PARASITE FACTS AND FIGURES
There are four classifications of
parasites. 30% live in our digestive systems while the other 70% live all over
our bodies including, the blood, and all organs including the brain and even in
our eyes and sinus cavities. There are over 1,000 types of parasites in these
four classes that can live in the human body.
BACTERIA, VIRUSES and FUNGUS (mold, yeasts) are ALL in the very broad parasite
70% of all parasites that can live in the human body are MICROSCOPIC
- only 30% are visible to the naked eye.
Malaria is a microscopic infection. The "worm" parasites can range
from ¼ inch to 33 feet long! This is not ALL of them, but this will give you
a pretty good idea of what our OLD AMISH PARABEGONE removes:
Ringworm, tapeworms, pinworms, candida albicans (yeast
infections) and plasmodia (which is the malaria causing parasite), roundworms
including ascaris , hookworms, whipworms, flukes including the blood fluke the
anisakid worm and microscopic parasites and all parasitic larvae and eggs.
All microscopic protoza (including blastocystis hominis ) , tuberculosis
(Mycobacterium tuberculosis), cholera, scabies, viruses, bacteria and fungi
including, pseudomonas aeruginosa, all species of shigella, staph (staph
aureus) and strep (Streptococcus), bacteria, fungal infections (ie: yeast
infections), threadworms and skin parasites (including scabies).
Cryptococcus neoformans, Aspergillus, Saprolegnia, and Zygorhynchus species.
Salmonella typhimurium, and other bacterial species (including sixty + types of
fungi and twenty + types of bacteria, including some of the most potent viruses
known to man), B. subtilis, P. mirabilis, Salmonella typhi,
methicillin-resistant Staph aureus, Staph faecalis, salmonella enteritidis, and
V. cholerae , Escherichia, Proteus, Providencia, Citrobacter, Klebsiella,
Hafnia, Aeromonas, Vibrio and Bacillus genera, Microsporum, Epidermophyton,
Trichophyton, Rhodotorula, Torulopsis, Trichosporon, Cryptococcus neoformans,
Entamoeba histolytica and Paramecium caudatum, the herpes simplex virus, and
Also cystitis, prostatitis, gonorrhea, and syphilis, cholera, giardia,
salmonella, and Eschorichia Coli.
The following is a partial list from each of the four
groups which will give you the general idea about how different parasites wreak
havoc on our bodies.
THE PROTOZA (ONE CELL PARASITES)
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.
TRICHOMONAS – lives in the female vagina and urethra and causes a
slightly yellow discharge with itching and burning. It also lives in the
prostate of men.
NERVOUS SYSTEM PROTOZA:
NAEGLERIA - this one is found in water and soil, but only one species
- naegleria fowleri - can infect humans. The infection mimics bacterial
meningitis and affects the brain and spinal cord. The parasite enters the body
through underwater swimming and/or diving - the ameba then travels to the brain
and spinal cord. Infection causes Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis (PAM), a
brain inflammation, which leads to the destruction of brain tissue. Initial
symptoms of PAM include headache, fever, nausea, vomiting and stiff neck.
Further destruction of brain tissue leads to confusion, lack of attention, loss
of balance and body control, seizures, hallucinations. This disease progresses
very rapidly and usually results in death in 3-7 days. This one is not common -
only 24 reported cases in the United States
between 1989 and 2000 - but it is caused from fresh water such as lakes,
streams and hot springs
- especially during dry summer months when the water levels are low and the
temperature is above 80 degrees. It also comes from under-chlorinated swimming
MALARIA – this is a blood parasite transmitted by mosquitoes
that affects red blood cells.
BLASTOCYSTIS HOMINIS - this is a very common microscopic parasitic
organism that is found throughout the world. Infection is called blastocystosis
or blasto. Symptoms include loose stools, diarrhea, abdominal pain, anal
itching, weight loss and excessive gas. They can remain in the intestines for
weeks, months and YEARS. It is unknown at this time how blasto is transmitted.
GIARDIA LAMBIA - They live in drinking water and are not affected by
chlorine because of their hard outer shell. They cause severe stomach
infections that are routinely misdiagnosed as the stomach flu, the stomach bug
or a stomach virus with severe diarrhea and abdominal pain. The infection also
causes gas and greasy stools that tend to float, fatigue, nausea, weight loss
and dehydration. It is estimated that 50% of drinking water in the United States
has the Giardia Lambia present. The symptoms show 1-2 weeks after infection and
can last for 2-6 weeks. A giardia infection is very contagious.
