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Guess What Came to Dinner?: Parasites and Your Health Paperback – July 9, 2001
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First, Gittleman lays out a strong case for the greatly increased prevalence of parasites in today's America, pointing to a number of factors such as the great increase in international travel, the contamination of water supplies, the increased use of antibiotics, the ever-growing use of day-care centers (which one expert dubbed the open sewers of the 20th century), and the dramatic number of household pets interacting with men, women, and especially children. She then describes some of the symptoms of the different kinds of parasitic conditions.Read more ›
The cons: The author's recommendations for ridding the body of parasites are incomplete and, at times, inaccurate. The drugs she recommends in many cases are not actually the drugs that are most effective in treating specific parasites. For example, she lists Chloroquine as a top pharmaceutical remedy for both liver flukes and lung flukes, but that drug is extremely toxic and not all that effective. It is most commonly used to prevent malaria. The drugs more commonly used (and in talking with others who have treated/rid themselves of these parasites, more effective) are Triclabendazole, Egaten, Fasinex, Bithionol, Lorothidol and Bitin. True, some of these drugs (Egaten especially) are not available in the U.S., but then again, every expert I've read (including Gittleman) all say the sources of flukes are not in the U.S. either, so it makes sense that in countries where parasite treatment is more common (and more needed) certain treatments would be more likely to be available there. There are ways to get some of the drugs that aren't usually available in the U.S., but that's not the point here -- the point is that when I read research reports on studies conducted on eliminating various parasites, they don't match up with the recommendations given in this book. Nor does the experience of the group of people I've talked to from various places regarding elimination of parasites.Read more ›
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I recently heard Ann Louise Gittleman interviewed and was interested when she referenced this book. It clarified a lot of information about different types of parasites and their... Read morePublished 3 months ago by s. bergeron
A listing of the various parasites and the symptoms of infection. Readable. Interesting and surprising infoPublished 4 months ago by kiki