Today we will be dealing with a subject that makes most people’s skin crawl as it rightfully should: parasites. Parasites are often too small to see and even microscopic, so they are very easily to be infected with by cross-contamination.
The CDC studies report that at the moment over 300,000 Americans have the host that causes Chagas disease that will affect heart and brain function for a lifetime. CDC reports list Americans with parasite infections numbering in the millions.
ERs report 1000 cases of tapeworm a year and over 60 million Americans are infected with the “cat poop” parasite, toxoplasma gondii. One you are infected it can be a lifetime of problems that can result in blindness, heart issues including failure, seizures, blood issues and maybe death.
One of the biggest groups of misery causing organisms are internal parasites. There are those that can be contracted by improper handling practices of food. As preppers and practitioners of a self-sufficient lifestyle, this is of great concern.
A part of good health practice is handling food safely and in a sanitary method. It is pretty serious as the worst side effect of improper handling of food is death by foodborne illness.
What exactly is a parasite?
A parasite is an organism that needs a host to live off of and to protect it. The most common way to get internal parasites is to ingest them somehow by consuming contaminated food or putting things in your mouth that have been contaminated by another person or animal.
They can be tiny and microscopic or reach up to 2 feet long. They can linger unseen, and lay dormant.
How do you pick up parasites?
- Poor personal hygiene habits
- Foreign travels
- Poor sanitation
- Poorly handled food preparations
- Sexual contact with another
Can anything increase your chances of being a parasite host?
- Compromised immune system
- Being under high stress
- High sugar and high carbohydrate diet
- Dental fillings with heavy metals
- Drinking tap water
- Consuming a lot of dairy
- Too much caffeine
- Drinking from outdoor water sources that are contaminated
- Eating raw meat
- Not heating meat enough
There are a wide range of symptoms, and in some cases there are no symptoms. Arthritis and chronic fatigue have been blamed on parasites, and in many ways the strength of your immune system and endocrine system will determine if you can kill parasites as they are introduced to your system.
You may not experience any, but the most common symptoms are:
- High bouts of fatigue
- Muscle and joint issues like pain in the muscles and joints, cramping, numbness in the hands and feet, stomach pain, heart pain, groin pains
- Digestive issues such as diarrhea, mucus laden stools, heart burn, bloody stools, candida (yeast infections), leaky gut, hemorrhoids, indigestion, and increased flatulence.
- Sleep disturbances including grinding your teeth, wetting the bed, and waking up during the night
- Skin disorders like rashes, hives, dry skin, lesions, lacerations, prickly heat, sores
- Mood problems and high anxiety, nervousness, restlessness, frequent forgetting, mood swings
- Weight problems like long standing obesity, uncontrollable hunger, high or low appetites
- UTIs, PMS symptoms, water retention, cysts
- Blood disorders like anemia
- Dental issues
- Chronic bacterial infections
- Excessive salivating
- Bad breath and bad body odor
Common foodborne internal parasites
Those at risk: daycare workers, hikers, international travelers, campers, people with compromised immunity, diabetic, chemotherapy and transplant patients.
Giardia comes from water, feces, or uncooked meat and is the most common foodborne illness in the world.
Ways to prevent getting it:
- Wash hands well after handling food and eating
- Wash well after using the restroom
- Sanitize the area and your hands after changing diapers
- If handling animal waste, wash well and use gloves if you can
- All warm leftovers properly
- Always cook meat thoroughly
- Do not swallow any free body of water’s water, especially if a lake or pond that is still. Check around and try to ensure they are not any dead animals or a lot of rotted vegetation. Free moving water would be best to drink from if you have to. Use filter straws or boil for at least a minute.
- Do not use untreated manure or fertilizer unless you know the source is not infected. For homesteaders this will be tricky but start with commercial or safe dirt and add safe materials. Whenever handling, use gloves. Do not use house pets such as cat or dogs, or human, waste in any compost or homemade fertilizer.
- Drink only pasteurized milk and juices, including cider unless you know the source is safe from contamination.
Tapeworms they are more prevalent in underdeveloped countries, but from raw or undercooked meat or touching contaminated feces and then ingesting the eggs.
For the taenia solium tapeworm it is interesting to note that humans are the main carriers and it’s passed by feces.
Toxoplasma gondii is the 3rd leading cause of fatal food by parasite. It is carried by cats.
