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Worms infect more poor Americans than thought
Reuters ^ | December 25, 2007 | Maggie Fox, Health and Science Editor

Posted on 12/25/2007 10:17:24 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

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It makes my skin crawl thinking about it. Seems we're becoming a third world country, huh?
1 posted on 12/25/2007 10:17:25 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Women, minorities hardest bit.


3 posted on 12/25/2007 10:21:04 PM PST by denydenydeny (Expel the priest and you don't inaugurate the age of reason, you get the witch doctor--Paul Johnson)
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To: VeniVidiVici

We could just deport the worms when we discover them.


4 posted on 12/25/2007 10:21:24 PM PST by Misterioso
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To: Misterioso
"We could just deport the worms when we discover them."

Won't Mike Huckabee be putting them in for free tuition?

5 posted on 12/25/2007 10:23:15 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Your "dirt" on Fred is about as persuasive as a Nancy Pelosi Veteran's Day Speech)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“We need to begin erasing these horrific health disparities,” Hotez wrote

Agreed. immediate deportation is the only way.


6 posted on 12/25/2007 10:28:39 PM PST by enduserindy (I might be going to hell in a bucket but.......crap.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Makes my butt itch. They just need to give these people a few treatments of Castor oil.

"Because of its possible links to asthma, it would be important to determine whether covert toxocariasis is a basis for the rise of asthma among inner-city children in the northeastern United States," he added.

They'd be better off looking at the cockroach asthma link.

7 posted on 12/25/2007 10:34:24 PM PST by Razz Barry (Round'em up, send'em home.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
What a bunch of crap.

With worms no less.

8 posted on 12/25/2007 10:46:16 PM PST by onedoug
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

robot chicken worms?
9 posted on 12/25/2007 10:58:04 PM PST by robomatik
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Up to 23 percent of urban black children may be infected with Toxocara eggs ... could add up to tens of thousands of cases of tapeworm

As usual there are no real data presented to assess the magnitude of the problem and only the extreme stats are used to gin up fear and funding. If 50,000, then we are talking about only one citizen in 6,000 having tapeworm.
10 posted on 12/25/2007 11:16:14 PM PST by yazd
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To: denydenydeny

Let us face it. Bad things will happen to subgroups who think that hygiene is just an intellectual construct, though they will not phrase their feelings in quite this manner. Government cheese activists, coffee shop cogitators, performance artists, alternative lifestyle facilitators and birkenstockers feel that the verities are racist and so forgo their very health, mental or otherwise.


11 posted on 12/25/2007 11:23:23 PM PST by ashtanga
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To: ashtanga
Thank you.

You can prevent becoming infected or reinfected with pinworms by:

* Bathing frequently
* Using clean underclothing, night clothes, and bed sheets
* Washing your hands routinely, particularly after using the bathroom

12 posted on 12/25/2007 11:30:48 PM PST by endthematrix (He was shouting 'Allah!' but I didn't hear that. It just sounded like a lot of crap to me.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The worms crawl in
the worms crawl out
they crawl all over
the dead man’s snout
....


13 posted on 12/25/2007 11:46:44 PM PST by Atchafalaya
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To: Atchafalaya

OH god that brought back memories:

The worms crawl in
The worms crawl out
through your stomach
and out your mouth

They eat your eyes
they eat your nose
they even eat the ? right out of your nose

Wow childhood stuff dies hard doesn’t it?


14 posted on 12/25/2007 11:49:13 PM PST by greccogirl
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Working my way through college, I was an orderly for a while, then a med tech. Back in the early 60’s I recall vividly watching a old lady sneeze a couple of worms out her nose. The scuttlebutt with this was that it (Strongyloides) was then usually associated with rural elderly farmer-people, and not necessarily the “poor.” BTW, I don’t think it’s significantly more prevalent now.


15 posted on 12/25/2007 11:52:16 PM PST by Rudder
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To: greccogirl; Atchafalaya
The version I heard was

The worms crawl in,
The worms crawl out,
The worms play pinochle
On your snout.

Mature bunch, ain't we?

16 posted on 12/25/2007 11:54:48 PM PST by Slings and Arrows ("Bush is destroying the solar system:The ice caps on Mars are shrinking too." --Right_Wing_Madman)
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To: ashtanga

>> Bad things will happen to subgroups who think that hygiene is just an intellectual construct <<

More chlorine for the gene pool, please.


17 posted on 12/25/2007 11:58:08 PM PST by QBFimi ("When gunpowder speaks, beasts listen." - Jacobson)
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To: Atchafalaya
Never laugh when a hearse goes by
'Cause that may mean you're the next to die
They wrap you in a bloody sheet
And throw you in a hole 'bout six feet deep

The worms go in, the worms go out
They eat your stomach and eyeballs out
And that is why I always cry
When a hearse goes by

-- as sung in Dallas-area public elementary schools c. 1973

18 posted on 12/26/2007 12:20:20 AM PST by B-Chan (Catholic. Monarchist. Texan. Any questions?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I KNEW IT!

