In my early medical career I spent a lot of time in Southern Africa and the Thailand/Cambodia border working as a doctor in refugee camps or with the very poor people of Africa. One of the pearls of wisdom I learned was to always assume all your patients were infected with parasites and to treat there infection from the start. I did that and a lot of people got better and that was great. These people lived in very squalor conditions and ate poorly. Parasites were everywhere.
But here in America parasites don’t seem to be a real problem because sanitation is so much better. At least, that is what I was taught as a doctor. Recently I had a patient in his mid 40s come in with severe shortness of breath, decreased air flow in the lungs, and signs of low oxygen on his pulse oximetry test. I gave him a respiratory treatment and referred him to a pulmanologist and lung specialist. They diagnosed him with COPD, Emphysema, Asthma, and Pulmonary Hypertension. They began treating him and he really never got that much better. He was still expierencing severe episodes of shortness of breath lasting hours at a time. They also prescribed him steroids which helped some but did not completely resolve the problems he was having. I tried a IV of magnesium and it helped a lot but only for a day. Ultimately, I was not able to help him and the specialist also was not able to do much more than he was already doing. One day I read an article about parasites affecting the lungs. I told the patient about the article. He was desperate to find an answer and so was I. So for two days we treated him for parasites.
After the first day he was back to normal and he pretty much remained that way. Who would have thought this man had lung parasites. After reading the literature I have come to find out that COPD, Asthma, Bronchotis, and Pulmonary Hypertension could be signs of parasites. Since this time, I have seen people with A-Fib treated for parasites and the A-Fib is resolved. There are many types of parasites out there.
This has me thinking that maybe in American we have more of a parasite problem then we ever thought. It is definitely something to think about. Just when we think we know all about these chronic condition’s parasites show up. Isn’t medicine interesting!