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Syphilis, sive Morbus Gallicus
Did you know Syphilis, once believed to’ve been eradicated, is once again on the rise and has been for quite a few years now ?
No ? You’re not alone, because popular papers may report on the foot long Subway sandwich barely making it to 11 inches ( size does apparently matter) but not too much on a disease that can cause death after first having caused severe cases of mental insanity.
Syphilis, once known as the French disease ( Morbus Gallicus) can be cured and it’s easily curable with antibiotics nowadays, unlike prior and during the second World war when an epidemic struck much of eastern Europe and the only way to stop the epidemic was to separate the sick from the healthy = placing those having contracted Syphilis in ” Quarantine” camps.
Millions upon Millions of people contracted Syphilis between 1924 and 1941, and millions of people died. Victims of highly infectious diseases would never be buried, instead they were cremated to eradicate a bacteria and not have it mutate otherwise via different organisms.
Syphilis, however, started a new trend as well, and that is of women shaving their legs, the sides of the pubic hair ( bikini wax) and armpits. Prostitutes in the 1930’s started the trend as a way of survival, because they tried to hide the evidence of having contracted Syphilis. Even when treated and curing the disease, the hair that fell out will not grow back, thus leaving small circles of baldness, or total baldness in the pubic area, the head and armpits.
Curiously enough it became vogue to shave or wax, and many women in western countries followed the trend as a way of grooming themselves to be a lady and it’s a trend to this very day and even more. Few women still have pubic hair, i was told by a Gynecologist friend of mine. It’s become rare to see full pubic hair on younger females.
This, however, is not surprising, because it has once again become a trend – not just for women but men as well. Men shave their heads, their chests, legs, or get full body waxes ending up looking pre-pubescent, or… exactly, like covering up the’ve contracted Syphilis at some point, since the hair will not grow back leaving obvious round spots ( circles) of baldness.
In this age of multi-dating, where young people “hook” up for a quick date, whatever that may mean, and older single folks date several people at the same time, i wonder how the world of medical science will keep the Syphilis outbreaks under control ?
Ye can’t separate those having contracted the disease from the healthy ones, and most certainly not place them in Quarantine until they’re healthy ( it may backfire and interpreted as an attempted Genocide by conspiracy theorists ) thus one has no other choice than be responsible and not rely on others who may have contracted Syphilis to be responsible.
But what if someone with Genital Herpes has contracted Syphilis and mistakes the first symptom of Syphilis ( a chancre sore in the genital area) with a re-appearing Genital Herpes chancre ? The person may wait until the chancre goes away and then goes back to multi-dating, while being highly contagious with Syphilis.
The HIV scare did not stop promiscuity, nor did the awareness of STD’s, Genital Herpes, etc. stop promiscuity and since the papers are very hush about Syphilis and one can’t rely on everyone acting responsible, the only thing one can do to protect oneself is to live a bit what more “conservative” to stay disease free, which i would hope even liberals can agree with ?
I tell you how i got to learn about the rise of Syphilis. One day, a few years back, the palms of my hands broke out with a terrible rash. I immediately took my diagnostic book to check what it could be ; it could have been a lot of things. The most unlikely would have been Syphilis, still i went to the Doctor – because of the toilet-paper study i’d read only days prior, to have a thorough check up, including blood test.
All came back negative, still the rash didn’t go away. I went to see my dermatologist who diagnosed it as a form of eczema, giving me cortisone creme, but it only got worse.
Though glad i didn’t have a disease, nor ended up with tainted toilet paper, we couldn’t figure out what it was when suddenly i remembered i tested a red Sharpie marker on my palms, which i totally forgot about. Seeing kids use Sharpie markers on their skin i wanted to test what it would take to get the marker off, since it’s a permanent marker.
It didn’t wash off, thus i ended up “scrubbing” it off with a foot scrubber thingie. The rash occurred the next day but i never made the connection until a few days later. Could it have been from the marker, even though it states ” Non Toxic”, i wondered ?
I immediately checked on the ingredients of Sharpies and saw it contained n-Butanol.
n-Butanol is anything BUT non-toxic thus it’s totally inappropriate to label Sharpies containing n-Butanol as non-toxic. For goodness sake, kids play with the markers, inhaling the very strong smell and paint their skin with them.
I checked wikipedia just for the heck if they list it as toxic, but wasn’t surprised to see wikipedia stating it’s totally harmless. I called a bio chemist friend of mine and a friend at the Columbia U. lab asking them about n-Butanol. Both agreed it’s toxic and can cause a variety of health problems, including… skin irritation/rash.
What eventually got rid of the rash inside my palms was an anti-fungus creme.
Side effects of inhaling, swallowing or absorbing (skin) n-Butanol may include Dizziness, Confusion, Fainting, Kidney and Liver disturbances, Brain/Neuro-disturbances, Breathing, Eye and Skin irritations. Caution: Products containing n-Butanol should not be in the hands of Children. -Transliteration of a German fact sheet about n-Butanol.
ADD anyone ?
My Dermatologist, myself and the two friends of mine did the right thing and reported the findings to the CDC, as is the prudent thing to do.
Since it’s pretty tough to depend on the CDC to do something about it, or hollering a word of caution to parents regarding the use of sharpies, ye might want to double check if your kid is marking his/her skin with a red sharpie, if he/she so happens to be diagnosed with eczema/psoriasis or such, wondering why the cortisone creme is not helping.
If your little one is over 20, however, have him/her take a blood test, 😉