Could Parasites be Causing your Health Issues?
Updated: Mar 15
Have you ever considered the possibility that an overgrowth of parasites might be responsible for your health issues? I certainly didn’t, until I stumbled across information about parasites, a few years ago. I have struggled with health issues my entire life and it wasn’t until 2017 that I became aware that these creatures even existed. When I first came across information about parasites, my children and I were living in an apartment that was infested with black mold. When we moved into that apartment, we had no idea that there was mold in the walls and ceiling. All we knew was, as the months went on, we kept getting sicker. As I stated before, I had a history of health issues, so I was used to feeling terrible, but when we moved into that apartment, my health went from bad to worse, very quickly. After about six months of living there, I almost died from multiple pulmonary embolisms (the doctors said they stopped counting fifteen), never realizing that the mold could have spurred this event. Then, my children also started exhibiting health issues that were unusual, like migraines, chronic sinus infections, night sweats, prickling sensations of their skin, and neurological issues. All three of us were constantly in and out of the hospital and doctor’s office. It was a sad existence.
October 2013, when I almost died from over 15 pulmonary embolisms
Sadly, it took a few years of living there, before we realized the apartment was full of black mold, but when I became aware of this, I began to research what black mold can do to your health. Almost all the symptoms we were having could be blamed on the toxic environment we were living in. One of the articles I stumbled across, mentioned a link between mold and parasitic overgrowth. I was mesmerized! I had never heard of parasites, so I started doing some digging and discovered that parasites thrive in conditions, where the environment is dark, moist, not properly oxygenated, and toxic. Since my children and I were living in an apartment that was riddled with black mold, that meant our bodies were a perfect breeding ground for these buggers! I was both disgusted and intrigued, so I kept digging deeper into research, trying to find out more about what parasites can do to your health.
Black mold from our apartment
The only time I had ever even heard of parasites, before this, was from watching the show “Monsters Inside Me.” On the show, they make it seem like it’s a rare occurrence to have parasites. In fact, most people are under the assumption that only those that are living in poor, Third World, or under-developed countries can get parasites, but actually, anyone can become infected. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (1, 2), you can contract a parasite from traveling, drinking contaminated water, eating undercooked meat, ingesting contaminated food, having contact with fecal matter, swimming in contaminated water, by being bitten by certain insects (like fleas, mosquitos, ticks, sand-fleas, etc), by having contact with pets and other animals, or simply by human-to-human contact.
So, if you’ve ever eaten in a restaurant, been around animals of any kind, touched another human being, or lived your life in any capacity (LOL), you could very well have an overgrowth of parasites! There are many types of parasites (3) and these parasites affect millions to possibly billions of people around the world! Parasites are way more common in the United States than most people even realize (4) and they can cause gastrointestinal issues, food allergies, food sensitivities, nutritional deficiencies, anemia, autoimmune issues, seizures, cardiovascular issues, and even death.
The more research I did, the more I came to the realization that even before we lived in the moldy apartment, my children and I had been showing signs of parasitic overgrowth. I began to think back to all the years, prior to our exposure to black mold, and how my kids had always suffered with digestive issues, headaches, anxiety, chronic constipation, seasonal allergies, asthma, food sensitivities, chronic colds and flus, and a variety of other health issues. These were ALL symptoms of parasitic overgrowth! Then, I began to think back to my own health issues, which had plagued me for my entire life, long before I had even been exposed to black mold. It was one of those “aha moments” for me.
From the time I was five years old, I started having severe anxiety attacks. Those continued through most of my life and it was pretty debilitating. It affected my quality of life and I missed out on a lot of fun experiences with friends and amazing life opportunities, because I was afraid to leave home. Besides the anxiety, I was chronically sick, as a child, teen, and adult. I spent my entire life feeling fatigued, under the weather, and sad. As I grew older, the list of medications I was on grew longer and so did the list of diagnoses. I was constantly being slapped with a new diagnoses, or autoimmune disease title. Just to name a few, I was diagnosed with chronic migraines, hormonal imbalances, hypoglycemia, rheumatoid arthritis, fybromaliga, hyper-mobility syndrome, degenerative disc disease, irritable bowel syndrome, depression, a weak heart, circulation issues, and lupus. I thought this was just the way I was made. I thought it was normal. I had no idea that parasites could cause these issues and that there was a way to heal my body, naturally!
