This sounds like an outrageous question, but can eating worms actually banish asthma? There has been quite a lot of discussion around this issue lately, and it appears that more evidence is coming out all the time supporting the claim.
Much of the discussion stems from a book from Rob Dunn who believes that we must “re-wild our bodies” if we are to enjoy a healthy future. His opinion is that we humans are becoming too clean for our own good, and it’s causing our immune systems to over-react, in a sense, to ordinary substances like house dust.
Other discussion stems from the real life account of this person who purposely infested himself with an intestinal parasite called a hookworm to overcome asthma. The healing story is a bit unorthodox, but he attests that it worked.
Another story that stirred up some discussion on this topic was the case of a 34-year-old man who suffered from severe ulcerative colitis. He tried all kinds of steroids and drugs, but it seemed nothing helped. Finally, when doctors advised that he undergo life-changing surgery, he turned to a Thai Parasitologist who provided him with worm eggs that he drank. Shortly thereafter, his condition improved and has been in remission for three years [source]!
Obviously, we here at Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm are not saying that you should go out and infect yourself with parasites. On the contrary, it is dangerous and can seriously harm you. There are thousands of species of worms in the world. Some are known to be healthy, nutritional and even a delicacy in many countries, but others are harmful if ingested and can make you seriously ill.
It is, however an interesting point of discussion considering the numerous cases of healing from conditions like asthma, Crohn’s disease and rheumatoid arthritis. Additionally, studies show that children who are reared in homes with pets are less likely to develop allergies. These studies include research findings from the University of California, San Fransisco, CA [source]!
What do you think, are our lifestyles really too clean for our own good? Are these cases merely coincidental? Perhaps there were other factors at work that were not examined in these studies? Does worm ingestion work for some and not for others? Are we paying enough attention to worm ingestion as a form of medicine? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!