Dr. Oz, the fabulously famous medical TV talk show that has taken the country by storm recently had a segment on “weird therapies that work!”, and included the idea of using whipworm to treat ulcerative colitis. This is perhaps the biggest media splash yet for helminthic therapy. Although it has been mentioned on TV in a few forms (most noted on this blog), on CNN, featured as a therapy on the medical drama shows House and Grey’s Anatomy, even mentioned on the Daily Show, being featured on the Dr. Oz show is excellent news for promoting this therapy. Although it was presented in the typical ‘gross out’ way with wiggly earth worms, to Dr. Oz Mehmet’s credit, he at least briefly noted that it is a serious therapy backed up by good science, and even recommended that people look into clinical trials if drugs are not working for them. Watch both parts below, “Weird Health Remedies”, part 1 and part 2.
It’s worth pointing out however that the video of whipworm in the colon that Dr. Oz used is a clip from YouTube that I’ve seen before of a young girl who had a massive amount of whipworm, literally thousands, and was in extremely bad shape because of it, and is NOT what your colon would look like if you used the whipworms therapeutically!
There is a new forum on Facebook to discuss helminthic therapy, moderated by my friend and fellow helminth user Herbert Smith, he not affiliated with any company and is extremely well versed in helminthic therapy, both the science and as a patient who hosts both whipworm and hookworm. Because it’s a private forum (for the sake of privacy), Herbert needs to add you to the group if you wish to join. I think if you email this address he can do it. It’s open to everyone.
Or you could also ‘friend’ Herbert on Facebook–he adds everyone interested in the therapy is an excellent resource! Click here to add him:
they completely turn off a major part of the immune system, the one that produces TNF-alpha. The problem is that same mechanism is the same one that fights infections and cancers. No one knows what kind of cancers it will cause after using them for 10 years, or for 30 years. Not even FDA knows that. It’s like fixing a fine swiss watch with a hammer. The human immune system is an incredibly complex mechanism that took millions of years to evolve to work well with our environment. So we went ahead and changed our environment in the last 80 years (namely got rid of a lot of beneficial organisms such as helminths) and now we wonder why that finely tuned mechanism is malfunctioning, and we are using a hammer to fix it. These autoimmune illnesses were almost unheard of before 1920. They still don’t exist in Africa – not Crohn’s, not UC, not asthma or multiple sclerosis. Really, look at epidemiology records. I have.
Helminths have evolved with us for millions of years – that’s the longest clinical trial ever. Our immune systems were designed to co-exist with them. Right now, today at this very moment – over 900 million people in the world have helminthic organisms. Humira has at most 10 years of trials and it was already implicated in infections and cancers.
I rest my case.
– Herbert Smith
An excellent resource for those interested in Helminthic Therapy is the open source wiki that has been created to act as a central hub for information regarding the therapy. It is a very comprehensive collection of news articles, scientific journals, and other relevant and interesting stuff.
Because it’s a wiki, it is always being added to, so consider submitting your own story/experience with the therapy if you are currently using it. Click below for the link.
A very happy new year to everyone who reads my blog! I wish you all a 2011 free from pain and suffering. I dont consider myself to be a strong person, but those whom I’ve met who suffer from this awful disease are some of the strongest out there. But even the strongest need support sometimes. Please, lets all do a little extra this year to support those who need it, continue the search for a cure for IBD, and try to get more exposure for this very promising therapy. Even in my worst days, when I felt completely hopeless and deeply depressed, it was the support of my family and friends who kept me getting out of bed in the morning to face an uncertain day. Chin up everyone, and never give up hope. Peace and love to you all.
I started this blog to let people follow my experience with helminthic therapy, and hope that it has been informative and interesting. Wordpress sent me my ‘year in review’ summary. Figured I’d share.
A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 2,900 times in 2010. That’s about 7 full 747s.
In 2010, there were 25 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 30 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 8mb. That’s about 3 pictures per month.
The busiest day of the year was December 22nd with 100 views. The most popular post that day was Fascinating podcast on Trichuris trichiura.
Where did they come from?
The top referring sites in 2010 were lukecology.blogspot.com, health.groups.yahoo.com, opensourcehelminththerapy.org, waitingforthecure.com, and blog.autoimmunetherapies.com.
Some visitors came searching, mostly for helminthic therapy, colon comrades, love worm, dr. joel weinstock ovamed, and helminthic therapy guardian.
Attractions in 2010
These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.
Fascinating podcast on Trichuris trichiura December 2010
Helminths in the News June 2010
About June 2010
Helminthic Community July 2010
Providers June 2010