Scientific American article on Human Whipworm
Scientific American has come out with a fascinating article about ‘parasite immunologist’ P’ng Loke (who’se now at NYU) who just published his fascinating and exciting research on helminths and IBD. He followed one patient for 3-4 years while the patient used human whipworm (the same helminths I host) to treat Ulcerative Colitis, to excellent results. The patient reached full remission, and only flared up again around the time the the whipworms began to die off, once he re-innoculated, he went back into full remission.
This is particularly exciting for me because there simply is not much research specifically on trichuris trichiura (human whipworm). There is much more on the use of hookworm and TSO (pig whipworm), so it’s really encouraging to finally see such detailed work that sheds light on how beneficial this organism can be. My experience so far mirrors that of P’ng Loke’s patient quite fully.
Here’s the article:
Oh, and be sure to read all the comments after the article! Many helminth users wrote about their experience. Consider contributing to the discussion! Every little bit of promotion we can do helps, as this therapy is not going to attract the $$ of big pharma. The more interest is generated, the better the likelihood for more research.