Ten Need-to-Know Facts About Parasites

There are over a 1,000 species of parasites that could live in your body, yet tests are available for only approximately 40 to 50 types. This means that doctors are only testing for approximately 5% of the parasites and missing 80% of those. This brings the ability to scientifically find parasites down to 1%. Now, if I had a 1% chance of making money on an investment, I don’t believe I would take the risk!

1: They’re everywhere!
The Human Eye can’t always see them, but be assured that a whopping 75% of the world’s creatures belong to this family. Over a million are believed to affect humans.

2: They’re tiny.
You can fit approximately 8,000 giardia lamblia onto a pinhead, or a million of them under one fingernail.

3: Those Gut feelings
If you don’t have at least one type of worm living in your body, you’re probably in the minority. After all, over three-quarters of the world’s population are host to parasites. Though most of them are minute the longest tapeworm ever recorded was over 60 feet.

4: Hookworms
A staggering 1.3 billion of the planet’s population suffer with hookworms, minute critters that cause iron deficiency by sucking the blood directly from the abdominal lining.

5: Smallpox
Smallpox was officially eradicated in the early 1980′s, but did you know that the micro-parasites that cause this devastating illness currently lie dormant or ‘sleeping’ in the ice of Greenland? Many scientists are anxious that global warming could free them from captivity.

6: Ebola
Some parasites are content to digest pieces of you over a period of time. Others are less well-mannered. The parasite behind the much-feared Ebola virus will, for instance, attack vital organs and eat into collagen., Collagen is the connective tissue that holds the body together.

7: Pregnant protection
Expectant mothers may have a particular reason to resent parasites. Scientists now believe that early morning sickness is the body’s way of protecting mother and child from parasitic invasion

8: Guinea Worms
The only good thing about Tapeworm, Hookworm and Roundworm is that they have the decency to stay concealed. Not in the case of the Guinea Worm. Ingested through contaminated water, the larvae burrow into the intestines and finally emerge, fully grown, through the skin. The traditional symbol for a doctor is a serpent wound around a stick. At least it is supposed to be a serpant, although a more convincing suggestion is that the creature is in fact the guinea worm and the sign of a healer is a man who can remove this painful pest.

9: Pinworms
As prevalent in Europe, Canada and North America as anywhere else, Pinworms are staple-sized intestinal, usually nocturnal critters that crawl out of your anus while you’re asleep in order to deposit their eggs on your nice, warm bedding. Although more common in children, infected adults sleeping with a partner can easily pass on the condition this way.

10. The most lethal parasite
The most lethal parasite of all is the plasmodium as it causes malaria. Statistically killing somebody every 30 seconds, malaria has been accountable for over 50% of all human deaths since the Stone Age.

From a family of Clydeside Scots, Graeme was born and brought up in Hong Kong. He lived for 35 years there, as well as in Borneo and Indonesia. Intrigued by the way in which the different Asian cultures approach their health and wellbeing, he studied aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine and became familiar with many other time-honoured healing methods, from the traditional Jamu herbal medicine healers of Java to the body balancing mechanisms of Jin Shin Jyutsu, from Japan. Together with his wife Phylipa, Graeme runs Resources For Life, a natural health business in Chichester, West Sussex. Much of what is available on their website has origins steeped in ancient wisdom.

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