How Common Can Parasites Really Be?

Riley Coules
August 25, 2017

The search “how common are parasites?” on Google will effectuate a vast number of articles, some credible and some sourceless, questioning the prevalence of foreign bodies in the intestines of First World inhabitants. A few articles provide solid figures; the CDC, for example, states that up to 50% of “children under 18, people who take care of infected children, and people who are institutionalized” are infected with pinworm, largely considered the most common type of parasite in the United States (4). Only recently has the CDC acknowledged, however, the rampant existence of this phantom illness, despite the fact that homeopaths and naturopaths alike have been eradicating it for hundreds of years. Homeopaths, at the very least, have treated parasitic infection since Samuel Hahnemann founded the practice in the early 1800s; homeopathic remedies, by their very nature, address imbalances in the digestive tract because they restore those mechanisms that prevent overgrowth from occurring in the first place. Indeed, any dysbiosis, Candida, or parasite issue is secondary to GI dysfunction, not the cause. Considering disorder in one front inevitably dishevels the other, a premise from which the mind is not exempt, many more ailments can be linked to parasites, including autism.



Finally Western medicine is beginning to recognize what homeopaths have known for years, and will continue to uncover truths central to homeopathic principles, merely by virtue of the fact that the people are sick and tired of being sick and tired. I hope to contribute to the unveiling process by spreading awareness of this revolutionary practice; the cure exists, and it incurs by stimulating the vital force–the intrinsic mechanism by which we maintain homeostasis–to do what is does every second of every day: mediate the inside world (you) and the outside world, only this time with progression, and strengthening, in mind. Because homeopathy compels you to heal you, the totality of the being, from the innermost products of disorder to the outermost, least threatening facets of the disease process, no stone goes unturned (see What To Expect During The Healing Crisis for more). Naturally, then, you might not only uproot the psoriasis that has been plaguing you for years, but some mild constipation you didn’t know you had (our standards in digestive health are so, so low in this country). 


When I first started having severe digestive issues in later 2015, which had been in a state of decline throughout the year prior, I went to the E.R. three times in one week. Suddenly I was eating an upwards of 8,000, 9,000 calories a day; had a bout of absurdly-intense hypoglycemia; couldn’t sleep, in a constant state of oppressive anxiety; had a heart that raced and startled me upon sleeping; was super constipated, flatulent, bloated, and belchy; was devoid of energy; suffered from the thematic “runny tummy“; and grappled with a whole other slew of oddball symptoms which would worsen until I found homeopathy. I was also full of fear, so off–even more off than I had been in the aforementioned year prior–suggesting that as my physical state deteriorated, so did my mind. The doctors at the E.R. didn’t do much except suggest that I had an eating disorder; it was only once I saw a naturopath that the notion of “parasitic infection” came into play (I would then embark on a herbal cleanse, which improved my condition until suppression caught up with me. That’s right: even herbs are suppressive). Interestingly–and this is manifesting through the grapevine, so please just let it be what it is and perhaps trust me–my friend, a nursing student, said that her professor taught them (her and her peers) that parasites do inhabit all of our (the majority of the population’s) guts, and only proliferate in the wake of stress (trauma), i.e. everything I have been saying since 2015 and only began writing about now. So if my friend’s Westernized teacher recognizes that parasites are a natural part of the ecosystem, why didn’t the doctors that treated me in the E.R.? I suppose awareness of this medical phenomenon is only in its infancy in the allopathic community… And unfortunately that standard has permeated the minds of the general public, wherein few are aware of the prevalence of not only digestive distress, but parasitic infection.


Before I get into the thick of my argumentation, I want to guide you into a mindset free of preconceived notion by raising some questions you may have neglected to consider prior to reading this article:

