- There Is A Maggot That Breathes Out Of Its Bottom And Feeds On Humans.
The human botfly (a small hairy fly about the size of a bumble bee) likes to attach its eggs to the underside of a mosquito. When the mosquito finds a human to feed on, the warmth of the person’s body causes the botfly egg to hatch. The botfly maggot then enters the clueless human, head first, leaving its bottom barely poking out. This allows the maggot to breath through the little air holes in its behind. After 6 – 12 weeks of enjoying the flesh of its host, the maggot grows pleasingly plump and about an inch in length. At this time it tunnels out and transforms into an adult botfly.
- There Is A Tree That Walks In Search Of The Sun.
We think of trees as stationary objects. They stay where they are planted and do not wander around the neighbourhood. But, in the Amazon, there is a tree that can “walk” across the forest in search of sun. How does the walking palm tree walk you ask? Well, this tree has an unusual root system with many small roots that grow a few feet off the ground. These roots resemble skinny little legs. As the tree grows new roots, the tree leans toward these “new legs” and the old roots lift into the air and die. Scientists have measured the trees relocating up to two or three centimeters per day!
- Cures For Diseases Lie Within The Amazon Rainforest.
Did you know, over one quarter of the medicines we use today come from rainforest-based ingredients. Vincristine, extracted from the rainforest plant, periwinkle, is one of the world’s most powerful anticancer drugs. It has dramatically increased the survival rate for acute childhood leukemia since its discovery. Even more amazing is that scientists have only examined 1% of rainforest plants for their medicinal properties. It seems pretty clear that the cures for many diseases that plague our world lie within the Amazon. Just imagine what diseases the 99% that have not been explored can cure?
- The Highest Concentration Of Uncontacted Tribes Lives In The Amazon Rainforest.
It is hard to believe that in the 21st century there are still people who live like their ancestors did 20,000 years ago and have avoided contact with the outside world. We know so little of these people but we know they exist because scientists have obtained footage using powerful zoom lenses that take photos from 1 km away to minimize disturbance.
- There Is A Fruit In The Amazon That Can Help Women Achieve A Curvy Figure.
The aguaje fruit contains considerable amounts of phytoestrogens. Phytoestrogens are naturally occurring and mimic the effects of estrogen in the body. Little research has been done on this fruit, but we do know that women with higher estrogen levels also tend to be curvier then women with lower levels. Consuming aguaje may also provide hormone support to women who are undergoing menopause. Although further clinical testing is needed to prove its claims, locals swear by it for helping them achieve a bigger butt and increase the size of their hips. Why hasn’t this fruit taken off in North America with the latest craze for bigger butts you ask? The fruit is very delicate and won’t make it through shipping. It needs to be eaten right away.