The newest bizarre multiple sclerosis news is that scientists are researching if parasitic worms could be the key to stopping MS.
Researchers at the University of Technology Sydney are now investigating whether worms can calm down immune systems. The concept is that parastitic worms would feed on the patient with MS and feed on the immune system by secreting special immune system-modifying compounds.
Lead researcher Sheila Donnelly said, “Our goal is to develop a treatment, which if delivered at diagnosis would stop or slow down the clinical progression to severe disability that occurs in people with MS.”
Donnelly continues, “To prevent tissue damage as they migrate through their human hosts, parasitic worms secrete molecules which dampen excessive inflammation.”
This topic is not new and has been well-researched with respect to helminthic therapy. There are numerous animal studies and demonstrating the potential benefits of using almost any helminth to slow or arrest the progress of relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis in humans. This study was conducted and took more than four and one half years to complete before publication in one of the world’s leading scientific journals. It’s results are unequivocal and stunning: helminthic therapy is will slow or arrest the course of relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis, apparently in everyone who tries it.
According to autoimmune therapies, Helminthic therapy is based on the Hygiene Hypothesis and science. This is not an alternative therapy, it is an experimental treatment being investigated in the worlds’ leading laboratories. Helminths are a very powerful probiotic. Instead of relying on powerful drugs targeting your immune system it provides your immune system what it needs to work better and to stop attacking your nerves.
Are you hopeful?
Above image from Joy of Worms.