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Are parasites paleo?

Answered on August 01, 2013
Created July 18, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Did anyone see chris kresser's talk on this subject? Read these articles by emily deans?

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/evolutionary-psychiatry/201105/the-parasite-ate-your-depression

"A parasitic worm, Schistosoma mansoni, can make a friendly phospholipid for us, phosphotidylserine."

Is there a future for using parasites for treatment of disorders, much like fecal bacteriotherapy is making waves for its treatment of Clostridium Dificile right now?

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on July 18, 2013
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^Most (or all, I'd expect) of those are varities created by humans through selective breeding; note that SlimIcy said "naturally occurring." Of course, nothing stopping companies from doing genetic modification on the organisms and then patenting that, but if you find organisms that have evolved naturally to benefit us, they shouldn't be patentable under the logic that SlimIcy noted.

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Plenty of organisms patented. Plants have been patented for nearly 100 years.

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on August 01, 2013
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supposedly the parasites you can get from eating raw meat can be beneficial, i don't feel humans have the teeth for raw meat though so stopped eating it, a filet steak is really nice raw though

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on July 18, 2013
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The supreme court recently ruled that pharmaceutical companies couldn't patent human DNA sequences that were naturally occurring. That should set precedent that anything occurring in nature can't be patented.

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on July 18, 2013
at 02:15 PM

^Most (or all, I'd expect) of those are varities created by humans through selective breeding; note that SlimIcy said "naturally occurring." Of course, nothing stopping companies from doing genetic modification on the organisms and then patenting that, but if you find organisms that have evolved naturally to benefit us, they shouldn't be patentable under the logic that SlimIcy noted.

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on July 18, 2013
at 01:42 PM

Plenty of organisms patented. Plants have been patented for nearly 100 years.

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