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Parasites in Your Body Don’t Cause Obesity

A self-designated doctor is taking advantage of the growing number of obese Americans by telling them that manufacturers are infecting them with parasites that cause obesity. This is a case of “A little knowledge can be a dangerous thing”. She says that parasites cause plaque in the intestines and also send a signal to your hypothalamus for your body to make sugar into fat for the parasites to eat. This is untrue in several ways.

In reality food manufacturers urge you to eat more refined carbohydrates and if you don’t exercise these become body fat. Sweet liquids are the worst.

In the early 1900s a company put tape worm eggs in capsules and told customers they could lose weight without changing what they ate. A mature tape worm in your gut can use a lot of the nutrients from your food. You may have seen pictures of very thin people in poor third world countries with distended abdomens. Their parasites sure didn’t cause obesity.

The pictures of various parasites in Dr. Suzanne’s advertisements may be there to cause fear. The life cycle of Paragonimus westermanii must be to make the reader think her ideas are legitimate. This parasite mostly found in Asia requires an alternate host. It can be avoided by cooking crabs or other sea food before eating. I would advise not eating any raw sea food. Marinating fish in vinegar or lemon juice doesn’t kill parasites.

A heavy infestation of some parasites might cause some scar tissue—not plaque. One type of fluke does absorb glucose from your intestines and makes a little fat that is excreted with your feces. It does not cause obesity. Remember a parasite by definition lives off the nutrients in another animal’s body. Eggs from parasites can be seen under the microscope. If you’re worried ask your doctor to order the laboratory to examine 3 of your stool specimens.

Relax. Just cut out sugar, high-fructose corn syrup and other manufactured carbohydrates. Exercise and eat good fats to build up the fat-burning enzymes in your cells and gradually lose body fat.

Fat is Best Energy Food

Most people still believe that eating fat makes you fat and that fat is just a storage substance. In reality fat is the perfect energy food. It takes fewer enzymatic reactions to get energy from fat than from carbohydrates. Even those who aren’t exercising burn the fat they eat, for the beating of the heart, the action of internal organs or in all cells to keep body temperature normal. Body fat, on the other hand, is not used readily unless you have built up the fat burning enzymes in your cells by eating fat or with strenuous exercise.

A recent program on the internet tells how to get a flat belly. It seems you have to order the program to even get the names of the authors a phone number or address. Many of their suggestions are good, but the explanations aren’t accurate. I agree with the advice not to eat manufactured foods, not to count calories but to eat enough calories including the saturated fat in butter or coconut oil.

I don’t agree that the abnormal chemicals in manufactured foods are bad because they overload the liver so it can’t turn body fat into waste products. Fat itself is one of the cleanest burning fuels for muscles and other organs. However, if you have been eating foods from factory farms, the fat in these often contain insecticides, herbicides, antibiotics and various toxic chemicals. Fat itself does not become waste products.

Proteins are the least efficient fuel. They have to be broken down into amino acids, which change into sugars by producing urea that is excreted. Training tables that had less meat and more carbohydrates got less strain on the liver and kidneys of the athletes. But most runners think that only the burning of carbohydrates produces energy for muscles. They need more fat for energy and more protein to repair muscles.

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