Well, not exactly. If you look up the pathology of the disease, like I did, you'll find that Bilharzia is nothing like Froome described and had no possibility of affecting his performance in a way that is consistent with his transformation.deeno1975 said:brownbobby said:Theres a third theory, that he had a tropical disesase which, catastrophically for an endurance athlete, destroyed red blood cells and held him back from reaching his full potential, and it was finally getting on top of this condition that began the transformation. Again i agree that this seems to have been very conveniently talked about only after the transformation, but the possibility seems just as plausible as the other 2 to me.
How would you account for him having such poor results "pre bilharzia". Surely if he had the pedigree of a multiple tour champion he should have had some decent results through his earlier career (Atomic Jock race aside).
Further note, that with their interview with Kimmage, Michelle Cound said that the actually wasn't in the advanced stages of the disease. Also the disease does not affect people who are asmatic.
Bilharzia goes through various stages of its life cycle and they are very different. The cycle begins as an egg. When the egg hatches, the worm infects a certain type of snail where it grows to maturity and enters the water. The worm then enters the human body where it munches on your blood and deposits eggs where they can pass into the intestine or bladder. The eggs are then eliminated in human waste and the cycle begins again.
Aha! you say. The parasite eats blood cells. Yeah, but not many and not for long. The worms are only in the body to mate and lay eggs before they die. And since the egss can't hatch inside the body, there's absolutely no chance of a chronic problem involving hematocrit. The chronic problems all originate from the eggs themselves. They can cause fibrosis, granulomas and scarring in the tissue they're embedded in. In reality, the disease is only chronic in poor, rural areas where people are likely to come in frequent contact with infected waters and are unlikely to be treated until the symptoms are severe.
So we know for a fact that Schistosomiasis (Bilharzia) is not possible as an explanation for Froome's transformation.