My Intro to the World of Parasites

September 18, 2017

How I discovered this hidden epidemic.

If you’re one of the many who caught me on the Parasite Summit, thank you for tuning in! I hope you’ve left this summit feeling that you’re on a bright path towards discovery, health and healing. For those of you just getting to know me—or those of you who don’t know my story—I’d like to share how I became acquainted with this hidden epidemic that has infiltrated our country.

First, ask yourself the following questions…

Do you feel tired most of the time? Are you experiencing digestive problems—gas, bloating, constipation or diarrhea—that come and go but never really clear up? Do you suffer from food sensitivities and environmental intolerances? Have you developed allergic-like reactions and can’t understand why? Are you depressed? Do you have difficulty gaining or losing weight no matter what you do? Have you even tried a yeast control program that helped to some degree but know you can’t stay away from bread, alcohol, fruit, and fruit juices all of your life? Do you sense something is not quite right with you but just can’t figure out the cause—and, for that matter, neither can your doctor?

If these symptoms or feelings sounds familiar, then you may be an unsuspecting victim of the parasite epidemic that is affecting millions of Americans. It is an epidemic that knows no territorial, economic, or sexual boundaries. It is a silent epidemic of which most doctors in this country are not even aware. Yet, according to the late parasite expert and medical researcher Louis Parrish, M.D., at least eight out of ten of his patients had some kind of parasitic infection.

A Startling Introduction

Here is the untold story that finally solves the mystery of many chronic health disorders. It is a story that began for me back in 1974 when I stumbled upon the connection between parasites and disease. In that year, at a special class for the study of “scientific nutrition” in Albuquerque, New Mexico, instructor Hazel Parcells, D.C., N.D., Ph.D., introduced the topic of worms in a most visual manner. She showed the class various preserved specimens of internal visitors that had been passed by patients undergoing treatment for a wide array of unresolved health problems.

I have never forgotten the sight of those little bottles and what was in them.

For the next two years, I refused to eat in any restaurants. But most important, what I learned from Dr. Parcells was that worms, from the microscopic amoeba to the feet-long tapeworm, are a fundamental root cause of mystery disease and are associated with health problems that go far beyond gastrointestinal-tract disturbances.

Since then, in my own nutritional practice, I have observed that many unexplained health conditions often disappeared when parasites were eliminated from the body. These conditions included environmental illness, skin problems, digestive problems, excessive fatigue, hypoglycemia, arthritis-like aches and pains, long-standing obesity, and even depression.

Painstaking examination of my clients’ food habits, favorite ethnic restaurants, lifestyle, and travel records often revealed the source of infection. I was amazed to find that a patient’s travel history was often the missing key to unlocking the underlying cause of persistent flu-like symptoms, allergy, fatigue, gas, and intermittent constipation and diarrhea. Frequently, symptoms started shortly after a vacation to tropical islands, Asia, or South America or a camping trip to Colorado.

Masked Mysteries

A central problem in solving the parasite puzzle is that many parasite-based illnesses can mimic diseases more familiar to the doctor. Roundworm infection, for example, has been misdiagnosed as peptic ulcer, and amoebic colitis is often mislabeled as ulcerative colitis. Chronic fatigue syndrome and yeast infection may really be a cause of chronic giardiasis, while diabetes and hypoglycemia can be caused by tapeworm infection.

The majority of doctors in the United States do not recognize parasites and therefore do not diagnose them.

This may be due to the fact that parasitology courses in medical schools are usually offered by a tropical disease department, giving rise to the notion that parasites are primarily a foreign concern. Furthermore, the inability of technicians to accurately diagnose the problem compounds the issue. The parasites’ own reproductive style, in which eggs or cysts are passed at irregular intervals, also makes accurate diagnosis tricky.

Today, parasite and the disease they cause are no longer found just in faraway places like the topics—places that conjure up images of poverty and poor hygiene. Some parasites, like giardia and pinworms, are, in fact, found predominately in temperate climates. These organisms as well as others have become more prevalent in America because of a number of modern-day factors.

The idea of harboring a living organism inside our bodies is repulsive and unpleasant to dwell upon, but learning all we can about our unwelcome boarders is the only way we can discover enough to evict them and rid ourselves once and for all of their presence. This is one situation where ignorance is definitely not bliss.

