From the Doctor's Desk
Century Answer To An Age-Old Problem
This week, Dr.
Roy Brabham talks about the importance of cleansing and
freeing the body of parasites, and how that relates to our overall
health and wellbeing.
"Like it or not,"
Dr. Brabham states, " we must be aware of the health threat
that parasites pose to us and be prepared to do something about
A 21st Century Answer To An Age-Old Problem
Worldwide, it is
estimated that over 4 billion people are infested with intestinal
parasites, and that 450 million are ill because of them.
is not just a problem in underdeveloped areas. Trends in
international travel and immigration, along with importation
of produce and other products from around the world, are increasingly
bringing this problem to the Western world.
It is estimated that
85% of Americans have some type of intestinal parasite.
One of the most common
North American parasites, giardia lamblia, is thought to infect
nearly half of the US water supply. And it is not affected
is notoriously hard to detect. Standard testing yields
a high level of false negative results.
A WORMY WORLD
Ingesting food and
water (it's certainly hard to live without them!), often introduces
an unwelcome and fairly disgusting invader into our bodies;
parasites. While most Americans probably would not list
parasites (like intestinal worms and liver flukes) among the
health issues that most concern them, there are some 140 different
parasites that can infect the human body.
What exactly is a
parasite? The scientific definition is "a plant or animal
organism that lives in or on, and takes its' nourishment from
another organism, which it often injures." Intestinal parasites
range from microscopic, single-celled protozoans to yard-long
Parasites in their
larval stage are consumed in uncooked or under-cooked meat and
seafood or on unwashed fresh fruits and vegetables. Because
these are some of the primary vectors for parasites, food handlers
are often inadvertently responsible for the rising number of
infestations in the U.S. today. Many food
handlers are recent immigrants from countries where parasitic
infestation rates are significantly higher than in the U.S.
Transmission of parasites
is also increased among kids in daycare centers and schools,
where they come in contact with many more infected children.
An additional problem
is keeping pets with us in living quarters. Dogs can transmit
65 known parasites to humans, while cats carry about 40 that
affect people. Pinworm is the most common helminthic (or
'worm') infection in the U.S. It is the most commonly transmitted
person-to-person, especially through the handling of contaminated
clothes and bed linens.
Parasites can live
almost anywhere in the body, from skin tissue to the brain. They
can do tremendous damage without being the obvious cause, because
they are often hard to detect. Those that live in the intestines
can cause digestive problems like flatulence, constipation or
They can cause malnutrition
by leeching nutrients from the body, resulting in fatigue, apathy,
depression, poor memory and impaired concentration. In
addition, they can inflame, irritate and perforate the intestinal
lining, causing "leaky gut" and food disorders. In such
cases, undigested food particles can enter the blood stream
and create another set of challenges to the liver, kidneys and
Parasites also may
settle in joints and muscles, form cysts, and create inflammations. The
resulting pain is most often attributed to arthritis. Parasites
can form granulomas in the liver, kidneys, brain and other organs. They
produce toxic metabolic wastes that can attack the central nervous
system, often resulting in restlessness, anxiety and depression
Parasites in any
form create an enormous load on the immune system. Their
presence stimulates a continuous immune response, exhausting
reserves and diverting resources away from other activities
such as cancer surveillance and resistance to other types of
infection. With an estimated 85 percent of Americans having
some type of intestinal parasite, it is not a problem that can
How can we protect
ourselves from the impact of daily exposure to human parasites? Proper
handling and preparation of foods, along with frequent hand
washing help. Promoting optimum functioning of the immune
system is essential. This is facilitated by consuming anti-oxidants
in foods and supplements, encouraging the growth of beneficial
intestinal bacteria, and reducing stress.
There is now an effective,
natural supplement that creates a hostile environment for parasites
and helps the body rid itself of them - Detoxal 21. This
21st Century approach to an age-old problem combines
traditional herbal parasite remedies with modern-day natural
THE BAD GUYS AT BAY
Like it or not, we
must be aware of the health threat that parasites pose to us
and be prepared to do something about it. Detoxal 21 is
It is an effective
vermifuge and vermicide that also has components to eliminate
protozoan parasites and yeasts from the intestinal tract and
other parts of the body.
Detoxal 21 can be
utilized as part of a regular program of cleansing and detoxification
to keep the whole body functioning at an optimum level and reduce
the likelihood for the functional breakdowns that we know as
If you're interested
in finding out more about Detoxal 21, you can find it at this
Dr. Roy Brabham is
a medical doctor associated with Blue Star Naturals.
Until next time,