We all know that fish is heavily laden with mercury, lead and other toxins. Well, there’s something much more dastardly lurking in those fish tacos.
The Japanese broad tapeworm is now being reported by the CDC to have contaminated Pacific Wild Caught fish (1). Those out there that love sushi may need to find a different muse. The likelihood of being infected with tapeworm from fish is increasing.
What Is A Tapeworm?
The truth is that we all have microorganisms living in our body. There are even beneficial worms swimming around in your gut right now. They can clean up your digestive tract and make you healthy.
Tapeworm is not one of those “healthy” worms. Its infection usually begins as a larvae in your raw sushi or fish. When the larvae is ingested it makes a home within your large intestine.
The larvae attach to your gastrointestinal wall and settle in for the long haul. As they grow they eat what you’re eating. However, this parasite will starve you to keep itself alive.
They are finding Salmon with Tapeworm that’s been wild caught in Alaskan waters. This new study from the CDC is turning heads and stomachs.
The scientists took a sampling of wild caught Salmon from Alaskan waters of 5 different varieties. The researchers found the Japanese Tapeworm in these fish. This specific type of worm can grow, as the video states above, upwards of 15 ft inside of a human. The CDC warns that they can grow upwards of 30 ft!
These Salmon Tapeworms can cause major discomfort within your body. Let alone the emotional impact of first discovery. As they grow inside your body they can perforate your gut wall and clog major bile ducts.
At 15 ft long you can imagine the discomfort that a growing worm can cause. Your skin may be crawling but the entire process of ridding yourself of this dangerous parasite will be more discomforting.
Salmon Tapeworm Symptoms
There are symptoms of infection. As with most tapeworms this Japanese Tapeworm has mild symptoms at first. You will mild lethargy and discomfort in your stomach.
The major salmon tapeworm symptoms begin to present themselves as the parasite grows. As the parasite lengthens parts of it will die. Oftentimes people are horrified to find pieces of the tapeworm floating in their stool. This is the first major giveaway for folks to run to the doctor.
Other Major symptoms may include:
- Never Feeling Full
- Constant Voracious Appetite
- Major Abdominal Pain
- Weakened Immune System
- Sudden Weight Loss
Finding that your stool has tapeworm in it and the discovery of a parasite of this kind in your body can be traumatic. The emotional damage is another side effect of contracting tapeworm. If you believe you have a tapeworm you should immediately consult your physician.
If you believe that you’re infected you should immediately visit your doctor They will prescribe medication that targets the tapeworm. Be prepared to bring a sample of your stool as it will be needed for examination. This is curable.
This may be shocking to you. Tell me, will you ever be able to eat sushi again and if so how will you avoid contracting this dangerous parasite?