Can Tapeworms Ease Autism?

Some parents swear by tapeworm concoctions to ease symptoms of autism. Could “helminth therapies” go mainstream?
 
While there’s no proof that they work, there have been glowing anecdotal reports. Illegal to distribute in the US, one parent had them shipped from Thailand—and swears they are an affordable option with minimal side effects.
 
Children with autism are more likely to have digestive problems, and the products’ proponents point to a relatively new field of research linking the gut microbiome and the brain.
 
But results are mixed, and Big Pharma shows little interest in these therapies, which are sure to be dogged by regulatory hurdles.
 
The Atlantic

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