Each week we hear from people who’ve been told by their doctor that their digestive symptoms couldn’t possibly be caused by parasites in their gut.
“Parasites are tropical problems“, they say.
“You can only have parasites if you’re vomiting or have serious diarrhoea“, they claim.
Both statements are wrong.
A new report released this week found a tiny parasite called Cryptosporidium (let’s call it ‘Crypto’ for short) in the Arctic!
Here’s what the article in Nature News said:
“Cryptosporidium, a potentially dangerous intestinal parasite common in the tropics, has been spotted for the first time in the Arctic. This could have long-term implications on the health of the community, especially the children.”
This was even a surprise for me until I remembered that back in 2009 I’d worked with a family who adopted a little boy from an orphanage in Russia.
He was really not feeling himself, so the family ran a stool test with me that found Cryptosporidium.
After steps to rid him of this unwanted guest, the little boy (Alexy) felt much better.
It was a very rewarding experience to have helped this kid 🙂
I’ve found Crypto in client stool tests dozens of times but I didn’t think it could live in Arctic conditions until I studied its lifecycle properly.
Crypto hangs out in water that’s been dirtied by animal poop. It encloses itself in a hard cyst, which creates a barrier between it and the outside world.
Once it is ingested (in contaminated food or water), the cyst dissolves in the intestine and the parasite thrives.
Outbreaks on farms, in zoos and places like that are quite common, BUT Crypto can also get into water supplies.
In fact, back in the early 1990s, more than 400,000 people were affected by a Cryptosporidium outbreak in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Furthermore, we frequently read about outbreaks in swimming pools where kids are playing or swimming.
Crypto typically causes diarrhoea and cramping, and your doctor won’t suspect you have it unless you have these symptoms.
But a sustained Crypto infection can cause any and every symptom in your gut – bloating, heartburn, pain, gas, IBS, loose stools, constipation and so on.
This tiny parasite invades your intestinal cells and can damage your intestinal lining.
When this happens, you may not digest food properly, leading to nutrient deficiencies, and you may develop a leaky gut, where toxins get into your blood stream.
What happens then?
…well, it’s fatigue, depression, skin problems, difficulty sleeping, menstrual problems, headaches, joint pain and so on, all of which are “unexplained” because like I said above, unless you have vomiting and diarrhoea, your doc simply won’t consider parasites as the problem.
Crypto – like ALL parasites – is not a tropical, exotic problem.
It’s in your backyard if you live in Europe, North America, Australia, South Africa, and so on.
It can hang around in your gut and cause a lot of hassle.
But if I’m honest, Crypto isn’t the parasite we find most often.
Three or four other ones trump it in terms of frequency of detection.
They are Giardia, Blastocystis hominis (the one I had), Endolimax nana and Dientameba fragilis.
Like Crypto, they hang around in the gut and cause a lot of trouble.
They don’t necessarily cause vomiting and diarrhoea like the docs think; instead, they lead to low level gastrointestinal symptoms, fatigue, rashes, headaches, arthritic pains and so on.
Unexplained symptoms always have an explanation, and the incurable is always curable from within.
So, if you have any nagging or debilitating symptoms, a stool test is a great place to start.
You do it at home, with a simple kit that’s sent to you.
I don’t know where I’d be without a stool test, as this is what saved my bacon in 2007 when I found H. pylori.
Don’t let your doc convince you that your symptoms are ‘normal’ or that nothing can be done, because it can.
The little boy from the Russian orphanage proves this, and if he can feel better then so can you.
Remember, parasites aren’t a tropical problem – they’re everywhere!
If you’re not ready for a stool test and would like more ultra-helpful info on parasites, read my ebook, What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Parasites, which you can check out here.