The Ick Factor: Can worms cure common illnesses?

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Most of us have heard of the hygiene hypothesis. It's the theory that all of our antibacterial soaps and scrubs and sprays are actually weakening our immune systems. But here’s something new: Scientists say you may be able to treat certain diseases like autism and multiple sclerosis by ingesting the same worms we’ve spent all those years trying to kill. The Takeaway talks to Dr. Joel Weinstock, chief of the division of gastroenterology and hepatology at Tufts University Medical Center.


Dr. Joel Weinstock


Stephanie Hughes and Noel King

Comments [2]

mec from watchung, NJ

If this is true ,why are some members of families more susceptible to getting Crohn's disease whereas other members are not? Wouldn't all members be susceptible if this was the only component for getting the disease?

Nov. 22 2010 08:25 PM

How interesting! And a well done interview too. Thanks.

Jan. 29 2009 10:10 AM

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