Originally Posted by cheerfulgreek
I don't know why, but you are making me laugh really hard right now. You are so paranoid.:) They're able to get by because they have a lot of ways of fooling our immune system. Like a tapeworm for example. You know, the really long worm that lives in your intestines. Well, actually before that happens, they first need to spend some time in an intermediate host, and it's usually an animal such as a pig. And you eat a lot of pork, PB. Do your "chitlins" ring a bell? Well, the pig swallows the eggs with its food, and parasites hatch once they get into the intestines. They use enzymes to dig a hole in the intestines and wriggle their way out. Once they reach a capillary, they ride the bloodstream through the body to a muscle or an organ. Once they get to that point, they settle down, and they start to grow into a marble like cyst. It's here, in these cysts where they wait for their final host (PB). And they can wait for PB, and anyone else in these things for years. If pigs were the only places where tapeworms spent their cyst years, we'd probably know nothing about how they survive the immune system. But sometimes, the eggs end up in people, like you, PB. Actually PB, you have to be careful, because a person with a full grown tapeworm living inside of him/her may get eggs on his hands and then make food for other people. The eggs proceed to act as if they're in a pig, they hatch, and the larvae go through the same steps of breaking out of the intestines and finding a home somewhere in the body, sometimes the eye or the brain. They make the cyst I was telling you about and depending on where they happen to settle, it could be harmless or fatal. If a tapeworm presses against blood vessels, it can kill off tissue, and if it causes inflamation in the brain, it can trigger epileptic seizures. If it fiinds a safe spot, it may go unnoticed for years. So, all of those "shitlins" that you eat..well...I'm sure you know the rest. You may have a 60 foot friend living with you, going to work with you, sleeping with you, etc.
And my mom is staring at me because I'm literally on my knees laughing so hard at you. Hilarious! Did I scare you? Hmm?:)