We live in a world filled with parasites which try to make comfortable homes of choice organs of our bodies. Last week, I mentioned the case of Jewish business man in whose brain a baby tape worm was found by surgeons who were probing the cause of his persistent headaches they could not cure with drugs. I recalled this story, which broke in the United States, after a member of KUSA GREEN PASTURE HERBS chat group, Mrs. Sola Sowemimo, informed us about a woman in Nigeria in whose brain doctors found a tape worm. She was lucky. For doctors said it may take about 15 years before the deadly symptoms begin to show. The parents of this woman were pig farmers. After my comment on this post, another post came in from a man who said his girlfriend was not so lucky. She complained of headache early in September this year. Tests revealed only malaria parasites. She was placed on a drip and discharged next day. She became paralyzed, nevertheless, suffered mental disorder, anaemia, coma. She came round a few days later. A brain scan revealed parasites. She died on September 22 and was to be buried on September 25. This is a scary world in which we live, that is the world of killer parasites, about which many of us know little or nothing.
Mercifully, Mother Nature protects us against them. They invade our organs and deal with us or kill us only if we disobey the rules of Mother Nature about how we should feed and care for our bodies.
I find interesting or exciting the exploration we are about to undertake into these parasites and the various organs of our bodies. For they are present in the brain, in the eyes, nostrils, sinuses, ears, mouth and throat, in the stomach and the intestine and in the blood, the heart, the blood vessels and various organs of the body.
Many worms can live comfortably in the brain. One of them is Naegleria fowleri. The CNN reported some cases of this brain eating amoeba between 2001 and 2010 in the United States. Taenia Solium (tape worm) infection are common in Africa and infect about fifty million people world wide. Tape worm eggs in the human intestine may burrow into the blood-stream and end up in the brain. There, they form cysts. The disease they may cause is called neuro cysticercosis. Quite a mouthful! This disease may cause headaches, seizures, epilepsy and even death. Yet another brain-infecting parasite is called Toxo plasma gon dii (T.gondii). Infected rats become unafriad of cat urine. If the infected rat is eaten by a cat, the cat may become infected, and infect humans. T.gondi may infect about one in four Americans because they are cat loving people irrespective of huge investments in veterinary care. Infected persons may not immediately realize they are infected. A diagnostic marker is their sluggishness or slow reactions to stimuli which, in the United States and Germany, have been linked to automobile crashes. Psychiatrists in Germany believe this parasites drives women to sometimes deliberately harm themselves, a condition Nigerians would see as insanity. The brain can also come under threat from Loa loa, a thread like worm in the eye which may spend many as 15 years traveling in other parts of the body before it arrives in the eye.
When anyone tells me of skin itch, my mind immediately goes to worms travelling under the skin, eating and damaging tissues, including nerves. Amazon A-V may catch it, as may Help for skin disorders or Golden Seal Root. We will come to these later. Loa loa is dangerous. When drugs are deployed against it and it dies in large numbers, the carcases may be the many enough to block blood vessels in and around the brain, causing encephalopathy, which may impair memory, alter the personality after affecting cognition. We have not addressed malaria parasites in the brain, which may cause cerebral malaria, vomiting and death within a few hours.
Ordinarily, these parasites should not enter the brain cavity because of its protective Brain – Blood-Barrier (BBB) formed by a group of specialized cells which may give way if they do not have enough of the right nutrients to do their work well.
I listen to the story of ABBY BECKLEY as told by www.popsci.com, which was reporting THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, a scientific journal. Abby, 26, felt on irritation in her left eye one day. She picked out a tiny worm some days after. “I was just pulling them out, I knew they were a lot”, she told National Geographic. Her doctor sent one of the worms to parasitologist Richard Bradbuny, of the center for Diseases Control and Preventions Parasitic Diseases Defense Laboratory where, every year, thousands of parasites are identified which doctors may not recognized. Abby’s eye worm was identified as a cattle eye worm named Thelazia gul osa.
Abby was told the worms would not burrow into her eye ball or invade her brain. This parasite is not of much concern as its human infestation is rare. It only shows that the eye is vulnerable to parasitic infections, and needs care always. Many of us do not know it does.
I believe there may be worms in the eyes of many people. In Nigeria, we often encounter roving eye care givers from the north who wash the eyes of their clients with medicinal water and wriggling worms come falling off into a bowl placed beneath the eye in which they are caught as evidence of the efficacy of this treatment. Under Oshodi over-head bridge complex in Lagos, some medicine men insert a certain seed under the eye ball of volunteers and, in a jiffy, mucoid matter reels out. A person like me given to asking how things happen and with what effects cannot partake of such therapies. But it is going on.
