Little squirmy friends

Do hookworms help Crohn’s?

If you haven’t heard of this, take a watch:


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7 Responses to “Little squirmy friends”


  1. 1 Tori May 28, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    WOW… interesting! I wonder if those two had tried SCD before. What do you think?

  2. 3 Shannon May 28, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    Thanks for sharing. I’d like to hear more.

  3. 4 Kstherine June 14, 2009 at 8:58 am

    I found the woman in the story’s blog (waiting for the cure) and found it very interesting (she had tried SCD). Apparently, the worms ameliorate the body’s inflammatory response, so they won’t be rejected. What I’m confused about is, if the worms reduce the inflammatory response, but you are still eating foods that encourage bad bacteria, aren’t you doing damage to your gut still?

    • 5 Paul Stocker June 15, 2009 at 7:33 am

      Katherine,

      My understanding is that if you start with an injured gut and encourage the bad bacteria to overpopulate, you will continue the damage. If, on the other hand, the gut is not injured, the bad bacteria shouldn’t become such a problem. How exactly the action of the hook works play into this cycle I can only guess.

      -Paul

  4. 6 massybird June 25, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Check out this article in NYT from last year, if you haven’t seen it already. It

    http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9800E6DD1138F932A35754C0A96E9C8B63&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=2


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