Author Topic: Teenager dies after tapeworm lays dozens of eggs in his brain from Pork  (Read 900 times)

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Offline funnybone

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Makes me scared eating raw meat. I've not eat raw chicken and raw pork though.

https://www.livescience.com/65090-tapeworm-cysts-brain.html

What are your thoughts?

Offline dariorpl

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We don't know if it was the parasites that killed him or if the parasites were eating toxic parts of his body and then he died.

Also, there is no reason to expect this to happen to paleo / primal dieters with any degree of likelihood, as the cases are minimal if they exist at all.

Chances are he was a cooked food eater, and likely not the best kinds of cooked food.

Plenty of studies have used tapeworms and other intestinal parasites both in humans and other animals, to treat several illnesses with great success.
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I also think that there was a cause behind that which did not directly relate to him eating the pork. You never know to what toxins this guy was exposed to or what rubbish he ate. He might have worked in a chemical factory, on a garbage plant and what not. News like this are pretty pointless. I did eat raw chicken, air dried bacon, allthough cured with salt, high meat, and so far had no issues. I also do think that parasites are there for a reason to cleanse us, if you live a shitty lifestyle or eat shitty foods then the balance of good bacteria/parasites can shift and they can cause you issues, like yeast infections and candida overgrowth.

I can also personally relate to parasites a lot, since I had many of them during my detox period and whenever I ate or drank something unhealty, I could see them in my vomit or saliva. Even now if I eat something unhealty and spit out that slimy substance into a open sink and remove the liquids around it. What´s usually left is a long worm like thing with a body, which usually has something like a head at one side. That head is bigger than its body and can have a different color (body is white and head is yellow). So I believe that parasites are meant to be, come to work whenever you are exposed to toxins, but we often do not realize that they are there until we examine them. I would also think that when you have a lot of slime in your nose and blow that out, you know that hanging slimy substance, instead of being just slime I think its a parasite that did its work and now needs to get out.

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As someone who only eats beef and fish raw or undercooked I'll refrain from judgment. There are both good and bad parasites. Getting bad parasites seems to come from exterminating the good ones. Usually from antibiotics. I know little or nothing about tapeworms though. Were some movie stars in the news a while back from trying tape worms to loose weight or was that some other parasite?

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Tapeworms have multiple life stages, and which life stage a person is infected by makes a huge difference in what symptoms they will be faced with. If you are infected with a larvae, it will turn into an adult in your GI tract and you will end up with a tapeworm in your gut. This is the basis of using tapeworms as therapy. They take some of the nutrition you eat, but otherwise do little harm.

If, on the other hand, you eat tapeworm eggs, the eggs will hatch in your GI tract and the larvae will migrate into your tissues where they will encyst. This can be terribly deleterious for people, and when people die from tapeworm infestations this is generally what happens. The article linked above points to a person who ended up with tapeworm larvae encysting in their brain.
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The details of such anecdotes always seem to be shrouded in mystery. In this case we do not even have a clear picture by which to judge the overall health of the man prior to the infestation. In the majority of these cases there are underlying factors, beyond the mere exposure to parasites, which make these people susceptible to all sorts of ghastly conditions, that would not afflict a person of more sound bodily constitution.

Could it be leaky gut from a diet of too many plant lectins?
Environmental fecal overload?


There are countless of factors that can weaken the immune system to the point where the larva are more easily able to escape the gut and infest the rest of the body. Perhaps these organisms are used by Gaia to test the viability of the organism, while provoking the formations of necessary environmental adaptions.... and in many circumstances peoples exposure to sub clinical levels of minor parasitic infection, can actually strengthen the immune function and add to the resilience of the organism.
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