Helminth Treatment-has anyone here tried it?

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   Posted 3/28/2009 11:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I remember in my parasite ecology class in college, a segment of a video we were watching mentioned the use of helminth parasites as a treatment for ulcerative colitis and crohn's disease. The reasoning behind it is that IBD is in part caused by an evolved response to the presence of parasites in the gut during the course of human history. Since parasites are much rarer now, the immune system gets confused, since there's nothing to attack, and attacks the gut wall instead. This is consistent with the observation that IBD is much more common in developed countries than 3rd world countries. As an experimental treatment, doctors administer two doses a month of eggs of a a specific species of pig roundworm (trichuris suis).

Apparently some people have had a lot of success with it, from what I learned in class. I'm thinking of maybe asking my doctor to try it instead of conventional meds. Has anyone on here tried it? Has it worked?
21, female, diagnosed 3/6/2009
Currently taking Asacol (3x/day) and Prednisone (tapering dose)

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   Posted 3/29/2009 3:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Well Malkavian some people on this forum have tried it but discontinued it becasue of high costs involved. I had also thought of trying it about 5 years back but at that time it had just been launched. The product has been developed by a German company - these are pig worms. You may check this forum and would find postings from other members who tried and got some remissions. It is known as TSI. You are right the research did mention about the bacteria/parasites.
45 years Male
Diagnosed UC October 1989
Had two stage J Pouch Surgery Nov 2005 March 2006
Complications after surgery - Incisional Hernia and Ano Fistulas
on Combiflam, Multivitamins and restricted diet.
Tried Sallaki/Turmeric/Homoepathy/Allopathy/Chinese/Unani/Ayuvedic/Yoga before going for surgery
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   Posted 3/29/2009 9:54 AM (GMT -6)   
I had some success with the pig whipworm egg(TSO) therapy but not enough to get off prednisone or get into total remission. As a side effect it also cured me 100% of my annual summer hayfever while I was taking it, but that is minor compared to UC. I also tried controlled used of sterilized hookworm as a therapy, but it didn't help. The latter appears to help some with Crohn's but so far I know of no one with UC who has benefited. If Remicade fails me- as appears likely- then I may try human - rather than pig- whipworm before resorting to surgery.
Pancolitis >20 years, allergic to all 5ASAs
Tried everything under the sun (natural and alternative)
Some partial success with TSO but was too expensive to keep up 
Currently Remicade and lots of probiotics, tapering pred again, maybe surgery this year

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