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The cause and treatment of Schistosomiasis

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What is meant by Schistosomiasis?

Schistosomiasis is a disease caused by a parasitic worm known as Schistosoma, which is commonly known as Bilharzia. Schistosomiasis is also known as Snail fever or Bilharziasis1. The disease is most common in Africa, but can also be found in Asia and South America. It affects more than 250 Million people and the mortality rate can reach 200 Thousand a year2. Although it is the second most common parasitic disease in the world – Second only to Malaria- it is still considered a neglected tropical disease3.

What are the causes of Schistosomiasis?

It is caused by a parasitic tapeworm called Schistosoma or Bilharzia. These worms live in river water, typically in less developed countries, inside water snails where they mature and become infective4. They are transmitted to the human being when he/he decides to bathe, swim or wash in the infected water, and enters the bloodstream where they remain for several weeks until complete maturity5.

Once fully mature, they begin to lay eggs, which pass with the urine or stool back into the water, and the cycle repeats again. The problem occurs if the eggs do not get excreted; in that case, they get lodged in the body tissues and can cause immunologic reactions and organ damage.

What are the signs and symptoms of this disease?

The first symptom that occurs is usually an itchy and red skin rash due to the entry of the worm into the skin, commonly known as “Swimmer’s Itch”. This rash occurs within the first week of exposure6.

Other symptoms occur 2 to 6 weeks later. These include generalized illness, fever and fatigue. Other symptoms depend on where the eggs get lodged. If they get lodged in the intestine wall, they cause a granulomatous reaction that can lead to colon obstruction, enlarged spleen and potentially life threatening buildup of fluid and swelling that can cause profuse bleeding. If the eggs reach the brain or spinal cord, they can cause seizures, spinal cord inflammation and even paralysis7.

If the disease lasts without intervention, it enters the chronic phase. This presents with less visible symptoms, but can be even more dangerous in the long run, resulting in malnutrition, anemia, narrowing and obstruction of the intestines and ultimately can lead to bladder cancer8.

Schistosomiasis treatment according to the western medicine tradition

Two known medications are known to treat the condition, which are praziquantel and oxamniquine, although the first is more commonly used and more readily available. The aim of the medication is to prevent the acute illness from becoming chronic. Vaccinations are still under research and development, and no known vaccine is yet available. The WHO places strict guidelines for community based education and treatment, and try to implement these guidelines whenever possible.

Schistosomiasis treatment according to the natural medicine tradition

The key for controlling Schistosomiasis is its prevention rather than treatment of the condition itself, and while western medicine focuses on making the disease dormant so that it doesn’t change to the chronic form, eastern medicine focuses more on the lifestyle changes that are often required to avoid encountering the disease altogether, and if affected making sure it doesn’t affect your normal way of life.

DisorderFree’s solution

At DisorderFree.org we support you by re-powering your immune-system. For this we develop the best Natural Medicine solution, personalized specifically for your needs. We look to the self-healing power from the body and find out where the immune system needs support and more power.

When the immune system can’t handle the viruses, bacteria parasites, fungi, toxic substances etc anymore, you lose energy in your cells and your body switch from the living modus to the surviving modus. In most situations when the immune system uses your free energy you feel more tired and less powerful.

In the natural medicine tradition we look to the self-healing capacity of the body from a holistic view and we use only the best working ingredients to get you healthy again. This means that we look for the underlying root cause (physical, mental and food) instead of symptoms. Real-life evidence show that cleaning the body helps to re-powering the self-healing capacity of the body.

How do we support you?

We support you with the physical part of the treatment. This means that we develop the best possible Personalized Natural Medicine recipe and herbal formula for your situation. This herbal formula supports your immune-system to clean the blood system, organs and tissues and lymphatic system from viruses, bacteria, parasites, fungi, toxic substances etc.

To develop a Personalized Natural Medicine recipe and produce the herbal formula we need some information from you. After receiving your information, several days later you receive the herbal formula and can start the treatment. During the treatment period your immune system clean your body from viruses, bacteria, parasites, fungi, toxic substances etc.

When the body is clean it can recover and the new cells can be healthy. The total natural treatment is in 3 steps: Step 1: cleaning the blood system (2 months)
Step 2: cleaning the organs and tissues (2 months)
Step 3: cleaning the lymphatic system (2 months)

When the blood is clean you feel more power/energy in your body. The re-powering of your body increase during step 2 and 3 when you clean your organs/tissues and lymphatic system.

Discover our travel pack treatment for Schistosomiasis prevention

Writers:
Dr. Mohamed Abdel Hamid (Medical content)
Robert Oosterling (Natural Medicine content)

References

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Topics: Schistosomiasis

Dr Mohamed Abdel Hamid

Written by Dr Mohamed Abdel Hamid

Dr. Mohamed Abdel Hamid is a practicing dentist, the founder and owner of confidential clinic in Cairo, Egypt. He graduated from the faculty of dentistry, Ain Shams University, obtaining his Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) in 2010 and has been practicing ever since. He acquired a postgraduate diploma of Oral Surgery in 2013 from the same university. In 2014, he acquired the membership of faculty of dental surgery (MFDS) from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd), one of the highest honors in professional dentistry. In 2016, He became a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), the highest recognized institution in the world pertaining to cosmetic dentistry and beauty.