse has a parasite. Testing for parasites is always an option. Ask for a stool test that uses DNA to detect parasites and other pathogens. Not everyone will detect the same symptoms from parasites, here are a few signs.

  • Food sensitivities

  • Allergies

  • Fatigue

  • Digestive issues

  • Muscle and joint pain and stiffness

  • Itching around the anus

  • Skin rashes/ hives

  • Heavy metal exposure

  • Trouble absorbing certain vitamins and minerals

  • Chemical imbalances in the brain

  • Inflammation

  • Sugar cravings

  • Bruxism

  • Sleep problems

  • Headaches

  • Shortness of breath

Making connections between parasites and other health concerns

If you have reoccurring health concerns that do not go away despite your best efforts, you need to understand how parasite can reduce the body's ability to heal. There are a few ways that parasites can really be blocking your progress.

1- Parasites form a complex community with other pathogens.

Not only do parasites use us as host, taking energy and oxygen from our cells, they also are host to smaller pathogens. Yeast and harmful bacteria can live inside of parasites making it nearly impossible for us to completely rid our bodies of these invaders without first eliminating parasites. If you have been in an ongoing battle with issues such as Candida or Lyme disease, parasite testing may be the missing link between you and optimal health.