DIY Parasite Infection Treats Autoimmune Disorders

An Englishman with Crohn's disease is infected with parasites. That’s the good news.

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In 2007, John Scott, who had extreme food and environmental allergies, chronic fatigue and Crohn’s disease, participated in a Nottingham University study to test the safety of hookworms (Necator americanus) on Crohn’s patients. It was a placebo-controlled study, but Scott assumed he received worms because his condition improved. So when the study ended, he wanted the worms back. Scott’s idea to infect himself with roughly centimeter-long worms was not an outlandish plan: Do-it-...
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