I hope to get back to posting regularly, but until our move is over, posting will remain sporadic at best…unless I can pre-write some stuff, which in turn would suggest that I am fully packed ahead of time, which actually could be a possibility.
Until then, this Chris Kresser podcast is a good one: The Hygiene Hypothesis - Is Modern Disease Associated With Being Too Clean?. It makes me wonder about the wisdom of washing out those whip worms under the guidance of my Dr. of Chinese medicine way back when I lived in Florida and didn’t know much. He was also Ryan’s aikido instructor and he ran a strict dojo. Through aikido is how we initially got to know him, and I am amazed at how attitude conveys authority and rightness, even when the person is wrong.
Funny how much we learn over time. I was always skeptical of that healer/instructor. I know people he helped when western medicine was failing them, but I also didn’t trust him even though I couldn’t identify why. Seven years later I know enough to know he was wrong on a few things – but maybe he learned along the way too?
One of the things he promoted was that 99% of Americans have worms and we need to get rid of them. Neither Ryan nor I did anything about it, but our tailor, whom we referred the doc/instructor, followed his instruction. Then she convinced her less than evolved husband to clean out (that guy even had a tape worm). Being confronted by her friendly mocking of our fear and weakness, we finally took the plunge and got rid of our whip worms. At least we think they were whip worms…I was too chicken to look them up on the internet and described them to our tailor, who by then was an intestinal worm specialist.
A little bit of quick follow-up reading leads me to believe that maybe I should not have washed the little guys away. I wonder if they are back after a seven year absence.
Here are a few interesting articles:
Opening a Can of Worms – from The Scientist.
Hookworms and Whipworms: Our Immune Systems Attachment to Parasites - from Scienceline.
Helminthic therapy: using worms to treat immune-mediated disease – a PubMed abstract.
Even ABC News is reporting on it: Drinking Pig Worms to Fight Crohn's Disease.
And this from The Wall Street Journal: In a Squeaky-Clean World, a Worm Might Help Fight Disease.
All of these articles relate to pig whipworms. I am guessing I had human whipworms (or were they dog), but they must have been moderate because I showed no symptoms. I wonder if my body misses them?
P.S. I finally worked up the nerve to take a look at pictures. I definitely had whipworms.