I have RA, Rheumatoid Arthritis. My case is manageable - but if I did not get my medicine, I would be a cripple, in constant and debilitating pain.
Well, at least I am one of the percentage that responds to the least expensive types of medications, yay!
Anyway, some years ago I started reading about a new idea for treating autoimmune disorders. (RA is an autoimmune disorder, your immune system starts to attack your joints and connective tissue.) Parasites, specifically certain types of worms, which send a biosignal that suppresses the autoimmune response with minimal side effects and excellent results.
Supposedly a company will soon be offering this parasite treatment. Available here in about 4 years? Man, sign me up!
The team at Coronado Biosciences Inc is betting you would.
The Burlington, Massachusetts, company is developing what it hopes will be the first in a new class of treatments for autoimmune conditions. Each dose of the drug consists of thousands of microscopic parasite eggs, culled from pig feces, suspended in a tablespoon of saline solution to be swallowed.
In a pig, the eggs would grow into mature whipworms and reproduce, without harming their host. In humans, the same eggs barely survive two weeks. Yet in that short period they appear to modulate a patient's immune system and prevent it from attacking the body's own tissues and organs. Read more »