Thursday, January 29, 2009

The Latest Health Craze: Worms?

I cannot believe this sentence exists:

"And pig whipworms, which reside only briefly in the human intestinal tract, have had 'good effects' in treating the inflammatory bowel diseases, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, he said."

Yet it hails from the NYT, in an article about how things that you think are bad for you (dirt, worms) are actually good. (The "he" refers to Dr. David Elliott, a gastroenterologist and immunologist at the University of Iowa.)

That takes probiotics to a whole new level. Thanks to Ruhlman for pointing it out.

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