Sign that God doesnt care about us? (not for the squeemish).

by Dune 14 Replies latest jw friends

  • Dune

    I was surfing around the other day and came across a guy citing the existence of the Guinea Worm as a sign that God really doesnt care about us.

    The guinea worm is a parasitic organism that is eaten by water fleas.

    They in turn, are consumed by human beings from contaminated water

    The stomach acids kill the water flea and the parasite is released into the human intestine.

    The parasite grows and within a year it potrudes out of the skin so it can release eggs. (at this point it can get up to 3 feet in length).

    The parasite is extremely difficult to remove and the only effective method is to wrap the potruding portions around a stick and pull it out an inch at a time for several weeks. This process is long and painful.

    I think the worse/most interesting thing about this parasites is that it ONLY effects humans.

    It was as if it was specifically designed to hurt humans (or if you dont believe in god, specifically evolved to use humans).

  • kid-A

    Heres how the god-people will explain this. In the beginning, the lord created the worm as a happy, benign creature, living in harmony with adam and eve in the garden of eden. He would occassionally crawl

    into their intestines, but it was just harmless fun and no harm came to adam or eve. However, along came big bad satan with all his evil intentions. Adam and eve failed in their test of loyalty to god, causing god to curse them and all the happy creatures in eden. As a result, the worm became a wicked creature crawling into the bellies of the sinful humans to wreck havoc with our digestion systems!!! wow, all this from eating an apple!

  • upside/down

    I HATE to say this... but there was an Awake University Article on this abomination from hell...



  • Clam

    Dune that's very interesting.

    Tapeworms are also particulalry lovely creations. They react to odours from strong smelling foods when they're being prepared near or by the host. Full adult worms particulalry like the smell of bacon and according to human hosts can be felt moving up the gut in anticipation.

    Parasitical worms come in many forms don't they? The Brooklyn one is another one.

  • mrsjones5

    You got a picture?

  • silentWatcher

    . but there was an Awake University Article

    Go "Loyal Sheep!" It was covered in the "More Useless trivia about random Fauna and Flora". By Prof. "Awake Correspondent" (I think he teaches almost all the classes)...


  • rebel8

    Yet another reason not to go swimming!

  • BluesBrother

    *** g93 2/8 pp. 26-27 The Guinea Worm—Its Final Days ***


    Guinea Worm—Its Final Days

    By Awake! correspondent in Nigeria

    THE day is hot, like every day. Chinyere ties her baby on her back, picks up two dried-out calabash gourds, and joins other villagers on the dusty road. Together they walk past sun-scorched fields to the small lake, the only source of water in the area. At the lake she carefully makes her way down the slippery mud banks and wades in knee-deep to collect water.

    She notices the crocodiles that lounge in the withered grass along the banks and that linger just beneath the surface of the lake, but she does not fear them. As one man at the lakeside says: "We don’t bother them, and they don’t bother us."

    Such a statement certainly cannot be made about some other creatures that live in the lake. Chinyere does not, cannot, see them; they are too small. They are in the water that flows into her water containers.


    Dangerous Guinea Worm

    Chinyere returns to her mud-walled home with its thatched roof and empties the water into a clay pot. After the sediment has settled, she takes a drink. A year later she notices something on her lower leg that looks and feels like a small varicose vein. But it is no vein. A microscopic creature that was in the water she drank has grown into a slender, two-and-a-half-foot-long [80 cm] guinea worm.

    Soon the worm will cause a painful blister to form on her skin. Then, the blister will rupture, and the cream-colored worm will begin to emerge, an inch or so [a few centimeters] each day. It will take from two to four weeks—perhaps longer—for it to emerge completely. During much of that time, Chinyere will likely be incapacitated, and her pain will be intense. The ruptured blister may become infected with bacteria, leading to tetanus, sepsis, arthritis, or an abscess.

    Chinyere suffers from just one worm, but it is not unusual for a victim to be infected with several, even a dozen or more, worms at the same time. Usually they emerge in the lower limbs, but they sometimes migrate to and emerge from other parts of the body, such as the scalp, breast, and tongue.

    However, because of an international eradication campaign, the worm may soon be conquered. Worldwide, according to the World Health Organization, it now afflicts fewer than three million people, almost all of whom live in Pakistan, India, and 17 African countries. Less than a decade ago, it afflicted up to ten million. In Asia, guinea worm is now on the brink of eradication; in most of the affected African countries, the parasite may well be wiped out by the end of 1995.


    Long History

    Guinea worm has plagued mankind since antiquity, especially in the Middle East and Africa. A calcified guinea worm was found in a 13-year-old girl whose mummy was discovered in Egypt. Sadly, both her legs had been amputated, perhaps to deal with gangrene resulting from guinea worm infection.

    References abound in ancient writings. The earliest reference to guinea worm is found in an Egyptian text. It described the practice of winding the emerging worm around a stick. In the second century B.C.E., a Greek named Agatharchides of Cnidus wrote: "The people taken ill on the Red Sea suffered many strange and unheard of attacks, amongst other worms, little snakes, which came out upon them, gnawed away their legs and arms, and when touched retracted, coiled themselves in the muscles, and there gave rise to the most unsupportable pains."


    The saying, "Prevention is better than cure," certainly applies to guinea worm disease. There is, in fact, no cure. Once a person drinks water containing guinea worm larvae, nothing can be done medically until the worm is about to emerge from the skin, before it has raised a blister. At that stage a skilled doctor can sometimes remove the parasite after making a small incision alongside the worm at the center of its length. He then uses a hooked instrument to ease out a portion of the worm, forming a loop above the skin. Finally he carefully pulls out the rest of the worm, an operation completed within several minutes.

    Once the worm begins to emerge by itself, however, inflammation of the rupture prevents the worm from being pulled out easily. Then, about the best the victim can do is to follow the ancient practice of carefully wrapping the worm around a small stick as it emerges. Care must be taken so that the worm does not break. If it does, the remaining part retracts into the victim and results in further inflammation, pain, and infection.

    Little can be done medically to combat a guinea worm inside its human victim. But a great deal can be done to conquer the parasite outside the human body.


    the Guinea Worm

    One way is to provide safe sources of water, such as a borehole well, that cannot be contaminated by guinea worm larvae. Another way is to teach villagers either to boil their drinking water or to filter it by pouring it through a fine cloth. A third option is to treat the lake with a chemical that kills the larvae but does not harm humans or animals.

    In all the remaining nations where the disease is endemic, vigorous eradication programs are well under way to search out afflicted villages and to help the inhabitants prevent infection. Thus far, these efforts have proved highly successful. It now seems that the guinea worm has entered its final days. And no one will mourn its loss.

    [Picture on page 26]

    Contaminated water should not be drunk unless first boiled or filtered

  • Dune

    For the guy that wanted the pic...

  • mustang

    The Gnostics, who believed in the Demiurge, usually point to the mosquito.


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