Research: Worms Linked to Celiac Disease Relief
Researchers at Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra Hospital in Australia conducted a study
in which 10 out of 20 participants were infected with parasitic hookworms
to look at the theory that the increase of celiac disease (and other auto immune disorders and allergies) were due to the increase in hygiene practices in childhood.
20 participants with diagnosed Celiac Disease who had been off gluten for at least 6 months partook in this research study. Half of the participants were infected with the hookworms applied to the arm and the other half received a harmless application of diluted McIlhenny & Co Tabasco Pepper Sauce. The participants were not aware of which application they received.
During the 21 week trial each participant ate white bread daily and at the end of the study they were examined to determine the extent of their reaction.
According to the study’s author, Dr James Daveson the participants given hookworms:
“Experienced less inflammation and less damage was seen in the intestinal wall,”
Since there still seemed to be some damage it certainly doesn’t sound like a ‘cure all’ and since any gluten exposure can lead to dangerous consequences the gluten free diet is still be best ‘treatment’ for celiac disease.
Would you think about infecting yourself with hookworms to enjoy gluten bread?
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