Thursday, May 30, 2013

1998 Fecal Fate

The Center for Disease Control is once again blasting out a familiar warning: "Beware Of Fecal Matter in Public Pools."
Yep, stool in the pool.
They tested various pools, and found traces of waste in a boatload of them. Human waste. Since human waste harbors all sorts of nasty pathogens, among them E. coli, Giardia and Cryptosporidium, this could be a gut wrenching, or at least gut clenching, problem.
E. coli, Giardia and Cryptosporidium, sounds like an evil group facing the Avengers, doesn't it? Watch out for Cryptosporidium, he has the power to make you hug the thundermug.
Must be the nemesis of Thor.
The danger of pool stool is in the ingestion, trace bits being snorted and swallowed. So it's interesting what the latest craze in medicine is these days---fecal injection.
That's what I said, fecal injection. Seems many human health problems these days come from the overuse of antibiotics. Antibiotics kill all bacteria indiscriminately and leave a person's gut depopulated of its normal healthy bacterial biome.
Scientists have recently determined that alien bacteria outnumber human cells in your body by about ten-to-one. You carry around approximately 8 pounds of foreign biomass, mostly in your gut. These beneficial bacteria help digest food, secrete or excrete good enzymes, and even affect your mood.
When a sick and depopulated person is treated, they snake a tube through your nose and directly inject someone else's fecal matter into your stomach. I know---you'd think they'd use a reverse enema instead. But with doctors for friends, who needs enemas.
Interestingly, in through your nose and into your stomach is often how swimmers get infested with pool stool.
Maybe I'm fickle about my fecal, but why is it snorting pool water seems better than snaking a tube through my nose...?
America, ya gotta love it.

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