Aliens Among Us: What We Got Under Our Skin and Inside Us
We have heard of remoras attaching to sharks or other large fishes and barnacles growing out of whale’s body but we haven’t seen the worst. As the line of song goes “I got you under my skin” the creature we thought we have kept within ourselves as a partner we were too reluctant to let go to fall out for somebody else isn’t our own kind but had been too loyal to live with us all the time. These creatures are certainly not our soulmates and amusingly there is no love involved but unfortunately we are bound to live with them inside ourselves. Eggs of lung fluke had been found in fossilized feces found in Northern Chile dating back from 5900 BC. From hookworm eggs, roundworm and tapeworm eggs, trails of evidence had been found in Brazil dating back from 5000 BC, Peru in 2330 BC and from Egyptian mummies dating back from 2000 BC, 1250 BC and 1000 BC. A startling calcified but intact female worm was also identified inside a mummy. With our present technology, a documented classification of endoparasites (those living inside the body of another organism) from protozoan organisms and worms to ectoparasites (those living outside of another organism’s body) were recorded.
With our complex lifestyle from our food intake, social practices and customs and traditions it is difficult to analyze how prone we are to provide habitat to these micro-organisms beyond our knowing. Symptoms may indicate infection but the possibility of identifying the root cause from these organisms is meager and we may actually be treated for a different illness that could aggravate the infection. Whatever makes us happy could kill or endanger us more than we know. From sexually transmitted diseases interacting with our kind to caressing our beloved pet dogs or cats and getting licked at. So let us treasure each moment to celebrate while we are still alive and well. Contrary to our belief that we are led to the things we love, unfortunately too, we also make ourselves directly in contact with the things we hate, but the attraction could linger on forever. Life doesn’t decide but we do. Unconsciously doing it, however, becomes our peril.