The Worst Parasite

The Worst Parasite

Fasciolopsis buskii is the fluke (flatworm) that I find in

every case of cancer, HIV infection, Alzheimer's, Crohn's disease,

Kaposi's, endometriosis, and in many people without these

diseases. Its life cycle involves six different stages: 

Stage Normal Life Cycle

1 Egg Expelled with bowel movement onto

soil. Washed by rain into ponds.

2 Miracidia Hatches from egg in water. Has cilia,

can swim vigorously and must find

intermediate snail host in one to two

hours or may be too exhausted to invade.

3 Redia Develop inside miracidia as little balls

until expelled. Those are "mother"

redia, and each one bears "daughter"

redia for up to 8 months, all still inside

the snail, and living on the fluids in the

lymphatic spaces. Similarly, daughter

redia are continually developing cercaria.

4 Cercaria Have a tail, use it to exit from snail and

swim to a plant. If the snail is feeding

on a plant, cercaria can latch onto

plant with sucker mouth and start to

encyst (form a "cocoon") within

minutes. Tail breaks off and swims

away to dissolve.

5 Metacercaria Two-walled cyst. The outer wall is very

sticky. But as you eat the plant it is

stuck to, the least pressure will break

it, leaving the cyst in the mouth. The

"almost unbreakable" inner cyst wall

protects it from chewing, and the

keratin-like coat prevents digestion by

stomach juices. However when it

reaches the duodenum, contact with

intestinal juices dissolves away the

cyst-wall and frees it. It then fastens

itself to the intestinal lining and begins

to develop into an adult.

6 Adult Lives in your intestine and can produce

1000 eggs per bowel movement

and live many years.

Fasciolopsis' normal life cycle.

Note that the adult is the only stage that “normally” lives in

the human (and then only in the intestine). Fasciolopsis depends

on a snail, called a secondary host, for part of its life cycle. But

when your body has solvents in it, the other five stages can

develop in you!

If propyl alcohol is the solvent, the intestinal fluke is invited

to use another organ as a secondary host—this organ will

become cancerous. If benzene is the solvent, the intestinal fluke

uses the thymus for its secondary host, setting the stage for AIDS.

Wood alcohol invites pancreatic flukes to use the pancreas as a

secondary host. This leads to pancreatic dysfunction which we

call diabetes. If xylene (or toluene) are the solvents, I typically

see any of four flukes using the brain as a secondary host. If

methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) or methyl butyl ketone (MBK) are

the solvents, the uterus becomes a secondary host and

endometriosis a likely result.

This is a new kind of parasitism, based on pollution. I call

the diseases caused by fluke stages in inappropriate locations

Fluke Disease; it is discussed in more detail later (page 249).

Are tapeworms and roundworms affected by solvents this

way, too? This is a fascinating and very important question.

Search for the answer and help others search for the answer. I do

not know yet.

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