But medical, anyhow...NPR ran a piece today on the use of hookworms in the treatment of autoimmune disease. Apparently hookworms and the autoimmune system have evolved together in such a way that the worms can modulate immune response so as to not be driven out of the intestine.In turn, whatever secretions they create work to reduce response in people with auto immune disease. The subject of this story was a man with asthma. After hearing about this effect he spent three weeks in the Cameroons walking around latrines barefoot to get hookworm. Which he did. And the asthma went away. Now he sells hookworms for this purpose. The FDA hasn't interfered yet but people are starting to talk about trials, etc...NOW COMES THE GROSS PART. YOU WERE WARNED! .....He went to the Cameroons because he was unable to source hookworms. So, where does he get the ones which he sells now?He uses his own. They simply crawl out of his stool and he gathers them, washes them in antibiotics to kill other bugs, and off they go. He summarizes all this by saying:"They are quite effective, and they are very very cheap. For god's sake, they fall out of my ass everyday, how much easier can it get?
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