Parasite Statistics

There is a 3-in-1 chance you have a parasite… That means you’re 300% likely to have one, or expressed differently, 100% likely to have 3 different species. Bear in mind that within a species, you may only have one organism (like a large tapeworm) or you could have thousands (such as small hookworms) or millions (such as microscopic giardia). The average parasite count for a relatively healthy adult is 4 species but it is not uncommon to be in the 20+ range. 

There are over 100 species of parasite you are likely to have. The problem is that it is difficult to know which ones you actually do have. They can exist in the intestines, organ tissue or the blood stream and getting them medically diagnosed (e.g. finding them) in some of these regions can be difficult, so you can’t rely on what is found in you as an indicator of what you have. The best way of understanding parasites is to estimate your likelihood of having each one by comparing yourself to the statistics.

This data comes from my own clinical observations: it is drawn from a random sampling of 1000 muscle testing parasite screens conducted at my clinics. The clinics are based in Canada, and although many people from many other countries come in for an assessment, more than 3/4 of all candidates assessed were Canadian. Since Canada is considered to be one of the cleanest countries in the world, the data would seem to suggest numbers much higher in countries or continents with less developed sanitation and/or a heavier environmental parasite burden. Many of my findings have been validated by stool analysis, live blood analysis or by visual identification upon passing the parasite after treatment.

Parasite Categories

First, it is helpful to think of parasites in three categories. It is a simple statistic that everyone on the planet has an average of 1 parasite from each of the three categories, which is how we arrive at a 300% likelihood that this applies to you:

1. Invisible Parasites: protozoans like Giardia, Amoebas
2. Flatworms: Flukes and Tapeworms
3. Roundworms: Roundworm, Hookworm, etc.

3-in-1It shouldn’t come as a surprise that we all have parasites. We de-worm dogs regularly, why would we as humans be immune? Health care professionals have known for decades that parasites play a huge role in disease but until now there hasn’t been an effective, thorough way of identifying and quantifying them.

This write-up is not designed to explain the process of a scientific muscle testing analysis of parasites, nor to outline the advantages and disadvantages of stool testing, live blood analysis and medical diagnosis. Those are complex topics for another discussion.

At this stage, what seems most important is the conclusion you draw from your own research. You will research this some more, and probably already have. But what conclusion are you drawing from that research? Assuming you’re full of parasites is no more productive than assuming you’re immune. What your research needs to lead to is an understanding of the actual statistical likelihood that you have the parasite you’re reading about.

The best way I can describe this is by sharing the statistics from my own clinical practice. Bear in mind that this information has been arrived at by a muscle testing analysis, which may explain why my numbers are much higher than the CDC or WHO. Organizations can only summarize the parasite data everyone already knows, whereas a muscle testing analysis can include data about tissue and blood parasites that other diagnostic approaches might be likely to miss.

Group 1. Invisible (Protozoan) Parasites


The two most common protozoan parasites with the statistical likelihood that you have them:

  1. Giardia (also called Beaver Fever and Montezuma’s Revenge). 80% chance. 
  2. Amoeba (Entamoeba Histolytica). 30% chance.

Giardia is the most common protozoan parasite in the world. It can survive in chlorinated water, rendering it virtually indestructible. It exists in every ecosystem and every city on the planet but only 80% of people seem to have it, so it seems reasonable to assume that some people must have a genetic immunity to it. This is an interesting problem for geneticists to explore but the challenge lies in identifying the 20% of people who don’t have it.


An interesting clinical fact about Giardia is that it is thought to exist only in the intestinal tract but does in fact move quite quickly (within weeks) to every part of the body including thyroid, leading to many chronic sinus issues and sore throats. This is also true with dogs. Giardia doesn’t discriminate, it infects every animal equally.

Here is a famous picture of Giardia, magnified thousands of times as it is not visible to the human eye. Not the sort of guest you want to bring home for dinner.

Group 2. Flatworms: Flukes and Tapeworms


Flatworms are divided into Flukes and Tapeworms.

1. Flukes. The most common is the intestinal fluke (85% chance) but blood flukes (5% chance), lung flukes (5% chance) and liver flukes (5% chance) are also quite common.

Flukes can vary in size from the blood fluke (fully grown, only the size of a small button on your shirt) to the intestinal fluke, which can be the size and shape of a small leaf. If you touch your thumb and forefinger together and look at the leaf-shaped space in between them, that’s the size of an intestinal fluke.

An interesting fact about intestinal flukes is that they are almost the sole cause of celiac disease. The difficulty in identifying them through traditional stool analysis is the reason why we still live in a culture that believes celiac is caused by the immune system attacking gluten. The reason all people with flukes (e.g. 85% of people) aren’t celiac is because of the varying number of flukes. If you only had 1, you might not even know. If you had 10-20 you could get by with a mild gluten intolerance. Having 30-50+ intestinal flukes is needed to produce the well-known celiac response.

Since most flukes originate in fish and snail communities, eating raw fish (e.g. Sashimi) is a great way to pick up a fluke. If you’ve ever had food poisoning, that was probably a fluke or tapeworm entering your system.

