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Joyce
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posted 08-07-1999 10:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Joyce     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
REGULAR DOSES OF WORMS might rid people of inflammatory bowel disease,
say researchers in Iowa. They believe this distressing condition,
which is increasingly common in the developed world, is caused by the
absence of intestinal parasites. "We're living in sterile boxes,
breathing sterile air and drinking sterile water," says Joel
Weinstock, who led the research.

Weinstock and his colleagues at the University of Iowa have already
fed six sufferers eggs that hatched and developed into parasitic
worms. The results were so dramatic that they are planning a larger
trial this autumn. Between the second and third week after treatment,
five of the six patients went into complete remission," says
Weinstock. A single dose of worms eased symptoms for about a month.

Inflammatory bowel disease--an umbrella term for ulcerative colitis
and Crohn's disease--appears to be caused by an overactive immune
system. Symptoms include diarrhoea, abdominal pain, bowel obstruction
and bleeding.

Weinstock noticed that the rise in inflammatory bowel disease was
preceded by a decline in intestinal worm infections. Seventy years
ago, he says, 40 per cent of American children had worms such as
Ascaris lumbricoides, which grow up to 20 centimetres long. As
recently as the 1940s, many were infected with smaller whipworms
(Trichuris trichuria). "By the 1960s, kids no longer had it," says
Weinstock.

"The worms living in the gastrointestinal tract have been with us for
3 million years or longer," he says. "Our immune systems have grown
used to their presence." And without such parasites, Weinstock
believes the immune system is more likely to produce powerful
inflammatory agents such as gamma-interferon, which fire up the
activity of white blood cells called macrophages. "As we've
de-wormed, people have developed immune systems which are not damped,"
he says.

The six patients in the initial trial were chosen because steroids and
other drugs designed to dampen down the immune system had not helped.
Working with his colleagues David Elliott and Robert Summers,
Weinstock gave each patient a drink containing microscopic eggs of a
species of intestinal worm that doesn't normally infect people.
Although these worms can survive in the human gut, growing to about 1
centimetre, they cannot reproduce and are eliminated after a couple of
months.

Balfour Sartor, an expert on inflammatory bowel disease at the
University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, is intrigued by
Weinstock's experiment. "It's an appealing way of using something
that's of fairly low toxicity to treat a set of diseases that for now
we don't have a cure for," he says. Sartor is himself experimenting
with Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium gut bacteria, again with the
idea that they may have dampening effects on the immune system.

However, there is still a long way to go before doses of worms or
bacteria emerge as an accepted treatment for inflammatory bowel
disease. Larger controlled trials are needed to show that the results
obtained so far aren't merely due to the placebo effect.

- end of quoted article -

found here:

http://www.newscientist.com/ns/19990807/newsstory1.html

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posted 08-08-1999 12:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LindaB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well yuck, Joyce. What next, leeches??? But as long as it's just the little bitty eggs in a drink mixture, it can't be any worse than that stuff they make you drink before a colonoscopy etc.

My motto is "Whatever works!"

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posted 08-08-1999 10:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for charlie   Click Here to Email charlie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
well i just had to do it
yummy!!!

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posted 08-08-1999 10:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for charlie   Click Here to Email charlie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
free worms!!!
never dig a hole again!
you can grow your very own worms right in your backyard! thats right
with =can=o worms,just look at the cute little worms, hats,gloves are optional
sorry joyce i am playing at your expense

charlie

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posted 08-08-1999 01:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Joyce     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Linda, Nope not me, I was waiting for You to try it first and let me know if it works. But some times I get desperate enuf that I think I would. If I could find the sterile ones of course..
right not I am useing grapefruit seed extract to try and get rid of the candida yeast and believe me I think worms would taste better.

Charlie, cute cartoon but did ya have to make it so small..

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posted 08-08-1999 01:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for moldie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm with you Joyce, let me know how that grapefruit seed extract works for you.

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posted 08-08-1999 02:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Joyce     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
moldie,
I am using a variety of things, GFS, fresh green Black Walnut Wormwood complex, olive leaf extract, H2O2. They say the candida gets use to one thing so I change around. If I don't kill myself first I will let you know how it works.. Am taking Probotics and lots of yogurt too.
Must be a real battle going on in my guts ....

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posted 08-08-1999 06:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chrisseese   Click Here to Email chrisseese     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ewwwwwwww, YUCK. Even though my 11 months of oral chemo took longer, I still think it was a wiser choice for me to get my Crohn's in remission. I'm not brave enough to ingest worm eggs!!

Chris

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posted 08-08-1999 08:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chelle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well all I have to say is GROSS!!!!!! But......if it works!!

chelle

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posted 08-09-1999 05:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JeanetteC   Click Here to Email JeanetteC     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Joyce, I wanted to let you know that I have been on that Grapefruit Seed Extract for over a year now and YES, it does help. I won't be without it! Yes, it does taste terrible, but who said 'medicine' ever tasted good!

As for drinking and putting those eggs in me. There is no way. I can't believe
'doctors' really know what they are doing when they start doing things like this.

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posted 08-09-1999 08:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for charlie   Click Here to Email charlie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

just testing

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posted 08-10-1999 12:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kitty     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yucky with a capital Y!!!!!! It's kinda confusing b/c some say that IBS can be b/c of parasites and now parasites are supposed to be the solution. I wonder.

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posted 08-10-1999 01:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for moldie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Good bacteria, bad bacteria; Good worms, bad worms. Hmmmmmmmmmmm. (Still- You first).

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