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Hookworms for allergies?

Learned about this amazing story on This American Life. Jasper Lawrence found that hookworms were capable of suppressing allergic responses in people who suffer from allergies, asthma and more.

here’s a summary:

Hookworms. That’s right. Meaning, in order to get this relief, one has to intentionally invite a hookworm infestation into their own body.  And unbelievably, this isn’t that new of a concept.

Almost a decade ago, a scientist by the name of David Pritchard visited New Guinea and found that those inhabitants infected with a small amount of hookworm seemed to exhibit far less allergic and asthmatic response than those who were not.

via Hookworms for allergies? Would you infest your own body to be symptom-free?.

see also this interesting video testimonial

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