What are parasites and parasitic infections? Parasites are organisms that live within or on other organisms of a different species,
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.