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Discussion in 'Alternative Therapies' started by Min, Mar 26, 2014.

  1. Min

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  2. Jon_Tradicionali

    Jon_Tradicionali Senior Member

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    I've done extensive reading on REMOVAL of parasites from the human body. But to introduce them willingly?

    The benefits of helminths to the body is severely under-researched (as many things are) so I am doubtful anyone will be able to answer this conclusively.
     
  3. Calathea

    Calathea Darkness therapy

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    Wow, that sounds bad.
     
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    Kina Moderation Team Lead

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    How much do 50 hookworm larvae cost?
     
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    There is a Yahoo group if you want more info.

    I read through their Files a while ago but it isn't something I'm prepared to undertake at any time in the near future. Too many question marks, not enough research, too much money. It fails all my tests at this point.

    https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/helminthictherapy/info
     
  6. Calathea

    Calathea Darkness therapy

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    And then they said you need to be on it for the rest of your life.
     
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  7. Min

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    Thank you, it does not sound worth considering
     
  8. Hip

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    There are a few threads on helminth therapy already:
    Starting helminthic therapy for CFS, log
    Hookworms: Our Friends?
    New gut ecosystem model?

    Helminth therapy can work for Th1

    ME/CFS is a disease where the Th1 (antiviral) response is weak, but the Th2 response is ramped up. To treat ME/CFS, you really need to boost Th1, and reduce Th2.

    However, helminth therapy does the opposite: reduces Th1, and boosts Th2. See here:
    Thus helminth therapy is unlikely to help for ME/CFS.
     
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    Fwiw a friend recently diagnosed with MS has been put on a double blind trial of this treatment, run by local NHS hospital so I don't think it is "out there" as therapies go.

    http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/news/pressreleases/2012/february/hookwormtrial.aspx

    I am not qualified to comment on Hip's POV that it would not do the right thing for us anyway, but maybe there would be a different worm for us? ;)
     
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    I don't know if this will help ME/CFS but is potentially helpful for autoimmune diseases. I would absolutely only go for a clinical trial and not get black market worms. These are parasites and infecting yourself could be incredibly dangerous if not part of a controlled study.
     
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    My thoughts: Its dangerous and I'd be unwilling to try it.
     
  12. adreno

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    I'll try to worm my way out of this one.
     
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