Parasites

Description: 

Parasites are organisms that feed on the blood of other organisms. There are two main types affecting humans: helminthes and protozoa. Helminthes are worms, the most well known are tapeworms and roundworms which cannot multiply in the body. Protozoa are single celled organisms and can multiply. The five most common are Entamoeba Histolytica, Giardia Lamblia, Blastocystitis Hominis, Dientamoeba Fragilis and Cryptosporidium.

Symptoms: 

Diarrhoea, Nausea, Vomiting, Gas or Bloating, Abdominal pain, Blood and or mucous in the stool, Visible worms in the stool.

Additional Symptoms: 

Fatigue, weight loss/gain.

Possible Causes: 

Parasites are all around us, in the soil, in food and also in our water supply. They are commonly spread through: contaminated food and water, undercooked meat and fish. Poor hygiene or sanitation, not washing hands particularly in hospitals, also unclean kitchen/bathroom surfaces can spread parasites. Household pets, mosquitoes, houseflies and fleas which are often carried by pets. Sexual contact. Conventional medical treatment can eliminate some parasites quickly, but may leave the gut vulnerable to further infection. Herbs can also be effective at removing parasites and a thorough GI programme incorporating herbs and nutrients may produce longer term benefits. It is a weakened Gastrointestinal system that is more susceptible to an attack by parasites.

Associated Diagnostics: 

Health conditions such as parasites are complex and have many contributing factors, some conditions may be managed through diet and nutrition alone, whilst others may require one or more tests.
If your symptoms indicate the need for testing we will select the correct diagnostic protocols for your condition.
Comprehensive Parasitology Profile, Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis incl Parasitology, Secretory Imminoglobulin A (sIgA).