Did you know that millions of people in North America and Europe are dealing with undetected parasite infections? Here’s some jaw-dropping information regarding fibromyalgia & CFS and the parasite connection beyond Lyme Disease. Brace yourself!
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Many of you might be aware of Lyme Disease, which comes generally from tick bites and is actually a cousin to syphilis. It is characterized by a spirochete infection called Borrelia – a bacterium that releases bacterial lipoproteins (BLPs). Lyme disease has an array of symptoms including neurological issues, pain, sleep issues, digestive health issues and much more.
Beyond Lyme Disease
However, Lyme Disease is just ONE of many different parasites that can be found in Western civilisation.
We know that a lot of people with fibromyalgia and CFS have been sadly dealing with Lyme Disease -and misdiagnosed…not to mention other potential parasites that they have not been tested for and go undetected – and untreated.
In fact, the Center of Disease Control has stated that millions of Americans are plagued by parasites…and they are definitely not just affecting people from impoverished third world countries, or people who have gone to exotic destinations.
Parasites attack young people, old people, wealthy and poor people – and they could very well be making their home in your body – and your gut – causing you a vast array of health issues that go way beyond just abdominal pain.
What is a Parasite?
A parasite is any organism that lives and feeds off of another organism (in other words, YOU).. In many cases they are worms that feed off of the nutrients in your body. They are considered as a ‘toxin’.
Some examples of parasites include:
For more information on 12 of the most common parasites, go here.
Health Problems Parasites Can Cause
Some consume your food, leaving you hungry after every meal and unable to gain weight.
Some lay eggs that can cause itching, irritability, and even insomnia.
They can even burrow in your joints and muscles – causing aches and pain and inflammation.
Others feed off of your red blood cells, causing anemia.
On top of this, they rob you of important vitamins and minerals…and as many of us struggle with deficiencies such as magnesium, vitamin D and B12, perhaps parasites could be a possibility as a cause of these deficiencies.
And that’s just a few of the many health issues parasites can cause…there’s a more comprehensive list below.
Physical Signs of Parasitic Infection
As you will see from the extensive list of symptoms, parasites may very well be one of the root issues – hence the fibromyalgia, CFS parasite connection.
The most obvious sign of a parasitic infection is some abdominal pain.
Abdominal pain, however is not always present, or you may not be aware of even a low-grade pain- particularly when you are dealing with a myriad of other health issues.
When other causes of abdominal pain or discomfort have been ruled out by a medical doctor you may consider parasites as the cause.
More possible signs of a parasitic infection:
- passing gas (particularly after meals)
- seeing egg shaped circles in the eyes when looking at the sky
- poor sleep
- constant dreams during sleep
- chronic constipation
- chronic diarrhea
- alternating constipation/diarrhea
- tossing and turning during sleep
- grinding of teeth at night
- wearing down of teeth
- chronic candidiasis (candida overgrowth)
- burping gas after meals
- chronic burping
- poor quality of nails
- mood swings
- chronic anger
- mental disorders
- ravenous appetite
- strong early morning appetite especially around 5am, 6am
- lymph problems (e.g. lymph tissue enlargement or pain)
- constant cravings for greasy foods, even potato chips
- cravings for and eating farinaceous foods:
- white bread
- pastries, etc
- other white flour products
- cravings for sugar or sugar containing products
- love of sour foods such as lemons, grapefruits
- love of vinegar
- chronic exhaustion
- chronic fatigue
- rough, dry skin at the heels of the feet
- anal itching, tickling (at night) and/or burning and redness
- bowel movements turn green regularly
- trouble sleeping
- abdominal pain after eating apples
- trouble getting to sleep
- abdominal pain after vigorous exercise
Gut Health Issues?
If you have tried countless approaches to heal your gut and relieve your symptoms without any success, a parasite could be the underlying cause for many of your unexplained and unresolved symptoms.
Where Do Parasites Come From?
These microscopic creatures are typically picked up through food and water. An infection can lead to serious health problems – and many of the symptoms are the same symptoms those of us struggling with fibromyalgia and CFS have.
Please note, I am not saying that parasites are the one and only cause of fibromyalgia and CFS – I am saying that as you can see, the symptoms many of us struggle with certainly correlate to fibro/CFS.
They can also be transmitted through our lovely family pets.
