Parasites are an extremely common cause of digestive complaints, they are also capable of causing a wider range of health problems than you could ever imagine. Many people mistakenly think you have to have travelled to an exotic location to become infected by a parasite.It is possible to become infected in Australia and a compromised hormonal and immune system is often to blame. In the digestive tract parasites are often worms although other types of parasites exist such as lice and fleas.
Common warning signs that you could be suffering with a parasitic infection;
In a group of 200 patients diagnosed with IBS and displaying diarrhoea, constipation, abdominal pain and bloating, approximately half of them demonstrated Giardi infection (Dr Leo Galland)
Within another group of 96 patients with chronic fatigue, Giardia infection was present in 46%
A John Hopkins study showed 20% of patients had antibodies against Giardia in randomly chosen hospital blood samples showing previous exposure to the parasite.
A massive cryptosporidiosis outbreak occurred throughout NSW in 1998 with 1000 confirmed cases. However, only a very small proportion of people are ever diagnosed as stool testing with parasitology and PCR technology is required.
50 million people are infected worldwide, predominately those who live in or have visited tropical countries which have poor sanitation. Around 10-20% of all infections will develop into amoebiasis which causes 70,000 deaths per year.
You may become infected through coming into contact with contaminated bathroom fixtures, changing tables, diapers or toys. Contaminated water used for drinking or swimming, eating uncooked foods or traveling to countries with poor sanitation or all risk factors.
Abdominal pain, diarrhoea, constipation, nausea, fatigue, skin rashes and joint pain are all symptoms that can be experienced with this parasitic infection.
Digestive health is central to your overall health. Inflammation and infections in the digestive tract are a known cause of adrenal stress and HPA axis dysfunction. Through the gut – brain axis, disturbances in gut function can also lead to depression and anxiety. When the gut lining becomes damaged due to parasitic infection, toxins can leak into the blood stream, causing an array of autoimmune disorders. Gut health doesn’t just effect your digestion it can affect all parts of your health. The only sure way to check for parasitic infections is via a stool test with parasitology and PCR technology.
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