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(Smithsonian Magazine)   Ancient toilet unearthed in Jerusalem shows elite were plagued by intestinal parasites. Unlike today where the elite are the parasites   (smithsonianmag.com) divider line
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2022-01-25 2:57:23 PM  
4 votes:
Maybe the ancients should have been taking their Ivermectin /s
 
2022-01-25 4:06:54 PM  
4 votes:
Elites have always been parasites.
 
2022-01-25 5:36:53 PM  
3 votes:

eyeq360: This isn't really surprising. Everybody had intestinal parasites back then.

And when you look at Ancient Rome, the same intestinal parasite issue still existed, despite public baths and water fountains, the sewage system, and all the miles of pipes and aqueducts that were built to bring fresh water to Rome every day.

And why did the rich have intestinal parasites?

The meat they bought were loaded with them. It wasn't always fresh, so foodborne illnesses caused by bacteria was rife. Food safety standards weren't as high as they are right now. In many rich people's houses, the toilet facilities were located right by the kitchen and people weren't washing their hands with soap and warm water to kill off germs. Kitchen workers didn't get a day or two off when they were sick. So getting an intestinal parasite was bound to happen.

It wasn't any better when they left Rome to spend time at their country villa or their house by the seashore either. The odds of getting sick were much higher.


This is actually very old news.  I'm a little disappointed, actually.
 
2022-01-25 2:58:57 PM  
2 votes:
So, an ancient civilization with no running water and little sanitation was plagued by intestinal parasites?

No way!
 
2022-01-25 4:42:32 PM  
1 vote:
This isn't really surprising. Everybody had intestinal parasites back then.

And when you look at Ancient Rome, the same intestinal parasite issue still existed, despite public baths and water fountains, the sewage system, and all the miles of pipes and aqueducts that were built to bring fresh water to Rome every day.

And why did the rich have intestinal parasites?

The meat they bought were loaded with them. It wasn't always fresh, so foodborne illnesses caused by bacteria was rife. Food safety standards weren't as high as they are right now. In many rich people's houses, the toilet facilities were located right by the kitchen and people weren't washing their hands with soap and warm water to kill off germs. Kitchen workers didn't get a day or two off when they were sick. So getting an intestinal parasite was bound to happen.

It wasn't any better when they left Rome to spend time at their country villa or their house by the seashore either. The odds of getting sick were much higher.
 
2022-01-25 5:14:00 PM  
1 vote:
That's what you get for buying gas station "fresh" egg salad sandwiches.
 
2022-01-25 6:51:03 PM  
1 vote:

raerae1980: This is actually very old news.


Umm...

Doesn't that apply to anything regarding archaeology?

/😉
 
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