This cat is nuts, but the good kind of nuts. I’ve blogged about these scary possibly-food-allergy-curtailing bugs before… but this guy has sprung into action by swallowing the damn things along with a tiny camera to see just exactly how they work. Screw animal testing and clinical trials… this dude is D.I.Y. all the way.
Check out this article: Hookworms And Allergies – Doctor Infects Himself For Experiment
Here’s an excerpt:
In using his own body in the service of science, Logan joins self-experimenters like Sir Isaac Newton, who in the 17th century nearly went blind after staring too long at the sun in a mirror in order to study the after-images on his retinas.
Quite apart from the ethical implications of putting a person’s health at risk, such self-experimentation is much less common nowadays, with trials tending to be on a much larger scale in order to get enough statistical power for reliable results, but, as in Logan’s case, it occasionally happens, under carefully controlled conditions.
Logan was interested in the experiment because research suggests, a hookworm infection can cure or alleviate symptoms of allergies like bowel disease and food allergies. It is thought the worms release compounds that reduce the over-reactions in the immune system that cause the allergies.
He allowed himself to be infected because he himself suffers from a long-standing food allergy that means he cannot eat bread without feeling very ill.
He also wanted to demonstrate, using new state of the art imaging for the first time ever, how the worms get into the body.
Then again, if an herbal supplement works, why not try that first? Maybe this guy just likes creepy little bugs so much, he wanted to eat them. I’d rather eat herbs than bugs, but to each his own.
Then again, you or I might already be infected with a hookworm & not even know it. The article states “According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 576-740 million people in the world are infected with hookworm. The infection usually has no symptoms, although some people, especially those infected for the first time, have gastrointestinal symptoms.” Ew!
There’s a video (& a transcript) about Dr. James Long here: Dr. James Logan’s Hookworm ExperimentVodpod videos no longer available.
A video highlight, and the meat of the experiment…
Eosinophil blood cells are an important part of the body’s immune system which is the mechanism within us that fights infection. Eosinophils are associated with fighting parasites like hookworm. Normally they make about 1% of our blood. But people like Dr James who are infected with hookworms usually start producing more of these cells.
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