Ways to avoid include:
- Wear gloves when handling any raw meat, especially if you are pregnant
- Cook all meat thoroughly
- Wash cutting boards and any supplies that touched the meat in soapy water, adding a teaspoon of bleach to the water can help.
- Feed cats only commercially made food and foodstuffs, unless you properly cook the meat or sanitize when preserving for home use or a stockpile. If you grow the materials and ingredients used, they will be safer when cooking home prepared food for the cats as they haven’t been exposed to the “not for human consumption” diseased and dying meats that commercial pet food has been made of.
- Clean the cats litter box once a day, as they can develop if left over days.
- Wear gloves when handling any soil or garden dirt. This applies to leaf mold and any composting as the bacteria flourish in these environments.
- Do not let housecats outside and discourage hunting and chasing birds and mice if you do.
Cyclosporiasis from contaminated food or water.
Ways to avoid include:
- Wash and peel all vegetables before cooking
- Do not swim in community pools
- Drink only treated water
- When hiking or camping avoid the water or boil it, try to used bottled water supplies from trusted suppliers if you can take your own
Trinella spiralis is from game and meat that is raw or undercooked.
Ways to avoid include:
- Cook all meat, especially beef, steaks and pork, to 145 degrees F, allow meat to rest 3 minutes before consumption.
- Clean all meat grinders with bleach each time you sue them.
- Wash any tools or your hands well before preparing or cooking meats
Cysticercosis is the result of poor personal hygiene and passed by food or water.
Ways to avoid include:
- Make sure your meat has reached proper temperatures and all meat is cooked thoroughly
- Drink bottled water
- Drink water from only treated municipal supplies
- Wash your hands frequently
- Do not drink or swallow water when swimming
- Boil water for at least one minute
- Wash and peel or cool raw vegetables
- Be careful in community swimming pools
How do you remove them naturally?
The thing you want to think on, is why you were a good host to them. So to get rid of them you must make your body a hostile environment for them by consuming foods that are toxic to them. The best way to give your body the power of elimination is to eat these foods:
- Oregano oil
- Sangre de drago
- Coconut kefir
- Pumpkin and pumpkin seeds
- Apple cider vinegar
- Coconut oil
- Aloe vera
- Black walnut
Also try to go on a parasite diet by lowering your intake of foods they love: eliminate grains, dairy, coffee, and sugar for at least 30 days while consuming the foods above to create intestinal ecology that makes it difficult for parasites to flourish.
Notes on the stronger natural cures above
As with anything, be careful when using any natural products. Just because they are natural doesn’t mean they are safe. Arsenic and most poisons are all natural, so just be aware and use only after some research.
For instance: Black walnut has a laxative effect as it flushes and cleanses the body to rid it of parasites. So be mindful, this means a few days of cleansing diarrhea and expulsion of the parasites. If tapeworms, well that bugger will come out, some can be 2 feet long.
You know that medical symbol with the snakes around the stick? Well, originally, as you use a stick to pull and reel out your tapeworm or Guinea worm, the way to heal from a tapeworm infestation was literally to wrap him on that stick and pull and keep him on it until it is out.
You couldn’t force it as it’s wrapped in your intestines, so the stick hung there until it was reeled out. Yeah, the medical way of healing was the stick with a worm tied around it. It evolved into the medical Caduceus and Abacus, here’s the NY Times on it.
The information in this article is provided “as is” and should not be mistaken for or be a substitute for medical advice. Always consult your physician before trying any of the advice presented on this page. Always seek the help of a professional when delivering a baby. Neither the author nor www.SurvivalSullivan.com or the company behind the website shall be held liable for any negative effects of you putting into practice the information in this article.
Growing up in the Bluegrass State, it was a point of familial pride to be able to shoot, trap, identify plants and track animals. Summer camps helped us be well versed in camping, weapons, and survival skills from a young age. We were surrounded by such a lush environment and we used the resources we had.
I met my soulmate in my happiest place to be- a seemingly enchanted winding trail next to a beautiful wooded glen- where I spent as much time exploring as I could during daylight hours with my trusty four-legged friends.
After 3 years following the nursing track, I switched to natural and holistic medicine as that is where my passion lies.
The bucket list includes living the days painting and writing on a fully self-sufficient homestead, off-grid with our animals and family and plenty of land for the significant other (who I think is a true artist at weapons and living that way) to shoot to his heart’s content. Naturally organic living for us and the animals is a goal.