what causes Fluke Disease
Non Painful Diseases
Flukes, or flatworms, have a complex life cycle with many
stages. Although sheep, cattle, pigs and humans can be “natural”
hosts to the adult stage, the other stages are meant to develop
outdoors and in secondary hosts. When fluke stages other than the
adult are able to develop in us, I call it fluke disease.
Or, when an adult that “normally belongs” to another species
is able to develop in us, I also call that fluke disease. Or even
with adult flukes in their “normal” host, when they move from the
organ that they “normally” colonize to other organs in the body I
call this fluke disease, too.
Four fluke varieties engaged in this extra territorial pursuit
are the intestinal fluke, sheep liver fluke, pancreatic fluke, and
human liver fluke.
As you can see from their names, scientists have studied them
well, and know exactly which animals are the “normal” hosts,
and which organ in that animal is the adult fluke's “normal”
home. Fluke disease is when any of these is “wrong.”
Flukes don't have eyes to see with or legs to walk with, so
how can they find and travel to the organ they want in the middle
of your body? Scientists do not know for sure. However it's
concluded from many scientific studies that the liver fluke, Fasciola,
for example, has no trouble seeking out and colonizing the
Here are some examples of what can happen when flukes go
Adult flukes (any of the four mentioned) in the uterine wall
causes cramping and bleeding when it is not men249
strual period time. If an adult crosses the wall to the inside
and then manages to get out through the fallopian tubes to
the abdominal cavity it takes some endometrium with it—
If adults develop in the kidneys, it can cause lupus or
If adults complete their cycle in the brain, Alzheimer's
disease and multiple sclerosis result.
If the intestinal fluke (Fasciolopsis buskii) becomes adult
in the liver it causes cancers of many (hundreds) kinds.
If the pancreatic fluke completes its cycle in the pancreas it
leads to diabetes. This is not an example of flukes straying
into the wrong organs, but of having its stages reproducing
where they never could before.
If flukes develop in the thymus, immunity is lowered. If it
happens to be the intestinal fluke, HIV (Human Immunodeficiency
Virus) is released there. In turn, HIV invades
other tissues, like penis and vagina.
These four flukes can also invade the muscles, causing
As dissimilar as we always thought these diseases to be, it's
obvious to me that they are but one disease—fluke disease
Considering the size of these flukes (adults are easily visible),
it is not surprising that they can quickly lay waste a human's
organs. Yet a human is big and makes a valiant effort to kill the
stages, block access to tissues and otherwise battle them.
But only the human's intelligence can be counted on to defeat
them. The intelligent approach is to discover what enables these
mighty monsters to do their reproducing in our bodies instead of
the pond with its snail/minnow secondary hosts.