Plagued by Parasites: Truth or Delusional? Part III
Parasites affect millions of US citizens each year. Conventional blood and stool tests are unreliable. Immunosuppression causes dissemination and hyperinfection.
Date: 5/10/2015 4:39:55 AM ( 7 y ) ... viewed 1267 times
Many people, including Dr. Paul, believe "polyparasitism doesn't exist in the modern era in the United States" (Letter to Dr. S, April 8, 2015). In contrast, an article in CDC reports: "Parasite infections affect millions of people in the U.S. every year. At times, these parasitic infections cause serious illness, including seizures, blindness, pregnancy complications, heart failure, and even death. No one is immune." (www.cdc.gov/media/DPK/2014/dpk-npi.html). According to the article, CDC targeted five neglected parasitic infections (NPIs) in the U.S. as priorities for public health action based on the number of people infected, the severity of illness, and the ability to prevent and treat them: Chagas disease, cysticercosis/neurocysticercosis, toxocariasis, toxoplasmosis, trichmoniasis. The infections are considered neglected because relatively little attention has been devoted to their surveillance, prevention, and/or treatment. Strongyloides is another parasitic infection that occurs in the U.S. and if left untreated can be fatal (www.ivdresearch.com/strongyloides).
Dr. Amy Myers, family practice physician, concurs with CDC findings. She wrote: "It's a myth that parasites only exist in underdeveloped countries. In fact, the majority of patients I see have a parasite." (www.amymyersmd.com/2013/10/10-signs-you-may-have-a-parasite). The presence of parasites in the U.S. is confirmed by other sources. "An increased number of cases seen in developed countries are related to an increased number of immigrants, travelers, and refugees. Strongyloidiasis is endemic in Sub-Sahara Africa, West Indes, South America, Southeast Asia, Bangledesh, Pakistan, and the Southeast United States of America (lived in FL 18yrs, SC 17yrs, NC 1yr), Eastern Europe (Romania)." (www.hindawi.com/journals/crimes/2013/860876/). "Strongyloides stercoralis appear in the Appalachian region of the United States." (www.consumerhealthday.com). E and I lived in Asheville, NC, for a year and spent many hours hiking the Applachian Trail). "You don't need to travel to the jungle to become infected with a parasite. Simply going to the park or hiking in the woods in enough." (www.DoctorOz.com Why Aren't Doctors Finding Parasites?)
"It is often assumed that people living in the United States do not have parasites. For this reason, most people are not tested unless they have travelled to a tropical or third world country, or they have engaged in risky behavior, such as drinking from a stream. Contrary to popular belief, it is not so unusual to find parasites in North Americans. Most physicians assume that parasites don't exist here." (http://ibstreatmentcenter.com/2012/06/understanding-parasites-2.html).
Conventional stool and blood test results are not highly accurate in assessing parasitic infection. Other factors need to be taken into consideration when determining a person who may be at risk for parasite disease. When an immune system is or has been suppressed, infection is possible. "Trouble comes when you dampen the immune system with steroids. The worms are no longer kept in check. 80-90% of patients die if infected by the worms from 'hyperinfection'. You have to think twice before starting big doses of steroids." (www.consumerhealthday.com). "Because of the seriousness of strongyloides stercoralis and the associated high mortality we suggest screening for it in patients who will be taking immunosuppressive therapy." (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2860402/). "In chronic smoldering cases of strongyloides stercoralis, IBD can be misdiagnosed, and treatment with steroids only exacerbates the infection." (http://www.aafp.org/ago/2004/0301/p1161.html). The gastroenterologist whom diagnosed my microscopic colitis in 2012 said that, "Microscopic colitis is diarrhea of unknown origin. If we figured out was caused it, we could win the Nobel Prize." I now know that my microscopic colitis was parasitic in origin because the colitis disappeared when I took an herbal parasite cleanse (Humaworm), which sent parasites into the tissues and organs of my body versus remaining in the colon. "Strongyloidiasis is difficult to diagnose because the parasite load is low and the larval output is irregular." (www.cid.oxfordjournals.org). "Strongyloides cause mucus diarrhea, eosinophilia, inflammation of the intestines." (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK8261/). I had all of these symptoms while treated at UF Health, prior to taking the Humaworm herbs (causing hyperinfection).
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