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.
"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.
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.