Medical Treatment Frontiers

I cannot remember on which blog I saw the leader for this story. The gist of it is that hookworms and tapeworms may have some role in treating various diseases and conditions. I opened the home page for this little enterprise and got distracted by other things. Just came back to it and have spent a lot of time rummaging, being incredulous and generally grossed out. For $2,400 you can get dosed up with a couple of dozen hookworms:

The conditions that are actively being researched are Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Asthma, Allergies, Coeliac disease, Eczema, Multiple Sclerosis, and Psoriasis. There are theoretical reasons to believe that Atherosclerosis, Depression, Grave’s disease, Irritable bowel syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Sjorgen’s syndrome, Lupus, Migraine, Non-Ulcer Dyspepsia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriasic Arthritis and Diabetes type I might respond.

Or how about a hungry tapeworm for $1300? The site says that it might be useful for weight loss therapy.


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