Worm Infection Reduces Risk of Inflammatory Bowel Disease by Modifying Intestinal Bacteria Content, Study Finds

Worm Infection Reduces Risk of Inflammatory Bowel Disease by Modifying Intestinal Bacteria Content, Study Finds
Parasitic worms may trigger immune responses that alter the bacterial balance in the gut, preventing the development of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) such as Crohn’s disease. The study, “Helminth infection promotes colonization resistance via type 2 immunity,” was recently published in the journal Science. In the study, researchers claim that the lack of exposure to worms

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2 comments

  1. Graham says:

    I’ve had Colitis for 15+ years, recently discovered hookworm which I now know has been with me for years. Parasites do shift the immune system and microbiome but not all parasites are good. Things got worse after the antihelminth treatment but now better than ever and finally gained weight after so many years. The only benefit I had was protection from hayfever and allergies which are now not so good. Smoking controlled my colitis as it does for many but it also controls parasites and the type 2 immune response.

    These things are so well hidden and I still can’t believe it took so very long to find them.

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