Do you know of anyone who has ‘worms’?

By Lennox Farrell Wednesday May 07 2014 in Opinion
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The question may be indelicate. However, can the reality be less so, and moreover be harmful, even deadly? You bet!


In an earlier article, reference was made to our parents’ using herbals and other mysterious mixtures to fortify us as children against parasites. In it, I overlooked mentioning in greater detail, the uses made of power-fruits like pineapples and papaw (papayas) to combat infestations like tapeworms – worms that can reach lengths of 10 feet and more.


So, as indelicate and taboo as the subject might be to you, consider the following: These infestations are not rare. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) more than 25 per cent of the world’s population is infected with internal parasites which can cause infections that result in disease, disability, and in some cases even death. This data is consistent with population infestations in North America, averaging about one in four people.


Consider, too, the last time a clinician – if only trained and experienced in North America and Europe – in responding to anemic conditions, provided pharmaceuticals but didn’t raise the possibility of parasites. Or if your eyesight is failing, headaches increasing, asthma and pneumonia coming on, strokes and other debilitating conditions are undermining your health.


Again, information on these and other health-related topics are readily available in libraries, bookstores and on the Internet. In the latter, is the website of the professional documentary producers: AnimalPlanet. It is a place to begin. Be warned, however. Its free videos online, professionally scripted and short, are packed full of medical information and advice, but is not for the squeamish nor the faint of heart.


Its advisors, researchers, writers and producers include professionals and scientists: gene radiologists, parasitologists, neuro-surgeons, opthalmologists, etc. These specialties cover some of the affected areas of your body: lungs, eyes, stomach, liver, and brain being some of the prime locations where these parasites can settle, compromising your health, occupying your body and even shortening your life.


Again, some of these sites, graphic and detailed, take much to view. However, any discussion of parasites invading your body and of members of your family is also not to be taken lightly. In fact, articles like this one are at best introductory. This is because the topic of parasitic infestation is so vast, and consequences so widespread and arbitrary that if you are truly keen to know what is necessary about these infestations, it is your responsibility to seek and find information specific to your interests.


Meanwhile, what are some of these parasites? What are their symptoms? What are cures, if these in some instances exist?


Citing more data from the World Health Organization “these internal parasites can cause infections that result in disease, disability, and in some cases even death. There are over 20 different species of parasitic worms that can infect humans”. Some of these are intestinal, others neurological, infecting even your central nervous system.


While there are many different types of internal parasites, one way to categorize them might be by the drugs used to combat them. According to Natrel, Canadian neutraceuticals (my interests are elsewhere) which specializes in conditions that affect your immune, circulatory, endocrine and other bodily systems, some of these drugs are antimicrobials. Others are probiotics.


The different categories of anti-microbials are grouped by the class of organism they kill. Anti-microbials include antibiotics – for single-cell organisms; anti-fungals – for fungi-type organisms; anti-parasitics – for protozoans and helminthes. Protozoans are much larger than bacteria and more complex, multi-cell organisms. Helminthes are worms which include tapeworms, roundworms, trematodes and flukes.


So, back to the ugly tapeworms. Really, can these grow to length even beyond 10 feet? To lengths beyond your driveway’s? And feed and defecate in your gut for decades? How often, too, should you worm yourself, your family, and your pets? And how effective are super-fruits like papaw? And used by our parents?


These questions will be addressed later. Meanwhile, do your own research. One place to begin could be in your kitchen cupboard. There, if you have any ‘meat tenderizer’, read the ingredient list for the word, ‘papain’. It is an enzyme extracted from the papaw; more specifically from crushed papaw seeds, to tenderize your tough meats. Can this enzyme also break down the tough outer cuticle of tapeworms, and flush them from your body?

TO BE CONTINUED: Symptoms and treatments.

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