  1. Why would inhabitants of the so-called First World be any less exempt from acquiring parasites than those of Third World countries? Sanitation practices (which really only became widespread in the mid-1800s) may run stronger here, sure, but that doesn’t mean we have eradicated all of the parasites that must have lived on this continent centuries ago. Animals, including our pets, carry parasites, and they sure as hell don’t wash their hands (paws) or food before eating. They keep the microscopic world of moochers running strong. We’re also not as good at washing our hands as we’d like to think we are…
  2. Why do you think people crave foods that do not benefit them? When the totality of the being is in a state of harmony, the body will not incite the mind to consume fare that will prevent both from flourishing. They are meant to accommodate one another, to rouse optimal fitness via communication (and they will disturb one another if either is compromised). Processed foods, oily foods, foods high in refined sugars, and meat and dairy products (some more than others) require excess work to assimilate; they feed our gut predators as a result. Take them away, heal the body–from pathogens and gut flora imbalances–with homeopathy, and the mind does not crave them anymore. Hence the inquiry: what made the mind crave such undesirable eatables in the first place? It is not enough to say humans desire sugary and oily foods because they aid in survival; the body, when apt to, will ask for what benefits it most. Whole fats and fruit sugars serve the totality of the being–the body would much rather have them than vanilla cupcakes and french fries. Indeed, there is a difference between the two types of cravings. Trauma (which can be mental or physical in nature) may have thrown homeostatic mechanisms off in the first place, but certainly a bad gallbladder, the digestive system itself, does not yearn for foods that will only hinder it further. The vital force would like to heal. Sure, the gallbladder may incite the mind to desire fatty foods in earlier stages of the disease process, or to forgo them later on–but something external to the being must crave those processed edibles that will not “bring it back” to health, what will, in effect, make one’s digestive environment uninhabitable for pathogens to live in (parasites want to live!). 

Note that some people are prone to self-destructive tendencies when disordered, but in such cases, the mind is already disordered prior to the self-destruction ensuing. The function of the digestive tract, then, is likely already thwarted by gut flora imbalances and pathogenic overgrowth, instigating unfruitful cravings. 


When it’s Not IBS, What is it?

When Americans get acutely sick with a digestive ailment, most will attribute their symptoms to a “stomach bug”, “the flu”, or “food poisoning”. While these conditions certainly exist, and may in fact perpetuate the symptoms they are believed to cause, manifestations of disorder can also be explained by other disturbances to the GI tract, disturbances we do not often recognize as options. The invisible force of standardized “knowledge” promotes the idea that parasites only exist in Third World countries; television shows like Monsters Inside Me highlight this exoticism, insinuating that infection presupposes near-death (common gastrointestinal disorders excluded). Within this context, humans and their gut invaders cannot coexist without one causing great harm to the other through the deterioration of the affected or the eradication of their dependents; and yet, the definition of parasitism necessitates a parasite keep its host alive for nutrition–and in most cases, without detection. Acute infection, when left untreated, may turn chronic; in fact, physical disturbances of any kind can affect the body’s ability to maintain homeostasis long-term, through which mental symptoms further oppress the individual that holds them. Falsehoods regarding the prevalence of parasites are largely perpetuated by the fact that rarely, rarely if one seeks help for an acute, or even chronic digestive ailment, will parasites be considered the root cause of nir struggle. Most are more likely to be labeled with IBS like the other 15% of Americans (5), and this number does not include those who never go to the doctor to obtain a diagnosis, those who do not realize their digestion functions sub-parly, or people with other gastrointestinal-related disorders that do not fall under the umbrella of IBS. lists some of these afflictions (affecting people who are equally likely to endure parasitic infection, Candida overgrowth, SIBO, or a combination of the three), increasing the abovementioned figure to an even greater percentage. The stricken may suffer because pathogens have “caused” their digestive issues, but in reality, it is the vital force that has succumbed to disorder first and foremost, making it susceptible to overgrowth. Here are some irregularities of the digestive tract considers:

  • Celiac Disease
  • Diverticulosis/Diverticulitis
  • Food Allergies
  • Gastrointestinal Infections (e.g., Giardia, Yersinia)
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Lactose Intolerance
  • Malabsorption


