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How Common Are Parasites?

Most people are not aware of the danger to their health posed by parasites; nevertheless, if one looks in the right places, one can find a lot of literature on the subject of parasites and the harmful effects they can produce.

Well over 80% of patients we check have some type of parasite or bacteria and the slight inflammation of the abdomen, and unrelated pains and aches which indicate the presence of parasites.

For instance, in a pamphlet put out by a medical manufacturer in America, we read: “Colon therapy has an anthelmintic action (this means parasites are removed). We find that over 90% of the people we examine in our clinics have some form of parasites. The most common of all are tapeworms. Our skilled technicians report seeing green, brown, grey, yellow and white ones, and various combinations. Patients report seeing pieces of tapeworm in the toilet bowl, varying from a few inches to a few feet. (The longest one reported was 57 inches.) Various other parasites are seen, including hook worms pin worms, whip worms and many other exotic forms. Tapeworms are usually beef, pork or fish variety.

Many Vegetarians also have various parasites. Their eggs may be eaten with vegetables or fruit. Thread worms and hook worms may pass through the unbroken skin – they are sometimes picked up when one walks through the grass.”

In New Zealand, a large full page advertisement for “Combantrin” (a commercial worm preparation), shows a small girl handing a pencil to a classmate. The caption reads:
“The simple act of passing a pencil, sharing a book, using the same doorknob, or even sharing a house with untreated adults is all that is required for parasites to spread – No matter how clean your child may be, and no matter how careful you are. The symptoms caused by parasites may include: Loss of appetite, anal and vulval itching and scratching, disturbed sleep, occasional bed-wetting in younger children. These may seem like common occurrences in childhood, but unfortunately this is because the parasite problem is a common one.”

We once told one of our patients that we thought her daily migraines were caused by parasites in her intestines. She was not surprised by this, and she said she had just returned from Europe where she had taken her children to a doctor. The children had been restless and had indigestion. The doctor told her that he felt the children had pin-worms, and it was the parasites which were causing the symptoms. She told the doctor that she thought it was impossible for her children to have parasites, as she insisted on the highest standard of hygiene. She had not seen any sign of worms in her children’s clothes or in their beds. But, the doctor insisted, and told her that over 90% of people in that part of Europe had parasites of one kind or another – so she should not feel ashamed or surprised that her children also had parasites.

Our diagnosis was correct, and when she took the herbs, her migraines and other aches soon disappeared. Yet, this patient had been to a number of doctors, and none of them had been able to do anything to relieve her headaches.

In an interview recorded in a health publication, Dr. William Kelley, famous cancer specialist says:

“I find parasites in 92% of people. Everybody – rich and poor – the whole population have parasites. It is not restricted to lower classes at all. Pets are great carriers of parasites. Also, vegetables may carry parasitic organisms.

“One day I had a lady who was a little over 5 feet tall and weighed 300 pounds! She was on a 400 to 500 calorie diet and starving to death. I said to her, ‘You’ve got so many worms, all you’re absorbing is the water!’

“This horrified her! Most people are upset at the thought of having worms. She started a bottle of special supplements I gave her, but nothing happened. So, she went to her family doctor who took a stool culture, but could not find anything.

“The lady decided to finish the herbs by taking it regularly as directed. One night she was lying in her bed, and she felt a tickling in her throat and thought it is mucous. She went to the bathroom and coughed it up, put it in a Kleenex and turned the light one. The scream she let out woke up her husband, and what they found in the tissue was the head and two more inches of a tapeworm which had come up in her throat. Lots of times, particularly in children, the tapeworm will come through the nose looking for some more to eat.

“Parasites mimic a lot of disease. Like heart trouble. I found this once in a nurse who had suffered with all kinds of heart trouble and went to doctors for years, whenever she had these heart spells. I said to her “You should have gone to the vet.” She asked why? I said, “Because you have heart worms.”
She took her herbs and never had any more trouble.

“Most stomach aches and colitis could have a parasite involvement. Liver damage and liver trouble can often be caused by worms. Sometimes a colony of worms will crawl up in the gall bladder and give you trouble. This can be the trouble with overweight people. The worms are being well fed. The body is only getting the water and the calories but a fraction of the nutrients.”

In a Nutritional Almanac printed by McGraw-Hill and reproduced in part below, we read “worms irritate the intestinal lining and therefore cause poor absorption of nutrients.”Signs of worms may include diarrhea, hunger pains, appetite loss, weight loss and anemia.

In “The Miami Herald” dateline June 25, 1978 (just 23 years ago!) an article appeared titled “Worms Outrank Cancer as Man’s Deadliest Enemy”. It reads:

“One of every four people in the world is infected with roundworms, which cause fever, cough and intestinal problems. A quarter of the worlds people have hookworms, which can cause anemia and abdominal pain. Another third of a billion people suffer from abdominal pain and diarrhea caused by whipworms.”

Not much research is being done on these diseases (i.e. parasite related diseases). The U.S. spends more than $US800 million a year on cancer research. All the nations in the world combined spend less than one twentieth that amount studying parasitic diseases.

Of the amount of money spent on Cancer research, one thing is agreed upon – that toxins and poisons in the body cause chronic irritation of tissues which results in cancer. There is also plenty of other evidence that cancer of internal structures such as organs or other tissues is caused by chronic irritation of the cells by toxins in the body.

