Help For Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) - Education, Support, & Self Help for Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Heather & Company View Cart
Shop for IBSIBS Message BoardsIBS News & ReviewsStore Finder
Home
IBS Diet & Recipes
IBS Books
IBS Supplements
Yoga for IBS
Hypnosis for IBS
Tummy Teas
Get The IBS Diet Cheat Sheet
Get Trigger Foods, Safe Foods, Ten Commandments of Eating for IBS, More!

Enter First Name:

Enter Email:

We value your privacy


All Boards >> Irritable Bowel Syndrome Research Library

HeatherAdministrator

Reged: 12/09/02
Posts: 7423
Loc: Seattle, WA
Parasite Therapy for Crohn's and Colitis?
08/08/04 03:00 PM

Patrick B. Massey, M.D., Ph.D.,
"The Alternative Approach", Daily Herald, August 2, 2004

Is it possible that an intestinal parasite holds a key to the treatment and possible cure for Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis and other inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD)? Research at the University of Iowa suggests that infection by specific intestinal parasites may reduce the pain and inflammation associated with these serious diseases.

Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis are part of a group of chronic inflammatory diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. The cause is unknown.

Crohn's disease is characterized by fever, abdominal pain, diarrhea and fatigue. Symptoms of ulcerative colitis include bloody diarrhea, abdominal pain, fatigue, dehydration, anemia and weight loss. In the most severe cases, surgery may be necessary to remove the affected
parts of the bowel.

IBD is becoming more common and our success at ridding our bodies of parasites may be to blame. With sanitation, better food and medications, intestinal parasites are relatively rare in industrialized societies, and that is a good thing. However, by making our lives increasingly hygienic, we may have made ourselves more susceptible to auto-immune diseases like Crohn's and ulcerative
colitis.

A successful parasite is very good at avoiding detection by the host. Parasites that live in the intestines, such as whip worms, or in the blood, such as malaria, survive by manipulating the host's self defense mechanisms. They are able to depress the immune system in a way that limits detection and response. They are able to moderate the
immune response in a way that may also prevent IBD.

IBD is often treated with powerful medications that suppress the immune response. These medications have saved the lives of many people with life-threatening Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. However, as good as these medications are, the side effects can be severe and
limit their use.

Other options are needed. Research involving intestinal parasites by Dr. Robert Summers of the University of Iowa, supported by the National Institutes of Health, may provide clues for a more natural (and effective) treatment of IBD.

In his study, 29 patients with active Crohn's disease ingested the pig whip worm, Trichuris suis. This parasite cannot multiply in the human intestine and is not transmissible from human to human. These patients
consumed the parasite every three weeks for 24 weeks. At 12 weeks, the symptoms of Crohn's disease decreased by 75 percent - and for 62 percent of the patients, the disease went into remission. At 24 weeks, the remission rate was an incredible 72.4 percent. There were no complications or adverse reactions.

In another study at the University of Iowa, patients with ulcerative colitis had a 48 percent improvement after 12 weeks, again without complications.

These response and remission rates with the pig whip worm are similar to those seen with medication, but apparently without the complications often associated with the drugs.

Now, I do not recommend infecting yourself with intestinal parasites. However, the increases we are seeing in many of the chronic diseases - heart disease, cancer, IBD, asthma, arthritis and others - are directly related to our modern lifestyle. We need to find safer solutions.

I believe that in nature everything has an antidote and that studying nature will reveal the solutions to many chronic medical problems. Parasite therapy for IBD is a novel approach.

About the Author: Patrick B. Massey M.D. Ph.D. is Medical Director for Alternative & Complementary Medicine, Alexian Brothers Hospital Network.

Website: www.ALT-MED.org.
<http://www.ALT-MED.org>



--------------------
Heather is the Administrator of the IBS Message Boards. Shes the author of Eating for IBS and The First Year: IBS, and the CEO of Heather's Tummy Care. Join her IBS Newsletter. Meet Heather on Facebook!

