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Could Parasites Be the Culprit in Your Health Mystery?

by Michael J. Court

I have overcome my own health challenge of an unknown source and lived to tell about it. The answer I found to my mystery health problem was pretty easy once I found the underlying cause—but it took some detective work to find it.

Giving back to others has always been important to me. I enjoyed working hard at my clinic and participating in triathlons for fun. During short-term mission/relief work in Africa, I picked up some free-loading parasites, but I didn’t realize I had. These intruders began attacking from the inside, eating away at my body, and creating a disaster far greater than their own size. My health began to decline at an alarming rate, and eventually I could barely walk around the block. As most people would when experiencing such things, I began researching probable causes and nutritional solutions, but nothing I did worked against my invisible enemy. I spent a thousand dollars seeing a traditional physician and was told simply that I had a fever—a disappointing dead end. By a stroke of luck, however, I soon discovered the saving grace of nutrition response testing, performed by a doctor in Minnesota. This gave me hope that I might be able to reverse the crippling symptoms that were ruining my health and threatening my career.

The nutrition response testing system was different than any other healthcare method I had studied. The parasites I was suffering from did not wait for the test results to come back before they began taking over my body. I had to act fast. By using this treatment, my body was able to combat the effects of the egg-laying parasites quickly, and my health was restored. My personal results encouraged me to take a bold career move;  I decided to become an advanced clinically trained nutrition response testing doctor myself. I observed that some patients who suffered from conditions that were parasite-related had never left the country, so they aren’t just an issue if you travel. Parasites are all around us, lurking and waiting for a host to bond with and become extra baggage, if you will.

“You may be the 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.” — Anne Louis Gittleman, a nutritionist, international speaker and the author of Guess What Came to Dinner?  Parasites and Your Health

Anne Louis Gittleman is a nutritionist, international speaker, and the author of Guess What Came to Dinner? Parasites and Your Health. She states: “You may be the 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.” This is frightening news for most Americans, with their anti-bacterial soap and a wealth of cleaning products in their cupboards, which they think will keep them healthy.

Some clinicians, like Dr. Oz, believe that 80 to 90 percent of all Americans are probably affected by parasites. The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies parasite infestation as among the six most dangerous diseases. Many symptoms people struggle with on a chronic basis may in fact be associated with exposure to parasites, such as digestive irregularities, but these parasites may also be the cause of chronic fatigue, anemia, lymphatic swelling, arthritis, recurring rashes, and a general low-energy level.

If you have been exposed to animals or undercooked food, there is a good chance you may have parasites. Many people are able to fight off parasite infestations if their immune system is operating at a peak level, but sometimes even then, the invading opponents can overwhelm a person’s immune system. The best ways to avoid parasite-related health issues are 1) to wash your hands after coming in contact with potential sources like animals, 2) to wash all fruits and vegetables with proper cleaners, and 3) to thoroughly cook your foods. It is also important to maintain a proper balance of good bacteria in the gut and avoid sugary foods. Parasites, as humans, love sugar!

There are numerous ways to naturally handle a parasite problem. If you suspect a parasite-related issue, a thorough analysis by a traditional healthcare provider can get you started on the right path. The frustrating thing, however, is that of the more than 1,000 different kinds of parasites, only about 50 are detectable by standard medical testing. Using alternative health measures can also be helpful in identifying 950+ parasitic organisms that escape standard detection. Each patient that I see has unique problems and varied underlying causes that require a completely personalized program, which may take some time but is ultimately quite thorough. If you can’t find the cause of your life-limiting health condition, maybe parasites are the enemy you’ve been trying to ID. Take action to remove these invasive intruders from your body today. It’s time to start living your life with restored health and without the extra baggage.

Dr. Court is a naturopath, chiropractor, and health educator. He promotes local health events and wellness fairs and writes on a variety of topics related to wellness. He may be reached at Chippewa Valley Wellness at (715) 723-2713 or on the web at

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