Parasites pose real problem

Parasites pose real problem For most North Americans, the term parasite is connected with the image of poverty-stricken children in central Africa, or perhaps unwary tourists in South America, though these parasites are not as far away as you might think. There are literally dozens of parasites common to the inhabitants of this continent, with tens of thousands of people suffering from infection each year. In fact, some researchers predict that by the turn of this century, nearly one in two Americans will have suffered from at least one parasitic infection by the time they die. As unfamiliar as parasites might be to most Americans, most of us know someone (perhaps a family member or even ourselves) who has experienced extreme fatigue, food sensitivities, allergic reactions, gastrointestinal upset (including constipation, diarrhea, bloating, etc.), or depression without ever being able to target the cause, even with the help of a doctor.
Do I Have Parasites?Since various health experts predict that nearly one-half of the earth's inhabitants will experience a parasitic infection by the turn of the century, we should not dismiss any unexplained condition that may suddenly arise. Constipation can be a common sign of parasite infection. Large worms can obstruct the intestinal tract, the bile duct in the liver, and other organs, thus making bowel movements infrequent and difficult. Diarrhea is also very common, with giardia being a major cause in all children's cases of diarrhea (Alternative Medicine, 784). Indigestion, gas, vomiting, weight loss and bloating are also common gastrointestinal symptoms. Severe cases of infection can produce a suppressed immune system, poor nutrient absorption (and thus malnutrition), weight loss, and deficiencies of many vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A, B6, B12, calcium and magnesium. Parasite infection can also produce or mimic a myriad of other conditions and diseases, often leading to misdiagnosis of such. Various studies tracking the conditions of chronically ill persons show that many of those suffering from chronic disease, such as irritable bowel syndrome or chronic fatigue syndrome, either have or have had some type of parasitic infection.
Black Walnut (Juglans nigra):This is perhaps one of the most common ingredients in herbal parasite preparations. Its use as a vermifuge (expels parasite from body) and vermicide (kills parasite in body) are widely circulated. Literally dozens of marketed products used for parasites contain black walnut. The hull of the nut is the part most commonly used.

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