"We’ll know more about the whipworm’s effectiveness when results of a phase 2 clinical trial involving 250 patients with Crohn’s disease is published in the fourth quarter of this year. Coronado also is testing its parasite therapy in patients with multiple sclerosis, ulcerative colitis and psoriasis, and expects to begin a type 1 diabetes trial soon." --This Article
|Just a Petri dish of little whipworms.|
I almost jumped off of my couch and broke my laptop that I can't really afford to replace. (Good thing almost doesn't count!....except of course in horseshoes and hand grenades.) They have 250 patients with Crohn's in phase 2 of clinical trials with helminthic therapy?!?!?! HOW COOL IS THAT?!?!?! I'm super stoked to see the results of the study! With good, solid clinical trials nearing completion, this means that helminthic therapy will gain notoriety among doctors as an effective treatment option! (Assuming it works...which, by all accounts I've read it does....the question is whether or not it is more effective that conventional drugs...which, according to everything I've read on patient forums, all signs point to yes...and *bonus points* it's far cheaper than pharmaceuticals.) I can't wait for this paper to hit scientific journals so I can be blown away all over again. This really is revolutionary...it's an exciting time to be a parasitologist! Finally, some good press for the things we parasitophiliacs love and adore! I'm probably getting a little ahead of myself...let us wait and see what the results tell us!
Also, I've read about helminthic therapy for multiple sclerosis and of course for ulcerative colitis, but the psoriasis thing is new! I have also read about the use of helminthic therapy for food allergies...it's pretty amazing how helpful these little guys can be. The last sentence really, really blew me away..."expects to begin a type 1 diabetes trial soon"??? So we can add diabetes to the list of things that might be treatable by purposely infecting oneself with parasites? DIA-FREAKIN-BETES?!?!?! WOW!!!! An exciting time to live indeed!
|Diagram showing common skin bacteria...just the skin...|
Moral of the Story
Be on the lookout for the new paper about the effectiveness of helminthic therapy in treating Crohn's disease! Coming to a peer-reviewed journal near YOU in the fourth quarter of this year! :)