Helminthic Therapy - Infestation by Hookworms and Whipworms

Many people with MS use complementary and alternative medicine. Depending on the treatments, the evidence is weak or absent. Examples are a dietary regimen (avoidance of Gluten), heavy supplementation with Vitamin D3, herbal medicine (including the use of medical cannabis), hyperbaric oxygenation and self-infection with hookworm (known generally as helminthic therapy). The helminic therapy of infection with Trichuris suis ova is under investigation as of 2012. Epidemiological and experimental evidence, as per a report in Wikipedia, suggests parasitic infection may protect against MS. (We however, have serious reservations about this!)

Helminthic Therapy - Infestation by Hookworms and Whipworms

Postby Dr Amir (Dental Surgeon) » Mon, 15 Oct 2012, 10:55 am

Helminthic therapy
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A larva under a microscope resembling a worm with one end across the other
Infectious Necator americanus L3 larva.
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Helminthic therapy, a type of immunotherapy, is the treatment of autoimmune diseases and immune disorders by means of deliberate infestation with a helminth or with the ova of a helminth. Helminths are parasitic worms such as hookworms and whipworms.

Helminthic therapy consists of the inoculation of the patient with specific parasitic intestinal nematodes (helminths). There are currently three closely related treatments available. Inoculation with Necator americanus, commonly known as hookworms, or Trichuris suis ova (TSO), commonly known as pig whipworm eggs, or inoculation with Trichuris trichiura ova, commonly referred to as human whipworm eggs.

Current research and available therapy are targeted at, or available for, the treatment of Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), multiple sclerosis, asthma, eczema, dermatitis, hay fever and food allergies.

Helminthic infection has emerged as one possible explanation for the low incidence of autoimmune diseases and allergies in less developed countries, together with the significant and sustained increase in autoimmune diseases in industrialized countries.

Comment: This reminds me about the work of Dr Burkitt in the 60's who went to Africa and collected a large variety of African stools and came to the conclusion that African stools contained a lot of fibre and this was attributable to the lack of gastro enterological diseases amongst the Africans.

His conclusion was that we must all eat more fibre in the West hence your daily Weetabix. However, diseases like Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, inflammatory bowel disease are on an exponential increase inspite of the exponential consumption of Weetabix!

The gastro enterological illnesses described above are perhaps erroneously described as "autoimmune"

To reach the conclusion that Helminthic infestation is one possible explanation for the low incidence of autoimmune diseases and allergies in less developed countries, and that we should now start infecting those with the so called "autoimmune diseases" with hookworms and whipworms is the height of stupidity.

The Africans and the people in less developed countries (I should now qualify this by saying non urbanised as the city dwellers have caught up with western illnesses) who are unaffected with "autoimmune disease" do not have the readily available supermarket processed foods.

Foremostly they are very SYMMETRICAL - cranio-dentally and Skeletally!
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