Hi Everyone (and thanks to Dan for prompting me to look more into this),
Most of you may have already read this news, but there is another study recently published on a potential alternative approach treatment for ulcerative colitis. The study involves eating worms/worm eggs of all things. The idea is biologically complex as are most science projects and research projects involving our bodies, but one of the high level ideas on how it has helped reduce colits inflammation is this: after eating the worms, the research showed that “IL-22, a cytokine involved in mucosal healing” became more abundant in the colon’s mucous lining. This IL-22 stuff is good stuff that our colon needs when its trying to heal, and prior to eating the worms, this “cytokine” was much less abundant in patients who were studied. So again, after eating the worm eggs, there was documented healing of the colon which is fabulous news.
I am going to try my best to setup an interview with some of the researches who worked on this project who live close to me. To find out more information on this topic and to dive a bit deeper into what this might mean to all of us who are struggling with ulcerative colitis. This type of worm treatment is not new to UC, but it is definitely not talked about very much. The more information we can have at our fingertips, especially if there is good evidence that something is proven and is working for many people, the better we will be.
If you want to read the actual abstract(condensed version) of the worm therapy for colitis study: “IL-22+ CD4+ T Cells Are Associated with Therapeutic Trichuris trichiura Infection in an Ulcerative Colitis Patien”