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Medical Parasite theory: Helminths and harmony

  1. Jan 3, 2008 #1

    Ivan Seeking

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    http://www.boston.com/news/science/articles/2007/12/31/his_parasite_theory_stirs_a_revolution/

    I do see a number of related published works.

    Helminths and harmony
    http://gut.bmj.com/cgi/content/extract/53/1/7

    The possible link between de-worming and the emergence of immunological disease
    Journal of Laboratory and Clinical Medicine
    Volume 139, Issue 6, June 2002, Pages 334-338
    [abstract not available]

    Gastroenterology
    Volume 128, Issue 4, April 2005, Pages 825-832
    Trichuris suis therapy for active ulcerative colitis: A randomized controlled trial

    http://www.sciencedirect.com/scienc...serid=10&md5=88a8f57eb3e2e42233097651a5f2f611
     
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  3. Jan 4, 2008 #2

    Moonbear

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    Without reading them, have they ruled out genetic differences among the populations? Or differences in the pollens/allergens in the environment that contribute to hay fever?
     
  4. Jan 4, 2008 #3

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    The hay fever/asthma problems are probably not related to the presence of intestinal worms, which have been used to treat Crohn's. They are more likely related to tight buildings with recirculated air, and the prevalence of fragrances in cosmetics, personal care products, cleaning products, laundry products, etc. Since many of the chemicals added under the umbrella word "fragrances" are known respiratory irritants, neural depressants and neural exciters, it should not be too surprising that ADD, asthma, and other chronic conditions are on the rise. Under the antiquated laws derived from the French perfumer's laws, manufacturers can add practically any chemical they want to common products, and only put the word "fragrances" on the label. With gas chromatography and mass-spectroscopy, it can be determined what is in any perfume, cosmetic, cleaning agent, etc, but still the fig leaf of the "fragrance" trade-secret protection stays on the books. The EPA has known for decades that many chemicals added under this label are toxic and even carcinogenic, and has done nothing.

    Here is a resource with links:
    http://www.fpinva.org/FragranceReview.htm

    And a link to a summary of the EPA study:
    http://www.ourlittleplace.com/chemicals.html
     
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