Wednesday, April 14, 2010

On Yet Another Stupidly Harmful Therapy

"Helminthic therapy" is the treatment of autoimmune disorders via deliberate exposure to parasitic worms. I know this for two reasons: One, I live within easy driving distance of what is apparently the quack capitol of the United States. Two, the parents of the kids I work with often have no common sense whatsoever.

If you've reached the obvious conclusion, you are entirely correct. I now know more than I ever wanted to about this, including the name of a company that will ship whipworm eggs from Thailand.


There really isn't much on the 'net about helminthic therapy and autism as of yet, but what I have found is suitably disturbing. The rationale is discussed here and here. The first part of a three-part video lecture is available here (with parts two and three available here and here, respectively). A very disgusting blog post can be found here.

Any other sources would be greatly appreciated.


  1. This sounds like an urban legend about tapeworms in diet pills... except, that would actually work.

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  4. Good lord. Seriously? Let's hope this dies off quickly or I'll be trying to talk the crazy parents I work with out of it soon...


    I mean, SERIOUSLY?