In Defense Of Worms

Modern medicine eradicated many problematic things but, according to William Parker, may have overstepped with helminths.

Parasitic worms may help with immune function in healthy adults. Early research shows success introducing helminths in patients with inflammatory bowel disease, gastric ulcers, and allergies.  

But, Parker says, drug companies can’t patent worms as intellectual property and a straightforward cure without “up to four unrecognizable acronyms” may be too simple for the biomedical industry.

“The thought of actually using a helminth as a cure doesn’t seem to be under consideration, perhaps because we are locked into the view that only a drug can help us.”

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