This week’s news reports of a man who had worms from sushi alarmed the public. Here is just one news report for those of you who haven’t seen it:

Yes, it is disturbing, but not as uncommon as you would think (or hope). There are different types of nematodes, commonly called worms. Pinworms, roundworms, tapeworms, hook worms, just to name a few. For those of you familiar with livestock or have experience in veterinary medicine or animal shelters, you’ve probably seen worms at some point in the feces of an animal. And if you haven’t, you’ve likely ‘wormed’ your animal so they don’t catch them.

A parasite released during a colon hydrotherapy session So why would we be surprised that humans could be susceptible to becoming infected by worms?

Here is a picture of a parasite we have seen exit the bowel of a patient right here in our clinic during a colon hydrotherapy session. Although we cannot identify it or understand where it came from, we cannot mistake that the patient released something that warrants our attention. In fact, we have encountered many patients with worms. And there are often small outbreaks of worms, such as pinworms, in schools and kids groups.

What are some of the symptoms of parasite infestation?

  • Abdominal pain
  • Bloating, cramps and gas
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea and/or constipation
  • Rash or itching of anus and crotch
  • Fatigue

Where do they come from? Obviously in this news report case, this patient acquired it from raw fish, but it’s not just food that can carry worms. Once again, if you are exposed to livestock, the great outdoors, or even from pets. Have you travelled to a foreign country? It’s possible to have touched something with the body that you didn’t realize was infected, maybe just sand or a tree.


There are several ways to help you identify if a parasite program is a good idea for you. Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis and the GI Effects stool test provide a more comprehensive assessment than what most patients are able to access through family practice.  These tests provide valuable information and help to identify the underlying causes of illness.  Colonhydrotherapy, probiotics and antiparasitic herbs are a proven combination to help improve your gut health. And remember that most benefit plans will cover the services of a registered Naturopathic Doctor.   Click here to book an appointment with Dr Joe Klassen ND, or call 403 217-8898.

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