Tapeworm Brain Infection - More Common
Tapeworms don’t care about your social status and you could be one of the cleanest or healthiest people around, but this doesn’t prevent infection. Notable publishers like Huffington Post, Discovery and many others are shedding light on some truth about tapeworm infections. Slowly the dangers of parasitic infections are being revealed by various publications and it’s not all in your head (meaning psychosis) – no pun intended, just stating a truth. Does this mean that everyone should be in a panic? No, certainly not but when symptoms arise along with certain factors that come into play, you might want to have the situation examined.
You’ve heard of disgusting, 20-foot-long tapeworms living inside peoples’ intestines, but it turns out their larvae are even more horrific, and they could be eating holes in your brain right now, undetected. Brain tapeworms, or Neurocysticercosis, are a parasitic disease of the nervous system, and Discover Magazine had an interesting (and vomit-inducing) expose on the problem this week.
The rest of the post and following posts on the subject are at Huffington Post.
Most of the time when we think of a tapeworm infection, it never occurs to anyone that we could be invaded by other tapeworms aside from the pork species, Taenia solium. Be informed that fish tapeworms (Diphyllobothrium latum) thrive in aquatic animals, beef tapeworms (Taenia saginata), and tapeworms can contaminate fruits and vegetables. Years ago I had read old medical journals from the early 1900’s, to learn how doctors had treated patients with tapeworm infections. It was noted that some people had harbored up to 5-6 tapeworms that exited their bodies; i.e., fish, beef, and pork species. A frightening thought!
It is generally believed that good sanitation has lowered parasite infections in the Western world which has been a justification to ignore people’s complaints that something unusual (meaning, strange movements/wiggling and sharp pains) is occuring in their bodies. Sanitation may have helped with keeping the rate down of parasite infections as the population grew, but it didn’t eliminate the problem. Unfortunately, I don’t believe our worldly sanitary conditions have changed the parasite problem with the prevelance of a high consumption of pork, beef, and fish meats. There is reason for me stating this – sanitation records have indicated that Ascaris (another invasive parasite) and other parasite eggs have been found at treatment plants. Our recycled tap water that is supposed to be “good” is infected. What does this suggest? People are infected and don’t realize it, but the results are showing up without a solution to combat the problem.
(1) Lime & Wastewater Sludge
“. . . quantitative observation under a microscope has shown substantial survival of higher organisms, such as hook worms, amoebic cysts and Ascaris ova after contact time of 24 hours at high pH.”
In July 1984, the Sandia National Laboratories published a report titled “Pathogens in Sludge Occurrence, Inactivation and Potential for Regrowth” which states:
“To summarize the effects of lime on sludge pathogens viruses are destroyed by high pH values, although it has not been shown that viruses within sludge itself are inactivated; parasite ova are resistant to high pH, and most will probably survive lime treatment; bacteria are rapidly inactivated at pH 12 but, because of pH decreases at levels suitable for bacteria growth, their numbers increase with time.”
(2) The EPA on Sewage - Project 3a: Optimization of the Method for Detecting, Enumerating, and Determining the Viability of Ascaris Ova in Sewage Sludge http://www.epa.gov/fedrgstr/EPA-WATER/2003/December/Day-31/w32217.htm
“The goal of this project is to optimize the helminth ova method for the detection in the various sewage sludge matrices in order to assess the effectiveness of treatment practices meant to inactivate ova. The helminth (Ascaris) ova assay described in Environmental Regulations and Technology: Control of Pathogens and Vector Attraction in Sewage Sludge (USEPA, 2003e) has been used a number of times, it is time consuming, and it has never been fully optimized and validated for the various sewage sludge matrices.“
In 1976, a nationwide survey in the United States conducted by the Centers for Disease Control revealed that 1 in every 6 people selected at random, had one or more parasites. I believe, that today parasitic infections are off the charts. Without exaggeration people are unaware that they maybe hosting numerous parasites. I suspect that infection rates have increased for raw meat lovers because it does invite risks for other types of parasites. Those who enjoy exotic wild meats, what more can I say? The risk factor and infection rate could be even greater. Television chefs are promoting squirrel and other strange meats as “good". I have to wonder what is this about – squirrel fry preparation for hard times? Admittedly I digressed, but has anyone checked out Leviticus 11 lately? A good read to consider and an even better reason to understand why some foods shouldn’t be consumed, at all! It’s for your protection rather than a “don’t do” list.