It was a typo, Al, go home!

It's Global WORMING, not warming!

19 posted on 12/26/2007 12:31:14 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly.)
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To: enduserindy

[Agreed. immediate deportation is the only way.]

You can’t deport 20,000,000 worms.


20 posted on 12/26/2007 1:07:44 AM PST by dbacks (Taglines for sale or rent.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

National Health Care would probably fix this in one day.


21 posted on 12/26/2007 3:43:06 AM PST by BfloGuy (It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we can expect . . .)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“He noted a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, presented in November, found that almost 14 percent of the U.S. population is infected with Toxocara roundworms, which dogs and cats can pass to people”

I don’t buy 14%. Thats a huge number of people.


22 posted on 12/26/2007 3:54:14 AM PST by driftdiver
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23 posted on 12/26/2007 4:02:29 AM PST by bcsco ("The American Indians found out what happens when you don't control immigration.")
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To: dbacks

“[Agreed. immediate deportation is the only way.]

You can’t deport 20,000,000 worms.”

Just take away their ability to work and they’ll deport themselves. :)


24 posted on 12/26/2007 4:05:34 AM PST by driftdiver
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To: VeniVidiVici
Easiest way would be to deport them back to their own country.

BTTT

25 posted on 12/26/2007 4:54:04 AM PST by org.whodat (What's the difference between a Democrat and a republican????)
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To: greccogirl

Wow childhood stuff dies hard doesn’t it?
***

You have sent my mind racing...
“Comet... it’s made from gasoline
Comet... it makes your mouth turn green
Comet... it makes you vomit
So get some Comet and vomit today

Beans, beans... etc. etc.


26 posted on 12/26/2007 5:08:29 AM PST by NCLaw441
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Pure BS. Where to start?

Urban playgrounds in the United States have recently been shown to be a particularly rich source of Toxocara eggs and inner-city children are at high risk of acquiring the infection," Hotez wrote, adding that this might be partly behind the rise in asthma cases in the country.

Toxocara is a genus of roundworms that infests domestic dogs and cats. The prevalence has fallen dramatically with the widespread use of prophylactic anti-helminic treatment, mainly among dogs, but to a lesser extent in cats. Seems to me, if there are fewer worms around and worm eggs cause asthma, that there ought to be fewer not more cases of asthma.

neurocysticercosis currently accounts for 10 percent of all seizures presenting to some emergency departments,

Boy, is this ever a vague statistic. Ten percent on some days at some emergency rooms? This condition is caused by tapeworm larvae that infest swine. Human disease is due to consumption of undercooked pork. Undercooked pork also accounts for another parasitic disease - trichinosis, which has dramatically decreased in the last 25 years. Hmmmm.

27 posted on 12/26/2007 5:23:46 AM PST by CholeraJoe ("At last my arm is complete!" Sweeney Todd)
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To: dbacks
You can’t deport 20,000,000 worms.

Yeah, but don't think for an instance that those worms are not being claimed as dependents on welfare applications!
28 posted on 12/26/2007 5:36:36 AM PST by SpinnerWebb (Islam ... If you can't join them, beat them.)
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To: Misterioso

> We could just deport the worms when we discover them.
Yup, the worms and their food supply.


29 posted on 12/26/2007 5:41:58 AM PST by BuffaloJack (Before the government can give you a dollar it must first take it from another American)
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To: yazd

And it would be interesting to know what percentage of that is illegals who were infected when they came here or passed it on in those wonderful living conditions we hear they live in.


30 posted on 12/26/2007 6:05:31 AM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: yazd
Up to...may be...could

Yep, straight out of the application for grant lexicon. And then there's the predictable liberal tactic of declaring anything less than carte blanche funding as evidence of malice/prejudice:

"I feel strongly that this is such an important health issue and yet because it only affects the poor it has been ignored," Hotez said via e-mail.

Then straight off the gravy-train template comes the logical fallacy of the either/or card.

He said the United States spent hundreds of millions of dollars to defend against bio-terrorism threats like anthrax or smallpox or avian flu, which were more a theoretical concern than a real threat at present.

Real world translation: "See? See? You're spending money on batteries for the smoke detector against a totally theoretical fire when you've got real Japanese beetles--here right now!--attacking your lawn. My god, man! Where are your priorities?" (Spoken by the Chemlawn man canvassing the neighborhood.)

31 posted on 12/26/2007 6:14:41 AM PST by Eroteme
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“Yeah, but don’t think for an instance that those worms are not being claimed as dependents on welfare applications!”

Think of all those democrat votes not being properly counted.


32 posted on 12/26/2007 6:26:13 AM PST by driftdiver
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It isn’t just the poor though. My high school biology teacher was just featured on Discovery Health’s, Mystery Diagnosis, for having some type of worms.


