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Now I’ve Heard It All: Worms Calm the Bowels. Of Monkeys. Yep.

Fibro Daily November 16, 2012

Monkeys suffering from chronic diarrhea improved after ingesting parasitic worm eggs.

The exact worm eggs given were parasitic helminth Trichuris trichiura, also known as whipworm.

This is actually a very interesting study, despite my EGADS reaction. Many people with fibromyalgia suffer from inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) including those close to me, and these findings could significantly reduce or elevate that occurrence in the future.

PLoS Pathogens, P’ng Loke, PhD, of NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City, and colleagues completed the study using five rheas monkeys. The idea for the stud came from the observation that IBD occurs in places where helminth infections have been almost completely eradicated.

From MedPage Today’s Lab Notes by Todd Neale:

Post-treatment samples showed a reduction in bacterial attachment and inflammation and a more normal mix of bacterial communities. Four of the five monkeys gained weight and had improved fecal consistency.

A similar treatment using eggs from a pig whipworm is now being evaluated in an ongoing trial of patients with ulcerative colitis.

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