Here's a short article about the 9-foot tapeworm lawsuit I mentioned in my email:

Scientific American article

Who would have thought that eating salmon could be so risky?

Without going into who should be blamed for this particular incident, it's crazy to think that this could actually happen in the United States.

How can you prevent intestinal parasites?

Well, one thing you can do to prevent this from happening is to cook your food well!

The Centers for Disease Control says that you can prevent parasite exposure by cooking salmon at a temperature of 130 to 133 degrees Fahrenheit for 5 minutes, or by freezing it at –4 degrees Fahrenheit for 7 days before eating.

(Source: www.cdc.gov/NCIDOD/EID/13/1/169.htm; temperatures converted from Centigrade temperatures cited in article.)

But this won't help with restaurants or places where you're not in control of the food preparation.

Parasites are widespread

I did some more digging on this. Although there are conflicting reports, it seems that a lot of us have parasites and don't even know it.

According to some sources, there are over 100 different types of parasites that can reside in the human body, causing issues like:

  • allergies,
  • anemia (worms leach nutrients from bodies, causing anemia),
  • constipation,
  • diarrhea,
  • fatigue,
  • lack of concentration,
  • bloating,
  • immune dysfunction,
  • anxiety, and
  • restlessness.


I really had no idea about this, and although some of this stuff can be overblown by certain health practitioners, I think there's a lot of truth here.

What can you do to make your body inhospitable to parasites?

Aside from cooking your food, and staying away from unsanitary conditions (like walking barefoot through sewage), there are certain conditions that make it more likely you will be a good host for parasites.

These conditions that predispose you for parasitic invasion include: too much mucus, an intestinal flora imbalance, chronic constipation, and a toxic internal environment.

A healthy gut helps fend off parasites

This whole discussion reminded me of a product I reviewed a couple of years ago that helps people maintain a healthy colon. (It's also a great weight loss starter, by the way.)

What I remembered is that it also includes parasite removal as part of this cleanse. So I called the manufacturer, and it does kill fish tapeworms and their eggs (if you're still thinking about the scary salmon!).

I'm more interested in the fact that it promotes a healthy gut, removes a lot of old (fairly disgusting) fecal matter from your system, and just gives you a "fresh start" in so many ways. Sometimes being backed up like this can hamper your weight loss efforts, even if you're doing everything else right.

Ultimate Colon Cleanse
The product is called Ultimate Colon Cleanse, and for full disclosure I have been close friends with the founder for over 3 years now. I personally use the system once a year. It really provides a boost of energy (kind of like cleaning your pipes).

Because of the fish story and my research, I asked the founder if he would give you guys a special deal on the program. Here's what we came up with:

He'll let you try it for 30 days as a trial, and will only charge you $6.77 for shipping.

If you don't like it, just send it back, with no damage done to your wallet. (Please don't take advantage of him on this, though, if you aren't serious.)

Here's his special link:

http://www.hypnosisnetwork.com/recommends/ultimatecolon