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... but is it physiologically impossible all the same?
"Any moth larva that found itself (however it managed it) in the human gut (at either end) would be doomed."When you say 'either end', are you referring to the lower colon - where the larva would enter first?Thanks.
Arent the things that we need to live called symbionts or even mutualists rather than parasites (which are pathogenss by deffinition)?
I am quite worried that I am thinking about seeing the GP, but really too embarrassed to do so. Afterall, what would a GP say to me, do you think?
"It certainly would while you were farting. Strictly not just methane but nitrogen, methane, hydrogen sulphide, carbon dioxide, and a few other odds and ends but very little oxygen."Not enough oxygen to sustain the life of a tinea larva?
Yes, he was joking.
the rectum isn't, it's too close to the outside world.The intestine is anaerobic, and IF some oxygen gas would be released from digestion, it would be used immediately by lactobacilli to aid their own metabolism.Your intestine is inhabited by millions and millions of bacteria, of which there are anaerobic species (cannot live where there's oxygen) and facultative anaerobic species (can live in both oxygen and oxygen-free environments, but prefer oxygen). Since oxygen is a more efficient way of metabolising, these facultative anaerobes will use up oxygen first, before returning to anaerobe metabolism (and in this way, they also protect the 100% anaerobe bacteria)
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