Reason #283 to wash fruits and vegatables before you eat them!

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    Jan 20, 2012 5:28 PM GMT
    http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2012/01/20/minn-man-contracts-rat-lungworm-disease-in-hawaii-2/

    WATERTOWN (WCCO) — People travel to Hawaii to relax and get some sun and surf, but a Minnesota man’s trip to paradise turned into a nightmare after he contracted a paralyzing disease.

    Eric Reinert is 22 years old and learning to walk all over again.

    He’s taking baby steps and it can be hard to keep his balance, but they are a long way from where he was just a month ago.

    He was stuck in a wheelchair in a Hawaiian hospital all because of a microscopic parasite.

    “Every movement was just dreaded – horrible, awful, terrible,” said Reinert.

    Last November, he traveled from Watertown, Minn. to Hawaii’s Puna District to learn about organic farming. His plan was to someday open his own farm back home.

    But it wasn’t long before he started getting stomach cramps and his muscles began feeling weak. Then the unknown illness took a painful turn.

    “Just staying as still as I could on my back was the only way I could be at peace for a little bit,” said Reinert.

    His nervous system became hypersensitive. As he lay bed-ridden, it took a lot of mental willpower to move even an inch. Every vibration his roommates made caused excruciating pain.

    “When they would walk I would just cringe at them walking. Just the slightest vibrations and in the hospital later on,” said Reinert.

    After a few days, Reinert ended up in the hospital, and lucky for him, that’s where a doctor figured out what was wrong. He diagnosed him with “Rat Lungworm Disease.”

    “A lot of people in Hawaii don’t know this exists, I didn’t know it existed. I wasn’t told about it because I’m sure the people I lived with didn’t know it exists,” said Reinert.

    It’s extremely rare and it’s as nasty as it sounds. The lungworm parasite lives in rats and comes out in their droppings. A slug in Hawaii eats the parasite and that same slug lays its eggs on fruits and vegetables. Eating some produce that wasn’t washed is likely how he got the parasite.

    Losing feeling in parts of his body is part of the disease.

    “Honestly … this left side of my face is still numb,” said Reinert.

    He was hospitalized for more than a month and still using a wheelchair when more than 40 of his closest friends and family welcomed him home.

    Support continues to roll in through his Caring Bridge site, as his parents’ living room has become his recovery room.

    Neighbors have been bringing Reinert and his family dinners a few times a week.

    He’s lost 50 pounds, and is far removed from the local boy who won a state wrestling championship just a few years ago, but he knows baby steps will ultimately get him to where he needs to be.

    “Every day it gets a little better. It’s kind of a roller coaster with the pain but overall, that’s what I tell everybody. Overall, I’m getting better every day,” he said.

    Doctors said Reinert will eventually make a full recovery.

    He said his mother and his faith in God have helped him get stronger.

    His friends have already helped raise more than $3,500 for his medical bills including a race they organized on New Year’s Day.
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    Jan 20, 2012 7:17 PM GMT
    In this vein and the thread about BM's and washing hands after:


    this really has to be spelled out to people in today's world?icon_rolleyes.gif

    Gawd, people!! Wash your hands after using the toilet (whether going #ONE OR # TWO!!)

    That means more than just running water over your hands for a New York second! Use soap and hum "Old McDonald Had A Farm" until at least the 2nd chorus of E I E I O. Rinse completely. Use the paper towel you dry your hands on to open the bathroom door so you don't pick up germs from the morons who think they don't have to wash their hands because they didn't pee on their hands. (no matter how smelly their crotch has gotten over the course of the day, they think their dicks are sparkling clean)

    WASH ALL FRUITS AND VEGETABLES even if you just picked it yourself off your own pesticide-free tree! Momma Robin just shat on your apple yesterday and the turd fell off just before you picked it.

    Honestly, I think society is dumbing-down faster and more than most have predicted.


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    Jan 20, 2012 7:36 PM GMT
    StudlyScrewRite said[...]
    Honestly, I think society is dumbing-down faster and more than most have predicted.


    Evolution. Survival of the fittest.
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    Jan 21, 2012 6:25 PM GMT
    Time was that worked great!

    Now people always f**k it up and interfere! {Think: Warning labels on hair driers, silica gel packages, etc}
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    Jan 21, 2012 8:42 PM GMT
    Who doesn't wash them before eating them?!!! icon_eek.gif