Dr Oz: Tapeworms, Ascarid & Whipworms
Dr Oz did a segment on Parasites in your own backyard. He did a similar show a while ago, and you can read the recap of it here: Dr. Oz: Parasitic Worms. When parasites like Tapeworms, Ascarid and Whipworms get into your body, they can feed off of you for years to come. Could you have a parasite i n your body and not even k now it? Apparently, a lot of us do!
Dr Oz: Ascarid Symptoms
Doctor Oz’s first parasite was the Ascarid, which is most commonly found in dogs, cats and racoons. If any of these animals defaecate in your yard or garden, and then you ingest the eggs that are passed through in their feces, you can wonder around with Ascarid larvae in your body. In fact, 10% of the country has been exposed to Ascarid worms. If you have a heavy infection of Ascarid Worms, you can get the following symptoms:
1. A red rash that itches and is irritating
2. Wheezing or Asthma-like symptoms
3. Neurological issues
Children can even die from Ascarid infections, especially the kind caused by Racoon’s feces. This is also another reason why it is always worth de-worming your dogs!
Dr Oz: Tapeworms Cause Swiss Cheese Brain
Dr Oz’s next parasite was a Tapeworm, which you can often get from eating undercooked pork, especially in third world countries. You could have a large Tapeworm in your intestine and not even know it, because you do not always have symptoms. Tapeworms can grow up to 20′ in length inside of your body. If you do not wash your hands when you are in your backyard at a bbq, and you toss a salad with your hands, then you could infect people with larvae stages of Tapeworm.
Doctor Oz showed what happens when you get a tapeworm inside of you. It goes into your gut and burrows itself in your intestine where it sucks out your nutrients as it grows longer and longer. Tapeworms often make you lose weight, and if you do not catch them soon enough, your brain can eventually turn into “swiss cheese” with lots of holes. So please be careful to make sure that you only eat pork that is fully cooked, especially in places like Mexico.
Dr Oz: Whipworms Cure Crohn’s Disease & Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Dr Oz’s final parasite was Whipworms, which exist in the rural South in America (places like Kentucky and Louisiana). When you have a heavy infection of Whipworms, you can get cramping, heavy diarrhea and even a prolapsed rectum. Doctor Oz said that this is another reason that it is crucial to wash your fruits and vegetables well before eating them and to only garden with gloves on. The interesting thing about Whipworms is that they may have a medicinal use. It turns out the Whipworms may help to treat people with Crohn’s Disease and Inflammatory Bowel Disease. People from parts of the world where they often have these “wormy” infections tend to have less Crohn’s Disease and Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Dr Oz said that research is being conducted in this area.