CRYPTOSPORIDIUM – this parasite comes from run off water from cattle
farms. The infection is called Cryptosporidiosis - also known as crypto. This
parasite is protected by an outer shell that allows it to survive outside the
body for long periods of time. This shell also makes it resistant to
disinfectants. They are ideal carriers for many of our autoimmune diseases.
During the past 2 decades, crypto has become recognized as one of the most
common causes of waterborne disease within humans in the United States.
It may be found in drinking water and recreational water in EVERY REGION of the
AND throughout the WORLD. The most common symptom of cryptosporidiosis is
watery diarrhea. Other symptoms include dehydration, weight loss, stomach
cramps and/or pain, fever, nausea and vomiting. Symptoms show 2-10 days after
becoming infected and can last for 1-2 weeks.
AMERICAN TRYPANOSOMIASIS - also called Chagas Disease is an infection
caused by the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi. Worldwide, it is estimated that 16-18
million people are infected - of those, 50,000 will die each year. 20%-30% of
infected people will develop the most severe symptoms TEN to FORTY YEARS after
the initial infection. These symptoms include cardiac problems ,swollen
esophagus and/or swollen large bowel.
TUBERCULOSIS- this parasite lives in the white blood cells and kills
over 3 million people per year.
LYMPHATIC FILARIASIS-this disease is caused by microscopic, thread-like
worms. The adult worms only live in the human lymph system. The human lymph
system maintains the body's fluid balance and fights infections. An adult worm
lives for 5-7 years - when the adults mate, millions of microscopic eggs are
passed onto the blood. Symptoms are not usually felt until after the adult
worms die - because the lymph system is infected, fluid collects and causes
swelling in the arms, legs and breasts. In men, the genital area also becomes
swollen. Also, the swelling and decreased function of the lymph system makes it
difficult for the body to fight off infections - so people with this parasite
will have more bacterial infections.
PFISTERIA – come from undercooked or raw fish (sushi)
E COLI – this one comes from contaminated meat that is not fully cooked.
LEISHMANIASIS - from sand flies, this parasite infects the skin and
causes skin sores and can cause internal damage to the spleen, liver and the
bone marrow. The skin sores are called cutaneous leishmaniasis - they can
change in shape and size over time. They look sort of like a volcano with a
raised edge and central crater. Sometimes scabs form - and the sores can be
painless OR painful. Some people have swollen glands near the sores. Internal
leishmaniasis is called visceral leishmaniasis and is marked by fever, weight
loss, an enlarged spleen and liver and swollen glands. New cases of cutaneous
leishmaniasis number 1.5 BILLION per year worldwide while the visceral
leishmaniasis new yearly cases number 500,000. Infection can last for years and
it only takes one bite from a sand fly to obtain the initial parasite.
LISTERIA – from chicken
TRICHINELLA – from pork
SPIROCHETE – this parasite is carried by lice, ticks, fleas, mites and
flying biting insects who all transmit them to humans. They cause relapsing
fever, jaundice, Lyme disease, Vincent angina and Wyles disease.
ENTAMOEBA HISTOLYTICA – this is the most pathogenic amoeba for humans.
It comes from contaminated water and foodstuffs and is spread through the anal
– oral route. The infection causes bloody stools, diarrhea, and abdominal pain.
They also affect the lungs and the brain. It usually takes 1-4 weeks for
symptoms to show after becoming infected. The symptoms include loose stools,
stomach pain and stomach cramping.
BALANTINIUM COLI – this comes from water that is contaminated with pig
feces, such as pig farm run off water. This parasite stays in the intestinal
mucous and causes diarrhea.
ACANTHAMOEBA - can enter the skin through a cut, wound, or through the
nostrils. Once inside the body, amebas can travel to the lungs and through the
bloodstream to other parts of the body, especially the central nervous system
(brain and spinal cord).
CYCLOSPORIASIS - First case reported in 1979 - it is now found
worldwide. Symptoms include watery, explosive diarrhea, loss of appetite,
weight loss, bloating, gas, cramps, nausea, vomiting, muscle aches, low-grade
fever and fatigue. Symptoms show about one week after becoming infected and can
last for days to months in cycles.
DIENTAMOEBA FRAGILIS - this parasite lives in the large intestines - it
is found worldwide. Symptoms include diarrhea, stomach pain and cramping, loss
of appetite, weight loss, nausea and fatigue. This parasite infection stays in
the large intestine - it does not spread to other parts of the body.
