Another Reason To Not Eat Pork: Tapeworms Living in People's Brains - VeggieBoards
Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
#1 Old 05-19-2012, 02:50 PM
Super Moderator
 
Werewolf Girl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: BC, Canada
Posts: 16,664
http://discovermagazine.com/2012/jun...s-in-the-brain

Quote:
The alarming illness occurs when tapeworm larvae lose their way. Normally, Taenia solium has a life cycle that takes it from pigs to humans and back to pigs again. Adult tapeworms, living in the intestines of humans, produce up to 50,000 eggs apiece. The eggs are shed in the infected persons feces. Pigs swallow these eggs accidentally as they rummage for food on the ground. When the parasite eggs reach a pigs stomach, larvae hatch and burrow their way into the animals bloodstream. Eventually they end up lodged in small blood vessels, typically in the animals muscles. There they form cysts and wait until their host is eaten by a human. (Pork has to be undercooked for the tapeworms to complete their journey.)
But sometimes tapeworms take a wrong turn. Instead of going into a pig, the eggs end up in a human. This can occur if someone shedding tapeworm eggs contaminates food that other people then eat. When the egg hatches, the confused larva does not develop into an adult in the humans intestines. Instead, it acts as it would inside a pig. It burrows into the persons bloodstream and gets swept through the body. Often those parasites end up in the brain, where they form cysts.
The tapeworm larvae often get stuck in ventricles, or fluid-filled cavities, in the brain, sprouting grapelike extensions. In this way the worm actively cloaks itself from immune cells. Protected and well fed, its cysts can thrive there for years.
As a tapeworm cyst grows, it may push against a region of the brain and disrupt its function. It may get stuck in a passageway, damming the flow of cerebrospinal fluid. This impasse can cause hydrocephalus, or water on the brain, along with dangerously high pressure. A resulting brain hernia can result in stupor, coma, or death.

I feel like I just read the script to a David Cronenberg movie

"If we could live happy and healthy lives without harming others... why wouldn't we?" - Edgars Mission
Werewolf Girl is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
#2 Old 05-19-2012, 03:10 PM
Veggie Regular
 
AlixJ18's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 2,196
Except of course if you're one of those ppl who want to lose weight THAT bad and would welcome a tapeworm lol.
AlixJ18 is offline  
#3 Old 05-19-2012, 03:12 PM
Super Moderator
 
Werewolf Girl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: BC, Canada
Posts: 16,664
Quote:
Originally Posted by AlixJ18 View Post

Except of course if you're one of those ppl who want to lose weight THAT bad and would welcome a tapeworm lol.

It doesn't help you lose weight when it's in your BRAIN causing seizures and other horrifying things

"If we could live happy and healthy lives without harming others... why wouldn't we?" - Edgars Mission
Werewolf Girl is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
#4 Old 05-19-2012, 03:20 PM
Veggie Regular
 
Shyvas's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 922
Quote:
Originally Posted by AlixJ18 View Post

Except of course if you're one of those ppl who want to lose weight THAT bad and would welcome a tapeworm lol.

No one in their right mind could wish to have such an awful creature sqat their gut<
Shyvas is offline  
#5 Old 05-19-2012, 04:35 PM
Veggie Regular
 
AlixJ18's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 2,196
Quote:
Originally Posted by Shyvas View Post

No one in their right mind could wish to have such an awful creature sqat their gut<

Well ya people certainly weren't in their right mind but they've done it and it is a "thing" google tapeworm diet, or don't, if you don't want to be amazed by the craziness and stupidity of people. But ya apparently beef tapeworms are the ones people "want" pork ones are the "bad" ones that go int your brain.
AlixJ18 is offline  
#6 Old 05-19-2012, 10:55 PM
Veggie Regular
 
Irizary's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 8,749
Quote:
Originally Posted by AlixJ18 View Post

But ya apparently beef tapeworms are the ones people "want" pork ones are the "bad" ones that go int your brain.

Agh! Why didn't anyone tell me that before I started my diet?

"If you want to know where you would have stood on slavery before the civil war, don't look at where you stand on slavery today, look at where you stand on animal rights." - Paul Watson.

 

Every animal you eat
was running for her life

Irizary is offline  
#7 Old 05-19-2012, 11:42 PM
...
 
Blobbenstein's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: UK
Posts: 3,936
Quote:
But sometimes tapeworms take a wrong turn. Instead of going into a pig, the eggs end up in a human. This can occur if someone shedding tapeworm eggs contaminates food that other people then eat. When the egg hatches, the confused larva does not develop into an adult in the human’s intestines. Instead, it acts as it would inside a pig. It burrows into the person’s bloodstream and gets swept through the body. Often those parasites end up in the brain, where they form cysts.

this isn't directly caused by eating pork, this could be caused by people using human faeces as manure on vegetables, that people then eat..?

Blobbenstein is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the VeggieBoards forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off