PARASITES AFFECT CHILDREN, ADULTS ALIKE
MANILA, Philippines – They come in various shapes and sizes, and they are deadly. Parasites are some of nature’s worst creatures.
A parasite is a disease-causing organism that lives on or in a human or another animal. It derives its nourishment from its host. Lice and other parasitic insects live on human or animals, and parasitic worms only live in humans.
Parasites are everywhere, and can be acquired from food and water. Common public objects like toilet seats and door handles can also be breeding grounds for parasites. Insects like mosquitoes are also carriers of parasites.
Dr. Irene Lim, an expert on holistic medicine, explains that a parasite stays inside our body and takes in the nourishment that we need. If left untreated, it can even cause death.
"Parasitism is a silent killer. It is behind all diseases. The older we get, the more parasites we have”, Dr. Lim added.
Statistics show that 92% to 95% of people have parasites in different parts of their bodies.
Common symptoms of parasitism in children are lack of appetite, pale appearance, enlarged stomach and itchiness in the area of the anus.
For adults, symptoms include foul smelling stool and sweat, bad breath, and fatigue.
There are different kinds of parasites, the most common of which are flat worms, fluke and round worms.
There are several ways in which a parasite can enter our body -- through the food we eat and the water we drink, or through our skin.
Parasite eggs can also be airborne. We can inhale parasite eggs and these can hatch inside our body.
Dr. Lim reminded everyone of the importance of personal hygiene and keeping our surroundings clean. Regular washing of hands with an antibacterial soap and water can help prevent parasitism.
We should also avoid biting our nails and ensure that our pet animals are always well-groomed and free from parasites to avoid transmission.
According to Dr. Lim, it is not enough to have a strong and healthy body. She advised everyone to have their colon cleansed of parasitic activity.
“Sinong dapat magpurga? Lahat tayo”, added Dr. Lim.
The best time to de-worm is during a full moon, since the worms do not cling to the lining of the stomach around this time.
Parasites can live in the soil for as long as 20 years. Those who are barefoot often are more prone to parasites.