From the findings of many studies, some parasites end up in the eyes in error, having missed the way on their journey from one part of the body to another, most probably the brain. A type of amoeba is often spoken off. It lives in water and infects people who wear contact lenses more than other people. These people may wash their contact lenses in infected water or contract the amoeba in infected swimming pools. This is a lesson for people who have bought into the new culture of opening the eyes into a bowl of water in the morning to soak up cellular debris or wastes that may occlude vision some day. Tap water may convey these amoebas. Even the underground or overhead water tanks may harbour them. It makes good sense, therefore, to boil water and let it cool before using it for this purpose. While these amoebas may not burrow into the eye ball, they may damage or eat up the cornea, threaten vision or cause blindness.
Pathogens in the eyes include bacteria, viruses and parasites. The symptoms of their activities include redness of the eye which may not yield to simple medical blurriness, frequent tearing of the eye, temporary vision loss, swelling of the eye, itchiness and irritation in the eye, severe pain, pus, ulcers (white patches), floaters, they cause damage to the cornea, falling eye lashes, white flakes around the eye lid region, photosensitivity, cysts in the eyes.
The list is endless. Our ophthalmologists will educate us better on parasite in the eyes and how they may endanger vision. It may not be enough for good vision to add to the diet such nutrients as Vitamin A, Zinc, Lutein and Zezanthin, Astazanthin, Alpa Lipoic Acid, N-Acelyl cysteine, cellgevity, Omega – 3 oil, Beta carotene and the phosphate tissue salts among others. Parasites must be prevented from getting into the eye and, getting into the eye and, when they do, they must be fought off locally and system wide.
Food should not just be what is pleasing to the tongue. It should contain things that would kill parasites. That is when the admonition is fulfilled which urge that “Let food be your medicine, and medicine your food”.
Ear, Nose and Throat
Lucopthalmologist E.N.T ( Ear, Nose and Throat) doctors were wonderful health ministers. You only have to have experienced a worm crawl up your throat and wriggle out of your mouth or nose to appreciate these doctors. Where do you turn in such circumstances, if not to the E.N.T docors.? About 1990, I signed to have one of my sons operated for adenoids. The surgery was terrific, but I did not enjoy the experience. So, by the time others adenoid issues came up in other children, I had learned to do away with them naturally. www.curezone.org, ENT sufferer, shares useful experiences of a spray of Golden Seal Root and Echinacea with worm wood and Black Walnut compounded by a doctor with a little bit of peroxide.
“After much trial and error, I am finally getting some relief from my problems in the ENT area with parasites, fungal and bacterial infections, as drugs cannot reach this area. It has been a challenge to rid myself of (1) the worms there and hopefully, the bacterial and fungal will follow suit – as treatment progresses. I have holes in my ear canals from the parasites, so they have free range from my gut to my ENT area and back again.”
“When the sprays the herbal remedy compounded by his doctor into his ears, …slowly, the substance moves along my nasal area and mouth and throat. I also spray nasal area., and mouth area and do a saline rinse for them afterwards. It is reducing the severity of the bacterial infection as well as the fungal and getting worms out. I have had problems using antibiotics and I have stopped using them for this on-going bacterial infection”.
Many people worldwide are in the shoes of this ENT sufferes. A former bank manager in Nigeria obtained relief from the sinusitis which made him unable sleep well for about 30 years after I suggested Oregano mouth and nasal spray to him. He expelled thick, yellow mucus for many days. This was evidence of the deficiency of a tissue salt which was corrected with that tissue salt and the inclusion of Fenugreek in the diet to liquefy and dry phlegm. A former deputy commissioner of police in Nigeria found help after many troublesome years of sinusitis and insomnia from adding Orange peel powder to his diet. One of my shop keepers got over smelly post nasal drip by alternating the infusion of onion juice and Bitter leaf juice nasal drops. Some other people say they were helped with nasal drops of Coconut oil, Colloidal Silver either as eye, nose or ear drops, olive leaf extract or Essiac tea. Spelled backwards, ESSIAC is a code for CAISSE. That’s the name of a nurse who was given a cancer remedy by some monks. When an American President took ill with cancer, she offered this formula to his aids, and he overcame the cancer. Essiac is scare to find in Nigeria and it is expensive. When it comes to sinusitis, I give kudos to MAYO CLINICS. In 2010, the doctors carried out a study which involved thousands of ENT patients. Sinusitis had become a difficult to cure, and they wished to know why. Studying these patients for several months, they found they presented bacterial infections in the first three months or thereabout of their troubles. After that, the pathogen was very likely to be a yeast of fungal origin. So, they concluded that many doctors were unable to easily cure some variants of sinusitis because they were prescribing antibiotics, believing they were treating bacteria, whereas fungi, which required antifungals, were causing the trouble.
