Looking at this link a second time, esp. the video, I see that the only application of tapeworms for colitis by this researcher has been in "model" systems i.e. mice induced to have colitis, not humans, while the studies they refer to in humans are the well established studies with microscopic pig whipworm eggs. Also, the video byte is rather behind the times, though, by refering to the TSO studies as still "small" and "preliminary" when in fact they moved on years ago to much larger double-blind peer-reviewed and published UC and Crohn's studies with hundreds of patients, and by now many thousands have been subsequently treated.
As far as symptoms with the worms.... well, when I took TSO for a couple years I never had any side effects at all. (Contrast this to 5ASA drugs which gave me the worst pain and D I have ever experienced- worse even than my most horrible flare days.) This may not be true for whipworm and is certainly not true for hookworm. There may be an adjustment phase of several months or longer beginning when they themselves embed themselves in the gut tissue. My goal is to see if this will save my colon. If I fail, no harm done really as these are very common parasites that infect billions- most without symptoms. As far as the gross factor, I find it more gross that we are missing something - be it probiotic bacteria, or parasites, that were natural to man all the way back to our earliest ancestors. Our colons- healthy or not- have far, far more bacterial cells present than there are other cells in the whole body.
TSO helped me- no doubt about
it- but alot hinges on whether human whipworm will be more potent, as I am looking for total remission not dampening. If it is only as good as TSO, then for me it will still mean colon removal. But we'll just have to wait and see for at least a few months to even know if it will be beneficial. There is at least one individual who did get into a three year plus remission on them- and from which the interest was derived- I will try and dig up the video link again.
Pancolitis >20 years, allergic to all 5ASAs
(To pharma: enough already with the umpteen variants of Asacol!)
Tried everything under the sun (natural and alternative), low carb SCD
Some partial success with TSO but too expensive to keep up
Remicade Humira, lots of probiotics, entocort, tapering increasing pred again,
homemade fecal infusions, maybe surgery this year soon