Almost all the books written by (so called) “quacks” claim that cancer can be cured by cleansing the body and ridding it of parasites and toxins. In other words, once the tissues stop being irritated by excessive quantities of toxins in the blood, the cancer not only stops proliferating, but may actually disappear altogether if the treatment is started in time. (Note that only the medical profession attempts to treat cancer by introducing more toxic drugs to the body.)


Worms and Parasites

There are several types of parasitic worms which can live in human intestines, the most common being pinworms, tapeworms, hookworms, and roundworms.

Worms irritate the intestinal lining and therefore, cause poor absorption of nutrients. Signs of worms often include diarrhea, hunger pains, appetite loss, weight loss, and anemia. Diagnosis can be made by examining the stools, or occasionally by inducing the vomiting of worms. The extent of intestinal damage is then determined by the type of worm, the size of the worm, and the number of worms present.

Pin worms are the most common parasitic worm in the United States. The chief symptom of this small, threadlike worm is rectal itching, especially at night. Pinworms are transmitted when the eggs, which lodge under the fingernails when a person scratches, contaminate food. Personal hygiene is most important for the control of pinworms.

Tapeworms can be contracted from eating insufficiently cooked meats, especially beef, pork and fish. The most common tapeworm in the United States is the beef tapeworm, which can grow to a length of 15 to 20 feet in the intestines.

Hookworms are often found in the soil or sand in moderate climates. They can enter the body by boring holes in the skin of bare fee, or can enter the mouth if food contaminated by dirty hands is eaten.

Roundworms are most common in children. These worms can leave the intestines and settle in different areas of the body, causing diseases such as pneumonia, jaundice or seizures.

When a person is afflicted with worms, the body’s supply of all nutrients is depleted to the point that supplementation of all nutrients is necessary to restore normal health. Nutrients of special importance are Vitamin A, the B complex, especially Thiamin, Riboflavin, B6, B12, and Pantothenic Acid; Vitamins C, D and K and Calcium, Iron and protein.

Dietary Deficiency

Animals kept on diets deficient in protein or vitamins A, B1, B2, Biotin, Folic Acid or other nutrients have been infested with many types of parasites, including trichinae, obtained from undercooked pork; and trichomonas, which can grow in the lungs or intestines as readily as in around the vagina. When these same parasites have been repeatedly implanted in healthy animals however, infestations have not occurred as long as the diet has been adequate.

If a deficient diet is not improved and the parasites are killed by medication, herbals or electro-medical means, re-infestation quickly occurs, but they gradually die out when the diet is made highly nutritious. Both parasites and worms infest animals deficient in Vitamin A, whereas well-fed controls remain free of infestation. The entire intestines may also be filled with worms when animals are allowed to eat too little of an excellent diet to obtain the nutrients they need, and if the worms are destroyed by medication, the animals died of infections in the intestines.

Although intestinal parasites are surprisingly common, there are no known studies showing the effect of dietary improvement on humans infested with them. It is known that a high intake of refined foods, particularly sweets, which supply little or no nutrient yet satisfy the appetite, cause individuals to become susceptible to pinworms which thrive on sugar.

Research indicates that in any type of parasitic infestation however, the diet should be unusually adequate and refined foods strictly avoided. Yogurt or acidophilus milk, or culture, appears to be specially helpful in cases of amebic dysentery and perhaps all intestinal infestations, and every effort should be made to maintain normal stomach acid which destroys many parasites obtained from food.

Other researchers have shown that parasites are particularly susceptible to a variety of herbs which are lethal only to these organisms. To date, there is no known “cure-all” herb which kills all stages of a parasites larvae and eggs. As described, poisons and toxins in the body irritate the tissues, setting the stage for cancer. These same toxins also seem to allow the parasites to breed outside of their normal, natural, life cycle which usually involves leaving the host’s body. It seems that with the increase in environmental pollution, the parasites, in the presence of pollutants, can complete their life cycle within the host’s body.

Any anti-parasitic treatment must effectively kill all stages of parasite development, and must continue on beyond the normal incubation period of the eggs. Any short term treatment, (such as commercial preparations are) – cannot be effective. Commercial treatments usually focus on intestinal parasites, and adult worms only. As has been described above, parasites can crawl into the liver, pancreas, brain, lungs, heart, eyeballs – in fact any part of the body. Therefore, a total systemic anti-parasitic system of treatment is imperative. Such a treatment may involve electro-medical devices which destroy the parasite electrically, and pure herbal supplements known to kill all stages of parasite development.


There are two trains of thought on the matter and cause of cancers, leukemia, fibroids, HIV AIDS, and other diseases which modern medicine has yet to find a cure.

One train of thought is that modern medicine has the means to cure disease by introducing toxic and potent drugs which are foreign to the physiology of any living body – human or animal. Or, surgically remove the diseased and suffering and dying organ.

The other train of thought is to harness the healing power of the body by removing the source of irritation, and providing nutrients for the body to build healthy new cells. By stimulating it with naturally occurring substances, such as are found in pollutant free, steroid free, hormone free, organically grown foods and herbs, and electricity – healing is naturally accomplished.

Which method or solution does the reader prefer?

Dr Bernard W. Barber
PhD, BSc in Allied Health Sciences

This article is reproduced with grateful acknowledgment to Dr Bernard Barber, 
Wisma Methodist, Lorong Hang Jebat, 
50150 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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