Parasites are problematic for a lot of troubled kids mostly because they’re a major source of neuro-impairing toxins, and they’re hard to get rid of through conventional means. They contribute to states of disease by stealing vitamins and minerals from their host, and dumping their toxic waste products into the person’s digestive tract, a portion of which then get re-absorbed and circulated throughout the body.
So an evaluation for the presence of parasites, and a parasite cleanse if needed, should be considered in any GAPS or detoxification treatment – particularly for those on the autism spectrum.
This is easier said than done, because parasites are able to reproduce and travel. Parasites can produce millions of eggs during their lifetime. Many reproduce each lunar cycle. And they can run and hide if they encounter a hostile environment, like when a drug is introduced to kill them.
The parasites seen most often in GAPS conditions are worms visible to the naked eye (ropeworm, pinworm, ascaris lumbricoides, whipworm, and flukes). But as uncivilized as they sound to our first-world sensibilities, parasites have co-existed with humans since the beginning.
So their presence is nothing out of the ordinary. Some figures say 90% of people world-wide carry parasites of some kind. And the World Health Organization says 25% of world’s population carries worms in particular. Yet most don’t even know they have parasites because they don’t experience any adverse effects.
It’s only when they grow out of control and affect the person’s health that doing a parasite cleansing protocol is clearly indicated. However, diagnosing the presence of parasites is far from standardized and readily available.
In fact, conventional medicine pretty much ignores parasites altogether because they aren’t good at testing and treating them. The thing is, most medical labs use molecular analysis to look for chemicals, microorganisms, and heavy metals. They’re not setup to look for macroscopic parasites. So most labs are horrible at finding them.
If you don’t do it yourself, you pretty much need to send your samples to a parasite specialist that uses good old-fashioned microscopes in order to reliably detect parasites, count numbers, and identify species. Veterinarians and their labs continue to practice this sort of testing with their patients (e.g. dogs and cats).
How parasites wreck your health
The first reason it’s good to rid the body of parasites is that they steal nutrients from you. Specifically, they loot their host of B vitamins, minerals such as calcium and magnesium, growth hormones, and perhaps neurotransmitters.
And in return (ungrateful freeloaders that they are), parasites release ammonia, morphine, histamine, malondialdehyde, and formaldehyde into your digestive tract as waste products.
Parasites poison you with their toxic metabolic waste products:
- Ammonia. Ammonia is known to cause tremors, seizures, delayed growth, lethargy, abnormal posturing, as well as lack of balance, coordination, and muscle control.
- Morphine is a dangerous drug when exposed to on a chronic basis. The presence of morphine in the gut slows the movement of food through the digestive tract, causing fermentation, constipation and re-absorption of toxins that have lingered too long. Its long list of effects include euphoria, nervousness, drowsiness, restlessness, severe headache, irritability, loss of appetite, body aches, severe abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, tremors, chills, goose bumps, muscle spasms, anxiety, insomnia, mood swings, amnesia, confusion, and paranoia.
- Histamine. Inappropriate levels of histamine cause inflammation, immune system problems, and problems sleeping (brain neurons don’t go to sleep).
- Malondialdehyde is mutagenic. It alters the way genes are expressed (converted) into physical, biochemical, and neurologic characteristics. In other words, it changes the way you think, look, behave, and interact with others. It changes you mentally, physically, and emotionally.
- Formaldehyde. Parasites involved in autism and other GAPS conditions release a slow, steady stream of formaldehyde into a person’s gut that their detoxification system tries its best to get rid of. Its high-level of toxicity to all higher life forms is unquestioned.
You may be familiar with formaldehyde from its long-time use as an embalming fluid and disinfectant. It’s infamous for preserving tissue samples in labs, all the way up to whole bodies post-mortem in funeral homes. Formaldehyde is also used to make composite wood products and building materials, glue and surface coatings, as well as preserve vaccines, cosmetics, and household products.
Parasites are even suspected to consume growth hormone, stunting the person’s growth in their formative years, and causing the worms to grow far larger than science believed they could.
Ultimately, these problems contribute to corruption of the gut and neurological effects like sensory processing difficulties, cognitive dysfunction, developmental delay, abnormal gait and motor function, and social impairment. Starting to sound familiar?