Notice some parasites are listed on this account. But could parasites (or Candida or SIBO; remember the domino-effect of stress and digestive dysfunction) lead to other listed assimilation abnormalities, such as malabsorption, lactose intolerance, or food allergies? Yes, yes, and yes. Giardia causes lactose intolerance when damage to the intestinal lining leads to a lack of the enzyme lactase (6). Giardia is most often recognized in its acute stage, but it can become chronic if left untreated, especially if the immune system–a facet of the vital force–is already weakened (so is the case with many parasitic infections that “come out” after periods of intense stress, as well as the proliferation of yeast overgrowth). The root cause of this enzyme deficiency is damage to the intestinal lining, yet I speculate that almost all parasites that live in the digestive tract, when prolific, cause damage to the intestinal lining, for they would otherwise exit the stomach and intestines with the food their host consumes. Parasites take up space on our intestinal walls, leading to malabsorption. Giardia can live in the small intestine, the site of fat absorption, spawning deficiencies in vitamins A, D, E, and K, as well as B6 and B12; less surface area to utilize these vitamins can provoke nerve damage, anemia, insomnia, fatigue, as well as a wide array of mood disorders, such as anxiety and depression (10). No wonder a happy gut equates to a happy mind. Keep in mind that SIBO may instigate these very same issues, but can be differentiated by the hydrogen breath test, a standard procedure (a procedure that is not needed when utilizing homeopathy; homeopathic diagnosis functions to identify one’s outermost constitutional layer, treating the whole person as a being with a vital force that evinces disorder in a way that is specific to nem). The development of leaky gut due to dysbiosis or pathogenic overgrowth further damages the immune system, allowing toxins to enter the bloodstream with the degradation of its protective lining; more stress on the body incurs, promoting the self-fulfilling prophecy of chronic digestive illness.


 Stool Analyses Are Not Enough

The CDC asserts that 15,223 cases of Giardia were reported in 2011 of the 44 states that provided information (6). This figure does not include the many who never receive a diagnosis (often in chronic cases, of which IBS may be attributed), or whose stool samples are not collected properly. In the case of chronic infection, catching the presence of parasites proves difficult, and the quality of mechanisms used to identify them varies. Parasites go through complex life cycles, alternating between activity and dormancy; in order to achieve a proper diagnosis, the slew of parasites living inside a host must have reproduced at just the right time if their offspring is to occupy an individual’s stool. This scenario is less likely to occur if an infestation is relatively under control by a healthy immune system. Furthermore, even if samples are sent to a reputable testing facility such as Genova Diagnostics, an individual must host a parasite that can live outside the body for the number of weeks it takes for nir stool to reach the testing facility of nir choice. Parasitologists are looking for live organisms or their eggs, not the the alarming dead matter a host may witness in nir stool upon detoxifying. All of these factors contribute to an unfavorable outcome in terms of diagnosing the illness that may be causing someone great harm. 


 When it is IBS, What is it? 

IBS is not a disease researchers are attempting to find a “cure” for (even though one exists–shocker); rather, this diagnosis defines a collection of symptoms typically without any known roots. Sure, certain diets eradicate many symptoms IBS-sufferers grapple with by correcting dysbiosis in the small intestine, like the low-FODMAP diet (a study conducted in Italy, a microcosm for the group as a whole, suggests 56% of people who suffer from IBS have SIBO (12)), but they do not identify the root cause of SIBO, or furthermore what issues coexist with them. Attempts to manage digestive distress with a low-fermentation diet should be met with one question: why did this overgrowth occur in the first place? In the case of SIBO, the answer lies in part in an insufficient secretion of stomach acid, which itself arises out of prolonged periods of intense stress–i.e. trauma done onto the body, via physical or mental means. Stomach acid serves as an antiseptic, destroying unwanted pathogens and keeping bacteria within the small intestine in check when it matriculates at healthy levels; a deficiency in this mechanism will result in overgrowth. The cycle of stress caused by extrinsic factors, continued suppression of stomach acid secretion due to the internal stress of a disordered system, and consequent green-light for undesirable organisms to proliferate will prevent one from ever fully amending nir symptoms. While a simple HCL-plus-Pepsin supplement will make the world of a difference for most suffering with SIBO, it will not completely eradicate symptoms, nor underlying causation, as an isolative, and even suppressive procedure. Supplements are, in fact, just another attempt of non-homeopaths–usually naturopaths, not Western doctors–to mimic what the vital force cannot do for itself any longer. What the vital force could do for itself if homeopathy was sought! Goodness, whenever I edit pieces I wrote long ago, those that are a little more “technical” and require research to consolidate the information I’ve had floating around in my head since I went down the rabbit hole, I find myself wondering just what the heck is going on in this country’s medical system. Everywhere I look on the internet I see people struggling: I have digestive issues, and I don’t know what to do!; I’m fatigued, constipated, anxious and unhappy; My doctor has tried everything–we still do not know what the problem is; and on and on and on. The Western medical community, and even some of the naturopathic community, is defunct principalistically, for one reason (from which almost all others derive):