After I read of this study, I sympathized with many people who said they had been on and off antibiotics almost all their lives, and that their conditions worsened whenever they got off them.
One woman complained about certain movements in her ears. Her general practitioner dismissed her fears of an infection even when she repeatedly went to him to complain that “pieces” of the parasites she suspected were coming out of her skin and other body parts. Some doctors would vouch that this condition is eczema, or that parasites such as mites may be tickling the middle ear. Some speak about mineral deficiency, poor blood circulation especially of ringing-in-the-ear is involved, too little wax or too much wax. The throat is fascinating. Many people cannot sip water or swallow a little morsel of food without coughing, parting their chest or the back of their head. In yorubaland, it was wrongly believed that the drink or food had gone into the head. It was little known that the wind pipe is beside the throat opening, and that, whenever food is eaten, a lid on the wind pipe covers it, to prevent food or water from getting into the wind pipe. This lid is called the epiglottis. If the epiglottis becomes infected with parasites, either as part of a general infection in the region or otherwise, it may not properly cover or protect the wind pipe adequately. Thus, any infiltration of water, fluid or food into the wind pipe may provoke a reaction described above. In some cases, a narrowing of the esophagus may have begun, which may result in inflammation (oesaphagitis), or in a worse case scenario in esophageal cancer. A cancerous esophagus may be surgically removed and replaced with a new esophagus formed from a section of the intestine of a challenged person. For such people life may never be the same again, as tinsel cannot replace gold. This is one of the reasons parasites should never be allowed to gain foothold or assume control in any organ of the body.
If you have the courage to invite your neighbour to examine your tongue, and you his or hers, you may be let into a shocking find. The tongue may be grayish, lightly or heavily, at best with tinges of gray on a pinkish red carpet underlay. The pinkish red is the normal colour of the tongue. The gray is CANDIDA, a member of the fungi or yeast family which kills cells and tissues and organs, even if instalmentally. Looked at under a microscope, the Candida is like a mushroom. The white we observe is like the head of the mushroom. The Candida has a stem which sticks its roots into the tongues, from where it derives its sustenance and into which it emits its waste products or toxins. Some people tongues are unsightly to look at. When they open it, a slimy substance connects the tongues with the roof of the mouth. I often wonder if people who kiss just about any person have eyes and brains, and are seeing and thinking!.
A few years ago, some scientists came up with the report of a mapping of the varieties of microbes and other parasites which live regularly in the mouth. The website www.scialert.net informs us of a study of micro-organisms or germs and parasites often found in the mouths of Malaysians. It says:
“Major organisms identified include streptococcus pneumonia, staphylococcus aureus, streptococcus mitis, and Neisseria Subfla in the gingival crevice, streptococcus Oralis, Rothia Mucilaglnosa and Kingella Oralis on the teeth surface, Streptococcus Infantis, Streptococcus pseudo pneumoniae, Aeruginosa in the gingival crevice, Streptococcus sanguis on the teeth surface and Lautropia sp on the tongue surface. The presence of pathogenic organisms may have profound implications on the health of individuals habouring them. Knowledge of the type of bacteria that inhabits the oral cavity is important in predicting and preventing not only dental disease but, also, the associated systemic complications caused by them”.
The website says there are about 700 species of microbes in the biofilm of the mouth which enjoy the habitat and are nourished by it. Dental plaque supports their existence and population growth and their excretions help them to bind to their various habitations. In the last two years, it says, evidence has grown to link periodontal (mouth) diseases with possible causes of systemic diseases such as “Cardiovascular disease, Osteoporoses, diabetes mellitus, and infections in other body sites”.
What is being saids, in effect, is that there are friendly and unfriendly bacteria, among other pathogens, in the mouth. Immune deficiencies can make even the friendly bacteria wreak havocs.
These havocs may include “bacterial endocarditis, aspiration pneumonia, ostcomyelitis in children, pre-term low birth weight, coronary heart disease and cerebral infarction (stroke)”.
On the note the bacterial activities in the mouth may cause a stroke (in the brain!) I would like to close this section of the series today. We are seeing how, literally speaking, our bodies are like housing estates for parasites.
The series continues.