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Re: [pct-l] Belly Beasties
At 1:05 AM -0700 2/25/98, Brick Robbins wrote:
>>He exposed himself to the bug in small amounts - like training -
>>in the months before one of his later hikes, and reported no
>>problems for the entire hike. If you think about it, this is
>>the same way we build resistance to disease, as well as
>>being similar to how vaccines work.
>YOU DO NOT VACCINATE BY INFECTING YOURSELF!!!
>Vaccines work by using a DEAD or IMPARED organisms to stimulate your
My response is:
Well-hmmm- what are <bold><underline>your
qualifications</underline></bold>?? Actually <bold><underline>my
says that is exactly how one is vaccinated! He cited
some people getting the flu symptoms-- a few bugs get
thru and you are most of the time "slightly and probably
nothing most people ever notice- get mildly infected".
From your spelling do I trust your medicine?- "impared"? I think you
"impaired". AND maybe that is what he is doing by drinking
small quantities- he is getting a small sample perhaps- which
are "impaired" cysts NOT "cycts". Do you need to do
your medicineSHOUTING BTW!
I have seen many people "immune" to giardia and dip their
canteens w/o regard- and never have any problems even
weeks and months down stream (oh- there is a pun for you!!)
I for one want to hear an MD's opinion- preferably one grounded
(oops- there I go again!) in outdoor medicine.
>As few as 10 Giardia cycts can infect you. These buggers can ONLY
>grow inside your gut. They LIKE to be there. Just a few can turn into
>millions in a couple of weeks.
>That being said, I don't filter water for Giardia. I am resistant to
>at least they symptoms don't bother me (that much). Some folks get
>flat with it. You won't know till you get it first.
>That doesn't mean that the only problems with water (especially in
>are from Giardia. If you get hit hard and fast, it is probably
>I wrote a web page about this and other PCT medical concerns. Instead
>wasting bandwidth, if you're interested you can read it at
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