THE NEMATODES (ROUNDWORMS)
These are what most people think of when it comes to human parasites.
They are the pinworms, the whipworms, and the hookworms. They are of course
bigger than the one-celled protozoa, but they are all round and small and can
cause a staggering amount of damage. It is a big misconception that we actually
eat worms to become infected – we actually ingest the microscopic eggs which
then hatch in our bodies.
PINWORMS – the #1 parasite in the North America and Europe.
They cause an itchy anus, digestive problems, irritability and insomnia. They
are the most readily seen of all of the species of parasites because they live
in the colon and they come out at night to lay their eggs in the anus and on
bedclothes. The adults are white and ½ inch long. The eggs can become airborne
and are able to live without host for 2 days. They are also transmitted by the
anus – hand – mouth route. School age children followed by preschoolers have
the highest infestation rates. If one member of a family has pinworms, it is
highly likely that all members are infected. Children in day care centers and
institutional settings are also at high risk for infestation from other
children. If a child scratches, then touches something, the microscopic eggs
are easily left for another child to put into their mouth.
HOOKWORMS – are also called “Necator Americanus” which means the
American Murderer. They come from contaminated food and water. The eggs hatch
in the intestines then migrate to the lungs through the bloodstream where they
are coughed up and swallowed. They then travel back to the small intestine to
reproduce. In the lungs they can cause pneumonia . In the intestines they hook
themselves into the intestinal walls where each one drinks up to 1cc of blood
per day causing bleeding and tissue death, not to mention anemia weakness.
Hookworms from dogs and cats penetrate human skin and stay there causing skin
problems and rashes including edema. (We get these from pets licking us or us
petting or grooming them.) Hookworms also cause asthma, eye pain, insomnia, and
dry skin and hair. Itching and a rash at the site of where skin touched soil or
sand is usually the first sign of infection. These symptoms occur when the
larvae penetrate the skin. While a light infection may cause no symptoms, heavy
infection can cause anemia, abdominal pain, diarrhea, loss of appetite, and
weight loss. Heavy, chronic infections can cause stunted growth and mental
WHIPWORMS – attach themselves to the intestinal wall where they inject their
digestive fluid into the tissue which then turns into a liquid. They then suck
up this liquid. This causes anemia, bloody stools, lower abdominal pain, weight
loss and nausea. Each female can lay 10,000 eggs per day and each adult can
live for several years. When the eggs are passed out through your feces
(unseen) they are able to live for three weeks without a host. If you touch an
object (public shopping cart, salt shaker, doorknob, etc.) that has an egg on
it, then put your finger in your mouth – you are infected.
ASCARIS - is a round worm that lives in the small intestine. Adult
female worms can grow to over 12 inches in length - adult males are smaller.
Ascariasis is the most common human worm infection - children are infected more
often than adults. Most people have no symptoms that are noticeable, but
infection in children may cause slower growth and slower weight gain. If you
are heavily infected, you may have abdominal pain. Sometimes, while the
immature worms migrate through the lungs, you may cough and have difficulty
breathing. If you have a very heavy worm infection, your intestines may become
blocked. You may cough up an ascaris larvae or pass an adult worm in your
stool. Ascaris eggs are found in human feces. After feces contaminates the
soil, the eggs become infectious after a few weeks. Infection occurs when a
person accidentally ingests (swallows) infectious microscopic Ascaris eggs.
Once in the stomach, immature worms hatch from the eggs. The larvae are carried
through the lungs and then to the throat where they are swallowed. Once
swallowed, they reach the intestines and develop into adult worms. Adult female
worms lay eggs that are then passed in feces; this cycle will take between 2-3
BAYLISASCARIS - this roundworm infects raccoons and other animals
including humans. The eggs can live in the soil for YEARS. Humans become
infected when they accidentally ingest the microscopic eggs from water, soil or
other objects. The eggs hatch into larvae which travel through the body
affecting organs and muscles. The symptoms - which can take a week or more to
show - include nausea, fatigue, liver enlargement, loss of coordination and
loss of muscle control. Severe cases can cause blindness and coma.
SCHISTOSOMIASIS - this infection comes from contaminated fresh water.
