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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

YUKKY POO - Hookworms can help with Multiple Sclerosis, according to British doctor

May 31, 3:09 AMMultiple Sclerosis ExaminerMike Szymanski - Examiner.com
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Certainly a lot of fascinating and odd suggestions have been touted as alternative therapies to help Multiple Sclerosis.
A doctor from Great Britain says that hookworms could help autoimmune diseases like Multiple Sclerosis,  Crohn's disease or colitis.
Dr. Jasper Lawrence places parasitic worms in his patients's intestines. He guarantees an infection for three years.
Lawrence gave an interview to Lauren Cooper that was posted Sunday (May 30) on DailyFinance.com where he explained the procedure and compared it to the expensive and potentially dangerous use of MS drugs, like Tysabri.
Lawrence pointed out that a  five-year course of treatment for MS with Tysabri, made by Biogen Idec and Elan Pharmaceuticals, costs about $140,000, and he charges $3,050. 

"If you were in business, would you replace a drug that earned you $140,000 over five years with a parasite that might earn you $4,000 that was more effective? All the drugs that are on the market -- Methotrexate, 
Tysabri, Humira -- all these drugs would suddenly be worthless," he says. "It's not going to happen, is it?"

He said that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is putting stumbling blocks that is delaying his chance to give people the opportunity for his treatment in the United States. He offers the treatment in Great Britain and in Mexico.
The way it works is that Lawrence puts about three dozen hookworms on a bandage and they burrow into your arm and then into the bloodstream. They eventually make their way to the lungs, where they are coughed up and wind up in the small intestine.
Lawrence had treated more than 180 people, as well as himself

Like I said - "YUK" 


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3 comments:

Karin said...

This would almost have to be a last resort for me. I still do not understand what the Hookworms are supposed to do for the patient, but I hope that the FDA takes a very close look at this treatment. You are correct

YUKKY POO and then some

Karin

Patricia said...

And they think CCSVI is a crazy theory??!! *rolls eye*....

Anonymous said...

I read an article in Business Week that was talking about using Hookworms to treat MS and other diseases. It was a small drink of water that had the hookworm eggs in it. The eggs are so small that it just looks like a glass of water. They grow, do their thing and are excreted. That sounds better than letting the Hookworms borough through the skin.
Jim