Parasites disturb your psychology
What’s weird (to the uninitiated) is parasites are known to cause emotional disturbances like depression and anxiety, and mood spikes like “road rage.” In fact, parasites, and their persistent poisoning effect, are a key player in the pack of pathogens that causes autism spectrum disorder in most people.
Whether that means parasites showed up first and paved the way for the accumulation of heavy metals and microbial pathogens. Or toxins attracted the parasites. Or genetic/epigenetic factors lowered the barrier for all things harmful to create a biofilm in the gut, no one can say definitively.
But it’s a safe bet to suspect parasites in a fair number of other GAPS conditions and individuals too, because the different types of pathogens seem to thrive living together.
Parasites cause physical symptoms:
- Constipation, yellow stool, diarrhea.
- Bloating, abdominal pain or cramps.
- Cold extremities.
- Anal, nose, or skin itchiness.
- Leaky gut.
Parasites affect the central nervous system, causing emotional disturbances:
- Anger, irritability.
- Brain fog.
Parasites cause sleep disorders:
- Teeth grinding.
- Multiple wakings.
Parasites cause developmental problems:
- Stunted growth.
- Delayed intellectual development.
- Obsessive/compulsive cravings for sweets or particular foods.
- Stubborn weight gain or loss.
Parasites cause muscle and joint problems:
- Muscle spasms.
- Numbness in hands or feet.
- Pain in navel.
- Coronary arrhythmias.
- Cutaneous hypersensitivity.
- Auditory hypersensitivity.
As you may suspect after reading these lists, parasites aren’t just an autism problem. They affect a significant percentage of ADD individuals and the rest of the GAPS population. So getting evaluated for their presence by practitioners skilled at doing this is a good idea in any ADD treatment program.
Conventional medicine’s explanation for autism
Conventional medicine tells us autism is an incurable condition you can only hope to manage a little bit through behavioral therapy and special diet such as gluten-free, casein free. Like ADD (and other chronic, degenerative diseases), the medical establishment doesn’t seem to be very interested in finding/acknowledging the root cause(s) of autism.
At present, most medical associations, doctors, and even most of the big non-profit support groups say something like this when asked to explain the root causes, “The exact causes of autism are unknown at this time, but are strongly believed to have a genetic component. More research is needed.”
The real causes of autism
Did you happen to notice the preceding cluster of symptoms caused by parasites matches up extremely well with the symptoms of autism? If you didn’t know any better, you’d have thought it was a list of autism symptoms. Extreme coincidence? We don’t think so.
Let’s put two and two together and state the obvious in no uncertain terms: Autism is caused by a collection of pathogens residing mostly in the digestive tract, including bacteria, viruses, candida, heavy metals, and, most important, parasites. These pathogens colonize the gut in their own protective “blanket” called “biofilm,” from which they continuously poison every aspect of a person’s being.
This steady stream of poisonous waste products intoxicates the person’s brain, body, and genetic expression so profoundly it appears to well-meaning clinicians and researchers alike that autism is genetic, and that you’re probably born with it.
I say, those people simply underestimate the breadth and severity that the relentless, all-out assault from biotoxins inflicts on the human nervous system. They’ve underappreciated how the constant barrage of pathogenic waste products and heavy metals triggers neurological deficits, developmental delays, and food sensitivities.
And they’ve failed to recognize how the poaching of nutrients messes up your health and resistance to disease, exposes you to genetic susceptibilities, and interferes with your body’s ability to correct problems that healthy guts can handle successfully.
Other factors can certainly play a role in created the symptoms known as autism. But what you just read is the bulk of the problem, and a big, fat clue as to what you can do to solve it. Click here to learn how to reverse autism symptoms.
Still skeptical? Want to see proof for yourself? Watch Dr. Derrick MacFabe prove conclusively (in rodent populations) that exposure to a single (common) biotoxin causes symptoms that look exactly like autism in this video.
After you watch autism symptoms being purposely induced for 30 minutes at a time by a known toxin, you can’t tell me genetics plays a larger role in autism than pathogens, parasites, and resulting toxin exposure. That argument is just naivety or deliberate deception.