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Books on Parasites

A Selection Of Popular Books For Understanding Parasitic Infections, Especially Related To Candida Yeast Infections

The following are the Amazon's five bestsellers on the topic of Intestinal Parasites, along with two more technical books for those interested in scientific details. Also see the list of book selections on our page BOOKS ON CANDIDIASIS and Candida diet books and cookbooks.


Book: Parasite Rex

Parasite Rex: Inside the Bizarre World of Nature's Most Dangerous Creatures
by Authors: Carl Zimmer
September 2001
Avg. Customer Rating: 4.9 out of 5 stars
Price Range: about $15

Paperback: 298 pages
Publisher: Touchstone Books
ISBN: 074320011

For centuries, parasites have lived in nightmares, horror stories, and in the darkest shadows of science. Now award-winning writer Carl Zimmer takes us on a fantastic voyage into the secret parasite universe we actually live in but haven't recognized. He reveals not only that parasites are the most successful life-forms on Earth, but that they triggered the development of sex, shape ecosystems, and have driven the engine of evolution.

Parasites are the most successful life-forms on Earth. Every animal is, at one time or another, the home of a parasite. Humankind itself may be a parasite, one that preys on the entire Earth. If we are to promote the flourishing of life in all its diversity, we must learn the ways of Parasite Rex.


Book - Guess What Came to Dinner?: Parasites and Your Health

Guess What Came to Dinner?: Parasites and Your Health
by Authors: Ann Louise Gittleman, Omar M. Amin
July, 2001 2nd edition
Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 
Price Range: about $10

ISBN: 1583330968
Paperback: 164 pages
Publisher: Avery Penguin Putnam;

From the Publisher
With more than 60,000 copies sold, a newly revised and updated edition of an authoritative book on parasitic infections-their detection, treatment, and cure. 

Once relegated to poor third-world countries, instances of parasitic infections are on a dramatic rise in the United States. In this thoroughly revised and updated edition of Guess What Came to Dinner?, health expert Ann Louise Gittleman informs readers about the role of parasites in many ailments, from allergies to chronic fatigue syndrome and bowel disorders. The book offers practical advice to parasite-proof your food and water and explains breakthrough methods of detection, anti-parasitic treatments, and herbal cures. Notes. Index.

Author Biography: Ann Louise Gittleman, N.D., M.S., C.N.S., is a pioneer in dietary, environmental, and women's health issues. She is the author of numerous books, including Eat Fat, Lose Weight.

Book- The Parasite Menace

The Parasite Menace:
A Complete Guide to the Prevention, Treatment and Elimination of Parasitic Infection

by Authors: Skye Weintraub
March, 1998
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 
Price Range: about $15

ISBN: 1885670885
Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Woodland Publishing

From the Publisher
In The Parasite Menace, Dr. Skye Weintraub educates the reader about parasites: how to prevent infection, detect their presence, and rid ourselves of them by using diet and nutrition, herbal and supplemental therapies, and other natural practices. Dr. Weintraub also examines proper hygiene practices, water filters, proper food handling, building the immune system, and other ways to decrease our risk of being infected with parasites.


Book - Fearsome Fauna: A Field Guide to the Creatures That Live in You

Fearsome Fauna: A Field Guide to the Creatures That Live in You
by Authors: Roger M. Knutson
April 1999 
Avg. Customer Rating: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Price Range: about $10

ISBN: 0716733862
Paperback, 123 pp
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company, Incorporated

From the Publisher
HYPOCHONDRIACS BEWARE-would you believe the nastiest creatures in the known universe live inside our bodies? Finding a home and producing offspring in our internal spaces, parasites drink our blood, eat our cells, and infest our muscles. Not much can be said in their favor, except that they are truly fascinating.

