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can whipworms treat ulcerative colitis?

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Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Ulcerative colitis: Whipworms have been suggested as a potential treatment. See www.Scientificamerican.Com/article.Cfm?Id=helminthic-therapy-mucus.
Answered on Apr 11, 2014
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Dr. Jonah Essers
17 years experience Pediatric Gastroenterology
Ongoing research: There is a lot of promising data that looks at whip worms but also other living organisms like bacteria in making a difference in ulcerative colitis and crohn's disease. The data are still preliminary in my mind and are not ready for prime time, mostly because we do not fully understand the biology behind why they help people.
Answered on Jun 9, 2015
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