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TWiP #20 - The whipworm Trichuris trichiura

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Vincent Racaniello

Description: TWiP is a monthly netcast about eukaryotic parasites. Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier, science Professors from Columbia University, deconstruct parasites, how they cause illness, and how you

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TWiP #20 - The whipworm Trichuris trichiura

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Vincent and Dickson continue their discussion of nematodes with the whipworm Trichuris trichiura.

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From: Herbert Smith – December 21,2010 at 2:07 am

I was also able to achieve remission from Crohn's after getting hookworms and whipworms. You can follow my progress here: http://www.facebook.com/Helminthic.Therapy?v=wall
Also, there's a wiki page that contains a ton of information on this topic, including helminthic therapy providers: http://opensourcehelminththerapy.org
A whole lot of research articles on helminthic therapy can be found here: http://goo.gl/CFsY

From: Debora Wade – December 21,2010 at 11:34 am

You were going to describe how the trichuris trichuria causes anemia; not from blood sucking, but you mentioned within the bone? But you never elaborated. Could you explain?

I've been using necator americanus for my Crohn's disease with good success for 3 years now. I lose my worms within 6 months, however, and the Crohn's returns. I recently tried adding trichuris suis ova, and had a very negative reaction, which was unexpected.

You made a few mistakes about Crohn's... it is not located only to the colon, it can affect the entire digestive track, from mouth to anus. Ulcerative colitis is colon only. Both are IBD, and both trichuris and hookworms are being investigated currently as "therapy" .

Thank you for your interesting information and for mentioning the hygiene hypothesis. I learned more about whipworms and would like to hear more their relationship with allergy and autoimmunity.