Paradise Lost in a Parallel Universe
Allergy problems have been on the rise for the last 50 years. Over 20% of the U.S. population is suffering from allergy related problems. This increase has coincided with the increase in the incidence of all chronic degenerative diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and cancer.
Asthma is the most well known potential life threatening medical condition associated with allergies. There has been a dramatic rise in morbidity and mortality from asthma for the last 50 years despite aggressive medical treatments to control the asthmatic symptoms. Allergy related symptoms are only the tip of the iceberg for more serious medical problems one is likely to encounter later.
Allergies have been associated with a whole list of symptoms including asthma, eczema, irritable bowel syndrome, ADD/ADHD, chronic sinusitis and bronchitis, canker sores, bedwetting, ear infections, dermatitis and hives, joint pain, behavioral problems and migraine headaches. This is only a partial list of allergy related symptoms.
How could it be possible for simple allergies to create so many disabling and destructive medical problems? What is a missing link between the allergy, allergy treatment and understanding the cause of the problems?
Allergies can be classified into three major categories: food allergies, non-food allergies, and environmental or chemical sensitivities. Food allergies, one of the most common yet overlooked allergies, have been associated with leaky gut, yeast and parasites. Parasites and other hidden microbes infest not only the intestinal tract but also migrate into the liver, gallbladder, pancreas, lung, stomach and every part of the organ system. As an example, night coughs and asthma have been frequently associated with Ascaris (roundworms) in the lung. Bloating, flatulence, nausea, and change in appetite have been associated with gallbladder/liver involvement from Strongyloides (parasites) or liver flukes (another form of parasites).
Allergies and parasites are intimately related from an alternative medicine perspective. Yet they seem so far apart in the conventional medical understanding of the role of parasites in allergies. Unfortunately, parasite infestations are hard to detect by the current medical tests of standard blood tests, stool ova and parasite evaluation. Most of the parasites are deeply embedded in the organs and very difficult to eradicate. They reproduce quickly and migrate to different parts of the body.
Elevated IgE or eosinophils in the blood may give a clue for parasite infection and allergy problems. I have been treating my patients for parasites based on information from the Acupuncture Meridian Assessment (described in an article on my web site). Often my patients’ allergy symptoms improve when the parasites are cleared. Some parasites may have lived in your body for over 20-30 years. They “become a part of you” by being intimately connected to whatever chronic medical conditions you have.
There can be many species of parasites infecting different parts of one’s organs at the same time. Specific treatment may be required for each parasite. In alternative medicine, some natural herbal remedies, such as wormwood, black walnut husk and clove oil, are often used for parasites. However, these are often not strong enough to eradicate the parasites which have been embedded deeply into one’s organs. These cases often require multiple high doses of pharmaceutical parasite medications such as mebendazole, albendazole, tinadazole, praziquantel, metronidazole, iodoquinole and levamisole in conjunction with herbal parasite remedies. When the patient receives the right medications for the correct dose in a proper sequence, the response can be dramatic.
Conventional medical treatments for allergy related symptoms are mainly designed to suppress the symptoms with antihistamine medications, H-1 and H-2 blockers and a variety of steroid preparations. None of these treatments correct the underlying problems. They may even create a condition for the proliferation of chronic degenerative medical conditions later in life. Allergies are very complex immune system related problems. Parasites are only one example of the causes of allergies. One should also explore for other potential problems such as environmental pollution, heavy metal toxicity, and hidden dental problems from the wrong dental materials, and unresolved emotions that trigger responses which mimic the allergic reactions. Too many people are suffering from a variety of allergy related symptoms. Conventional medical professionals are too eager to treat the symptoms with medications without recognizing the multiple, hidden, correctable causes. The only reliable proof we have for the cause and effect relationships of parasites and allergies is based on clinical observation of the improvement of allergy symptoms with properly prescribed medications for the parasite infections. Unfortunately, the connection between parasites and allergy symptoms has not been well recognized. Therefore, many people are needlessly suffering. For those sufferers, their paradise is lost in the unrecognized parallel universes of parasites and allergy symptoms.
Parasites and Mental Illness: Delusions of Parasitosis
Are you one of those people constantly worrying about parasite infestation? You are not alone. There are millions of people suffering from the “delusion” of parasites invading their body, crawling under their skin, nibbling their flesh and taking away all the nutrients from their body. Typical patients are white women over 40 and well educated with no obvious cognitive impairment or signs of psychiatric disorder. Many people are labeled with a psychiatric condition of “Delusions of Parasitosis” but are they properly diagnosed?