So, why in the world would there be parasites in existence, anyway? Well, as humans, we are actually meant to have some parasites and bad bacteria in our bodies. They are meant to work with us and eventually, decompose our bodies, when we die. Unfortunately, not all parasites and bad bacteria are helpful for us and when we come in contact with an “unfriendly” species, it can mean disaster. Not every person that contracts a parasite will have symptoms, but if your immune system is slightly compromised, a parasite can lay eggs, multiply, and wreak havoc on your health. There are many species of parasites and often unknowingly, the human race is playing host to almost 300 species of parasitic worms (5). For most of my life, I had no idea that my body was playing host to these stealthy guests, either! Oh, if only I had known then, what I know now, right? Hindsight and all that. LOL.
So, how do you know if you have parasites? What this boils down to, in layman’s terms is this: If you have ANY health issues at all, it is a sign that you might very well have an overgrowth of bad bacteria, or parasites. Pretty much every health issue, from allergies, to cancer (and everything else in between) has been linked to parasitic infection. Parasites thrive in a body that is toxic, so if you are living in a moldy home, live in an area that has a lot of environmental toxins (near an airport, near an industrial site, or use non organic cleaning products), are on prescription medications, eat a diet that is not comprised of whole foods (like processed foods and desserts, fast food, fried food, & sugary drinks), work at a job where you are regularly exposed to toxins (pest control, moldy & musty work building, painters, janitors, etc), are under constant stress, have unaddressed past trauma, or are currently living with someone that is not good for your emotional well-being, then your body is even MORE susceptible to parasites!
Unfortunately, most doctors will look at you like you’re crazy, if you start talking about parasites. Mine certainly did! In fact, when I started using herbs to rid my body of parasites, I was shocked at what was coming out of me! I was eliminating parasites that were anywhere from 1 inch long to 13 inches long! I took some samples to my doctor and he said, “I don’t know what that is. Your stool test was negative, so you definitely don’t have parasites. You do eat a lot of vegetables now, so maybe it’s an asparagus spine.” And then he giggled at his joke, thinking he was quite amusing. He clearly believed, since he was the doctor, I must not know what I was talking about, even though I had presented him with scientific studies and clear evidence that parasites are real. That was the moment that I realized I might actually be smarter than my doctor.
Actual photo of a few of the parasites that came out of me on my first cleanse!
Here’s the deal. Stool tests are completely unreliable and parasites are stealthy, so they will hide in the body and self-destruct, if they feel they are being threatened (6,7). Remember, they need a host (you) to live, so they don’t want you to disturb their perfect environment. Sadly, there are very few doctors out there that will help you, on your quest to cleanse your body of parasites and heal yourself, naturally. Our ancestors knew about parasites and did regular cleansing, to keep themselves in optimal health. Sadly, in this day and age, it is not considered “normal” to use herbs to rid the body of parasites, even though it has been an effective treatment for thousands of years. You have to find a Practitioner, or Naturopath that is well versed in the following: what herbs to use to kill parasites, the best times of the month to cleanse, how to cleanse safely, and who should and should not cleanse. Please, DO NOT start taking herbs, without speaking to a professional, especially if you are pregnant, or breastfeeding! For more information and educational tips about how to cleanse, reach out to me, personally, follow me on my social media platforms, or stay tuned for my next blog post. Happy healing, everyone!
*Disclaimer* Nothing on this website or blog is intended to be used as medical advice, nor to treat, cure, or diagnose any medical conditions. All information is for educational purposes only and what you choose to do with this information is up to the discretion of you and your medical provider.
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2 - CDC, (2020, July 14). CDC - Parasites - Parasitic Transmission. Retrieved August 27, 2020, from https://www.cdc.gov/parasites/transmission/index.html
3 - CDC, (2018, March 02). CDC - Parasites - Alphabetical Index of Parasitic Diseases. Retrieved August 27, 2020, from https://www.cdc.gov/parasites/az/index.html
4 - CDC, (2014, May 08). Parasitic Infections also occur in the United States. Retrieved August 27, 2020, from https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2014/p0508-npi.html
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6 - Kasırga, E. (2019, September 25). The importance of stool tests in diagnosis and follow-up of gastrointestinal disorders in children. Retrieved August 29, 2020, from
7 - Garcia, L., Arrowood, M., Kokoskin, E., Paltridge, G., Pillai, D., Procop, G., Visvesvara, G. (2018, January 01). Practical Guidance for Clinical Microbiology Laboratories: Laboratory Diagnosis of Parasites from the Gastrointestinal Tract. Retrieved August 29, 2020, from
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