Parasites infect more than 2 billion people worldwide. Persistent skin problems, digestive difficulties, constipation and a wide range of other complaints are linked to parasites. In some cases, parasites kill. In 1993, an outbreak of cryptosporidium in the water supply in Milwaukee, WI, sickened over 400,000 people, causing watery diarrhea and other digestive symptoms. Over 100 people died from this incident.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta estimates that 76 million people pick up parasites from food every year in the United States, and by the year 2025 scientists estimate that half of the world’s population will be infested with some type of parasitic infection. Thanks to increased global travel, parasites are now more common in North America than ever before. Other factors spreading parasites include pollution, increased crowding of children together in day care centers, infected military personnel returning from infested areas, household pets, the overuse of antibiotics and other drugs, infected food and water, exposure to multiple romantic partners and infected community swimming pools.
You may have parasites and not know it. According to Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS, author of Guess What Came to Dinner, “These masked marauders mimic other diseases, so they are often misdiagnosed. Without proper detection & treatment, parasites can linger in the [human] body wreaking havoc for up to thirty years.”