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WHAT ARE PARASITES?

Parasites are organisms that live on or inside a host, where they feed and reproduce. They may cause disease or, in some cases, death. Globally, parasitic infections caused by worms and protozoans are among the most common conditions affecting humans, particularly in developing countries.

Human parasites are widespread and can be found in your skin, hair, blood, gastrointestinal tract and multiple organs, even in your brain. Many of these parasites affect our gastrointestinal health, but others can infect various parts of our bodies, impairing organ function and even causing death.

More than 11 million Australians are living with chronic diseases like asthma, diabetes, heart conditions, arthritis, cancer, and other diseases1. This staggering figure is a problem that the Australian mainstream healthcare system has not been able to solve.

WHAT IS A PARASITIC INFECTION?

Parasites that affect humans can be found in various places, like in the soil where you walk barefoot and where children play. They are also found in many of your favourite foods, in the water you drink or in your pet.

Some parasites cause little or no symptoms when they manage to infect you, but others can cause severe conditions. Some parasites can be prevalent and easy to catch, such as the threadworm (also known as pinworm), which affects most children in Australia, causing itchy bottoms and other mild symptoms1.

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Types of parasites to be aware of

These are parasites that you can catch from the food you eat. Some of the most common include roundworms (e.g. Ascaris lumbricoides), whipworms (e.g. Trichuris trichiura), or tapeworms (e.g. Taenia sp.), which can be picked up when you eat undercooked or raw meat infected with eggs or larvae. Protozoans are a varied group of parasites, some of which do not cause any symptoms on their human host. Others, however, can cause anything from fever and headache to gastrointestinal (GI) pain, bloating, diarrhea, or dysbiosis, among many other conditions

These parasites are usually found in soil or drinking water that has been contaminated by faeces of infected animals (e.g. dogs). Typical examples include hookworms (e.g. Ancylostoma duodenale and Necatur americanus) or roundworms (e.g. Strongyloides stercoralis). They can enter your body through your mouth or skin whenever you come into contact with a contaminated source. These parasites are more common in areas with poor sanitation, where faeces can reach the water or soil where people live.

People who have pets, like dogs and cats, are more likely to get parasitic infections. The same applies for people who live in farms, close to livestock. Hookworms, roundworms such as Toxocara, ringworms and hydatid tapeworm (Echinococcus granulosus) are all parasites that humans can acquire from dogs or cats18-19. The roundworm Toxocara, for example, causes Toxocariasis, a condition affecting millions of children worldwide20. Toxocariasis can cause enlargement of the liver, spleen and lymph nodes, loss of appetite, muscle and joint pain, gut pain, skin rashes and eye problems. This worm commonly affects dogs of all breeds and is very common in Australia. One study that tested over 1100 dogs from Queensland and Central Australia found that about 75% of all dogs tested positive for this parasite21. These parasites can infect humans when eggs or larvae are picked up from feces-infected soil, water, or other sources. Also, they more commonly infect children, who are in closer contact with pets.

COMMON PARASITE SYMPTOMS

PARASITE JOURNAL

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AUSCFM'S FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE APPROACH TO PARASITES

At your first appointment, time is invested to gain a thorough understanding of your medical history, lifestyle, symptoms and genetic predispositions to autoimmune diseases.

Comprehensive labs and testing are recommended to provide a more accurate understanding of what is happening to you internally.​

Recommendations are made in regards to your treatment, including alterations to your lifestyle, diet, supplementation and more, to provide an effective path to healing.​

ADVANCED DIAGNOSTIC TESTING AT AUSCFM

In order to better understand your condition and offer the best treatment, we may perform the following tests and procedures:

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