True underlying causation always lies in a disordered vital force, that which we cannot see but can theorize about given the pathology of disease within the body and mind; the foremost product of said disorder, the beginnings of the disease process, will reflect “the symptomatic source” as is recognized by the majority of allopaths/naturopaths, what we can see and treat. If the vital force is strong enough, it can heal itself, the genuine source of disorder, when its paramount mental/physical symptoms are mended directly (not with pharmaceuticals, but maybe herbs). However, as I write in Why Your Vegan Diet Isn’t The Problem, unless one utilizes homeopathy, ne can never know for sure if ne has healed all of nirself, the totality of the being, or just the way in which the vital force has expressed disorder within the digestive tract. Hence the terminology I used before to describe most supplements: isolative (within one section of the body), and suppressive (in effect displacing the disorder the vital force is expressing to some other part of the body; worsened mental symptoms tend to result). Even when I was taking herbal supplements prior to homeopathy to “cleanse” my body of pathogens, under the guidance of a naturopath, I felt mentally better to some degree, just as I did physically, but not all the way there, per se. The mental symptoms dissipated a fraction of what they did when I underwent homeopathic treatment, in the same amount of time, and I never really felt “whole” like I have with homeopathy. Not to mention the fact that I was so weak and so far gone that even as the herbs made me feel better for maybe three or four months into the process, my body–my vital force–just seemed to snap in about a week’s time following that interval. Once again, suppression. I finally, finally then found homeopathy–and oh gosh, what a beautiful journey it’s been. This is real healing, people, and it’s unmatched by any other form of medicine, allopathic or holistic, I encountered during my downward spiral. No form of treatment, I can almost guarantee you, will make you feel as complete as homeopathy. We truly are restoring the totality of the being, for which you will experience all symptoms you have ever experienced throughout the entirety of your life, digestive or otherwise, until you heal the source of your woe, the beginnings of your disease process. Each one of my four remedies has mended a facet of my heart problems, then my digestive issues, then some suppressed allergies (earlier portions of the disease process), until the disorder remained no longer. Until my remedy could do nothing more for me. As a whole, these four remedies have worked to cure me in ways I never thought possible, ways I didn’t even know my bodily mechanisms were defunct prior to falling severely ill (such as the “heavy flow” and rather lengthy duration of my period I treated as normal and unavoidable in high school, when I was a young, rather healthy kid). Disorder works in subliminal ways; these particulars become all the more subliminal when no one teaches us how to truly heal.


 Inherent Allergens, or Reactions to Feeding Your Gut Predators?

A word on the abovementioned food allergies, which includes the allergy to gluten as evident in Celiac disease:

Food allergens cause inflammation when consumed by the allergic (2). So do the foods that the parasites, yeast overgrowth, or dysbiosis within us favor. The body attempts to combat these infectious agents by inflaming the lining of the digestive tract so that it may better assimilate what has just been ingested (eventually, once it heals). The constant colonization and toxic by-products of these creatures agitates our digestive systems even more (11).

In the healthy and well-balanced, inflammation is an asset; it is, after all, one of our bodies’ main defenses against infection. The problem occurs when our GI tracts are constantly inflamed because they are constantly infected by pathogenic, and/or bacterial overgrowth, and thus never heal. Not only are we then failing to properly absorb the nutrients in the foods we consume, we become deficient long-term, lowering our defenses even more. A self-fulfilling prophecy results, the state of chronic disorder (which many of us fail to realize we’re in, despite obvious indications of our woe, like the inability to properly digest plant foods).

Gluten intolerance is so common these days, as is the intolerance to beans, fruits, and certain vegetables, it’s no wonder we’re all pushed by mainstream medicine and even naturopaths to stay away from high-FODMAP foods and natural sugars. “Carbs are bad;” they say, “beans will make you gassy.” But do they know it is not the carbs that are bad, but the imbalances in our gut flora that feed on those carbs–a premise which, in effect, cultivates a chronic state of infection, and thus a chronic state of inflammation? Sure, we can take away the triggers to disorder, the foods we consume, but the disorder ofen still remains. We rarely heal when we escape, unless we are strong enough to deal in the absence of whatever has been oppressing us. More likely, the lesson we have yet to learn prevails, and will come to the fore whenever we’re confronted with what (or who) we’ve been avoiding. But I’m widening the focus too much now.

