Water Borne Diseases – Parasites

By | July 31, 2017
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Water Borne Diseases – Parasites.  Did you know that waterborne pathogens like parasites live in pond, lakes or pool water?  Scary thought, isn’t it?  When we were kids, we always swam in ponds, lakes and other natural water bodies and never gave it a second thought.  Many doctors are not trained in parasitology and may miss these destructive organisms that can cause allergies, sickness, blindness and even death.  Some years ago, I told my doctor, I thought I might have parasites, and she laughed and told me it was rare for someone to have parasites in the US.  We know this is not true.

Water Borne Diseases in Lake and Ponds

Every year people contract water-borne diseases after swimming in a lake or pond. Some parasites that enter the brain and can kill the person.   You are even more susceptible to contracting a pathogen if you are already sick or have a weakened immune system.  If you think you may contract a waterborne pathogen or parasites, insist that your doctors do a fecal and blood test to rule our parasitic infection. There are also many colon and parasite cleanses on the market that may help rid your body these destructive opportunists.

*Do not swim in free water lake or ponds if you have chronic liver disease, diabetes mellitus or open wounds.

Water Borne Diseases/Parasites in Natural Water


If you ever passed a pool of stagnant water chances are the giardia protozoa in it. When ingested, it causes stomach cramps and diarrhea. It attaches itself to the lining of the small intestines and inhibits the proper absorption of food and its nutrients.  Small children are three times more likely to contract this parasite.  Between 1 to 20% of the US population has Giardia in their system.

These protozoa infect both humans and animals. Humans or animals can contact giardia through contact with fecal matter.  If you believe you have contracted giardia, see a physician.  It is also a great practice to wash your hands after going to the bathroom or cleaning up behind your pets.

This a bacteria found in water contaminated with feces.  This protozoan can also be found in lakes, ponds and swimming pools not properly chlorinated. There have been many species of Campylobacter found in humans, and it also affects pets and other animals.  Most strains produce toxins in the intestinal tract, which affect the immune system.  Symptoms are bloody diarrhea, and fever.  Treatment with antibiotics and hydration and rest are necessary for recovery.


This a bacteria transmitted to humans by allowing water that has been contaminated by animal urine to come in contact with wounds in the skin, eyes, or nose. It thrives in the stagnant water like marshes.  Symptoms of contamination with Leptospira are fever, liver damage, and kidney failure. Blood testing can determine if you have this parasite.


Also, known as crypto is a parasite that lives in the intestines and passes through stool. If you have experienced the stomach flu-like symptoms, after swimming in a pond, lake, swimming pool or being in a hot tub, chances are you have contracted crypto.  Other signs of infection are Stomach pain, and cramping, fever, rashes, nausea, vomiting  Other water-borne pests are guinea worm and schistosomiasis.

Infection can lead to intestinal pain, blindness,  disability, and death.  The parasite can infect the host when water enters the mouth nose, eyes and other openings of the body.  It travels from host to water and water to host.

Quick Action

If you or your children have any of the above symptoms after swimming or playing in the stagnant water, you may have contracted waterborne pathogens.   Immediately contact your doctor for testing and treatment. Some parasites may cause brain infection, and the sooner it is detected, the sooner you can receive treatment and safer you will be.

Colon Cleanse

Whether you go swimming or swim in lakes, ponds or travel out of the country, it is a good idea to do a parasite or colon cleanse at least twice a year.  Parasites are passed through family pets, or contaminated food is eaten in restaurants and about anywhere.  Check with your health food store naturalistic physician for advice on what to use.


CDC – Parasites – https://www.cdc.gov/parasites/

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