Monsters Inside Me

Season 2 Episode 9

Homegrown Enemies

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Aug 18, 2010 on Animal Planet
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A middle-aged man who has been caring for his ailing mother gets Babeisiosis from walking barefoot to the mailbox. Since he lost his spleen from cancer, he gets severe diarrhea, in addition to fever, fatigue, and night sweats. An active, busy middle-aged woman experiences stomach cramps, explosive diarrhea, lightheadedness, and blurred vision from the Toxocara parasite, which she probably got from contaminated food. An older mother of five children deals with nausea, loss of appetite, muscle spasms, and vomiting from the Strongyloides worm, which she may have picked up from being in contact with infected soil. Because of steroids she took for her breathing problems, her body became more vulnerable to the parasite.moreless
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