The other day I was thinking about how we’ve managed to wipe a lot of diseases off the earth, or pretty close to it – polio, whooping cough etc. Which has been a great thing.
And then I wondered, why haven’t we eradicated scabies?
In fact, it was just a few months ago that the white rhino became extinct. Humans had managed to poach it to complete extinction, and that hadn’t even been our goal. And that’s only one of hundreds of species that humans have wiped off the planet.
How is it that humans have found a way to eradicate these great creatures from the earth, even when we didn’t want to, yet scabies has managed to survive for several millennia?
One thing I noticed about scabies when I first started researching ways to treat it was, there really isn’t that much research on it. We have libraries full of studies on things like cancer, diabetes, heart disease, but barely a single textbook worth of studies on scabies.
I guess on the surface, scabies doesn’t really seem like a disease we need to be investing much time in. When described to you, it basically goes something like “You get this mite in your skin, it’s really itchy, you put some cream on it and after two weeks it goes away”. You and I know that’s not exactly how it goes. Scabies is deeply demoralizing, depressing, it takes over your whole life sometimes. But nobody ever died from it. It’s just not that high on the priority list.
When I first started this blog, I was surprised at how many people starting coming to me for advice. Many actually said I was far more knowledgeable than their own doctors, some of whom didn’t even know about ivermectin treatment for scabies yet. Because there are so few medical professionals who have any real interest in the topic, it was almost like I became one of the experts. On my scabies treatment guide, there are questions from people all over the world asking me for advice. ME! The guy who has spent maybe 20 hours in total studying this subject. It’s pretty crazy.
My theory is, scabies is not something we have the resources to eliminate, and it’s not something we need to eliminate. There are far more worse things that we should spend resources on, such as ebola or even the flu, which poses real risks and actually kills people.
But even if we could eliminate it, it’s probably not something we even should do. It’s easy for us to look at scabies that is a waste of space on this planet, and when it comes to humans, it most certainly is. Scabies does nothing good for us. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t do anything good for the world!
Perhaps, when burrowed into some other animal, they actually do serve a purpose in the ecosystem. This is something we will probably never know, because we probably won’t ever study this. I mean, we barely even put resources towards studying scabies effects on humans, so good luck waiting for them to do scabies research on the rest of the animal kingdom. Just know that even though they cause us deep misery, they may actually be helpful somewhere else in the universe.
So anyway, just a little rant about something I was thinking about. I’m just sitting at the airport right now, so thought I might as well write this down instead of sitting here doing nothing.
Best of luck with your treatment everyone!
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