Post Extras Print Post Remind Me! Notify Moderator

Entire thread
Subject Posted by Posted on
* Inflammatory Bowel Disease HeatherAdministrator 07/14/03 01:51 PM
. * Hormonal contraception improved menstrual-related IBD symptoms HeatherAdministrator 09/15/14 12:43 PM
. * Fecal lactoferrin differentiated IBD from IBS HeatherAdministrator 07/29/14 01:50 PM
. * Vitamin D and Cancer Risk in IBD HeatherAdministrator 07/15/14 02:53 PM
. * Self-assessment scale developed for patients with IBD-fatigue HeatherAdministrator 06/17/14 10:44 AM
. * Stool test distinguishes between IBD and IBS HeatherAdministrator 04/07/14 01:40 PM
. * Breathing exercises, meditation improved inflammatory markers, quality of life in IBD patients HeatherAdministrator 10/23/13 04:20 PM
. * Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Heat Waves Linked to Flares HeatherAdministrator 08/16/13 12:58 PM
. * Dietary changes may reduce effects of IBD HeatherAdministrator 06/27/13 05:43 PM
. * Genetic Clues May Help Unravel Cause of Crohn's HeatherAdministrator 11/02/12 12:59 PM
. * Inflammatory bowel, ulcerative colitis linked to intestinal fungi HeatherAdministrator 06/15/12 01:23 PM
. * Smoking makes Crohn's disease worse HeatherAdministrator 05/09/12 01:33 PM
. * Kids With Crohns Disease, Colitis Often Struggle at School HeatherAdministrator 04/23/12 01:22 PM
. * As Nations Develop, So May Bowel Disease HeatherAdministrator 01/09/12 12:01 PM
. * Loneliness Triggers Inflammatory Illnesses HeatherAdministrator 02/10/11 10:05 AM
. * Infants' antibiotic use tied to IBD risk HeatherAdministrator 11/03/10 01:42 PM
. * Olive Oil May Protect Against Ulcerative Colitis HeatherAdministrator 05/05/10 10:32 AM
. * Accutane may cause ulcerative colitis HeatherAdministrator 04/09/10 01:38 PM
. * Red meat may raise odds for ulcerative colitis, but oily fish could be protective HeatherAdministrator 03/11/10 01:22 PM
. * Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Separate or Unified? HeatherAdministrator 01/05/10 12:03 PM
. * Novel Compound Targets Mucosal Healing in Crohn's HeatherAdministrator 05/29/06 02:19 PM
. * Viagra May Help Crohn's Disease HeatherAdministrator 03/04/06 12:50 PM
. * Carbon Monoxide Eases Ulcerative Colitis HeatherAdministrator 01/18/06 04:12 PM
. * Colonoscopic Surveillance in Inflammatory Bowel Disease HeatherAdministrator 10/11/05 01:33 PM
. * Oral Contraceptives and HRT a Risk Factor for Inflammatory Bowel Disease HeatherAdministrator 09/13/05 01:22 PM
. * Cannabinoids Show Promise for Inflammatory Bowel Disease HeatherAdministrator 09/01/05 11:23 AM
. * Differentiation of Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome HeatherAdministrator 09/01/05 11:13 AM
. * The Clinical Epidemiology of Inflammatory Bowel Disease HeatherAdministrator 08/22/05 04:45 PM
. * IBD Patients May Benefit From Folic Acid Supplementation HeatherAdministrator 05/22/05 07:02 PM
. * Fish oil, soluble fiber, and antioxidants for corticosteroid sparing in ulcerative colitis HeatherAdministrator 04/24/05 03:33 PM
. * Biotic Therapy Cuts Inflammation in Ulcerative Colitis HeatherAdministrator 02/19/05 05:59 PM
. * Calming Crohn's Disease with Fish Oil and Antioxidants HeatherAdministrator 01/07/05 04:55 PM
. * Probiotics Prove Just As Effective As a Popular Prescription Drug for Ulcerative Colitis HeatherAdministrator 12/20/04 01:37 PM
. * Increased Incidence of Inflammatory Bowel Disease: The Price of the Decline of Infectious Burden? HeatherAdministrator 11/28/04 02:58 PM
. * Diet May Influence Relapse in Ulcerative Colitis HeatherAdministrator 10/24/04 07:50 PM
. * Parasite Therapy for Crohn's and Colitis? HeatherAdministrator 08/08/04 03:00 PM
. * Pipeline Treatments, Novel Procedures Offer New Options for GI Diseases HeatherAdministrator 06/04/04 06:41 PM
. * Faulty Gene for Crohn's Disease Found HeatherAdministrator 04/13/04 03:19 PM
. * Data links Crohn's disease and antibiotics HeatherAdministrator 02/24/04 02:07 PM
. * Elan Reports Successful Results of Antegren Trial for Crohn's Disease HeatherAdministrator 02/10/04 01:30 PM
. * 5-ASA Therapy for Inflammatory Bowel Disease No Bar to Colon Cancer HeatherAdministrator 02/10/04 01:29 PM
. * Once-Daily Probiotic Treatment Maintains Remission in Ulcerative Colitis patients with Pouchitis HeatherAdministrator 01/26/04 03:33 PM
. * Bone Disease and Intestinal Problems May Share a Common Cause HeatherAdministrator 01/07/04 11:47 AM
. * Increased Anal Resting Pressure and Rectal Sensitivity in Crohn's Disease HeatherAdministrator 12/16/03 11:59 AM
. * Environmental Factors May Play a Role in the Pathogenesis of IBD HeatherAdministrator 12/01/03 05:56 PM
. * Colonoscopy Prep HeatherAdministrator 10/17/03 12:05 PM
. * Detection of Pulmonary Involvement in Inflammatory Bowel Disease HeatherAdministrator 09/30/03 01:20 PM
. * Indeterminate Colitis HeatherAdministrator 09/16/03 03:33 PM
. * Familial Occurrence of Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Celiac Disease HeatherAdministrator 09/16/03 03:30 PM
. * Bacteria in Milk Linked to Crohn's Disease and Possibly IBS HeatherAdministrator 08/12/03 11:55 AM
. * Inflammatory Bowel Disease During Pregnancy. HeatherAdministrator 07/15/03 06:20 PM
. * A study of the menopause, smoking, and contraception in women with Crohn's disease. HeatherAdministrator 07/15/03 06:05 PM
. * Hormone replacement therapy prevents bone loss in patients with IBD HeatherAdministrator 07/15/03 06:02 PM
. * Chemo Drug Improves Crohn's Symptoms HeatherAdministrator 07/14/03 04:09 PM