Days after infection, itchy skin or a rash develops - after 1-2 months, fever,
chills, cough and muscle aches set in. The body reacts to the eggs produced by
these worms, not the worms themselves. The eggs can be found in the brain,
spinal cord and can cause seizures, spinal cord inflammation and paralysis. The
parasite can damage the liver, intestines, lungs and bladder.
STRONGYLOIDES STERCORALIS – this is the most unusual of all of the
parasites known to man. They can live with or without a host. The females can
reproduce without a male. They infect the skin, then the eggs migrate to the
lungs where once hatched, they are coughed up and swallowed by the host. They
travel just under the skin until they grow too big. They then settle into the
small intestine where they mature and reproduce and the cycle starts all over
THE TREMATODES (FLUKES)
The flukes are the hardest parasites to get rid of as they can stay in
the human body for 10-20 years with each adult fluke living for one year.
Flukes come from raw fish, undercooked water plants (such as watercress) and
are also carried by dogs, cats and other fish-eating animals. They are also
found in beef, chicken, pork and unwashed vegetables.
LIVER FLUKES- infect billary ducts and gall bladders. They start out as
small white flattish worms - wider on one end and more narrow on the other. The
young adults are various shades of pink while the older adults are bright red
to almost black in color. The longer they live in the liver - the darker in
color they become because the blood from the liver stains their skin.
LUNG FLUKES – are found in the lungs and are sometimes mistaken for lung
cancer on x-rays. They cause cough, blood tinged mucous, and vague chest pains.
BLOOD FLUKES - travel all over the human body and into all organs including the
brain and spinal cord. They can cause seizures and they destroy red blood
THE CESTODES (TAPEWORMS)
Most tapeworms are ½ inch long and are a grayish white color, but there
are some species that can grow to 33 feet long and can lay over 1 million eggs
per day. Tapeworm bodies are mostly reproductive organs. Their head hooks into
the intestinal wall, the length of their bodies is made up of sections that are
nothing but ovaries and testes for reproduction and their “tails” release these
eggs. These eggs hatch into larvae that can migrate to other parts of the human
body and can form cysts. Even if the sections are broken off, the tapeworm can
regenerate itself from only it’s head. Some tapeworms can live for over 25
PORK TAPEWORMS - are carried by undercooked pork or by the
anus-hand-mouth route. They can incubate in the human body for up to 30 years
before reproducing. They can affect the eyes and the brain. The infection is
called CYSTICERCOSIS. When the cysticerci are found in the brain, the condition
is called neurocysticercosis. Once inside the body, the tapeworm egg hatches,
penetrates the intestine, travels through the bloodstream and may develop into
cysticerci in the muscles, brain or eyes. Signs and symptoms of infection will
depend on how many there are and where in the body they are located. You may
feel lumps in the muscles, under the skin. They may float in the eyes causing
blurry or disturbed vision. They can also cause swelling of the eyes. In the
brain, they cause headaches and seizures - they also cause confusion, lack of
attention, balance difficulties and swelling of the brain (hydrocephalus).
Heavy infections can cause sudden death.
FISH TAPEWORM – this is the largest of the species, it can grow to 33
feet in length. It causes anemia, water retention and weight gain as it makes
the host uncontrollably hungry.
DOG TAPEWORMS – are passed along to us from cats and dogs through
petting and grooming. It is called DIPYLIDIUM CANINUM - it is found throughout
the world. The adult tapeworm is made up of many small segments - the tapeworm
itself can measure 4-28 inches long - each segment is about the size of a grain
of rice. As the adult tapeworms matures inside the intestines, these segments
break off and pass in the stool (the segments look like grains of rice or corn
kernals or peanuts - are hard and are a white/slightly yellowish color). These
segments are about 2mm long and are what contains the tapeworm eggs.
