Dr. Oz talks about Whipworm therapy for Ulcerative Colitis!
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!