Remember the safety warning about toxoplasmosis and pregnant women? And to avoid cleaning cat litter?
In the U.S., more than 60 million people are chronically infected with toxoplasma gondii. The parasite is also found in undercooked meat and even some unwashed fruits and vegetables.
Keep in mind that the people picking our fruits and veg may be infected with a variety of parasites…I have heard stories of how these hard working people, who in many cases are living in extreme poverty without medical care, end up having to use the loo in the fields…and of course, there’s no soap nor water to wash their hands…which ultimately means they spread parasites onto your nice fruit and veg….
Lyme Disease and toxoplasma gondii are just 2 of the many parasites that you may be playing host to.
Parasites can come from:
- fish (cod is particularly bad…and raw fish? sushi, anyone?!)
- water that is contaminated
- foreign countries
- other food, such as fruit and veg
You might be thinking, ‘I’m a vegetarian’, or, ‘I haven’t had a pet for years’…Thing is, once infected, parasites will continue to multiply as they throw a party in your body…for years – unless you do something about them.
Ok. So when I read this next bit of information, it really blew my mind. I have not been able to find any documented research as such on it – however, when Googling, it seems to be well-known….
Do you notice that your flare-ups get worse around the full moon? Here’s why…
According to the late Reverend Hanna Kroeger they are ‘moon creatures’ – in other words, their life cycle is lunar.
Full Moon Activity
Normally parasites become more active during the full moon, however, they can be active all the time, and in particular the tapeworm can be most active during the full moon. The term tapeworm here includes the pork, beef, and fish tapeworms.
New Moon Activity
There are worms that are more active during the new moon as well! Roundworms tend to be new mooners…
What to Do About Parasites
So….here is the BIG question…there is a good chance you might be dealing with a parasite infection…or possibly even more than one. What do you do about it?
Firstly, your GP might be very limited in their knowledge about parasites (pretty much guaranteed…surprise!).
On top of it all, conventional medicine treatment tends to be heavy duty antibiotics. Zithromax is one that is used for cryptosporidium and toxoplasma.
Antibiotics will also kill your good bacteria…and they also may not kill the eggs. On top of it all, antibiotics can smother and kill mitochondria (our cell’s powerhouses – hello chronic fatigue!) and cause a plethora of unwanted health issues on top of seriously affecting your immune system.
And if your type of parasite can’t be killed by antibiotics, you are making the environment even MORE friendly to the parasite by killing any good bacteria that may be helping your GI system and fighting the parasite.
You can get a testing kits for parasites online – do your research (and read reviews). Obviously, the more comprehensive the test – the more expensive they will be, on average, you will be looking at around $200.
A functional health practitioner can be helpful regarding testing and treating parasites.
Natural Parasite Cleanse
Alternatively, there is a great product that I have been using that not only gently eliminates parasites, but also cleanses the colon and liver of heavy metals, bacteria, viruses, fungus (candida is a huge issue many of us are dealing with).
This product also has numerous other benefits, such as stabilizing blood sugar, cholesterol, and much more – including it’s incredible anti-oxidant qualities from the extensively researched ganoderma and chaga mushrooms.
This product is called Te Divina. It is organic, all-natural, vegan and gluten free. Plus it has a pleasant taste, and you eat normally.
Your liver is your body’s filtration system, and on top of filtering the huge number of toxins from chemicals and other impurities in your food, water, body care products and air, it is also attempting to filter out the lovely toxins that the parasitic worms leave behind – namely their excrement. (Fatigue is an indicator that your liver is struggling, btw).
Te Divina helps to cleanse the liver on top of kicking out the parasites – and so much more.
On top of this, there are thousands of people, (myself as one of them), reporting a huge amount of relief from IBS, digestive issues, pain, fatigue, skin issues – even restless legs from this product. You can read the reviews about Te Divina here.
Because parasites come in so many different shapes and sizes, they can cause a very wide range of problems – and most doctors aren’t even aware that parasites might be an underlying cause to your health issues!!!
Therefore, based on the existing connection with Lyme Disease and the numerous overlapping symptoms of fibromyalgia and CFS, and those same symptoms that parasites can cause – it makes sense that there is a fibromyalgia/CFS parasite connection that goes beyond Lyme Disease. I would love to know your thoughts! Please comment!