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What are Parasites



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If you've asked yourself "what are parasites", you're not alone. Most people do not know what they are or how they can contract them. Human parasites live off a host, be it human or animal. They are very common but often missed when a physician is attempting to diagnose a health issue. Not all blood or stool culture tests show parasitic activity which can result in frustration and confusion about your symptoms. They are becoming a major concern in this country, as well as in others.

It is thought that about 80%-90% of all people have parasites of one kind or another. It is easier than you may think to contract these and they can affect your health in many ways.

What are parasites features?

Parasites can be very tiny or quite large. Ranging from invisible to the naked eye to a length of 30 feet or more, parasites can cause a number of physical ailments. If you have been feeling very tired, run down, depressed or are having trouble losing or gaining weight, the problem might be a parasite infection. The same goes for mysterious allergies, digestive problems, and hives or eczema. Muscle aches and pains, strange headaches and other physical symptoms are what parasites can do to your system.

Parasites live off blood, sugar, calcium and other bodily fluids and organs so they will affect the health of any and all of your physical functions. As they deplete supplies of minerals and other essential vitamins, sugars and fluids in your body, you will begin to feel run down and have other symptoms that cannot be attributed to any other illness.

Parasites can sometimes be spotted as large worm-like creatures: Tapeworms, fish worms, pin worms, roundworms and such are all parasites. Animals can transmit these to humans and they can also be in raw meat or in certain types of fish. These large parasites need to be removed immediately, either by a physician or with natural products such as herbs or homeopathic means.

Humans can contract parasites through a variety of ways: Travel (including plane, train, bus and ship travel), water and food consumption, daycare and school activities, return of armed forces men and women from overseas and sexual promiscuity. Letting pets lick your face is also a good way to catch a parasite infection...not a good idea!

There are lots of fancy names for various parasites... giardia, trichommas, amoebae, toxoplasma, etc. But all you really need is to know that your illness or detection of feeling unwell may be the result of a parasitic infection. What are parasites good for? Absolutely nothing! Making you sick is what parasites do best.

The best thing to do if you suspect you may have what is called a parasite infestation is to research your symptoms and determine what type of parasite you might have. After all, with such a large percentage of the population possibly fighting this problem, it is worth the time and effort to answer the question " what are parasites " and see what is making you feel so bad.


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