Dr. Peter details new published information revealing that intestinal worm infections rank among the most common afflictions of people living in extreme poverty.
"The new numbers suggest that almost every person living in a developing country is infected with worms, a consequence of the fact that the infective egg or larval stages of these parasites are practically ubiquitous in the soil.
Each type of worm brings its own little shop of horrors, with severe health consequences for growing children and, in the case of hookworms, also for pregnant women.
Ascaris roundworms can obstruct the intestinal tract and cause an acute surgical crisis for a young child. Moreover, after swallowing Ascaris eggs, the hatched larvae migrate into the lungs to cause asthma. As a result, Ascaris is a major cause of asthma in poor countries."