Who has cured their autoimmune disease with hookworms/parasites?
Last week I listened to a captivating episode of Radiolab (same topic was also on This American Life) about how Jasper Lawrence went to Cameroon (since he couldn't find a single lab that would sell them to him) to infect himself with hookworm - which immediately cured his horrendous allergies. He then formed a company called AutoImmune Therapies that sells sterilized hookworms so that people can infect themselves.
My husband and I have been obsessively reading scientific papers and articles about the Hygiene Hypothesis and about using helminths to treat autoimmune issues, and I have to say that once we were able to get over the yuck factor of microscopic worms (afterall, probiotics are buggies, too), we are both revving up to give it a try.
Anyone else have any experience with this?
Some links if you're interesting in learning more:
[url=http://www.radiolab.org/2009/sep/07/sculptors-of-monumental-narrative/]Sculptors of Monumental Narrative - Radiolab[/url]
[url=http://autoimmunetherapies.com/]Worm therapy (more correctly helminthic therapy) is an immunotherapy based on nature's most powerful probiotics: Hookworm and whipworm balances the immune system and quells inflammation naturally. Autoimmune Therapies was founded by Jasper Lawrence a[/url]
Even Mercola chimed in pro-parasite:
[url=http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/06/06/How-Parasites-Can-Trick-Your-Immune-System-into-Health.aspx]How Parasites Can Trick Your Immune System into Health[/url]