Article, tapeworms to treat IBD

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pb4
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   Posted 7/14/2009 11:38 AM (GMT -7)   
 
 
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Nanners
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   Posted 7/14/2009 11:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Interesting but definetly GROSS sounding:)
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Katzzz
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   Posted 7/14/2009 12:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I Don't think I would go that route! :(

kim123
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   Posted 7/14/2009 12:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Interesting. But, it still doesn't get to the "cause" of the inflammation in the first place. What's the chance it (inflammation) would appear again, and even in another part of the body next time.

pb4
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   Posted 7/14/2009 1:21 PM (GMT -7)   
It's a good break-through though cuz with what they've learned they are looking at ways of using this to create a better (less gross) method and it gives insight to treating inflammation likely anywhere in the GI tract and that is the main goal, to treat the inflammation in the intestines.

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   Posted 7/14/2009 1:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't know much about this approach, but it occurred to me that worms may have tricks that quiet the gut immune system down so that they can stay there unmolested. It does seem to be like using leeches and I think from my vague memory that you have to maintain a collection of worms on board to continue to benefit. Not for those with a weak stomach!

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   Posted 7/14/2009 4:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Didn't we have a member here who tried something like this?

I want to say KeahCd

Not seen the name around in a while, I think she was a moderator too.
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pb4
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   Posted 7/14/2009 5:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Homeboy, kinda along the same lines but that was pig whipworms (and yes, Keah tried those)...this is a little different with it being tape worms, but along the same general idea.

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   Posted 7/15/2009 12:37 AM (GMT -7)   
I totally understand the "gut" reactions to worm therapy... it is gross. There is no way to sugar-coat that.

However, there is a huge foundation of evidence that is growing and growing as more and more people are seeing this therapy for the potential it holds.

Like I said... I totally understand the "eweeee!" and "gross!", but please - take the time to learn the science side of it. You might be surprised how smart these little suckers can be.

And Kim...

Kim said-
"Interesting. But, it still doesn't get to the "cause" of the inflammation in the first place. What's the chance it (inflammation) would appear again, and even in another part of the body next time."

If you really have an interest as to how the worms effect the "cause" of inflammation, then Keeper is on the right track, and there are other sources that explain. It DOES address the inflammation by soothing it and broadcasting an "all is clear" message to prevent any further fuss.

This is a valid question with almost ALL of the nasty meds we take, so why is it any more scary with worms?

I know worms are gross, but I'm also noticing that people put this therapy down when they know nothing about it... and it really is worth knowing about - even if you don't think you'd do it in a million years.
27f, dx'd CD July '05 after 6 fistula/abscess surgeries
Remicade '05 through '08, with no other maintenance meds (ah, those were the days, eh?)
Tried Humira. Failed. Tried Gluten Free. Leaning towards Failure there too.
Currently on:
Cimzia (started 2-12-09) Again, not helping much, if at all.
Probiotics, Digestive Enzymes, Forvia vitamins, and calcium chewies
Feeling a bit jaded lately, but trying to keep my chin up.


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   Posted 7/15/2009 4:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Well said Patientspiders. We have co-existed with intestinal fauna and flora for a long time. More than likely we all have interestinal parasites right now, and look at all the money people spend buying intestinal fauna (probiotics). We are dead without our intestinal fauna friends. We have mites that live in the bottom of hair folicles and we are glad to have them becasue they eat dead skin cells. And medicinal leeches are back in fashion because they do a fantastic job at getting blood to flow through severely damaged tissue. It takes a village.....
Diagnosed with Crohn's in early 2007.  Several peri-rectal abscesses and two fistulae with setons.  Allergic to Remicade and Humira.  Currently on 6MP, and vitamins D and B-12.

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