Water Borne Diseases – Parasites.  Did you know that water borne pathogens like parasites can be found in pond, lakes or pool water?  Scary thought, isn’t it?  When we were kids we always swam in ponds, lakes and other natural water bodies and never gave it a second thought.

Many doctors are not trained in parasitology and may miss these destructive organisms that can cause allergies, sickness, blindness and even death.  Some years ago, I told my doctor, I thought I may have parasites and she laughed and told me it was very rare for someone to have parasites in the US.  We know this is not true.

Water Borne Diseases in Lake and Ponds

Every year people contract water borne diseases after swimming in a lake or pond.  There are some parasites that enter the brain and can kill the person.   You are even more susceptible to contracting a pathogen if you are already sick or have a weakened immune system.

If you think you may contract a water borne pathogen or parasites, insist that you doctors do a fecal and blood test to rule our parasitic infection. There are also many colon and parasite cleanses on the market that may help rid your body these destructive opportunists.

*Do not swim in free water lake or ponds if you have chronic liver disease, diabetes mellitus or open wounds.

Water Borne Diseases/Parasites in Natural Water

Giardia 

If you ever passed a pool of stagnant water chances are the giardia protozoa is in it. When ingested, it causes stomach cramps and diarrhea. It attaches itself to the lining of the small intestines and inhibits the proper absorption of food and its nutrients.  Small children or 3 times more likely to contract this parasite and it is estimated that between 1 to 20% of the US population is infected with Giardia.


These protozoa can infect both humans and animals. It is spread through human or animal contact with fecal matter. If you are infested with giardia see a physician and practice strict hygiene, making certain to wash your hands after going to the bathroom or cleaning up behind your pets.

This a bacteria found in water contaminated with feces. This can be found in lakes, ponds and swimming pools not properly chlorinated. There have been many species of Campylobacter found in humans and it also affects pets and other animals.  Most strains produce toxins in the intestinal tract, that affect the immune system.  Symptoms are bloody diarrhea, and fever.  Treatment with antibiotics and hydration and rest are necessary for recovery.

Leptospira

This a bacteria transmitted to humans by allowing water that has been contaminated by animal urine to come in contact with wounds in the skin, eyes, or nose. It thrives in the stagnant water like marshes.  Symptoms of contamination with Leptospira are fever, liver damage, and kidney failure. This bacteria can be detected through blood testing.

Cryptosporidium

Also, known as crypto is a parasite that lives in the intestines and passes through stool. If you have experienced the stomach flu like symptoms, after swimming in a pond, lake, swimming pool or being in a hot tub, chances are you have contracted crypto.  Other symptoms of infection are Stomach pain and cramping, fever, rashes, nausea, vomiting and would infections.  Other water borne pests are guinea worm and schistosomiasis.

Infection can lead to intestinal pain, blindness,  disability, and death.  The parasite can infect the host when water enters the mouth nose, eyes and other openings of the body.  It travels from host to water and water to host.

Quick Action

If you or your children have any of the above symptoms after swimming, or playing in the stagnant water, you may have contracted water borne pathogens.   Immediately contact your doctor for testing and treatment. Some parasites may cause brain infection and the sooner it is detected the sooner you can receive treatment and safer you will be.

Colon Cleanse

Whether you go swimming or swim in lakes, ponds or travel out of the country, it is a good idea to do a parasite or colon cleanse at least twice a year.  Parasites can be passed to family pets, contaminated food is eaten in restaurants and just about anywhere.  Check with your health food store naturalistic physician for advice on what to use.

Source

CDC – Parasites – https://www.cdc.gov/parasites/

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