Many people tend to assume that intestinal parasites are a Third World problem, but the truth is that they also affect millions of people in the Western world. In fact, intestinal parasites have risen to epidemic levels in the United States, with an estimated 50 percent of Americans believed to suffer from parasitic organisms in their digestive tract. The most common intestinal parasites in the West include roundworms, pinworms, and the protozoan, G. lamblia, which rob the body of essential nutrients while causing abdominal pain, nausea, gas, fatigue, and other unpleasant conditions.
While we can minimize our risk of contacting intestinal parasites by eating healthier food, avoiding undercooked meat, drinking cleaner water, and living in a less unpolluted environment, these steps will not kill the parasites that still dwell within us. Fortunately, the natural world is packed with a number of remedies that are effective at removing intestinal parasites in a safe and gentle manner.