Crohn’s Disease, Worms, and InflammationPosted on Sunday, December, 16th, 2012 by in Chronic Disease | Inflammation
People will go to almost any length to get rid of their illnesses. Last month, a TV news program reported that a financial analyst from New York swallowed 2500 pig whipworm eggs, every two weeks for three months. He was driven to this “solution” because he had been suffering with Crohn’s since being a teenager, had had much of his bowels surgically removed, but still had severe symptoms. He found that drinking the solution of worm eggs made a major difference in his disease.
Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory disease of the digestive system, typically designated as an autoimmune condition. In such illnesses, the body’s own immune system mistakenly destroys various portions of its own bowels.
Symptoms can develop gradually or come on all at once. One may experience only mild amounts of inflammation, or the inflammatory response can be severe enough to cause scarring. Individuals may go long periods without experiencing any discomfort at all.
When the disease is causing problems, the inflammation can result in intestinal pain and ulcers on the surface of the bowel, diarrhea, bloody stools, and involuntary weight loss and reduce appetite.
Dr. Joel Weinstock, of Tufts Medical Center in Boston, MA is a world authority on inflammatory conditions of the intestine with a clinical specialty in inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s disease. He and his colleagues are in the midst of clinical trials to obtain evidence that the ingestion of parasites, such as whipworms will “dampen” inflammatory responses of individuals with Crohn’s.
Exposure to gastrointestinal parasites affects the production of cytokines, immune factors that either trigger, or inhibit, inflammation. Whipworms can inhibit the production of inflammatory cytokines that contribute to Crohn’s symptoms; they support anti-inflammatory responses in some cases..
Omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil and vitamin D3 are reported to have anti-inflammatory properties and therefore might help those with Crohn’s and other autoimmune diseases. However a recent review of the literature does not support the use of omega-3 to help alleviate symptoms in Crohn’s patients.
Studies of Vitamin D, a substance that regulates inflammatory and other immune responses, suggest that individuals with higher levels of vitamin D in their blood are at less risk of getting Crohn’s disease.
Additionally, hyperimmune egg has been reported to support bowel health, and with many reporting rapid changes in digestive function.
Instead of drinking a concoction of worms, consuming egg protein from specially-selected hens, hyperimmune egg, makes more sense for digestive support than ingesting worms!
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