Many articles came out today about the case study of a man with ulcerative colitis who used human whipwormsÂ (trichuris trichiura) as therapy for UC, with colonoscopy samples to supply information on inflammatory pathways and mucus secretion in relation to these helminths:
From Scientific American: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=helminthic-therapy-mucus
For the Good of the Gut: Can Parasitic Worms Treat Autoimmune Diseases?
Helminths could suppress immune disorders by promoting healthy mucus production in the intestine
By Ferris Jabr December 1, 2010
PROPITIOUS PARASITE: Human whipworm (Trichuris trichiura) eggs from a patient who deliberately infected himself with parasitic worms to treat his ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease. The worms may have sent his sent his disease into remission. Image: Kimberley Evason, UCSF Read the rest of this entry »