I’m all for alternative medicine. Heck…when I was younger, I dealt with random warts popping up on my knees, my hands, etc. Ahhh…the memories. Good times indeed. Anyway, after going to numerous doctors and trying every potion under the sun with no results, you know what actually worked? Castor oil and baking soda. Seriously.
So believe me…I am all for less doctor visits and less money in the pharmaceutical pockets whenever possible.
Well, they are testing a new treatment for celiac disease in Australia. It involves (if you’ve just eaten, you may not want to read this next sentence) injecting hookworm larvae into a celiac’s body. The larvae are put under a bandage and they dig their way into the patient’s skin and make their way to the intestines.
Just to be clear, the overall goal is not to put hookworms in all celiacs for treatment. It’s to see if the hookworm secretes anti-inflammatory proteins, and if so, put that into a pill.
Which of course brings us back to a pill to treat celiac. When we already have a treatment that has zero side effects.
We’ve discussed this before. I understand that some celiacs are craving a pill that would help with cross-contamination. I get it. I really do. I wouldn’t take it. But I get it.
But here is what one guy who took part in the hookworm pilot study did:
“I actually went out and I went to town and I had pizza and ice-cream, and salad sandwiches and Subway, just all the things I’ve missed for the last 15 years. And I was absolutely fine, I was terrific.”
A celiac “going to town” on gluten.
For now…I think I’ll just stick with the worm dance instead.