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:

For the Good of the Gut: Can Parasitic Worms Treat Autoimmune Diseases?

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.

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6 responses

  1. Valentina

    Thanks, lots of very usuful and interesting information. My 29 y.o. niece has UC, she lives in Russia (I live in Canada). I discovered an Ovamed website but we need a letter from the doctor who will supervise the therapy, none of the doctors wants to do it, so we are still looking for one.
    Hope we can find. Meanwhile I’m getting more and more information which is useful of course.

    December 19, 2010 at 1:21 am

  2. Good luck finding a sympathetic GI. Perhaps ask on the yahoo helminthic therapy message boards? I know there are some Canadians on there.

    I recommend considering human whipworm instead of pig whipworm (which is what Ovamed provides). Ovamed’s pig whipworm costs about $10,000 per year, and you’ve got to dose once every few weeks, while human whipworm is available for around $2900, and it’s good for 1 1/2 years.

    The good news is that if you decide to get helminths through AIT, they ship them to Canada, but not the USA. I had to travel to Canada to get my dose.

    December 19, 2010 at 1:50 am

  3. George Hawkes

    Dr Oz tv show down here in the US had a program on about Whip worm and it helping people with Colitis. I wll be trying it against my Drs advice. Regular meds are not helping to much with my colitis so what do I have to loose??

    January 11, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    • Hi George. Yes I just saw that Dr. Oz show, it’s great to hear that this therapy is getting so much mainstream attention.

      Will you try human whipworm or pig whipworm? (these are the two organisms being used for therapy at this time for colitis). I recommend using human whipworm as it is far more inexpensive and seems to be much more effective. It is the organism that I use.

      January 14, 2011 at 5:06 pm

  4. Susan

    Does anyone know of any providers in the US willing to prescribe/monitor the use of helminths?

    May 16, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    • There is nobody who can prescribe helminths, it is a ‘do it yourself’ therapy, but you CAN do it under the supervision of a doctor or GI.

      June 3, 2011 at 11:48 pm

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