Why Intestinal Parasites Likes Your Guts
Intestinal Parasites Likes Your Guts!
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 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.