Helminths and a New Kind of Industrial Revolution

In August, 2017,  researchers gave TSO (porcine whip worm, Trichuris suis ova), to a man with psoriasis, who was otherwise healthy.  They then examined the effects of the helminth via colonoscopy and blood work, discovering that there were profound immunological changes in the area where the TSO live, limited changes in the other parts of … More Helminths and a New Kind of Industrial Revolution

Early Life Immune Activation, Autism, and Seizures

For all you other parents of children with epilepsy and/or autism and/or other related developmental issues, some pretty depressing – but also, extremely important – research was just published by scientists at McLean Hospital:  “…even a brief episode of immune system activation within days of birth can cause persistent changes in sleep patterns concurrent with … More Early Life Immune Activation, Autism, and Seizures

Transferring IBS (and other diseases… and health) Via Fecal Microbiota Transplant

I spent some time this week filing papers and abstracts that I’ve collected over the last few months and came across several that I am surprised I didn’t share with you at the time.  (Then again, there are only so many hours in the day….or, as I say to my sons, “there’s only 1 Mommy.” … More Transferring IBS (and other diseases… and health) Via Fecal Microbiota Transplant

Helminths: Bits and Pieces of Interesting Information

I just read a little article[i] on helminths, just published, that had a few bits of information I didn’t know. Firstly, I had never read before that the first person to suggest that helminth infection was a potential reason for the increased prevalence of chronic inflammatory diseases was first proposed as early as 1968 by … More Helminths: Bits and Pieces of Interesting Information

Helminths and MS: A Recent Review Paper

This past September, an article[i] was published about using helminths as a treatment for multiple sclerosis.  It has several tidbits I found particularly interesting.  Here are 5 highlights: Research was done in the French West Indies over 20 years, which showed a marked increase in the incidence of MS as the population was treated for … More Helminths and MS: A Recent Review Paper