There are plenty of meat and dairy products that feed our gut predators too; veganism just takes the big hit because it deviates from the norm, and in many ways remains unexplored as a curative alternative to meal plans like the GAPs diet. It is true that many plant foods have the potential to ferment in a disordered system that happens to be disordered in such a way as to  fermentation comes easily, but not everyone will fall into this category. Many more heal when going vegan, so long as they transition. Essentially, plant foods should benefit us; they feed our bodies, minds, and souls. They cover almost every nutrient we need, whilst ensuring we uphold our moral duty to do no harm. No one should have to hinder another life to benefit their own; for those that feel that they do because veganism hasn’t worked for them, I suggest that you read, once again, Why Your Vegan Diet Isn’t The Problem. If you cannot digest a group of plant foods, you have digestive issues–point-blank–and they likely center on gut flora imbalances. The best part is they can be rectified

An inflammatory response will accompany the “healing crisis” due to the extraction of from one’s intestinal walls as well as the by-products of their death. Right before utilizing homeopathy, I was at my lowest. I kept fainting, my stools were clay-colored–a.k.a. “acholic”–and I passed the worst of these stools the days after a few fainting spells, suggesting my body did not produce any bile when I did. When I saw my naturopath, she explained clay-colored stools often occur after an anaphylactic attack, a reaction to a food allergy. A light bulb went off in my head… Perhaps my body was responding to the intensity of my healing crisis, causing similar symptoms to food-related reactions such as those that occur with gluten intolerance. My body was literally purging itself of allergens (pathogens), substances that cause inflammation. I’ve never been gluten intolerant, yet I could not consume bread without my symptoms worsening; testing at Beaumont Hospital in December confirmed I do not have Celiac Disease (since beginning my homeopathic treatment, I can consume whatever I want). What does this experience indicate, then? Common “food allergies” may actually be the body’s response to inflammation caused by feeding its unwanted inhabitants. Soy is not allowed on the low-FODMAP or anti-Candida diet, another huge allergen in America. Neither are peanuts. Perhaps we can link afflictions not readily associated with the digestive tract to parasitic infection.


 Born Sick and Growing Sicker

IBS has many autoimmune-related symptoms, in addition to other disorders such as Celiac Disease and Crohn’s Disease, for which I simply have to question: 15% (and counting) of the nation’s population just naturally can’t digest a wide range of whole foods, even with diet modification and elimination of food allergens? I already mentioned that parasites, Candida overgrowth, and SIBO can mimic Celiac Disease due to the inflammation they cause in reaction to certain “trigger” foods. What if 15-plus percent of us were born without an arm, or any other somewhat-essential component to proper functioning? An absent limb isn’t even a fair analogy; digestion is essential to life, to physical and mental well-being. Dysfunction of the GI tract, especially when severe, can alter the course of our existences and furthermore how we perceive them. We know our children are born sick and growing sicker with the destructive foods and suppressive drugs we feed them, in addition to the toxic substances they encounter nearly everywhere (in the air, fabrics, lotions, body washes, cooking items, etc.), but what disorders are manifesting out of our vital force’s newfound deficiencies (miams), exactly? Likely a greater propensity to suffer from parasitic infection. Our guts are worn, my friends. And they’re worn not just because they must fight to assimilate the foods we feed them every day, three times a day, but because they struggle not to succumb to other triggers.



