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Infecting Patients With Worms 'Could Hold Key To Treating Asthma'
Daily Telegraph ^ | January 28, 2009

Posted on 01/28/2009 7:39:48 PM PST by Steelfish

Infecting patients with worms 'could hold key to treating asthma'

Infecting patients with worms could hold the key to treating asthma and other conditions on the rise because of the modern obsession with cleanliness, scientists believe.

By Kate Devlin 28 Jan 2009

Researchers are testing whether parasitic worms can stimulate patients' immune systems to fight illnesses.

The worms have been all but eliminated from humans in developed countries, because of an increased emphasis on hygiene.

But experts believe their absence could be one of the reasons why some illnesses, including asthma and diabetes, are increasingly prevalent.

A trial by scientists at Nottingham University is testing whether infecting asthma sufferers with hookworms, by placing them on the patient's skin and allowing them to burrow their way into the body, can ease their symptoms.

American researchers are also attempting to replicate the results of an Argentinian study which showed that infecting multiple sclerosis sufferers with parasites slowed the progression of the condition.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: asthma; diabetes; eww; health; worms

1 posted on 01/28/2009 7:39:48 PM PST by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

What? From this link...it seems as tho the hookworm infection may emulate the symptoms of asthma:

http://www.personalmd.com/news/hookworm_072600.shtml


3 posted on 01/28/2009 7:46:46 PM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Uuuuuuuum, uh, uh...............aaannnnnnd....................................................um.)
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To: orfannkyl

Or conversely, in undeveloped countries those who are predisposed to asthma could have a tendency of dying out - not from asthma per se, but from any number of other diseases which are likely to afflict those with weaker constitutions.


4 posted on 01/28/2009 7:49:01 PM PST by eclecticEel (The liberal's sense of compassion begins and ends with their own person.)
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To: Steelfish

Theodoric, Barber of York used to do wonders with leeches.


5 posted on 01/28/2009 7:51:01 PM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: Steelfish
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As The Worm Turns.

6 posted on 01/28/2009 7:51:03 PM PST by rfp1234 (Phodopus campbelli: household ruler since July 2007.)
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To: Steelfish

Helminthic therapy.


7 posted on 01/28/2009 7:53:38 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (They moved my pie.)
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To: Steelfish

“Could hold key......”

and if it doesn’t, what? You’re full of worms?


8 posted on 01/28/2009 7:53:49 PM PST by Beowulf9
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To: Steelfish

The mention of using pig whipworms was based on German research. Pig whipworms can only live in the human body for a couple of weeks, and so were ideal to work with, and had good results.

Importantly, using hookworm for severe asthma only seems to work as long as the infection is maintained, so in past, those individuals that used the treatment had to breed their own hookworms and reinfect themselves at intervals. Hookworms are more dangerous than whipworms, especially to children, because they may cause anemia.

Hookworm used to be endemic the the southern US, but was generally wiped out by the wearing of shoes, and the use of latrines. Several species are still around in the world, and are carried by dogs and cats. In the developing world, there has been considerable effort to wipe it out.

There is considerable potential for research, as over 100 different types of worms are known to infest humans.


9 posted on 01/28/2009 7:54:09 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: orfannkyl

They are case studying this in the treatment of Celiac Disease as well in Europe. (My kids have C.D. It’s an auto-immune disease too) But no - I won’t let them get worms!


10 posted on 01/28/2009 7:54:26 PM PST by HomeschoolMomma (No thanks...I already have a Messiah!)
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To: Steelfish

I’m fairly convinced (though only anecdotal evidence) that asthma is more prevalent in households that are cleaned by neat freaks. Friends that grew up in sterile houses all have asthma. Friends and I who grew up in dusty houses that maybe got windex/lisoled once a month if we were lucky don’t have asthma.


11 posted on 01/28/2009 7:56:24 PM PST by Domandred (Hope is the first step on the road to disappointment.)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

Dr. Joel Weinstock of the University of Iowa did some amazing research in this area.


12 posted on 01/28/2009 7:57:23 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (They moved my pie.)
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To: Steelfish

It will be interesting to read and hear the ‘small print’, ‘fast talking’ about the side affects... sometimes similar to or worse than what the intended ailment was!

Reminds me of this cure.
My arm hurts.
We’ll break your leg.
How will that help.
You won’t feel the pain in your arm.


13 posted on 01/28/2009 7:58:04 PM PST by This_far
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To: Domandred

I’ve noticed the same thing. It seems that not only are their immune systems not developed to handle natural toxins but they are also bombarded with cleaning chemicals, which are toxic. A double whammy.


14 posted on 01/28/2009 8:08:59 PM PST by allmost
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To: Steelfish
I also read somewhere that cockroaches were associated with asthma in kids, and that was theorized as one reason for cases of asthma in inner-city kids.

Hey, I'm not a clean freak when it comes to housecleaning. But I'd have to be dead before I'd deliberately let someone infect me with worms.

15 posted on 01/28/2009 8:17:37 PM PST by pbmaltzman
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To: Steelfish

Another neat treatment involves using maggots to clean wounds. Highly effective against gangrene. The maggots eat only the decaying flesh, leaving the healthy flesh to heal.


16 posted on 01/28/2009 8:21:18 PM PST by Sherman Logan (Everyone has a right to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.)
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To: Steelfish

You'll get worms!!!

Somebody had to post it.
17 posted on 01/28/2009 8:22:20 PM PST by Richard Kimball (We're all criminals. They just haven't figured out what some of us have done yet.)
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To: Sherman Logan

Good ol’ maggots. Our little friends.


18 posted on 01/28/2009 8:27:46 PM PST by Yardstick
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To: Domandred

I knew a family who came from an extremely spotless house and almost everything almost killed them.

I dunno about the asthma, my granddaughter has grown up in a dusty house, she’s had pigs, dogs, cats, goats, horses and when she turned 13 started up with the asthma. She’s allergic to all animals and she loves them.

She has ended up with a hamster,she is allergic to him but she just holds him in her hands and then washes them immediately. Her brother cleans the cage and he lives in her brother’s room.


19 posted on 01/28/2009 8:29:11 PM PST by tiki (True Christians will not deliberately slander or misrepresent others or their beliefs)
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To: Steelfish

I have asthma and I much prefer asthma to any worm infestation, thank you very much.!


22 posted on 01/28/2009 9:53:38 PM PST by little jeremiah (Leave illusion, come to the truth. Leave the darkness, coShome to the light.)
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To: Domandred

I’ve read that there is a higher incidence of asthma among people who as kids grew up with cigarette smoke.

And the clean thing - it’s probably the toxic cleaners, not the absence of dirt. Practically all cleaners have perfumes that are really nasty; and bleach which many people clean with and is in other cleaners damages the lungs, especially childrens’. Automatic dishwasher detergent, Ajax and Comet, all kinds of toilet cleaners etc have bleach in them.

I am sure it is the cleaners themselves.


23 posted on 01/28/2009 9:56:10 PM PST by little jeremiah (Leave illusion, come to the truth. Leave the darkness, coShome to the light.)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
The worms have also been used to treat Crohns disease. The body attacks them instead of itself.
24 posted on 01/29/2009 8:23:07 AM PST by seemoAR
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To: Domandred

I have asthma, and I can assure you that I did not grow up in a sterile household. Neither did my husband, who also has asthma.


25 posted on 01/29/2009 8:28:08 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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