By Glenn Wilcox, D.O.M.
Yes!!! I’ve shared with you before and I’ll state it again. The two most common comments my patients make when they resolve their parasite infections are: “My abdominal bloating finally went away, and I lost inches around my waist almost overnight!” And, “My craving for sweets and carbohydrates just stopped!”
Many folks have a belief that parasite infections contribute to weight loss. In fact, years ago one of my patients told me a story about how when she was in high school in Berkley in the ‘60s, some of her friends were using a pill that supposedly contained tapeworm larvae that guaranteed weight loss. Apparently, that scam is still going on today. Total nonsense!
Almost all digestive system parasites live in the small intestine where the nutrients from our food and supplements are absorbed. There are many types of parasites and some can cause weight loss and emaciation if the infection is serious enough that the person’s digestive system is so dysfunctional they can barely eat. When they do, there is minimal assimilation of nutrients due to the damaged small intestine and compromised community of healthy bacteria inside, known as the microbiome. However, those folks are very sick and that is not a good way to lose weight!
The reality is this; parasites interact and interfere with our overall physiology and psychology in many ways depending on what type they are and the health and genetics of their human host. Very few parasites are able to kill the host, but some can. Human animals have evolved with parasites, just like all other creatures, and have developed a symbiotic relationship that is rarely mutually beneficial. Some people develop few or no symptoms of the infection and others are devastated. Most folks don’t know they have intruders that are undermining their health potential and contributing to weight gain. This is due to lack of knowledge by medical professionals and poor diagnostic protocols at labs in the U.S.
From my clinical experience, over 50% of people in America have a parasite infection that has not been diagnosed. That fact is crazy given our medical diagnostic potential in 2018! Furthermore, those folks who have been told by their medical professional that they have a parasite infection are faced with the frustrating reality that oftentimes the recommended therapy to eliminate the invaders is not effective, whether it is drugs or natural remedies. And so, the problem persists because false assumptions were made that it was successfully treated.
Here are a couple of ways that parasites contribute to weight gain or interfere with weight loss…
It is well documented that parasites influence behavior and many of them can have an effect on one’s desire for carbohydrates, a prime factor in weight gain.
They also rob nutrients or interfere with one’s ability to assimilate the nutrients needed for a healthy metabolism. For example, many very common metazoan parasites love B Vitamins that are essential for optimal metabolism and adrenal function resulting in imbalanced production of the hormone cortisol that influences energy, sugar utilization and fat accumulation.