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P Palliative — Intestinal Worms
Hi Ed, thought I’d write as it’s been a while. Skin is still going good on the naturopathic regimen (no wheat, dairy, red meat apart from lamb, and vitamin supplements every day). It’s been about a year and the lesions have gone from 110 to 13 with the biggest lesion gone from about 8cm to 1cm. can’t say its been easy though. The naturopath put me on a new diet — the blood group diet — and the pressure of that one on top of the old one was a bit too much. I decided that it was just hippie rubbish and had a massive blowout for a week (heavenly ham and cheese sandwiches! EVERY day!).
The flare I had the next week showed the diet is working on some level, so back on that and giving the blood group diet a miss.
Anyway, I was watching a science series on bugs last year (ABC for anyone in Oz) and one episode was on immune modulation through intestinal worms. The idea was that we had evolved to combat intestinal worms, which dampen the immune system so they can survive, and since we’ve developed medical science most people don’t have them anymore, hence the development of over-active immune diseases like asthma. They had case studies of people with Crohn’s disease being treated with worms and showing remarkable recoveries.
It made me think that maybe psoriasis could be treated this way. Dunno who would be brave enough to give it a go though!
Cheers, -Rae D.
Ed’s Response: Wow, yet another hypothesis linking the cause of psoriasis to digestion.
The thought of purposely “getting worms” to palliate P ranks right up there with immersing oneself in a bath of skin-eating spiders (see Confessions of a Coward and the Mysterious ‘Dr. Singh’). I’m dubious.
We are barely at the threshold of comprehending how the immune system works today, and while it’s a safe bet to assume it evolved to work however it does, postulating how it functioned in bygone eons would seem, at best, rhetorical. Having said that, I’m well aware that unbridled and illogical human curiosity can and has yielded all kinds of valuable notions, whether understood or not, and if turning ourselves into cozy habitats for parasitic worms improves our P, it will be done. Just not by me.An aside: About one in four pregnant flakers report improvement during pregnancy and it has been suggested that this, also, is a consequence of immune system suppression (modulation) to protect the fetus. -Ed