Alveolar Echinococcosis - AE disease results from being infected with
the larval stage of Echinococcus multilocularis, a microscopic tapeworm (1-4
millimeters) found in foxes, coyotes, dogs, and cats. Although human cases are
rare, infection in humans causes parasitic tumors to form in the liver, and,
less commonly, the lungs, brain, and other organs. If left untreated, infection
with AE can be fatal. AE is caused by tumor-like or cyst-like tapeworm larvae
growing in the body. AE usually involves the liver, but can spread to other
organs of the body. Because the cysts are slow-growing, infection with AE may
not produce any symptoms for many years. Pain or discomfort in the upper
abdominal region, weakness, and weight loss may occur as a result of the
growing cysts. Symptoms may mimic those of liver cancer and cirrhosis of the
Please read the following - it is IMPORTANT information about a new
American Epidemic called Morgellons Disease - It's a parasite infection that
causes "fibers" to come out of skin lesions - the fibers themselves
are alive - MANY people with Morgellons are being told that it is "all in
their heads". This has gotten quite a bit of national press lately and we
have been flooded with questions and concerns. Here is an informative report:
The Following Six Signs or Symptoms Are The Basis of Morgellons Disease
1. Skin lesions, both spontaneously appearing and self-generated, with intense
itching. The former may initially appear as “urticarial-like”, or as
“pimple-like” with or without a white center. The latter appear as linear or
“picking” excoriations. Even when not self-generated, lesions often progress to
open wounds that heal abnormally and usually incompletely. (e.g., heal very
slowly with discolored epidermis or seal over with a thick gelatinous outer
2. Crawling sensations, both within and on the skin surface. Often
conceptualized by the patient as “bugs moving, stinging or biting”
intermittently. Besides the general dermis, may also involve the scalp, nares,
ear canal, and body hair or hair follicles. The sensations are at times related
to the presence of easily seen insects, arthropods, and other human and non-human
associated parasites that require serious attention from the observing
3. Fatigue significant enough to interfere with the activities for daily
4. Cognitive difficulties, including measurable short term memory and attention
deficit, as well as difficulty processing thoughts correctly. Described by
patients as "brain fog".
5. Behavioral effects are common in many patients. Many have been or will be
diagnosed as Attention Deficit Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity
Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, or Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. A minority do not
show this pattern. Almost all, if previously seen by well-read physicians
without prolonged observation, will have been labeled as “Delusional
Parasitosis”. Temporal relationship to skin lesion onset is not known.
6.“Fibers” are reported in and on skin lesions. They are generally described by
patients as white, but clinicians also report seeing blue, green, red, and
black fibers, that fluoresce when viewed under ultraviolet light (Wood's lamp).
Objects described as “granules”, similar in size and shape to sand grains, can
occasionally be removed from either broken or intact skin by physicians, but
are commonly reported by patients. Patients report seeing black “specks” or
“dots” on or in their skin, as well as unusual 1-3 mm “fuzzballs” both in their
lesions and on (or falling from) intact skin.
OTHER COMMONLY REPORTED SYMPTOMS AND SIGNS
1. Change in visual acuity.
2. Numerous neurological findings. A variety of neurological symptoms have been
reported. Some patients have been diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis,
Multiple Sclerosis, and other well-known and recognized disorders, while others
display significant symptoms not falling into any well-defined neurological
3. Gastrointestinal symptoms, which may include dyspepsia, gastroesophageal
reflux, and/or changes in bowel habits often similar to Irritable Bowel
4. Neuropsychiatric symptoms and signs, ranging from mood or personality
changes to diagnosed disorders including Attention Deficit Disorder, Bipolar
Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and occasionally frank psychosis.
Temporal relationship to skin lesion onset is not known
5. Acute changes in skin texture and pigment. The skin is variously thickened
and thinned, with an irregular texture and irregular hyperpigmentation pattern.
The changes resemble age associated sun-exposure skin damage, but typically
6. Skin examination often reveals excoriated and/or crusted lesions which, on
examination with lighted magnification, are seen to have inclusions of
variously colored (white, blue, black, or red) fibers. Skin examination may
also reveal multiple hyper-pigmented macules, and an increase of what appears
to be villous hair on arms and face.
7. Arthralgias are reported by many patients.
8. Associated diagnoses which have been commonly reported in this patient
population include Borreliosis (better known as Lyme Disease), Fibromyalgia,
and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
OTHER COMMONLY REPORTED OBSERVATIONS
1. Most patients will have sought care from multiple medical care providers. A
large number will have been diagnosed with Delusional Parasitosis likely
because of the juxtaposition of unexplained skin lesions and sensations and
psychiatric overlay. Unfortunately, almost none will have received an
appropriate diagnostic physical examination (particularly a microscopic or
biopsy examination of lesions), but will have been diagnosed by history alone
with grossly incomplete observation.
2. Most of these patients feel abandoned by the traditional medical care system
and have sought alternative care providers or have self medicated, seriously
compounding an already difficult medical situation
LABORATORY AND OTHER DIAGNOSTIC EVALUATION To date, there have been no formal
laboratory or imaging studies done in this patient group. There are some
reasonably consistent clinical findings, however, that need further
examination, in controlled studies, to be corroborated or refuted.