Thursday, May 24, 2012

hidden epidemic: tapeworms in the brain


Discover | Theodore Nash sees only a few dozen patients a year in his clinic at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. That’s pretty small as medical practices go, but what his patients lack in number they make up for in the intensity of their symptoms. Some fall into comas. Some are paralyzed down one side of their body. Others can’t walk a straight line. Still others come to Nash partially blind, or with so much fluid in their brain that they need shunts implanted to relieve the pressure. Some lose the ability to speak; many fall into violent seizures.

Underneath this panoply of symptoms is the same cause, captured in the MRI scans that Nash takes of his patients’ brains. Each brain contains one or more whitish blobs. You might guess that these are tumors. But Nash knows the blobs are not made of the patient’s own cells. They are tapeworms. Aliens.

A blob in the brain is not the image most people have when someone mentions tapeworms. These parasitic worms are best known in their adult stage, when they live in people’s intestines and their ribbon-shaped bodies can grow as long as 21 feet. But that’s just one stage in the animal’s life cycle. Before they become adults, tapeworms spend time as larvae in large cysts. And those cysts can end up in people’s brains, causing a disease known as neurocysticercosis.

7 comments:

Ed Dunn said...

Speaking of tapeworms in the brain, I want to drop a bombshell against the Google Goggles fans on this blog.

http://youtu.be/NC77Gp8-QaU - check out the commercial at :47

Again, check out the commercial at :47 - this was 2001....

This is what happens when our own people badly want to believe the Google guys are inventing something new. But anyway, it is my understanding that when people go swimming in these lakes and put their head in water, these parasites quickly swim up to the brain and have a new place to incubate.

What would be interesting is if these tape-worms can mind control human beings like they do insects and force humans to keep putting people in power who are also controled by these parasitic tapeworms....

Big Don said...

...[-Hijack mode ON-]...  In the meantime you got Fuzzlamic Cultural Tapeworms slipping in the sheeplistic back door----> 
http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/arabic_mandatory_at_city_public_UdLomjOOnZNfjDfs6YQrUN

CNu said...

lol, repeat after me "love the Google Ed...., love the Google Ed....,"

What would be interesting is if these tape-worms can mind control human beings like they do insects

lol, this article was of course selected and placed here for a reason.

Temple3 said...

What's fuzzlamic? 

Big Don said...

Anything pertaining to the religion of Mucking Fuzzlimz...

Tom said...

smd mf

Big Don said...

Might make a great name for a rap group: *MF* ...sort of like NWA...