33 posted on 12/26/2007 6:33:20 AM PST by Calpernia (Hunters Rangers - Raising the Bar of Integrity http://www.barofintegrity.us)
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To: denydenydeny

...Just providing the parasitic diseases that Americans won’t provide....


34 posted on 12/26/2007 7:46:52 AM PST by wbill
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The worms go in
the worms go out
the worms play pinochle
on your snout
35 posted on 12/26/2007 7:49:12 AM PST by null and void (I've always liked Ron Paul, he is not a like a serial rapist. - rovenstinez)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Good thing we have the bot flies controlled. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23eimVLAQ2c
36 posted on 12/26/2007 7:53:42 AM PST by Rb ver. 2.0 (Global warming is the new Marxism.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I would not wish to be judged by a jury of morons.

For myself, I would appreciate all Freepers fully availing themselves of jury duty. I promise to do the same.

37 posted on 12/26/2007 7:55:43 AM PST by laotzu
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To: endthematrix

My family is not poor or dirty and my daughter was infected with pin worms last fall. The nurse says the source was likely some unwashed vegetables. Nobody else in the family became infected but we all had to take the same medicine she did. It was awful for her.


38 posted on 12/26/2007 7:56:42 AM PST by linn37 (phlebotomist on duty,its just a little pinch)
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To: laotzu
Whoa!! That was a twilight-zone moment.

Please disregard post #37.

39 posted on 12/26/2007 7:57:55 AM PST by laotzu
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Anybody out there eating salads? Any imported fruits & veggies? On the advice of a physician friend of mine I take one Vermox pill annually in addition to taking all of the usual hygiene precautions. Yes, many Americans carry parasites. Immigrants are bringing in parasites that had been nearly eradicated, but most have always been here. Prevention is easy and cheap. I buy my Vermox outside the U.S.A. for about $6/pill and it only takes one.


40 posted on 12/26/2007 8:00:09 AM PST by darth
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To: ashtanga
Government cheese activists, coffee shop cogitators, performance artists, alternative lifestyle facilitators and birkenstockers feel that the verities are racist and so forgo their very health, mental or otherwise.

Bravo, bravo! Such fine prose. As I read the story I was pretty incredulous over the part about 'since it only affects the poor nobody cares'. As if when was the last time you saw a multi-million dollar study put forth to find a cure for gout or tennis elbow? You see any stories about big grants to cure the diseases of the rich? You even hear of a list of the diseases of the rich? How is it then that we always hear about the poor? Jesus said "The poor you have with you always", and I think the people seeking funding know it, too.

41 posted on 12/26/2007 8:06:50 AM PST by kittycatonline.com
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I've gotten these kind of worms before. They made me really sick too, and gave me amnesia.

42 posted on 12/26/2007 8:23:10 AM PST by Manic_Episode (Some mornings, it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"...because it only affects the poor it has been ignored," Hotez said via e-mail.

The poor are NEVER a topic of conversation in this country....

</sarcasm>

43 posted on 12/26/2007 8:48:21 AM PST by Onelifetogive (* Sarcasm tag ALWAYS required. For some FReepers, sarcasm can NEVER be obvious enough.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"We need to begin erasing deporting these horrific health disparities," Hotez wrote in the paper...

There...fixed it.

44 posted on 12/26/2007 8:50:13 AM PST by Onelifetogive (* Sarcasm tag ALWAYS required. For some FReepers, sarcasm can NEVER be obvious enough.)
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To: darth

Source? In case we’d like to get some of that stuff....

Don’t know whether I’ve ever had worms or not, but the very thought makes my skin crawl.


45 posted on 12/26/2007 2:04:50 PM PST by Jack Hammer (here)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Actually, human inflammatory bowel disease can be TREATED with doses of pig whipworms:

“...drinking a concoction containing thousands of pig worm eggs could protect people against bowel disease.

“He came up with the idea after noticing that a rise in cases of IBD coincided with a drop in infections caused by roundworms and human whipworms.

“Weinstock also noted that IBD was rare in developing countries where parasitic infections were more common.

“When he tested it twice a month on 100 patients in the United States with IBD, which includes ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, symptoms such as abdominal pain, bleeding and diarrhoea disappeared.

http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/04/07/1081222499772.html?from=storyrhs


46 posted on 12/26/2007 2:19:12 PM PST by LibFreeOrDie (L'Chaim!)
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To: Jack Hammer

I got my last few doses at a pharmacy in Ciudad Acuna just across the border from Del Rio, Texas.


47 posted on 12/26/2007 3:21:03 PM PST by darth
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Worms infect more poor Americans than thought

So how many poor Americans are infected with thought?

48 posted on 12/26/2007 5:58:26 PM PST by Koblenz (The Dem Platform, condensed: 1. Tax and Spend. 2. Cut and Run. 3. Man on Man)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Women & minorities HARDEST HIT !!


49 posted on 12/26/2007 7:37:21 PM PST by traumer
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To: NCLaw441

LOL


50 posted on 12/26/2007 8:07:38 PM PST by greccogirl
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