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Praxis für Hypnotherapie
Praxis für Hypnotherapie
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"Strongylus mucosa," a heretofore unidentified worm
in nose mucus.

Prevention

There are two main ways to get a worm infection via the mouth that you need to know about in order to prevent:

A. Fecal-oral transmission (eggs and cysts) via food and water

Worms that would inhabit your intestines lay from many hundreds up to thousands of eggs per day. These creatures gain entry to our bodies, for instance, when we put unwashed hands into the mouth, eat contaminated food (salad, fruit, vegetables) or drink contaminated tap water. However, if we manage to prevent the eggs and larvae from getting into our systems, we will limit the health problems and damage that parasites can cause.

B. Larvae and cercariae in fish and meat

Another path of infection is by consuming fish or meat that is either raw or insufficiently cooked. There are parasites that form cercariae in the flesh of animals so that they can eventually be consumed by the next best carnivore. As soon as they reach the insides of the host, they begin to grow and produce eggs that exit via the feces (return to point A).

We can interrupt the life cycle of parasites if we only eat meat and fish well done. As for the eggs that stick to fruit and vegetables, peeling and/or cooking vegetables will remove or kill parasite eggs.

In the list below I have included a suggestion for cleaning salad, fruit and vegetables you intend to eat raw, which is attributed to Dr. Hulda Clark. Although she propagated the method of soaking produce in an iodine solution to kill eggs and cercariae, you cannot be sure that all types and stages of parasites have been eliminated. Peeling (plus soaking) and cooking food are universally recognized methods to prevent infection not only from worms but also from other infective agents, such as protozoa, bacteria and viruses.

List of preventive measures:

  1. Carefully wash your hands after using the toilet, changing diapers and after every possible contact with feces.
  2. Wash your hands carefully before handling food, preparing meals, etc. and make sure that anyone who cooks for you washes their hands.
  3. Wash your hands before eating and make sure that people in your care wash their hands.
  4. Keep your fingernails clean with a file and nail brush; keep nails short (or did you ever see a surgeon with long finger nails?).
  5. If at all, only put clean fingers in your mouth.
  6. Wash your hands after handling animals or playing with pets.
  7. No kissing of animals or pets, even if they are irresistible.
  8. Worm your pets (as well as any animals you handle) regularly.
  9. Wear gloves when gardening and wash hands carefully afterwards.
  10. Prevent children and pets from eating dirt.
  11. Develop and maintain high standards of hygiene, teach them to your children and your housekeeper/cook as well as everyone living in your household.

Peel it, cook it or leave it!

  1. When cooking, keep raw meat and raw fish separate from the rest of the food being prepared by using a different cutting board and knife.
  2. Only eat meat (especially pork) that has been cooked thoroughly.
  3. Only eat fish that is well done.
  4. In Germany, a lot of raw meat is consumed in the form of sushi, rare steak, raw smoked ham, sausage, raw smoked salmon and raw ground beef/pork. Home cooks in Germany taste raw hamburger to check for spices. But also professional cooks like Tim Malzer lick their fingers after handling raw pork - on TV! Even smoked meat (and fish) that is still raw, such as salami, salmon and ham, can still contain parasites.
  5. Watch out for the TV commercial that hypnotizes viewers into believing it is hygienic for 4 people wearing a white lab coat to handle and toss an apple from one person to the next, so that in the end a child can catch and bite right into it.
  6. Grain, such as in muesli breakfast cereal, can contain worm eggs. Cooked breakfast cereals, on the other hand, are fine.
  7. Fruit (fresh and dried), vegetables, herbs and nuts can have sticky worm eggs clinging to their surface, even after they have been rinsed off.
  8. Peeling and cooking fruit and vegetables avoids the risk of infection by worm eggs.
  9. For agricultural products you intend to eat raw, wash thoroughly in water with a drop of mild dish-washing detergent or Citricidal. Rinse and then soak in a solution of 5 drops of activated MMS per liter of water for 30 minutes. Rinse with clean water and centrifuge or dab dry with a clean towel and continue preparation. Attention: Do not use MMS drops if you are allergic to chlorine.
  10. Blanching fruit and vegetables (cover 30 sek. in boiling water) kills worm eggs.
  11. Drink and prepare meals with safe water*. Use safe water to brush teeth and gargle. Use safe water for rinses and irrigation of nose, eye, ear, vagina and colon.
  12. Eating out is a matter of trust. If in doubt, you can always order cooked food from the menu, asking them to leave off the decoration of parsley, chives, etc.
  13. It is good practice to deworm yourself regularly.

It is better to be safe than sorry!

*SAFE WATER is boiled water. Bottled water is usually safe to drink without boiling. The upside of your precautionary measures: You will not only be protected from all types of food-borne, soil-transmitted parasites but also from bacteria and viruses that might enter your body via the mouth.

Click here for more information about water purification.

If you would like to know more about everyday parasites, click here.

Supplements such as algae, psyllium and linseed are natural products and can be riddled with worm eggs. Seeds, spices, herbs, teas, etc. - anything that is grown in soil and/or watered - can be a source of worm eggs and should be heat- or MMS-treated before ingesting.

Last but not least: There are filarial infections occurring more frequently in animals and in man involving mosquitos as vectors, possibly due to international travel, flooding and climate change. Heartworm and "skinworm" (Dirofilaria immitis and Dirofilaria repens) in dogs are also diseases possible in man (zoonoses). These are just two more reasons to protect yourself, also in Germany, from mosquito bites.

Control of Infection Through the Mouth
The preventive measures outlined on this page are based on a chapter from Geoffrey Lapage's (1957), "Animals Parasitic in Man," a book written for the general public.
Control of Infection through the Mouth.p[...]
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