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Would You Consider Hookworm Treatment for Celiac Disease?

By January 9, 2014

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About a year ago, I ran a post on research involving using human hookworms to treat celiac disease. That article brought a bunch of responses, ranging from "Sure, I'll try anything!" to "OMG, Yuck!"

Honestly, I'm not sure what I would do -- hookworm infection has some risks (as I detailed in the post), and it really does suffer from the "yuck" factor. But if the technique really worked ... well, maybe.

What would you do? Would you try it? Take a look at the research if you missed it the first time around (here's the link: Can Hookworm Infection Cure Celiac?), and then take the poll.

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Comments
January 11, 2013 at 2:56 pm
(1) liz says:

Just went thru a nasty bout of salmonella poisoning (lasted about 4 months–docs wouldn’t listen). My daughter had salamanders in the house. Since recovering (still ongoing!), I have not been as sensitive to gluten.
I used to get horrible migraines, brain fog, skin outbreaks, and extreme gas. Have not gotten any of the migraines even though I have deliberately exposed myself to gluten!
Do not know if I would expose myself to hookworms and would NOT go thru the salmonella issue again!

January 11, 2013 at 5:26 pm
(2) Michael says:

Willingness to have more parasites in your body just adds to the proof of how addicting gluten is. We need to tell everyone we know that gluten is bad for everyone. Recent international celiac research has shown this. Dr. Kenneth Fine has written that only 1% of all Americans do not have an HLA-DQB gluten intolerance gene. I am totally behind Dr. Rodney Ford’s Gluten Zero Global effort.

January 13, 2013 at 3:06 pm
(3) Tonya Lee says:

If I had a choice, I would not expose myself to a non-naturally occuring parasite to rid myself of celiac. (I cannot even imagine that this would work longterm anyway.) Though I would not go so far to say that I’m happy I have celiac, I am very happy with my restricted dietary lifestyle and have found healing this way. Why go through something else that could be harmful or debilitating to try to achieve what I already have?

August 14, 2013 at 3:24 am
(4) GrayK says:

I just want the pain to stop. I would totally try hookworms, but only to improve my health. I don’t think they cure celiac, and I don’t know if there’s anything that could convince me to eat gluten again.

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