I ask because of my interest in helminthic therapy. This involves attempting to put a disorder of the immune system, Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, asthma, hay fever, multiple sclerosis, into remission by infecting oneself with hookworm or whipworm.
The science on this is very clear, it works. A recent study out of Nottingham University demonstrated 100% remission for Crohn’s patients inoculated with 50 hookworm. Another showed 73% remission for Crohn’s patients using pig whipworm, or TSO.
There are two companies selling, or perhaps, trying to sell, this therapy. Ovamed [removed commercial link] and Autoimmune Therapies [removed commercial link]
For god’s sake there is even a Wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helminthic_therapy
So, my question. We have solid science and lots of it, the above is the tip of the iceberg. We have people betting money on it, and lots of it by the look of things.
We have anecdotal evidence: [removed commercial link].
We have research foundations and universities dumping money into its study.
And the public, how do they react? Generally with “I don’t care if works and is safe, its disgusting. I would rather be sick.”
I kid you not, read the Crohn’s disease forums. Mind blowing.
Or am I the weirdo for thinking that if I had a disease that required taking drugs that can cause cancer or bone necrosis, that often results in surgery and that despite all that would not be cured, that i would rather host some intestinal worms.
Are they crazy, or am I?