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Parasites help heal stomach disorders

Inflammatory bowel disease causes abdominal pain, bleeding and diarrhea and its prevalence is increasing in the Western world. Crohn's disease is a severe form of inflammatory bowel disease. The condition is believed to be caused by the excessively hygienic conditions we live in. This causes bowels to become overactive as there are no parasites to act against. Researchers have found that consuming 2,500 pig whipworm eggs every three week for six months can alleviate the condition. The whip worm has a very short life span so can't cause any long term problems.

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About: Parasites help heal stomach disorders

Date: 14 December 2004

Source: Deutsche Welle - World

URL: http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,1564,1427370,00.html

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