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Hey there, curious minds! Have you ever wondered what those tiny hitchhikers called parasites are up to inside your body? I know. Gross. Do we really need to learn about this? Well, after you're done reading this post, I think the answer will be, absofreakinlutely!

First...some fun facts! -It's estimated that approximately 80% of the human population has a parasite

-Worms can live 17+ years in the body

-You may or may not have symptoms

-Humans in very developed countries are not exempt from parasites

Direct Physical Damage: Pinching Pennies and Sucking Blood

Picture this: you're hosting a body bash, and in walk the party crashers—parasites! Some of these freeloaders just can't resist nibbling on your snacks (read: tissues and nutrients), causing a bit of a mess. Blood-sucking parasites like ticks and leeches? Well, they're just a bit too enthusiastic about their drink orders, leaving you feeling a tad deflated (literally!). But there are parasites that invade your INSIDES too! These little critters snack on your brain, lungs, intestines, gut lining, pancreas, liver and even your blood, joints and lymph.

Inflammation and Immune Response: The Drama Queens of the Party

Now, what's a party without a bit of drama? Parasites kick things up a notch by triggering your immune system to the rescue. It's like having an entire cast of characters acting out, complete with swelling, redness, and maybe a touch of fever—the immune system's way of saying, "Hey, something fishy's going on here!" But it doesn't stop there. If not addressed, parasites can contribute to diseases, including autoimmune disorders.

Nutrient Manipulation: The Buffet Bandits

Let's talk about those party-goers who are all about the food. Parasites, you see, have a sneaky way of making your cravings go haywire. Some mess with your appetite, making you order way more food (or specific nutrients) than you should. Others might pull a disappearing act with your snacks, leaving you wondering where all those nutrients went.

Organ Dysfunction: Party-Crashing in Style

Ever had that one guest who just refuses to leave? That's how some parasites feel about your organs. They pick their favorites—like liver flukes going for the gold in your liver—and start redecorating without asking for your opinion. Slowly, these party crashers can cause some real ruckus and leave your organs feeling a bit under the weather. Immune Modulation: Dance Off with the Immune System—Autoimmune Edition

Parasites have some killer moves on the dance floor, especially when it comes to dealing with your immune system. They've got all these fancy steps to evade detection or quiet down the immune response. But here's the twist: sometimes, your immune system gets a bit too carried away and starts dancing solo—enter the autoimmune party crasher!

Allergic Reactions: The Pranksters of the Party

Parasites aren't just about serious stuff—they also know how to prank! Imagine a group of parasites causing your immune system to go a bit haywire, like a group of friends setting off confetti cannons indoors. The result? Allergic reactions that might make you scratch your head (and your skin) in surprise! So what? Let them live!

Yea, no. Shut that party down! Listen, parasites wreak havoc on the body. What can havoc cause? Disease, dysbiosis and imbalance in the body. Never forget that the body is all connected. So there you have it, the wild world of parasites and their mischievous antics inside your body. From frenzied feasting to immune system dance-offs, these tiny party crashers are all about making life interesting. Just remember, while we're having a laugh about it, it's always a good idea to keep an eye out for those unexpected guests and make sure they don't overstay their welcome! If you are like me, you are now cringing and wondering how on earth to get these things out of you! Well, the only way to find out if you have a parasite is to run some lab work and take a look at what's hanging out in your, um, well...poop! Blood, stool, Xray/MRI/CT Scan and an endoscopy/colonoscopy are the ways to check for parasites. A qPCR DNA GI Map is an easy way and a great start to look for parasites. And...I can help!

I can give you access to run some labs and take a look for yourself. That's what I do! Help you order lab work, interpret the results through a functional lens, assist you with a protocol to address the healing opportunities found and walk with you as work toward better wellness.

Listen, whether you have symptoms or not, a parasite can cause downstream effects and symptoms you aren't even connecting. Run some labs, take a look and let's work together as you walk toward a vibrant, parasite free life!

In health and wellness,


Schedule a complimentary Health & Wellness Discovery Session here: For more info about Intentional Synergy: Or email me at: Disclaimer: I am not a licensed therapist or physician and don't pretend to be. I will never diagnose you or ask to you stop taking a medication, that's between you and your physician. The best part about working together is that YOU are in charge of your health and YOU make your own health decisions. These results are not indicative of every client's experience, of course. Results will vary as every human has their own biological make-up. So I will never make false promises. My promise to you is to be honest, ethical, supportive, informative and I will be there, present as you travel your own health journey. The information provided in this post is based on my own personal experience and research. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, heal, treat or cure disease and should not be a replacement for medical advice. Always consult your doctor before trying a new diet, lifestyle or supplement protocol.

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