The Next Step

If you’re eager to learn more, I put together a report with my friends and colleagues at the Health Sciences Institute titled The Hidden Parasite Epidemic: 5 Proven Ways to Eliminate the Monsters Inside You. I hope that this information empowers you and your loved ones to get to the root cause of ongoing illness. While the idea of having parasites might be shocking, this knowledge may also be a tremendous step towards answers you thought you’d never find.

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Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS, is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty books including The Fat Flush Plan series and her latest book, Radical Metabolism. She’s been rewriting the rules of nutrition for more than 40 years and is internationally recognized as a pioneer in the field of diet, detox and women’s health issues. 

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  1. Cammy M.

    Thanks for a great Parasite Summit, ALG.

  2. KB

    Thank you so much for your enthusiasm and encouragement to us to take back our health!!

    • Team ALG

      Thank you KB!!

  3. Ruth

    Thank you for the info. I will keep the parasite book in mind. Since I’m a senior on a fixed income, it’s difficult to determine what’s the best bang for my buck, but I’ve followed you over many years when I saw you Natural Cooking School ad in Mother Earth. I wish I could only afford the things I need to feel better. I am appreciative for Summits like the Parasite Summit since I can learn many helpful things.

  4. Team ALG

    Thank you, Ruth.

  5. Tricia Kolsto

    Hi Ms. Louise

    I just want to say a big Thank you for your talk on the Parasite Summit. It was so informative and I ordered your Colon Cleanse right away and am waiting on it to arrive. Big Shout out to your team who was able to give a discount to help with the shipping costs (40.86 USD to Canada =( ). As soon as I convince the rest of the family how needed this is I’ll be ordering 4 more!

  6. Team ALG

    Thank you Tricia!

  7. Tim

    Hi Ann Louise,

    I learned a lot from you and the other guests on the Parasite Summit. Thank you!

    I have a history of multiple head traumas, which compromised my blood/brain barrier,leaving my brain vulnerable to heavy metals, parasites, etc. Due to this, medications, herbs, etc., are also metabolized much differently than a “normal” person.

    I have struggled with food sensitivities, depression, and fatigue my whole life.

    I have done various cleanses, resulting in expulsion of parasites. I am concerned my brain is compromised by parasites, and not sure how to proceed. It’s hard finding a practitioner who understands how to deal with this.

    Do you have any suggestions?

  8. Tim

    Thanks Dianna.

    Another guest on the Parasite Summit, Dieterich Klinghardt, stated that parasites absorb and concentrate toxins (mainly heavy metals) within their bodies. Because of this, it is best to remove them whole, to prevent the concentrated metals from dispersing from their bodies, should they be destroyed in place via various treatment methods. Will Para-Key and Verma-Plus accomplish this?

    Also, if my brain is infested with parasites, and I undergo treatment which kills them, how will they get out of my brain?

  9. Team ALG

    Tim, Para-Key and Verma-Plus will kill the parasites in place but after this they let go and are released from the body. You don’t want them to stay in your body. Chlorophyll is very effective at binding to the heavy metals. You can get that in the Liver Lovin Formula. If you have parasites in your brain, the herbs will reach that tissue as well to kill the parasites and they will be removed through the cellular cleansing to the lymph as other tissues undergo.

  10. Margaret Prudhomme

    Which doctor should i consult eith to ecplore the possibility of having parsites living in me..i have chronic diarrhea for over: years and I’m bloated my joints in my knees are sore and now my ankled…i barely sleep…no appetite to speak of….

  11. Mary Marston

    I’d like a detailed description of how you wash produce such as leafy greens. Do you use a soap? How many times do you rinse the produce after washing it? In my case the produce is organic, but I want to remove any contamination from bacteria and parasites.

    • Team ALG

      Mary, Here is the Chemists’ Cleanse that Ann Louise recommends. The Chemists’ Cleanse is made with 18 drops grapefruit seed extract, 4 oz of 3% hydrogen peroxide, and 1 teaspoon baking soda per quart of water. I first soak all my veggies for 15 minutes and then rinse very well with filtered water. I repeat for all fruits and do the same for eggs – even if all my produce and eggs are organic. This replaces the Clorox Bath from yesteryear which we have abandoned since Clorox changed their formula so many years ago. This new Chemists’ Cleanse keeps fruit and veggies fresher for 2 weeks longer in the fridge


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