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February 23rd, 2012 by Judy Barnes Baker
Some time ago, I started a file for a future article titled,"Eat Dirty." Every time I came across a report about something thathappened as a consequence of germ phobia and our modern preoccupation withcleanliness, I put it in the folder. It has gotten too big for just one post,so I've decided to break it up into what may become a series of posts aboutserious diseases for which natural cures already exist.

Food manufacturers use chemicals and processing methods thatdestroy all living things, at least any that could be traced back to them, evenif it takes a toll on the environment and means food value is lost. Raw milk,is a good example. When fresh, it contains a fat called CLA, vitamin K2, andother beneficial compounds that are lost in heating and processing. Additionally,the length of time necessary to package, store, and ship the products, allowsharmful microbes to multiply, so raw dairy products are only available in thenatural state to those who actually have access to the cow.  

Fresh eggs, straight from the chicken are dirty. The eggindustry washes and sanitizes our eggs, removing the natural barrier that keepsthe interior free of anything that might harm a developing chick. Then they spraythe factory eggs with mineral oil to reseal the porous shells. But nowresearchers report that asthma is linked to the lack of good, natural, farmdirt, especially that from chickens. Children who spend their first year on afarm, where they are exposed to animal wastes, have a much lower risk of asthmaand other auto-immune diseases. It seems that we have developed immune systemsthat can handle the kind of threats found in the natural world, but when weeliminate too many of them, the immune system becomes confused and attacks our bodytissues and non-harmful substances instead. (There are certainly real dangersout there; we must recognize that all of us were not meant to survive. A fishwill lay millions of eggs, but the balance of nature depends on having only twosurvive to become adults to replace their parents. Humans, all 7 billion of us, don't like thoseodds.)

This post is about auto-immune diseases, such as multiplesclerosis, asthma, allergies, Crone's disease, and ulcerative colitis. There isa cure, but it's dirty.
The Ultimate Probiotic:
Jasper Lawrence has developed an innovative treatment forautoimmune disorders: parasites. According to Lawrence, hookworms and whipwormssubdue an inflammatory response better than modern medicines. "Theypersuade the immune system to leave them alone," he said in an interviewwith Daily Finance. Intestinal parasites used to be the norm, he says,"The ape and any of the proto-humans in the fossil records all wereinfected with parasites, so our immune system has evolved to account for thisimmunomodulatory effect on inflammationWhen you take those worms out ofpeople, the immune system doesn't develop properly and is unregulated, and theinflammatory response is stronger and misdirectedSo, by reintroducing theparasites, you restore the situation that our immune systems evolved for."

Mr. Lawrence suffered from debilitating allergies and afterseeing a BBC documentary about the connection between parasites and asthma, hedetermined to find a way to infect himself with hookworms. You can read on his website and blog about his harrowingadventures, culminating in his walking barefoot through the latrines in Cameroon,Africa, in order to adopt his internal "pets." He runs a uniquebusiness selling worms descended and replenished from his own digestive tract.As you might imagine, he was not allowed to operate in the US, but his remedy,including a flight to Mexico or the UK, costs a fraction of that of  5 years of treatments with current pharmaceuticaldrugs.

Lawrence began dispensing hookworms through Autoimmune Therapies in 2007. He claimsremarkable success in treating diseases for which the medical worldhas no cures. He doesn't claim that his parasites are a cure either, butaccording to his data, 80% of the ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease casesgo into remission, and "Everyone with relapsing, remitting multiplesclerosis that we've treated has gone into remission or damn near remissionwithin six months," he says. His therapy is also being tested for treatingADD and autism.

It hasn't been easy to market parasites, especially in theUS. "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 wasmore effective?" explains Lawrence. And the worms can't be patented, so ifthey become widely available, the  pricemight fall dramatically. "All the drugs that are on the market --Methotrexate, Tysabri, Humira -- all these drugs would suddenly beworthless," he says. "It's not going to happen, is it?"

A quote from the website says: "Hookworm and whipworm are inherently safe, as a study of any parasitology text will demonstrate, at therapeutic doses. They are so safe that the American Centers for Disease Control, a branch of the National Institute of Health, advises doctors not to treat light infections. Light infections are all we sell....The worms are not contagious and your internal population will remain constant as they cannot reproduce in a human host."

The worms do not cause anemia or other side effects except in those who are malnourished and the infestation can be eliminated quickly with one course of albendazole, from GlaxoSmithKline. Surprisingly, the hardest part is keeping them alive. They live up to 10 years and if they die before 3 years, you get new ones for free.

Most of us will happily take live probiotics (like the ones in yogurt) as long as we can't see them. I takes a bit more courage to invite a worm into your body, even though it is a quick procedure, administered with just a band-aid on the arm. If I had MS, I'd be the first one on the plane.

(C) 2012, Judy Barnes Baker, 
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