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Parasites Leading to Chronic Diseases

by Dr. Isabel Sharkar
Apparently these little critters need more airtime. Parasites are a big obstacle to cure. Let’s face it, as much as we would love to believe that parasites are just problem in the developing world, it’s not true. In 1995, The World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that more than 60 percent of the world population carries at least one parasite. As a culture, we like to ignore their existence, but these nasty guys continue to feed off us and if not addressed, can lead to serious chronic diseases.

In biology, the term parasite strictly refers to protozoa (single celled organisms), arthropods (insects) and worms that invade and feed off the host organism, often causing them harm. Parasites can range from microscopic single cell protozoa to worms that are 15 feet long. Parasites can be picked up from contaminated food and water supplies, poor personal hygiene, head lice, mites, ticks, fleas, pets, meat, fish and traveling in undeveloped regions.

Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, a leading physician in Lyme disease and founder of the Klinghardt Academy, addresses the parasite load first and foremost when treating Lyme disease because parasites carry the Lyme DNA and replicate with a vengeance. Without a parasite cleanse, Lyme disease treatment may be ineffective and patients may never see long-term improvement.

These foreign invaders overload the liver and accumulate in the organs, muscles, lymphatic system and nervous system. Parasites are also capable of migrating from the intestines to organs, joints and muscles and can depress the immune system by excreting toxic waste products into the body. An unresolved parasite infestation may lead to chronic diseases such as leaky gut, multiple sclerosis, asthma, arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, skin disorders, depression, brain fog and memory loss.

Dr. Stephen Frye is doing some exciting work on a new biofilm-forming protozoan previously referred to as FL1953, now known as Protomyxzoa rheumatica, a highly immunosuppressive microorganism causing chronic disease. He has found it is almost always present in patients with Lyme disease. Protomyxzoa is found in people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, ALS and rheumatoid arthritis. It is in the “malaria family” of protozoans, along with babesia and malaria, based DNA sequencing. Protomyxzoa will cause capillary inflammation and reduced blood flow in locations where it accumulates. It surrounds itself with thick biofilm substances to protect itself from the host immune system. Dr. Frye has found 75 medical papers dating back to the 1880s that discuss finding a malaria-like organism in blood from multiple sclerosis patients.

A study reported in the Journal of Nutritional Medicine revealed that out of over 400 chronic fatigue immune deficiency syndrome (CFIDS) patients in New York, an incredible 93 percent had some form of parasitic infestation. It further reported that 80 percent of the patients showed significant improvement of fatigue after receiving treatment for the parasitic infection.

It is important to work with a health practitioner who can help you eradicate the parasites and begin healing your immune system by improving digestion, reducing inflammatory triggers and healing your gut.


“Make no mistake about it, worms are the most toxic agents in the human body. They are one of the primary underlying causes of disease and are the most basic cause of compromised immune system.” – Hazel Parcells, DC, ND, Ph.D. 

Isabel Sharkar, ND, is a licensed naturopathic physician and co-owner of Indigo Integrative Health Clinic, in Georgetown. For more information, call 202-298-9131 or visit

May 2020



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