Extra information
0 registered and 0 anonymous users are browsing this forum.

Moderator:  Heather 



Permissions
You cannot post until you login
You cannot reply until you login
HTML is enabled
UBBCode is enabled

Thread views: 149096

Jump to

| Privacy statement Help for IBS Home

*
UBB.threads™ 6.2

LEGAL DISCLAIMER - This website is not intended to replace the services of a physician, nor does it constitute a doctor-patient relationship. Information on this web site is provided for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice. You should not use the information on this web site for diagnosing or treating a medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have an urgent medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider.

Any application of the recommendations in this website is at the reader's discretion. Heather Van Vorous, HelpForIBS.com, and Heather & Company for IBS, LLC are not liable for any direct or indirect claim, loss or damage resulting from use of this website and/or any web site(s) linked to/from it. Readers should consult their own physicians concerning the recommendations on these message boards.



Home | Shop for IBS | IBS Message Boards | IBS News & Reviews | IBS Support Groups
IBS Diet & Recipes | IBS Books | IBS Supplements | Yoga for IBS | Hypnosis for IBS
IBS Tummy Teas� | Irritable Bowel Syndrome Glossary

About Us | IBS Links | Search this Site | Site Map | Shipping & Returns | Privacy & Security
Contact Us | For Doctors & Dietitians | Wholesale | Co-packing Services

� 1999-2009, Heather Van Vorous, HelpForIBS.com, Heather & Company for IBS, LLC.
All information & art is proprietary and may not be duplicated.
All rights reserved.

Legal & Medical Disclaimer

Website Design