2. Tapeworms: The best-known tapeworm is the one the shape and size of a garden hose (5% chance) but it’s more likely that you would have a dwarf tapeworm (25% chance), which is only a few inches long fully grown.

The dwarf tapeworm is the most common contributor to milk allergies or dairy sensitivity in general, but it can also cause chronic bloating and flatulence. Even periodic bloating is in indicator. The parasite is often acquired at a young age when children are exposed to rodent feces, which is how the eggs are spread. This also explains why so many adults get it from contaminated condiments, oils and yogurts, as manufacturing facilities the world over are notorious magnets for rat and mouse colonies.

The point of this section is to understand that you are likely to have at least 1 fluke, and also have a 1 in 20 chance of having one of the tapeworms.

Group 3. Roundworms: Roundworm, Hookworm, etc.

Roundworms are probably the best-known members of the parasite world but they aren’t more common than their protozoan ancestors or their fluke cousins. They are also divided into two main categories: Standard and Filarial.


Of the standard roundworm family, here are the statistics:

Pork Roundworm: 20% chance
Dog (or cat) Roundworm20% chance
Common Roundworm: 10% chance
Hookworm: 20% chance
Other Roundworms: 30% chance

In the filarial family, the best known is Strongyloides (9% chance).

Roundworms seldom cause direct symptoms since the common roundworm, the one that lives in the digestive tract, is the least common of the bunch. The rest of them are tissue parasites (Pork and Dog Roundworms) or blood parasites (Hookworm and Strongyloides) and these are the most prevalent and widespread.

A symptom of having a blood roundworm would be low iron or high blood pressure. A symptom of a tissue parasite is more indirect. It excretes waste into your tissue; the waste contains bacteria; the bacteria feed on heavy metals; the heavy metals then soak into organs and bones: and then you have heavy-metal-related degenerative disease like diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis, which requires treatment at multiple levels.

As with flukes and tapeworms, an instance of food poisoning is the most likely time you picked one of these up. The vomiting response is your body trying to eject the eggs, which hatch almost upon contact with your stomach acid.

How is this Possible?

We have all grown up in a world where parasites are everywhere. Being microscopic, they’re difficult to see, so it’s difficult to know when you’re eating one. Most of them come from drinking water or eating food that is contaminated by the eggs. If you’re lucky, you’ll only have 3 and you probably won’t be aware of them. As a general rule, by the time you’re aware of a health imbalance you will have 5 or more parasites and when that imbalance has become more severe, you’re likely to be in the range of 10-20 parasites. It makes the most sense if you think of it in financial terms:

Imagine carrying a balance on a high-interest credit card. If you have a large balance on one credit card, you probably won’t notice the monthly interest payments. Even payments on 2 or 3 cards are manageable for most people. But making payments on 10 or 20 cards is unsustainable. It’s bad debt and eventually leads to trouble.

Now translate that into physical terms and the problem of parasites becomes apparent. If you’re sharing your lunch with 10 or 20 friends, you’ll slowly starve from the inside out. We have known for years that most degenerative diseases are the result of starvation from within and that’s what parasites bring about. The oversight all this time has been to underestimate the average number of parasites you have.

Most people are shocked to find out they host even one parasite so consider these statistics (keep in mind the numbers below represent species, not parasite count within a species):

Average number of parasites by age 3: 1 (usually giardia)
Average number of parasites by age 10: 3
Average number of parasites by age 15: 4
Average number of parasites by age 30: 5
Least number of parasites a healthy adult is likely to have: 3
Number of parasites a sick person is likely to have: 10-20
The most parasites I have found in an assessment: 35


Some More Statistics:

Here are some further statistics gathered from my own clinical observations:

Average number of parasite species in someone who has IBS (irritable bowel syndrome): 8
Average number of parasite species in someone who has cancer: 15
Most common parasite to cause hospitalization: full tapeworm
Most common parasite to cause a heart murmur: hookworm
Most common parasite to cause migraines: giardia (neurological)
Most common parasite to cause celiac: intestinal fluke

The Good News

So as not to propagate parasite paranoia, I’d like to specify that parasites can be identified and eliminated. By current medical methodology it’s challenging to identify them because they can live in 3 different regions of the body (the intestinal tract, the blood stream and various body tissues, including the organs and bone marrow) and at the very least, stool testing is inadequate. I’ve developed a methodology using a muscle testing analysis cross-referenced with pure element samples from the periodic table and it’s more thorough but requires an in-person assessment, which may not be practical if you’re reading this article outside of Western Canada. 

The purpose of this write-up, then, is to point you in the right direction. So many people in our world are investing so much time and energy in managing medical conditions that are ultimately only names that describe symptoms that can be traced back to simple parasites. Start thinking about parasites, it’s the beginning of the solution.

The first step in getting rid of parasites – the first step in becoming healthy, is understanding what the real problem is. A health problem is almost always an expression of a parasite and it’s one of statistics. If you’re reading this, unless you’ve been on a rigorous anti-parasite regimen, it’s likely you have a minimum of 3 parasites and could have 5 or more. Parasites are an unfortunate part of life and they can only be eliminated once you know you have them.

If you want to get healthy, devote your focus to identifying which parasites are stealing your lunch so you can strategize about which ones to eliminate first.

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