Is it possible that "An apple a day, keeps the doctor away" is due to the apple containing worms? A new study shows the benefit of using parasites for Autism to create immune system tolerance - http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/33463/title/Can-Worms-A...
A growing body of evidence suggests that in some patients, increased inflammation contributes to autistic behaviors. Now, a Phase I clinical trial is under way to measure the effects of infecting autistic patients with a non-pathogenic parasitic worm. Scientists at Montefiore Medical Center at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and biotech company Coronado Biosciences will test the hypothesis that treating these patients with Trichuris suis, a non-pathogenic parasitic pig whipworm, will dampen their immune responses and ameliorate repetitive and irritable behaviors.
The idea to tackle autism symptoms with parasitic worms came from Stewart Johnson, the father of an autistic boy, who learned of the hygiene hypothesis while researching tantalizing links between autism and immunity. (Read more in The Scientist’s feature “Opening a Can of Worms.”) Stewart dosed his teenage son—under Hollander’s supervision—with eggs from the helminth Trichuris suis, which infects and is harmful to pigs but is not pathogenic in humans. With continued treatment, repetitive behaviors, resistance to change, and irritability all decreased in Stewart’s son, said Hollander.
“There are a number of epidemiological studies showing that there’s an increase in autoimmunity in families with autism,” said Paul Patterson, a neurobiologist at the California Institute of Technology who is not associated with the trial. “So therapies that modulate the immune system seem like a logical possibility.”
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"Autoimmune and allergic diseases are more prevalent in more developed countries where citizens are accustomed to better water quality and less contact with farm animals."
Seems like autoimmune and allergic diseases in more developed countries would be "more related" to the exposure of chemicals, toxins, pesticides, antibiotics, heavy metals etccc. than water quality+contact with animals.
Interesting that the Tricuris Suis infects +harmful to pigs but not pathogenic to humans? Was there further explanation to this? I'm sure this had to be tested thoroughly before the father decided to go along with the experiment.
Seems like the parent was pretty desperate to alleviate his child's autisitic symptoms. My wife's friend had to babysit an autisitc child and said it was one of the most challenging tasks she has ever had to do. After 6 months the stress was too much for her and moved on to a different babysitting postition. I can't imagine the stress levels that parents have to go through with a child with severe autism.
From the science and results around Helminth therapy and the evolutionary perspective of how parasites have contributed to our DNA, we could say that there are good and bad parasites. If we look at it from the perspective of ecosystms and the overall balance of everything within that ecosystem, then we see that parasites and bacteria are neither good or bad. What allows them to exert a negative effect is the diveristy and health of the internal ecosystem as a whole. This article from Albert Einstein College of medicine in this post helps to clarify that.
A condition where "bad" parasites exist is also a condition of some degree of immune system suppression, but not suppession of the entire immune system, which is what most people think of when they hear about suppressed immune systems. The medical field thinks that way, which I think is another example of how they exert an influence on what society thinks as a whole thinks. You can have suppression of just the Th1 immune response, while other responses stay active or dominate. Suppressed Th1 responses allows for parasitic, viral, fungal, and certain bacterial responses. Candida and most pathogenic microbes are known to suppress the Th1 response through various means.
I've successfully treated parasitic problems in many patients and myself over the years. I find that Agrisept-L is the most effective product. Herbs work, but take too long, in my opinion. I had a patient who had blood-borne parasites. She was originally from Thailand, but had lived in the states for years. She returned from visiting Thailand and began feeling ill. Over the course of a few months she had visited medical doctors, naturopaths, acupuncturists, and had taken the typical stuff like flagyll, wormwood, clove, etc., with no improvement. Blood tests kept showing parasites. Within 1 week of Agrisept-L, the blood tests were negative and the improvement in her health was dramatic. So what caused someone who had lived in Thailand for years, without parasitic problems, become reactive and severely infested with them after years in the US? Probably the accumulative effect of chemicals and antibiotics on the immune system and the internal ecosystem of the digestive tract.
The point of posting research articles like those surrounding helminth therapy is to show other perspectives. Holistic health practitioners can be as narrow minded as allopathic practitioners, but on the whole, that's not true. I do see it in a lot of curezone psosts and forums where people adopt "pet" theories and everyone else is wrong.
Helminths are shown to be non-infectious, noncolonizing, and most likely help to re-establish the Th1 response. If you read the research all the way through to the end and beyond, what seems to happen is that these people relapse. That may be an indication that the system as a whole is still out of balance and needs to balanced along with the therapy. Short-term helminth therapy, along with long-term balancing of the immune system should offer better results. In this research, as in so many others of the medical field, the focus is still on the one fix, instead of on fixing the entire system.
Agree. Excess Candida in any form-- yeast or fungal can produce harmful metabolites and cause inflammation. For people that have fungal candida that has overtaken their gut it takes more than just good immune response to correct the condition. If the candida cells outnumber our immune cells 10:1 than the immune system doesnt have a chance to overcome the candida. White blood cells have a hard enough time engulfing fungal candida because of its tough cell membrane. Dr. Jeff has shown some good slides of white blood cells engulfing candida and the candida just bouncing right back out of the white blood cell. What was also shown is that the candida after being engulfed can turn fungal(with roots) and cause the white blood cell to burst. Optimal immune response works for people that have mild candida, but not for people that have a gut overtaken with severe fungal candida. It becomes too overwhelming for the immune system to try to take on a whole army of candida in the gut. It becomes a numbers game where the beneficial flora has to outnumber the candida to give our immune system(white blood cells) a fighting chance. This is why so many people relapse (including myself) is that the gut terrain has to be restablished or the candida will just recolonize the gut again and overwhelm the immune system. Creating optimal immune response is crucial to "managing" candida, but will not overcome a candida condition where the candida outnumbers the immune system 10:1. This is why some people have been dealing with candida for 10-20 years.
Whats frustrating is to think that fungal candida has such a tough cell wall so that it can withstand decomposing conditions. And probably is one of the main purposes of fungal candida is to decompose tissue. Its this highly resistant cell wall is what our immune system has so much trouble with.
So basically the candida keeps producing antigens to shut off our immune response eventually resulting in immune paralysis. This can just lead to a vicious cycle of bad symptoms or no reduction in symptoms because of the impaired immune response. Maybe this leads to an over reacting/highly sensitive immune response as well?--Maybe one of the reasons why some candida sufferers are so sensitive to odors/smells/yeast byproducts Etc...So maybe reactivating our immune response can help reduce some of the CRC related symptoms......
So you suggest candida antigen shots? or what are you suggesting?
I do know some people that took anti-biotics for a while and just developed a small intestinal bad bacterial overgrowth..Maybe the type of antibiotic that they were taking? Maybe certain anti-biotics are designed to wipe out certain strains of bacteria or certain anti-biotics wipe out the most essential bacteria that keep candida in check leading to a faster yeast infection.....Can be a lot of variables depending on what type of antibiotic they are taking.