Why Intestinal Parasites Likes Your Guts

Intestinal Parasites Likes Your Guts!

Intestinal Parasites may offer protection from colitis, asthma and other common ailments.
Intestinal Parasites may offer protection from colitis, asthma and other common ailments. | Source

They Like Your Guts

Did You Know Parasites are Making their Home Inside Your Body?

Intestinal parasites in humans are more common than may you think. In fact, there are hundreds of parasite species that can make their home in our intestinal tract, as well as many other places in the human body.

What is Helminthic Therapy?

The idea is that people with autoimmune disorders can ease their symptoms by deliberately infecting themselves with parasitic worms such as hookworms or whipworm, or both of which supposedly pacify the human immune system to survive inside the body.

Whipworms

Whipworms are showing promise in treating colitis. Per Loke, from University of California, San Francisco, he has treated patients with introduction of whipworms and performed colonoscopies that indicated when worms colonized the patient's colon, signs of colitis - open sores and inflamation - were significantly reduced or nonexistent. The worms seems to work by stimulating mucus production. The extra mucus may help calm the immune system and prevent it from attacking the gut's harmless ecosystem.

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safiq ali patel 5 years ago from United States Of America

Scary stuff


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dallas93444 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA Author

Can be "scary," but we do not live in isolation.. Our bodies are teeming with millions of microbes living in and out of our bodies... We reflect an ecosystem that is similiar to the earth's ecosystem. Homeostasis, or balance is the key component. Too much desert can kill you, a little is a pleasure...


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World-Traveler 5 years ago from USA

Mmmm, could be the war of the Bots is about to be launched. I will tell you what. The old saying, Beauty is only skin deep? Well, any course in human anatomy or human physiology sure give credence to that. What kind of people are we? Love is blind. Were it not so, the species would be extinct within 100 years, I am sure. Flags up all over!


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dallas93444 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA Author

World-Traveler,

Seems when one is asked, "You have the 'guts' to do it.." It may have many meanings... All the germs must cooperate too!

Thanks for you your trophy!


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California

WOW, when we were young all we wanted to do was get rid of these things, now they're telling us they are not only harmless in some cases, but helpful. Who knew! Thanks dallas93444 for the very helpful info.


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dallas93444 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA Author

fastfreta,.

Perhaps the key is balance.

It seems if you were raised on a farm and exposed to lots of "bad" germs, you are now more healthy. Your immune system is strong.

There is current research that depressesd people get "snapped out" of their depression with the introduction of bad germs. Their brain is bathed with good immune "bugs" that assist the brain to recover to a "good" space...

Thanks for your comments.


mikeq107 5 years ago

Just came of a colon cleansing diet...you should have seen the stuff that came out lol

great Hub thanks Mike :0)


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dallas93444 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA Author

mikeq107,

Well.... Proponents of colon cleansing believe that toxins from your gastrointestinal tract can cause a variety of health problems, such as arthritis, allergies and asthma. They say that colon cleansing — also called colonic irrigation — removes these toxins, thus promoting healthy intestinal bacteria, boosting your energy and enhancing your immune system.

While there is little scientific evidence to support or refute the benefits of colon cleansing, critics say it's generally unnecessary and at times may even be harmful.

There is a body of "thought" that feels(thinks) that the "harmful" bacteria eliminated is like setting a forest fire to get rid of weeds...

It is clear a certain "flora" - bug environment is good.... for your "guts."

I am not suggesting good, or bad.... in terms of colon cleansing. If the diet does not eradicate the "good" bugs - yahoo!

Thanks for compliment


mikeq107 5 years ago

Thank you :0)

I`m new to all this and you gave me some exellent food for thought!!!

mike :0)


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dallas93444 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA Author

mikeq107,

We all are learning!

Thanks for your comments!


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oceansnsunsets 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA

Wow, I hadn't heard of that kind of thing before, yet its not so odd either, that such things may help people. It seems so gross, but for the sake of health, some people evidently are willing to "go there." Thanks for sharing.


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dallas93444 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA Author

oceansnsunsets,

Perhaps mirrors life. Our "garbage" actually is good: for "something!"


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Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

Very interesting but I hope I will never have to use this type of therapy. :)


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dallas93444 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA Author

Om Paramapoonya,

We enjoy a balance of good bugs and bad bugs inside and outside of our bodies...

Thanks for your comments!


ruffridyer 5 years ago from Dayton, ohio

I read somewhere that women used to delibratly swallow tapeworms to help them control weight. Yeech.


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dallas93444 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA Author

ruffridyer,

Yes, there are some parasites that are good for us... depends on our needs.

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