Startling statistics below on the death rates from parasite infections is over a billion people a year, worldwide.
ANNUAL PARASITE INFECTION DEATH RATE Malaria children 900 thousand; adults 1 million Ascaris 800 million - 1 billion Fililaris 900 million Schistosomiasis 600 million Pinworms 200 million Hookworms 1.2 million Tapeworms 50 thousand - 50 million
The above information may be dismissed as a worldwide problem reserved for Africa, India/Asia, and Latin America, but you have to admit that those numbers are high. Many people think that pinworms are a nuisance and not a big deal, but look again at the annual death rate from them. According to a NIH publication there are approximately 4 million Americans infected by Ascaris. I suspect that this statistic would be considerably higher if doctors weren’t so quick to dismiss their patients as “delusional". If you’re infected by any of those parasites, you’re at risk!
Returninig to the Taenia issue that started this post, Discovery published an article about it and here’s an excerpt:
The real trouble with this pig parasite, aside from it’s distressing appearance in your cerebral headquarters, is that you can acquire neurocysticercosis even if you don’t consume pork products. This is the surprise kicker, the coal in your Christmas stocking.
Even more disgusting is that these beasts can live in a host for 20-30 years; on a daily basis one taenia lays up to 50,000,000+ eggs in your body. The thought of this is… well, unappetizing and sickening. Not only does the larvae infect the brain, there is absolutely no limit to their invasive nature and they will freely wander into other organs, muscles, tissue, and even into bone marrow. They want your body to thrive in! If you own pets, there is a greater susceptibility to parasite infections even though your pets are dewormed.
You may think to yourself that you’re safe as a vegetarian… whoa, not so fast! You may not be safe if your vegetables and fruits have been grown in ‘organic’ contaminated soil harboring eggs or actual worms. Let’s not forget that worms can infect fruit trees… apples or pears, anyone?
Bottomline, handle your meats and vegetables with care. Be proactive and do everything you can to prevent infection. It is worth taking the time to wash all fruits and vegetables even if they have a tough skin – microscopic eggs can cling to the skin and be transferred onto your hands as you eat. Combating the problem of taenia or nematodes in meats, freezing or cooking for a long period of time at high temperatures may help with lowering risks.
You ask a good question and the answer isn't so easy. Whenever an organism reaches the brain it is hard to get at because few medicines/herbs can reach the blood-brain-barrier (BBB).
To help you understand, this is a simplified 'process' of what occurs. A pathogen passes through BBB undetected by sending out signals to the brain that nothing is foreign residing in the region. Once the pathogen becomes too active either by it's own aggressive nature or being attacked to kill it (toxins thrown off), the brain is alerted to the invader. The brain's defense is to cause heat to kill it and tissues will react with swelling. The pathogen's job is to survive the attack and the brain's job is to get rid of it by any means necessary. Seizures are a prime example with multiple lesions or cysts. There is a lot more to this...
Allopathic approach can be effective and quicker, but everything I've read on it is that monitoring needs to be done carefully. There are a combination of medicines that can be used for this problem. There are a few herbal medicines that can pass BBB that will work over a period of time; such as, grapefruit seed extract, garlic, black walnut, male fern, thymol, and a few others. For obvious reasons, I won't get into what to take or opinions about them. I'm not a doctor.
Whether you go the allopathic or herbal route, please do your research because there are risks. Both are caustic with side-effects and a good dose has to reach the BBB threshold. In either case some kind of anti-inflammatory needs to be taken to lower the risk of swelling and to remove the toxic overload expelled by the pathogen.
Lastly, enough enzymes will eat away at cysts or to assist with breaking down their protein protective layer. Will enzymes do it alone? I don't think so. Mostly likely some kind of enzyme formula and parasite killer will do the job.
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