” . . . there are many . . . surprising effects of intestinal parasitic infection that often occur outside your digestive system.” Leo Galland, M.D.
“If you think intestinal parasites only lead to gut disturbances such as upset stomach and diarrhea, think again. Because problems that happen in your stomach don’t stay in your stomach.”
Dr. Galland says that [these surprising effects] are primarily due to allergic and autoimmune reactions provoked by the parasites and include:
- Uveitis (inflammation of the interior of the eye)
- Blood clots caused by antiphospholipid antibodies
- Paralysis (Guillain-Barre syndrome)
The most common effects of intestinal parasites is food allergy. It is Dr. Galland’s belief that anyone with food intolerance or allergy should be tested for intestinal parasites.
Unsuspected Causes of Chronic Illness
Parasites may cause allergic or autoimmune disorders in two ways:
1. The inflammation caused by an intestinal infection can cause an increase in the permeability of the small intestine, a phenomenon known colloquially as “leaky gut”.
2. Over two-thirds of your body’s immune system is located in the wall of the small intestine. The immune cells (called lymphocytes) leave the intestine and travel all over your body. When activated by a parasitic infection, they can carry the inflammatory message to your joints, your skin, your eyes, and your lungs.
Parasites and Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
Chronic Entamoeba histolytica infection of humans has been associated with autoimmune phenomena such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Research suggests that an excessive and prolonged antibody response to Entamoeba histolytica or other enteric organisms may contribute to joint inflammation in RA.
Parasite Problem is Worldwide
Parasitic infection is not unusual for people living in the United States. Americans can get parasites all of the time, even if they don’t travel outside of the country. Staying clear of parasites can be a challenge especially with people from other countries traveling to the U.S. or produce that is imported here.
“Over 90 percent of individuals infected with Entamoeba histolytica are asymptomatic. Asymptomatic carriers may spread infection to others who then develop symptoms.”
What’s living in Your Digestive Tract?
People are exposed to one of the most toxic environments within their own gastrointestinal tract. Every inch, from the mouth to the anus, is colonized by bacteria.
The gastrointestinal tract is a complex and dangerous frontier
All nutrients required for your life must pass through the gastrointestinal tract–in this large area–there is much that can go awry. This leads to a rather larger range of ailments. The intestinal tract is the largest organ of immune surveillance and response in the human body. Often known as “the second brain”.
Billions of Bacteria Lend a Helping Hand
There are over 500 species of bacteria that live in the healthy human body. Bacteria have been around longer than humans and have been with us ever since. The normal healthy bacteria help you generate energy from food you eat.
Medicines Can interfere with Bacteria
Alteration in the level of normal flora by antibiotics has long been known to allow secondary infection by pathogenic bacteria and yeasts.
Bacteria Gone Bad
Bacteria are dangerous tenants, causing dysbiosis (cell death)–a common problem. Some by-products of bacterial enzyme activity, like ammonia, hinder normal brain function. When absorbed into the body, they must be removed by the liver.
Reinoculate the Bowel
Get off of your antibiotics and reinoculate your bowel with good bacteria by preparing your own probiotics such as: fermented vegetables, yogurt, kefir, and fermented/dehydrated nuts and seeds.
Galland, L., M.D., “What’s LIving in Your Digestive System”, The Huffington Post, 03/02/2011.
Galland, L. (1989) “intestinal protozoan infection is a common unsuspected cause of chronic illness.” Journal of Advancement in Medicine, 2, 529-552.
Cernohous, Sarica, L.Ac, MSTOM, BSBA, The Funky Kitchen, Living Wellness, LLC, Peoria, AZ, 2013
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