Gross parasitic bowel worms... are good for you?

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Would you be a test subject in one of Dr. Weinstock's studies?

Yes.
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40%
Oh yes!
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40%
No!
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No votes
Can't answer because I'm puking.
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20%
 
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Gross parasitic bowel worms... are good for you?

Post by Mr. Tweedy » Sat Jul 05, 2008 5:16 pm

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Ran into a blurb about this while reading World and found a couple of other stories about it.

Recent NY Times story.

Actually makes good sense, if you think about it...
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Post by zZzacha » Sat Jul 05, 2008 5:45 pm

I'm all for it! Nowadays, we're obsessed by hygiene and soap. And all that cleaning causes our own natural resistance to crumble! Way too many people have all kinds of allergies and sicknesses that we didn't have 100 years ago (really, believe me, I was there).

I need my body to be resistant, darnit! Although I do shower in the morning and I do do that with soap, I always forget to wash my hands during the day. Keeps my resistance at a nice level, because I'm never sick. Hey, I may already have 20 gross worms living in my tummy as we speak! Although I think I would notice that, because I'm just a small lady. With my weight, you would notice worms crawling around. Ha, it would give me some neat tricks at parties! *think think about how to do a nice trick with my worms at parties*

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Post by cammoblammo » Sat Jul 05, 2008 9:28 pm

Umm, did I miss something? Who's Dr Weinstock?

Wait, I'd rather vote before I understand the issues.

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Post by bolddeceiver » Sun Jul 06, 2008 7:12 am

Read the article linked in the op...
...the pagoda-like enclosure, where Japanese sand-badgers disported themselves...

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Post by cammoblammo » Sun Jul 06, 2008 9:16 am

bolddeceiver wrote:Read the article linked in the op...
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Post by strawman » Sun Jul 06, 2008 9:33 am

Fascinating. Probably only a matter of time before universal worm therapy becomes a political issue. My wife is vegetarian, and has had I.B.S. The thought of her being a mini-Gaia would probably mortally skeeve her.
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Post by Goldenrat » Mon Jul 07, 2008 4:40 pm

Yeah, bring the worms on. We have so many other gross things living in/on us right now (just way smaller) what's a few more. If the worms would result in weight loss that would be a bonus. Losing weight by exercising and eating less sucks.

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Post by strawman » Mon Jul 07, 2008 5:46 pm

The poll here ought to ask "Under what conditions would you accept a parasite?"
That leads to the thought "I wonder if it would be possible to produce a designer parasite?"
G'rat raises interesting possibilities. Design a worm that feeds on cholestorol or arterial plaque. Little auto-immune boosters, critters willing to throw themselves on grenades for their hosts. Like little scapegoats, only scapeworms. You'd want to sterilize the buggers lest they reproduce and try to take over.
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Post by strawman » Mon Jul 07, 2008 5:50 pm

Or a subcutaneous worm that could emulate "living tatoos" that change shape every day. Now that little belly-button dolphin can swim, girls! Ooo, call the patent attorney!

They eat the fat in your thighs and move it to your breasts!
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Post by strawman » Mon Jul 07, 2008 6:00 pm

The ad at the bottom of the page for Herbal Parasite Cleanse claims many reasons that parasites are bad for you. But isn't that only because they don't know any better? Nothing a little behavior modification couldn't cure.

http://www.herbalcaredirect.com/AntiPar ... sgodGWsBuQ
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Post by Mr. Tweedy » Mon Jul 07, 2008 7:28 pm

strawman wrote:The poll here ought to ask "Under what conditions would you accept a parasite?"
That leads to the thought "I wonder if it would be possible to produce a designer parasite?"
G'rat raises interesting possibilities. Design a worm that feeds on cholestorol or arterial plaque. Little auto-immune boosters, critters willing to throw themselves on grenades for their hosts. Like little scapegoats, only scapeworms.
Remind me of an idea I had for a comic book: "The Adventures of Scapegoat and Whipping Boy." The idea hasn't evolved much past the title, though. Basically, the two misfit characters would try to be nice and help people, but everyone takes advantage of them. Sort of a narrative of the maxim "No good deed goes unpunished."
strawman wrote:They eat the fat in your thighs and move it to your breasts!
I'll pass. My breasts are big enough as it is.
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Post by strawman » Mon Jul 07, 2008 8:32 pm

Tweeds, not you, man! I'm talkin bout the parasite version of Nip/Tuck.
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