According to the Blastocystis Research Foundation (BRF), Blastocystis is a highly prevalent single-celled parasite that infects the gastrointestinal tract of humans and animals.  It has become the most prevalent gastrointestinal parasitic infection in developed and many developing countries, and it will produce long-term diarrhea, abdominal pain, and other symptoms in healthy individuals.

Blastocystis hominis cysts/CDC
Blastocystis hominis cysts/CDC

I had the opportunity to talk to the BRF director and founder, Ken Boorom about some of the latest info and research on the single-celled protozoan parasite (listen below). Boroom discussed research he presented at the International Parasitology conference in Mexico City ( ICOPA) along with related research on Blastocystis.

In a follow-up to an interview in 2010,  I asked Mr. Boorom to follow up on developments in diagnostics and treatment. In addition, we looked at where most Blastocystis research is being done.

Ken Boorom founded the non-profit Blastocystis Research Foundation after suffering a severe case of the parasite, which he gives his personal testimony during our talk.

To learn mote about the BRF, research, news and information about Blastocystis, check out their website HERE