Of course I tend to speculate on the lack of evidence made public to the people as a systematic wrong… our nation’s leaders aren’t stupid. Tell me this, how much money do you think there is to be made in the perpetually-drug-hooked IBS sufferers (not counting those afflicted by malabsorption, food intolerances, etc.)? Your suffering will never outweigh the profit of Big Pharma, and I am not referring to your local doctors that genuinely aim to heal. Even these professionals are victims of a corruptive education in which truth is hidden from them; the push for prescription meds as a means of “healing” always coincides with what is referred to as career “obstipation” in homeopathy- when Western medical professionals fail to think for themselves. Big Pharma doesn’t want you dead; just sick enough to keep you buying into the system. The medical field has proven its intent to profit unethically before, as evident in the vast number of unnecessary gallbladder surgeries Americans undergo yearly, a condition holistic care and time could otherwise alleviate. Lobbyist-promoted laws highlight the propensity of the American government to loophole the Constitution in order to make a few bucks; the government also regulates the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and in turn the output of the CDC. These practices are well-documented and completely open to the public; what about the transactions that aren’t? What about knowledge kept from the people in order to keep them feeding into the system that suppresses them?  The role digestive distress plays in chronic physical and mental illness does not reflect uncharted territory- rather, a cover-up. The corruption of this schema not only proves profitable, but spiritually-deafening, as physical ailments affect the mind significantly. Unhappy people are selfish people, unmotivated people, disconnected people- with themselves, and others. I consider myself “lost” in 2015 for this very reason. Ignorant people are compliant people, just like our doctors- believing what is told to them due to sheer faith. If we were all a little more driven to evolve and connect with nature as a means of restoring the being in totality, neglecting the crutch of pharmaceuticals in the process, we may question some of the foundations of society we hold so dear, such as our trust in the major institutions meant to heal us. The body is affiliated with the earth as a product of nature itself, and so it would like to work with nature, not against it.


 Hypoglycemia Does Not Stand Alone

My naturopath saw me when I was 88 pounds, struggling with severe hypoglycemia, and full of anxiety; even she did not consider parasites as the source of my newfound troubles. I review this topic over and over in my head: how could I spend all of 2015 on a complete downward spiral and do nothing to help myself before my conditioned worsened? It’s simple: I trusted the ability of modern medicine to heal, to cure, to recognize the amiss; I also was out of my mind and didn’t recognize how truly off my personality was that year. I attributed my moodiness to Fordham, my hypoglycemia to some ridiculous chance that I always had it but didn’t recognize it until I went vegan and began eating a high-carb diet, and my weight loss to this hypoglycemia. I knew I wasn’t starving myself, but no one in their right mind should attribute a 40-pound weight drop to an intrinsic digestive disorder. Hypogylcemia is a product of inner tension, the body’s inability to function without impediment; the adrenals cannot maintain blood sugar when they constantly play a role in immunity. Hypyoglycemia must be caused by some other digestive dysfunction, such as pathogenic overgrowth, which once again, arises out of disordered mechanisms within.




Undercooked meat, unwashed (or poorly washed) fruits and veggies, sushi and sashimi… Enough said.


If we don’t believe parasites are at the root cause of digestive ailments, perpetuating little research regarding the matter, then we would remain equally unaware of how many different species exist in the worn guts of Americans. Isn’t it possible a greater variety of them affect the population than we have taken the time to identify? 


Household pets commonly carry parasites; we’re opening ourselves up to a whole world of zoonotic disease (spread between animals and people) every time we pet or kiss our animals.

The CDC acknowledges that hookworms and roundworms are easily passed from pets to their owners; no statistic is offered regarding the matter. Think of how many of us have animals in our homes that travel outdoors and indoors multiple times a day, sleep on our couches and in our beds, lick our faces after licking their bodies (flees often have parasites), and offer countless opportunities for us to spread their pathogens after we pet them? While we’re eating we may absentmindedly pet them. We may groom them and touch our phones, later rub our mouths or eat while checking our email. The possibilities are endless…


The most common route of infection is fecal-oral. How many people fail to wash their hands after using the bathroom again?

A CBS news article reports:

“Michigan State University researchers camped out in public restrooms, and found only 5 percent of people properly washed their hands long enough to kill infection-causing germs and bacteria… They observed more than 3,700 people using public restrooms, and found 95 percent of them were cutting corners. Thirty-three percent of people didn’t use soap, while 10 percent skipped hand-washing entirely. The average hand-washing time was 6 seconds” (9).

And those that do: consider the door handle of the stall, the door handle of the bathroom itself, and the fact that if these people don’t wash their hands in public restrooms, how many do in their “clean” homes, to which they pose no threat? That’s right–be very cautious when visiting your friends. While you certainly can walk around in a quarantined suit like the bubble boy, you would dually bar yourself from life experience… attention to diet, stress management, and proper healing will do, then.



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