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Here piggy, piggy (parasites part 2)

So remember how I wrote recently about a new study to see if swallowing pig whipworm eggs would treat Crohn’s Disease? Well apparently this isn’t a new treatment- there is someone who has been swallowing these little critters for eight years already!

Herbert Smith, a 33-year-old Crohn’s patient, swallowed thousands of whipworm eggs suspended in a liquid solution over an eight year period. But after ingesting 2,500 of them in the first three months, most of his Crohn’s symptoms disappeared. Unbelievable!

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September 7, 2012 at 6:07 pm Leave a comment

Parasites to treat IBD?

I’ve read a few articles recently talking about various clinical trials using parasites and worms to treat IBD. In theory, it’s a really interesting idea- ingesting what would parasites that prevent the body from attacking itself.

Most recently, I read about a new clinical trial that is studying pig parasites as one course of treatment. In the trial, patients swallow the eggs of a pig parasite. Each egg contains thousands of microscopic parasite eggs, culled from pig feces, suspended in a tablespoon of saline solution to be swallowed. Sounds pretty gross right?

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August 27, 2012 at 4:55 pm 2 comments

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