Parasitic Worms May Help Treat Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Posted: Apr 15 2016, 6:42am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News


Parasitic Worms May Help Treat Inflammatory Bowel Disease
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  • Worms may Ease your Disease

The latest studies show that if you have bowel or stomach disease, swallowing worm-like parasites may ease your gut problems.

The experts have found a strange solution to gastrointestinal issues in their patients. They want to employ worms in their repertoire of palliatives. Believe it or not but worms may aid intestinal health in sufferers.

They help cultivate good bacteria and drive out the bad ones. One thing which has become painfully clear is that too much of a good thing is bad. When you try to be too hygienic and live in a disinfected world, you never develop immunity to bacteria. Your immune system goes weak.  

Parasites and bacteria have a strong link to inflammatory bowel disease. Modern life is too much like a hospital which means that the good bacteria are killed off along with bad ones.

Health thus becomes a problem since our guts contain a microbiome of bacteria that aid digestion and even promote mental health. When we take a plethora of antibiotics, the good bacteria are wiped out.

It might be hard to believe but those people who live in underdeveloped regions of the world have many worms and parasites in their stomachs and are thus free of any allergies or asthmatic symptoms. They don’t even have any Crohn’s Disease. 

It is not just the bacteria that are at work here. The worms are just as – if not more – important. When people who had irritable bowel disease or Crohn’s Disease were given a dosage of worms, the results were mixed, according to NBC News.

The scientists worked with mice. Genes might be at play here. Mice which lack a certain gene contracted IBD. In people who are missing this gene, Crohn’s Disease develops with the passage of time.

The mice were fed parasitic whipworm eggs. Bacteroides diminished in quantity and the Clostridia increased and the symptoms of IBD vanished. 

The Clostridia had an anti-inflammatory effect. People in Malaysia were studied. They had tons of Clostridia in their guts while the Bacteroides were non-existent.

However, when they were given germicides that killed the worms, the Bacteroides increased significantly. Therefore although it is almost counter-intuitive, having some parasitic worms in your gut may help fight off inflammatory diseases of the bowels and stomach.

Killing off all germs is never a good strategy. There are always two sides to every story. Today’s bacteria-free environment may not be entirely conducive to optimal health.  

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