Food Borne Parasites and Illness

Today’s topic is food borne parasites and illness, and a few ways they can manifest in the human body.

When it comes to a bacteria called E. Coli, most everybody thinks they understand what it is all about.

When you start delving into other, fancier bacterial names, it becomes a different type of issue. Some of the things that really need to be addressed, in particular, are food borne parasitic infections. For some reason, we do not think too much about parasites in this country, but the place where it is most common is in fish.

If you ask a typical person where they would most likely get a parasite from, the answer would probably be pork. You have to cook it until it is a little white, otherwise you can end up with Trichinella. However, we do not see that too much anymore. This is mostly because farmers do not feed their pigs pig scraps anymore–that is how it happens. Trichinella is also common in bear, but we do not eat too much bear in this country.

In fish, parasitic infection is a very, very real problem. I eat a lot of raw fish. A lot of people do, but there is a certain risk involved, and the main risk is parasitic infection from whip worm, hook worm, or tapeworm. There are a lot of worms that can be gotten by consuming raw fish products. Periodically, if you are a regular consumer of these types of things, it is not a bad idea to de-worm yourself the same way that you would a dog or a horse.

You do not necessarily have to do it with fancy medications; there are natural ways to make the human body an unhappy place for these parasites to exist. For example, Berberine works great for this, as does Oregano Oil.

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David S Klein, MD

David S. Klein, MD, FACA, FACPM was born in Washington, DC, and was raised in Chevy Chase, Maryland. He completed his undergraduate education at the University of Maryland with degrees in Chemistry and Psychology. Medical School was completed at the University of Maryland at Baltimore, followed by Internship in General Surgery at the University of North Carolina and Residency in Anesthesiology at the Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. Dr Klein has been practicing medicine since 1983, concentrating in Pain Medicine, Minimally Invasive Medicine and Surgery, and Neuroendocrinology. Earning Board Certification in Anesthesiology, Dr. Klein was elected Fellow in the American College of Anesthesiology, and he was elected Fellow in the American College of Pain Medicine. He is currently an adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Central Florida, School of Medicine. He has focused his private practice on treating patients with hormone imbalance issues, nutritional deficiency related medical problems as well as pain related issues and impairment. With a highly-complex, CLIA licensed laboratory in-house, he has been able to provide rapid-turn around analysis efficiently and cost-effectively. Lecturing extensively nationally as well as internationally, Dr. Klein has authored many articles on topics relating to pain, injury and nutritionally modulated illness. His radio show, “Pain Free Living,” received top ratings during the 6 years it was on the air. Currently practicing in Longwood, Florida, Dr. Klein practices entirely in the office setting.

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