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Studies show that millions of North Americans have parasites

Ever had a couch surfer that wouldn’t go away? Someone who ate your food, kept you up late, used up all the hot water and generally sucked the life out of you? The day they finally left was the happiest day of your life.

Depending on which study you read, some doctors are estimating that between 80 and 95 per cent of North Americans have digestive system surfers, intestinal tract surfers, organ surfers, bone surfers, lung surfers, skin surfers, brain surfers, eyeball surfers, muscle surfers and blood surfers.

These parasites also eat your food, keep you up late, use up your energy, and generally suck the life out of you. They’re not as easy to give the boot to as the couch variety, but with treatment you can have your body back.

A parasite, simply defined, is an organism that lives the whole or part of its existence on or in the body of a host, feeding upon the host’s food, blood or tissues.

The Department of Parasitic Diseases, a division of the U.S. based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, further classifies parasites as either parasites of the intestinal tract, blood-borne parasites, or parasites found in other sites. There are thousands of different varieties, and they can live in your body for decades.

About 30 per cent of all parasites are visible, such as head lice or tapeworms, while 70 per cent are microscopic, such as the common water-borne Giardia Lambia and Crytosporidium parasites.

Some parasites are single-celled organisms called protozoa and are almost impossible to detect without specific tests or tell-tale symptoms.

There are literally hundreds of symptoms on the list, some so general that it’s a good bet that you exhibit one or more of them. The list includes forgetfulness, slow reflexes, gas bloating, loss of appetite, yellowish face, fast heatbeat, heart pain, pain in the navel, hunger, itchy ears, itchy nose, sexual dysfunction (men), blurry or unclear vision, pain in the back and shoulders, pain in the thighs, lethargy, numb hands, burning sensation in the stomach and menstrual problems.

If you’re violently ill from food or water, parasites are usually the number one suspect. Some doctors are even linking the presence of parasites to cancer, heart disease, diminished mental health, anemia and arthritis.

Parasites try to hide from you, and need you to live in order to continue living in. Most people are surprised to find out they have a parasite, because they feel otherwise healthy.

Over the years, however, their excrement can build up in your body (whatever eats, excretes) and cause you to go into toxic shock.

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