That's it! I'm never eating or drinking anything else as long as I live. I'm never vacationing in the tropics. And I'm going to kill every bug I see.
Well, this is more like a shockumentary. A show formula specifically designed to scare the shit out of you (and me). Not that it's likely to happen anytime soon, but it wouldn't keep me from enjoying tropical weather.
Well, shockumentary is right, but still.....ewwwww!
I just finished watching the tail-end of this. As gross as parasitic infection seems, it's hard not to have some kind of respect for what they are. Life is so diverse, and always finds its own niche, it seems.
Of course, they seem "evil" to us, but they their is no real ill will in what they do. They're just feeding and reproducing like the rest of us.
This has been on my reading list for forever: Parasite Rex: Inside the Bizarre World of Nature's Most Dangerous Creatures
In this re-issued paperback edition with a new epilogue, Carl Zimmer reveals the power, danger, and beauty of parasites in “a book capable of changing how we see the world” ( Los Angeles Times ).
For centuries, parasites have lived in nightmares, horror stories, and the darkest shadows of science. In Parasite Rex, Carl Zimmer takes readers on a fantastic voyage into the secret universe of these extraordinary life-forms—which are not only among the most highly evolved on Earth, but make up the majority of life’s diversity. Traveling from the steamy jungles of Costa Rica to the parasite-riddled war zone of southern Sudan, Zimmer introduces an array of amazing creatures that invade their hosts, prey on them from within, and control their behavior. His vivid descriptions bring to life parasites that can change DNA, rewire the brain, make men more distrustful and women more outgoing, and turn hosts into the living dead.
This comprehensive, gracefully written book brings parasites out into the open and uncovers what they can teach us all about the most fundamental survival tactics in the universe—the laws of Parasite Rex.
This one looks interesting, too: The Wild Life of Our Bodies: Predators, Parasites, and Partners That Shape Who We Are Today
“Anextraordinary book…. With clarity and charm [Dunn] takes the reader into theoverlap of medicine, ecology, and evolutionary biology to reveal an importantdomain of the human condition.” —EdwardO. Wilson, author of Anthill and The Future of Life
BiologistRob Dunn reveals the crucial influence that other species have upon our health,our well-being, and our world in The WildLife of Our Bodies—a fascinating tour through the hidden truths of natureand codependence. Dunn illuminates the nuanced, often imperceptible relationshipsthat exist between homo sapiens and other species, relationships that underpinhumanity’s ability to thrive and prosper in every circumstance. Readers ofMichael Pollan’s TheOmnivore’s Dilemma will be enthralled by Dunn’s powerful, lucid explorationof the role that humankind plays within the greater web of life on Earth.