Ok, so…remember how I’ve told you that I was a brooder? And that I didn’t let go of things once I’m angry or upset? And, um, remember that I have been kinda fuming over that post[i] from a few weeks ago by Dr. Mercola?…the one I kinda promised to not talk about any more?
Well, I lied. I have to talk about it one more time. And once I show you WHY I need to harp on about it again, you will totally agree with me that this is worth yet another mention.
I’m sure by now, having read about it on this blog like 2000 times, you remember one Dr. Mercola’s reasons for why we should all avoid repopulating our biomes with helminths:
“Although worm therapy may be touted as the best new therapy for inflammation, there are already many proven ways to treat inflammatory bowel disease and some of the other illnesses and disorders very effectively without resorting to deliberately introducing parasites into your system.”
Now let me tell you about an article I spotted this week on IBD News Today, entitled, FDA Reports Crohn’s Disease Side Effects Have Increased, Analysis Finds.[ii] The article explains that “Drugs used to treat Crohn’s disease and other autoimmune disorders are among those with the greatest number of reported side effects filed with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration…”
It goes on to explain that, “Drugs which suppress the immune system to fight inflammation can cause serious and sometimes lethal infections including tuberculosis, and have been linked with blood disorders, including lymphoma, a blood cancer.”
The article looks at the drug, Humira, in detail. This FDA approved medication, one of Dr. Mercola’s “proven ways to treat IBD,” apparently has been linked to “more than 200,000 reports of adverse events, including 4,200 deaths…Humira can also cause hepatitis B infection, allergic reactions, nervous system problems, blood problems, certain immune reactions including lupus-like syndrome, liver problems, and new or worsening heart failure or psoriasis.”
Er…call me crazy but…how exactly is this better than taking a therapeutic dose of helminths?
Is it me?