Most of the patients go first to their family physician and then to an array of specialists that could include:
- An internist specializing in infectious disease
- A parasitologist
- Every known specialist based on their symptoms such as a dermatologist or proctologist or others, and
- Eventually seeing psychiatrists.
Parasites are a very real problem for a very large in the U.S. and the World. For more articles on parasites and related symptoms, see my web site at www.preventionandhealing.com.
The diagnosis of “Delusions of Parasitosis” is finally confirmed when all diagnostic tests fail to support the patient’s history, condition and complaints. Patients are usually angry and hostile for being given this diagnosis. Psychotherapy is very limited. A psychiatrist may end up resorting to antipsychotic medication to control the patient’s “delusions”. Dr. Hulda Clark’s name is often mentioned for describing this recent phenomenon of diagnostic labeling of “Delusions of Parasitosis.”
Before we make any assumption on a final diagnosis of “Delusions of Parasitosis”, we need to ask, “Does conventional medicine really use the proper tools to uncover parasitic infestations?” One of their primary, if not sole, tests is a microbiology lab test. How reliable is this test? This test of routine stool evaluation for ova and parasites picks up less than 10% of active infections. There are hundreds of parasites with very complicated life cycles that can exist outside the intestinal tract. Therefore they wouldn’t be detected by this test. Many of these parasites can penetrate through skin, lung, nostril and every known organ and tissue in the body.
The World Health Organization (WHO) states that 2 billion people have worms which are rarely seen in the stool exam. I believe those numbers are very conservative. I believe those numbers are limited to worms and nematodes and not inclusive of all parasitic infestations. The WHO estimates that 1.5 billion people worldwide suffer from a neuropsychiatric disorder. Of the 10 leading causes of disability in 1990, four were psychiatric disorders: major depression, manic bipolar depression, schizophrenia and obsessive-compulsive disorders.
The cause of psychiatric disorders and mental illness has been hotly debated and controversial. It has included genetics, nutrition, environmental toxins, drugs and one’s family environment. A minority of physicians and therapists believe there is overwhelming evidence that infectious agents may play a key role in causing mental illness. Dr. E. Fuller Torrey, former professor of psychiatry at the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, MD wrote a book, “The Invisible Plague: The Rise of Mental Illness from 1750 to the Present”. He is a big proponent of linking mental illness with infectious agents as a key cause of mental illness reaching its current epidemic proportions.
Most well known common infections capable of producing mental illness or its symptoms include syphilis, Lyme disease, pneumonia, urinary tract infections, sepsis, malaria, HIV, Legionnaires Disease, Chlamydia, typhoid fever, herpes, tapeworms, giardia, Ascaris, trichinosis, Toxoplasmosis Gondi and streptococcal infections. Some of the symptoms are transient after the acute infection and some are followed by a long protracted disabling sequence of physical and mental breakdown.
Some specific correlations have been observed. Streptococcal infection has been associated with the onset of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Toxoplasmosis Gondi has been known to cause delusions, psychosis and auditory hallucinations. Dr. Paul Fink, past president of the American Psychiatric Association, has acknowledged that Lyme disease alone has been known to mimic every known psychiatric diagnosis in the Diagnostic Symptoms Manual (DSM III). It is interesting to note that many anti-psychotic medications have anti-viral and anti-parasitic activities. Maybe these actions of the medications are the real reason for a reduction in psychotic conditions, at least in some percentage of people.
We are at a crossroads between 21st Century conventional medical science and “Alternative” medicine. Many people are suffering from psychiatric problems and receiving anti-psychiatric medications for the wrong reasons and a wrong diagnosis. Perhaps believing that medical science sponsored by pharmaceutical companies is impartial and fair is a delusion in itself. Patients suffer from the delusion of Parasitosis. Therapists suffer from the delusion of blind faith on double blind randomized medical trial studies.
Maybe there are two opposing delusions: Delusions of Parasitosis and Delusions of the Merits of Science. Perhaps Hulda Clark was right all along that parasites and all disease known to humans have intimately evolved together. It might be worth while to de-worm everybody. You could ask your Veterinarian to de-worm your cats, dogs, children and you. Or you could take a less radical approach and ask your alternative medical practitioner for parasite remedies for your “Delusions of Parasitosis.”