Cryptosporidium is a microscopic parasite that causes the diarrheal disease cryptosporidiosis. Both the parasite and the disease are commonly known as "Crypto." There are many species of Cryptosporidium that infect humans and animals. Cryptosporidium lives in the intestine of infected humans or animals. An infected person or animal sheds Crypto parasites into the stool. Millions of Crypto germs can be released in a bowel movement from an infected human or animal. The parasite is protected by an outer shell that allows it to survive outside the body for long periods of time and makes it very tolerant to chlorine disinfection.

While this parasite can be spread in several different ways, water (drinking water and recreational water) is the most common method of transmission. Cryptosporidium is one of the most frequent causes of waterborne disease among humans in the United States.

Symptoms usually appear 2 to 12 days after ingestion, with diarrhea being the most common one. Other symptoms include abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, headaches, and fever which may result in weight loss and dehydration. Symptoms are more severe for people with weakened immune systems.

If you suspect you have this parasite, use a dropperful of the Liquid Detox every hour until the symptoms subside. Remember IC-2 is wonderful for stopping diarrhea.