Two pieces on hookworm therapy aired on CBS this week. The first piece is on the hygiene hypothesis and focuses on allergies and asthma. Click on the little video to the right to see the piece:
You can also view the video in their video library:
http://cbs5.com/video/?cid=119 Click on May 20th’s “Some Turn to Hookworms to Treat Ailments.”
And the Crohn’s one on hookworms:
You can also view it with a larger screen in the video library:
http://cbs5.com/video/?cid=119 Click on May 21st’s “Patients on Hookworm Therapy Swear by Treatment”
The opening is unfortunate. When we need to promote the idea of the hygiene hypothesis, and the fact that we are a walking microbiomes, the choice to sensationalize “eating worms” is disappointing. I didn’t eat 6 dirty earthworms, for God’s sakes. Hopefully the general public will be interested and not just further disgusted. Enjoy!