Parasite Primer ... continued
The Ever Ubiquitous Ascaris
They know different.
They "see" different.
It is rare to find a person who is completely parasite free, and the most common evidence of this is the constant discovery of ascaris - in its many stages of development - within the stool samples. The reason for the difference in perspective has to do with the line betweeen "asymptomatic" and "symptomatic" -- between "diagnosable" using gross, unexacting standards, and "undiagnosable" when standards are such that symptoms rising from patient complaints do not yet exist.
The vast majority of pictures in this primer were taken from people who would never have been diagnosed as having parasites had they gone to their primary care physician. Furthermore, the majority of people from whom these specimens were taken were actually surprised when told that they had parasite infestation.
Conventional medicine gives short riff over the immunological effects of parasite activity that does not reach the threshold of full-blown, diagnosable disease which can positively confirm the parasites as the etiological source.
Good preventative medicine would say that is a mistaken and misguided. To paraphrase the American physician, Dr. John McDougall (M.D.), this is yet another example where, "Doctors don't pay attention ... because there is more money to be made in treating disease than in preventing it."
"If all the matter in the universe except the nematodes were swept away, our world would still be dimly recognizable..."
N.A. Cobb (1914)
"Cotton Ball" With A
Mom Inside... But
What's She Up To?
... and they're off. Thousands of them - all siblings. This photo is shot at 60X. [ Enlarge]
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Morphologically, intestinal nematodes develop a wide "mouth" called a "stylet" which attaches to the walls of the intestines. A human can have thousands of these creatures sucking blood nutrients out of the body without developing symptoms that would leave the average physician to suspect anything amiss. This shot was taken at 200X. [ Enlarge]