“In recent medical studies it has been estimated that 85%
of the North American adult population has at least one
form of parasite living in their bodies. Some authorities
feel this figure may be as high as 95%.”
As we discussed in the article “Why Am I Hungry When I am Morbidly Obese?“, infections are huge source of internal stress. Some infections can remain undetected for years, keeping the body in a chronic state of stress.
Chronic stress can have numerous effects on the body including, adrenal fatigue, hormone imbalances, leaky gut, liver issues, premature aging, and increased food sensitivities.Additionally, it can lead to an impaired ability to break down food, maldigestion, and malabsorption of nutrients. This is an issue for us all, but even more of an issue for those who are already malnourished as a result of an eating disorder such as anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder and bulimarexia.
Symptoms of a parasite infection will vary from person to person. Some common symptoms of a parasite infections include: excess weight gain or weight loss, blood sugar fluctuations, food cravings, depression, anxiety, hyperactivity, constipation, diarrhea, gas and bloating, irritable bowel syndrome, joint and muscle aches and pains, anemia, allergies, skin conditions, nervousness, sleep disturbances, teeth grinding and clenching, chronic fatigue, immune system dysfunctions, acne, cancer, and more.
“I believe the single most undiagnosed health challenge
in the history of the human race is parasites. I realize
that is a pretty brave statement, but it is based on my
20 years of experience with more than 20,000 patients.”
– Dr. Ross Anderson
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the most common sources of parasite infections include water, food, blood, insects and animals. The CDC offers several tips on how to reduce your risk of becoming infected by parasites:
- make sure your pet is under a veterinarian’s care to help protect your pet and your family from possible parasite infections
- wash your hands frequently, especially after touching animals
avoid eating undercooked fish, crabs, mollusks, and meat
- avoid eating raw aquatic plants (such as watercress)
avoid eating uncleaned raw vegetables. In restaurants, avoid all raw vegetables
- follow the CDCs “Steps of Healthy Swimming”
There are several options available if you suspect you have a parasite infection. You can address your concerns with your physician and request to be tested. Alternatively, you can work with a professional that specializes in natural medicine.
Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the outpatient treatment of obesity and eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, bulimarexia, and binge eating disorder (BED) and the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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