Friday, May 20, 2005

Worm eggs: possible MS treatment?

My neurologist is conducting research to determine whether ingesting pig whipworm eggs can reduce the brain lesions that are evidence of MS demyelination. Don't laugh; it apparently works for inflammatory bowel disease.
After the innocuous eggs are ingested in a sports drink, they hatch into larvae. When they reach the large intestine, the larvae interact with the immune system and are then killed. This interaction may have a positive impact on immune responses. Dr. Fleming’s team is using MRI and other testing protocols over ten months of treatment to determine whether participants show any signs of benefit.

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