For sure you hear about parasites, virus and  bacteria,  and   are familiar with common virus like Shingles, Hepatitis, Rabies, Polio, which probably for those you being vaccinated in your childhood, other seasonal viruses like  Influenza which affect the respiratory system,  and bacteria like E-coli and Salmonella which pass to human’s throw ingest raw fish, eggs, milk or undercook meats, etc. sending hundreds of people in the US to the hospital every year.

 But do you really know about Parasites?

A parasite is an organism that lives on or in a host organism and gets its food from or at the expense of its host.

Without a host, a parasite cannot live, grow and multiply. For this reason, it rarely kills the host, but it can spread diseases, and some of these can be fatal.

we all are exposed to parasites viruses and bacteria, actually you have 10 times more microorganisms (bacteria, archaea, protozoa , fungi and virus) than amount of cell in your body, and at least 70% lives in your gut (small and large intestine). You have good and not too good microorganism,  in  an 80/20 optimal percent, all together is called Microbiome or Microbiota the friendly microorganism have a symbiotic interaction with you, that’s mean you care of them and they care of you, they help you doing different functions, who support immune system, hormonal, metabolic and homeostasis, in simple words you give them the perfect environment to live, to feed them and  that friendly commensals helps produce and balance hormones like serotonin to make you feel happy, predigest your food converting it in nutrients absorbable for your cells, create chemical reactions in your body, among other important functions.

80/20 percent is the ideal balance between beneficial and no beneficial microorganism, and the most if the time with a proper internal environment you can keep it in, but have a good internal environment can be disturb with many factors like improper diet, bad quality of the water you drink, the exposure to toxic environments, stress, medication, etc. Unbalanced in between good and bad bacterial creating digestive issues and in a long-term imbalance in other systems and organs of your body.

Parasites are everywhere, in the water you drink, in the food you eat. There are many that are hearty, and there are plenty of parasites that will survive even when the water is treated with chlorine.

Parasites are commonly found in foods as well such as fruits, vegetables, meats. They are a part of life, and impossible to avoid. Unfortunately they can be living in you right now. You might think of parasites only infecting people in countries with no proper quality water, or small tribes in the jungle but that’s not true.

You can get parasites from people who you interact with in their daily life. Parasites are microscopic and can live in places like your fingernails for months.

You can easily get it from someone in your household, or by being intimate with someone. When you share everything, including saliva or have sexual intercourse it makes it easy for an infection to spread.

Animals, not just dogs and cats can have and transmit parasites. Even simple insects such as fleas, mosquitoes, ticks can transmit parasites. 

Who can get parasites?

For some reason there is a common misconception that parasites can only occur in super unhealthy people. That parasites cannot infect the average person, or someone who appears healthy.

Well that is not true at all. While parasites may thrive better under certain conditions like somebody is unhealthy it’s also true that a lot of these raw fruits and vegetables can contain plenty of parasites as well. So yes, even raw vegans can get parasites.

Some Parasite Statistics

  • Parasite infections can cause small side effects, but they can have serious health complications including: blindness, heart failure, pregnancy complications, seizures and even death.
  • More than 60 million people in the United States are infected with the parasite that causes toxoplasmosis.
  • Trichomoniasis infects over 3.7 Million people in the United States, can lead to pregnancy complications, and other std’s including HIV. It’s easily treatable.
  • Parasites are the most common life form on Earth. Scientists believe over 80% of all life is a parasite.
  • Not all parasites have yet been identified. There are still thousands of unidentified parasites.
  • The most deadly parasites are protozoa which are single celled parasites. This means, they do not need anything else to breed, just themselves.
  • Malaria is caused by a parasite. It’s the deadliest disease of all time.

These are just some very basic statistics about parasites. There are countless parasites, and they infect billions of people worldwide. Some might show no effects for years while others will completely disable and even kill you.

Common Intestinal Parasites that can infect you

  • Round Worms – There are many different types of roundworms, and they can cause a variety of problems. They can vary in size from 1 millimeter to even 1 meter. The most common type of roundworm is Ascariasis, and it infects 1 billion people worldwide.
  • Tape Worms – Tapeworms can come from undercooked meat and can range from 9 to 15 meters in length. They can go undetected until it becomes quite large.
  • Giardia  – Quite a few people (and animals) are infected with Giardia, and some common symptoms are diarrhea, gas, abdominal discomfort, nausea, and vomiting. It is however possible to have no symptoms, but you can still pass it onto others.
  • Cryptosporidium – Can infect both humans and animals and primarily spread through water. It’s a leading cause of waterborne disease in the United States.
  • Toxoplasma – Over 60 million men, women and children in the US carry the protozoan parasite Toxoplasma gondii. There are studies showing infected rodents with altered behavior. Infection has been associated with a number of neurological disorders, particularly schizophrenia.

If Parasites are so common, then why are they so often misdiagnosed?

Western Medicine do not believe that all  Intestinal Parasites could really involve in life threat conditions, and relate symptoms with other possible diseases.


These are signs that you may be infected with a parasite:

  • If you have Constipation, Diarrhea or feelings of IBS
  • Dysentery (loose stools containing blood and mucus)
  • Gas and/or Bloating
  • Vomiting and/or Nausea
  • Stomach pain or tenderness
  • If you traveled and ever had traveler’s diarrhea
  • If you had food poisoning and your digestion hasn’t been the same since.
  • If you have difficulties falling asleep, and do not get good sleep.
  • Skin irritations, hives, rosacea, eczema, or unexplained rashes.
  • Rash or itching around the Rectum or vulva
  • Teeth grinding while sleeping
  • Aches and Pains in your muscles and joints
  • Experiencing fatigue, exhaustion, depression, tiredness or frequent feelings of apathy
  • Never being satisfied after meals. Always hungry.
  • Unexplained weight loss.
  • If you’ve ever been diagnosed with iron-deficiency anemia.
  • If you’ve passed a worm in your stool.

These are some of the more common symptoms that someone who is infected with intestinal parasites might show

Many people with parasite infections are always unhappy and unsatisfied with their life. How happy can you be when you have parasites destroying you from within. You won’t really understand why your bowels are so bad even when you are eating healthy. Why you are always sick, or why you have so many symptoms.

You can get minor symptoms for years before it really shows the more serious ones. Some people will never even know that they have parasites, all they know is that life is really tough.

In my professional practice I see many clients with different symptoms and sometimes I also be able to see the parasites elimination during a colonic irrigation therapy,  that why we create PARA-CT Cleanse -  Master Formula to support intestinal parasites elimination and Gut Microbiome Re- Balance. 


Catalina Fonnegra,LMT.,CT