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Old 02-10-2009, 06:20 PM
 
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what you talking about my ex wife's lawyer?
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Old 02-11-2009, 05:55 PM
 
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hahaha. Awesome. lesson of the day kids, don't eat your friend's poop.
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Old 05-01-2009, 12:22 PM
 
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Sorry, but these worms aren't beneficial. Depending on the species they can give you anemia, B12 deficiency, liver failure, and lymphedema, among other things. And that's only a FEW of the parasites!
Yes, they can be beneficial. There are people who have infected themselves with hookworms and gotten significant benefits for various autoimmune diseases. There have been clinical trials on this.
Drinking too much water can get people sick too. That doesn't mean water is a bad thing.
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Old 05-01-2009, 01:20 PM
 
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Yes, they can be beneficial. There are people who have infected themselves with hookworms and gotten significant benefits for various autoimmune diseases. There have been clinical trials on this.

While there have been some beneficial medical applications using hookworms, they can also cause some serious health problems.

"Hookworm is a leading cause of maternal and child morbidity in the developing countries of the tropics and subtropics. In susceptible children hookworms cause intellectual, cognitive and growth retardation, intrauterine growth retardation, prematurity, and low birth weight among newborns born to infected mothers. Hookworm infection is rarely fatal, but anemia can be significant in the heavily infected individual."

Hookworm - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 05-01-2009, 02:52 PM
 
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....search found cooking began about 1.9 million years ago with early Homo Erectus.
Again, gays on the leading edge of culture.
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Old 05-01-2009, 04:52 PM
 
Location: Maryland not Murlin
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I was just thinking about this recently. Suppose some worms are beneficial?
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Sorry, but these worms aren't beneficial. Depending on the species they can give you anemia, B12 deficiency, liver failure, and lymphedema, among other things. And that's only a FEW of the parasites!
It is not beneficial to the parasite to kill its host. Problems arise when the infestation becomes large. You'll probably never notice one or two.

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hahaha. Awesome. lesson of the day kids, don't eat your friend's poop.
Yeah, and don't walk barefoot in the the Southern States or eat undercooked pork or fish.
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Old 05-02-2009, 09:24 AM
 
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It is not beneficial to the parasite to kill its host. Problems arise when the infestation becomes large. You'll probably never notice one or two.

Yeah, and don't walk barefoot in the the Southern States or eat undercooked pork or fish.
Good points and although we all have some degree of parasites in us since evolution i do believe there are some that need to be killed as for example Tapeworm from undercooked pork and beef etc..although i read that many people never have any symptoms of them .
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Old 05-03-2009, 07:15 PM
 
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While there have been some beneficial medical applications using hookworms, they can also cause some serious health problems.
Yes, they can cause health problems, and yes, they can be beneficial. The amount of hookworms that are used on a person for medicinal purposes tend to be far too few to cause anemia. And health risk is different in the developed world, as people here are well nourished and typically not iron deficient. It's much easier for a parasite to cause severe anemia if you're already anemic without the parasite. Most people in the undeveloped world have no symptoms from hookworms, as most people with them aren't heavily infected.
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Old 05-04-2009, 09:01 AM
 
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Yes, they can cause health problems, and yes, they can be beneficial. The amount of hookworms that are used on a person for medicinal purposes tend to be far too few to cause anemia. And health risk is different in the developed world, as people here are well nourished and typically not iron deficient. It's much easier for a parasite to cause severe anemia if you're already anemic without the parasite. Most people in the undeveloped world have no symptoms from hookworms, as most people with them aren't heavily infected.
Seemed like years back i read about how certain parasites have allowed men to escape iron overload as they theorized that the parasites are constantly sucking out tiny anounts of blood as that has allowed iron not to build up to toxic levels in men over the millenium if i understood it correctly back then.

Hmm.....
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Old 05-04-2009, 11:48 AM
 
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Yes, they can cause health problems, and yes, they can be beneficial. The amount of hookworms that are used on a person for medicinal purposes tend to be far too few to cause anemia. And health risk is different in the developed world, as people here are well nourished and typically not iron deficient. It's much easier for a parasite to cause severe anemia if you're already anemic without the parasite. Most people in the undeveloped world have no symptoms from hookworms, as most people with them aren't heavily infected.

You're probably right that countries that provide better nutrition is helpful, but level of exposure to the parasite is also an important factor, especially in developing nations where sanitation is often a problem. Of course, hookworms aren't the only health hazard they face.

Swine allowed to run free are probably the leading source of infection to humans (though not the only animals susceptible to hookworms), especially to people who are barefoot. That's less of a problem for swine that are raised in captivity where floors and surfaces can be hosed off or cleaned more easily. Also, I think meat from free ranging swine that's raw or isn't thoroughly cooked can sometimes allow the parasites to survive to infect the diners.
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