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When Parasites Could Be The Treatment Instead Of The Illness
National Public Radio

Could swallowing the eggs of a parasitic worm help treat a disease?

It might just work in some cases, according to the work of P’ng Loke and Ken Cadwell, two researchers at New York University who study parasites and the immune system.

Several years ago, Loke got an intriguing phone call from a man with inflammatory bowel disease. It’s an extremely unpleasant illness. Symptoms include chronic painful abdominal cramps, diarrhea and fatigue.

The man told Loke that he had become so desperate that he had undergone a risky treatment in Thailand. It involved swallowing worm eggs and letting the worms, or helminths, hatch in his gut.