Fearsome Fauna is a wickedly amusing and startlingly informative look into the secret world of these parasites. From their lowly beginnings ("Life for a young hookworm begins in a pile of dung and for most of them it goes downhill from there") to their physical appearance ("In a contest for first prize ugly, tapeworms at any stage of their development would win hands down, if they had hands") and sexual practices ("many internal parasites are hermaphroditic; probably a good choice considering the difficulty of finding a mate in the bewildering darkness of our interior") author Roger Knutson tells you everything you always wanted to know about parasites but were too disgusted or terrified to ask.

Book - The Health Forum: Yeast, Parasites, and Bacteria

The Health Forum: Yeast, Parasites and Bacteria
by Authors: Polly Hattemer
November 2002
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Price Range: about $15

ISBN: 0971987602
Paperback: 179 pages
Publisher: Health Reflections Book Corp.

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The Health Forum presents opinions, experiences and information on how to eliminate irritable bowel, the yeast syndrome, Candida, parasites, and the wrong intestinal bacteria. People who have personally dealt with these health problems present the information in a series of interactive discussions. Costs, effectiveness, and subtleties of treatment are important topics for these discussions. Topics include improving digestion, leaky gut, antifungals, probiotics, liver health, related symptoms/conditions and vitamims/minerals. 


Book - Markell and Voge's Medical Parasitology


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Markell and Voge's Medical Parasitology
by Authors: Edward K. Markell, David T. John, Wojciech A. Krotoski, Adrianne Williams (Editor)
November 1998
Price Range: about $55 

ISBN: 0721676340
Format: Hardcover, 501 pp
Publisher: Harcourt Brace & Company

Reviewer: John M. Besser, MS (Minnesota Department of Health)
Description: This is a standard text used in colleges and universities that provides an overview of clinical manifestations of disease, epidemiology, and diagnostic procedures.
Purpose: It is written for education and reference, and the principal objective in updating the 1992 edition is to include new information about parasite taxonomy, diseases, and diagnostic procedures. This objective is critical for the intended use of the text, and is fully achieved.
Audience: According to the authors, and in my judgment, it is written for medical students, physicians, and medical technologists. The authors are well known and credible authorities in the field.
Features: This is a general text on parasitology, and all aspects are covered, including an overview of the relationship between parasite and host, laboratory diagnostic methods, and detailed descriptions of individual disease agents, their clinical presentation, epidemiologic features, and treatment. There is an excellent balance of descriptive text, tables, diagrams, and photographs needed for laboratory identification. Unfortunately, there is a lack of consistency with the use of citations. For instance, in Chapter 3, five studies on the prevalence of Cryptosporidium spp were mentioned, but there were no citations in the text or at the end of the chapter. In contrast, there were excellent citations in Chapter 6.

Assessment: This text is an excellent vehicle for education and an important reference source. Although not as detailed in diagnostic procedures as Garcia's Diagnostic Medical Parasitology (ASM Press, 1997), this text provides a better overview and descriptions of epidemiologic aspects of parasitic disease. This text includes critical new information for the intended audience that easily justifies publication of this new edition.

Book - Human Parasitology

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Human Parasitology
By Authors: Burton J. J. Bogitsh, Thomas C. Cheng, Burt J. Bogitsh
January 1999 2ND Edition
Price Range: about $65

ISBN: 0121108708
Format: Hardcover, 484 pp
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann Publishers

From the Publisher
This undergraduate, upper-division text focuses on the biology of human parasites, and bridges the gap between classic clinical parasitology texts and more traditional encyclopedic treatises. Human Parasitology, Second Edition introduces various parasites and how they interact with their hosts and respond to new treatments. It presents symptomatic treatments of important parasitic organisms, such as single-celled protozoans, metazoans like trematodes, cestodes, and nematodes, and external parasites that act primarily as vectors. The book also includes appendices dealing with various drugs and their efficacy with respect to treatment.

This thoroughly updated edition contains a new chapter on opportunistic parasites that effect AIDS patients, and provides new research into emerging parasites such as Cryptosporidium and Cyclopspora. The Second Edition includes more electron micrographs, better life cycle figures, and thoroughly revised citations.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations