“Critters!? I have what?”, my patient, slightly horrified, slightly relieved…exclaimed on the phone.
Parasitic infections are quite common in my line of work. “But, Dr. King, don’t we all have parasites?” many ask. “You shouldn’t, I respond. If your immune system is working as it should, your body should kill them off without any interference from us silly humans.”
How do I know if I have them?
Testing for parasitic infections is part of my normal, routine blood work. There is a marker, called eosinophils, that tells us if you have a parasite or not. It can, also, be high if you are having a major allergic reaction to something (think peanuts if you have a peanut allergy).
How do you get rid of the ‘critters’?
Parasitic infections can be some of the most irritating infections to have. I have seen many and many patients go through many rounds of anti-parasitic remedies (both medication and/or supplementation).
If you are working with your doctor and your parasitic infections will not go away, you may want to look into Rife technology (www.truerife.com)
There are many different homeopathies, supplements and herbs that can help to aid the ‘killing of the parasites’!!!
What will you feel like if you have a parasitic infection?
Well, that can vary from one patient to another. For example, I was recently in Costa Rica on a personal/business trip (I am excited so I will tell you: I may have the opportunity to help develop a mountain!!!) …anyhow, sorry, I am getting side tracked.
A couple days after being back from Costa Rica, I woke up in the AM with horrible stomach cramps, and the next couple hours were not fun, as I was unable to keep food down or in!!!
I knew exactly what was going on (this wasn’t my first rodeo, folks) …I had CRITTERS!
And, as I write this blog, I am in Mexico. Please, keep your fingers crossed for me that I don’t have de ja vu from my last trip.
Some people will not even KNOW they have an infection. This can typically be the worst-case scenario, as that person’s gastro-intestinal lining will be getting ‘eaten’ up! Parasitic infections contribute to Leaky Gut Syndrome.
Many patients I test, have some sort of parasitic infection, without realizing it as they didn’t have any GI dysfunction/symptoms. What would your symptoms be, you ask? Well…
Do you think Parasites could affect me if I don’t have symptoms?
I mentioned above that parasitic infections can begin to cause/contribute to Leaky Gut Syndrome (LGS). If you remember from some of my old blogs, I wrote about 80% of your immune system being in your gastro-intestinal system. Well, with LGS, you are weakening your immune system to the point where autoimmune conditions can turn on…or worse, cancer can turn on!
You want your gastro-intestinal system functioning as it was intended: happily digesting, absorbing, eliminating, and being ‘nice’ to you.
Check me, Check me…. please, I don’t want critters!
Ok, ok…first let’s talk about normal blood work. If it comes back, positive, then you have some critters. However, If my routine blood panel comes back and it shows that you have ‘0’ infections, I may recommend a very specific stool test, to, no pun intended, dig a little deeper…especially, if you are having GI ditress.
But, first…go with a WBC panel with differential (part of the blood tests I run on every patient).
If you are still having any GI symptoms, or are curious to know why your autoimmune condition is not getting better, call and speak to my staff, Ms. Norris, and let her know you want to get your blood panel run: (714) 731-7680.
If you are struggling with your health, I encourage you to keep searching for answers. Life is too short to not live it…due to some silly health condition. People climbs mountains every day, so can you!
If you would like to talk more about your health condition, give my staff a call (866) 375-4641 to schedule your complimentary phone consultation.