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Old 09-16-2005, 04:10 PM   #1
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Yum...lingual peek-a-boo!

This little chap isn't news to some of us, but his appearance in London sure is. Great pics in this article from the BBC:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/ne...00/4209004.stm
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Old 09-16-2005, 04:15 PM   #2
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An amusing related page to give you the itchies tonight:

http://www.bogleech.com/bio-para.html
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8O Bleeeh!!!

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That is too cool. It's a shame it won't work on humans. I could see it being very beneficial for someone with tongue cancer. The cancerous tongue would be eaten and replaced. I wonder if the process.....out with the old in with the new....is painful for the host.
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"Roughly 80% of all human beings on earth have one or more internal parasite infestations. For america, the estimate is 95%. Almost all human beings will suffer from internal or external parasites at least once in their lifespan and may never even know it."

Gross, why is the percentage higher in America? Are other countries deworming themselves more regularly? Should people being doing something to deworm themselves? Are some parasitic critters beneficial? I'd almost be afraid to deworm myself for fear of what would come out. One of Stephen King's "sh#t weasels comes to mind 8O
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What a lovely thread!

Here's my contribution:
http://www.ucihs.uci.edu/com/patholo...an/home_pg.htm
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Well, truthfully if I had a nasty necrotic wound that's the therapy I'd want. I've heard it works great and even with modern medicine it is still one of the best ways to debride a wound.
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Actually what interests me is the research work they are doing with hookworms. Apparently by infecting people with them and later curing them, it gets rid of allergies. It's given rise to other research into the usefullness of parasites. The thinking is, lack of parasites is why allergies are running rampant in the general population. So they're looking at what parasites are actually useful and controlable.
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That is too cool. It's a shame it won't work on humans. I could see it being very beneficial for someone with tongue cancer.
Funny. First thing that came into my mind was Congress. :P
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I always think about little alien tongue parasites infesting people and speaking for them.
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