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HOOKED

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Are you like me?  Have you been itching to find an excuse to ingest a toothy parasite?  Well, if you suffer from allergies or asthema, then you may have finally found the excuse you’ve been looking for.  The NY Times reported a couple years ago about researchers David Pritchard and Carsten Flohr inquiring into the possibility that gut parasites such as the hookworm help to regulate the body’s allergies.  The BBC reported late last year about Flor’s research in Vietnam furthering the hookworm theory.  If you don’t want to wait around for the FDA to sign off on hookworm health care, Jasper Lawrence will hook you up with some home (Jasper’s intestines) grown worms for the low, low price of $2,999!  How badly do you want to get rid of that runny nose?

For more on the interesting theories on why the hookworm is proving a surprisingly effective remedy for allergies, I recommend you check out the BBC report.  The health risks associated with a hookworm treatment are mentioned at the end of the NY Times article.

Jasper Lawrence is featured on This American Life episode 405.

Written by Aaron Nee

April 10, 2010 at 7:54 pm

Manipulating the Manipulators

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Derren Brown devises an elaborate demonstration of how subliminal marketing influences even the masters of manipulation.

Embedding is disabled on the clip, so you will have to follow the URL to see it – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZyQjr1YL0zg.

Brown performed the same demonstration in his US version of the program.  You can see the slightly modified US demonstration here, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f29kF1vZ62o

I previously posted an interesting interview with Brown conducted by Richard Dawkins, which is also worth checking out.

A good laugh

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So, it aint news, and I don’t think it would be fair to call this knowledge sharing, but I had to share this laugh with everyone.

Written by annnee

November 21, 2008 at 6:34 am

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