Adult Trichuris female human whipworm
Thanks to one of my many Twitter food allergy friends, @Onespot_Allergy, this incredible yet possibly repulsing story recently came to my attention: Food Allergies And The Dirty Side Of The Hygiene Hypothesis
Basically… researchers are trying to see if parasites dropped into your guts will boost your immune system and possibly cure peanut allergies… and in turn, all food allergies.
This linked to another exciting, informative, and insane article from WCVB TV-5 complete with a video: Parasites May Cure Allergies
…Participants would swallow a small vial full of liquid with parasitic eggs once every two weeks for an undetermined period of time.
They said side effects are minimal.
“This is not a parasite that will stay and colonize,” said Castells. “They just stay there for a little bit, they have enough food for a few days, a few weeks, and they go out.”
Jouvin and Castells are particularly interested in finding study subjects with moderately serious peanut allergies. Often deadly, peanut allergies afflict millions and kill as many as 100 Americans each year.
First reaction? Ew! Next reaction? Neat! …and what the hell is a Whipworm? Well, Wikipedia is helpful in such situations…
- Light infestations (<100 worms) are frequently asymptomatic.
- Heavy infestations may have bloody diarrhea.
- Long-standing blood loss may lead to iron-deficiency anemia.
- Rectal prolapse is possible in severe cases.
- Vitamin A deficiency may also result due to infection.
Mechanical damage to the mucosa may occur as well as toxic or inflammatory damage to the intestines of the host.
At least the first line is reassuring. This seems a lot like how the plot to Alien started. If it’s proven, I’ll go for it. I’d like to make sure that I’m not allergic to Whipworms before I eat any or their eggs, though.
Also… if “cured”, I wouldn’t be going to Red Lobster any time soon, but it sure would make cross-contamination fears a thing of the past.
What do you think about this possible cure for food allergies? Excited? Scared? Grossed out? Curious? No emotions until there are solid results?
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Thanks to everyone who donated to me for the Food Allergy Walk on Sunday. The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network appreciates your donation, as do I! I have smashed my original $300 goal, and now exceeded my current $500 goal. I couldn’t have done it without the awesome support from friends & family!
If you were thinking of donating, but hadn’t yet… I’d like to still smash that goal, or you can donate to the lovely Bethany and help her reach her goal!
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90% towards my goal of $500!
That’s right, Bethany & I are still taking donations for the Food Allergy Walk in Pittsburgh. It’s happening this Sunday, Sept. 18th at 11:00 am. You can make a secure online tax-deductible donation for either of us, to help us meet our prospective goals, or you can hook us up with a check made out to FAAN.
- Support me!
Just click the blue “Support Me” button under each of our photos on our respective profiles to donate!
You can read my older posts about the walk for more info:
If you’re following the “Celebrity Endorsement” thing, Andrew Stockey did eventually contact me & agree to help get the word out on WTAE.com. I still haven’t’ seen anything there yet.
Interestingly, Qdoba & Chick-fil-A also said they’d donate something, yet they haven’t online yet anyway. I’m going to have to remind them.
You can also read all of my Food Allergy related posts if interested in learning more about food allergies form an outspoken crazy blogger.
More from the Food Allergy Walk Facebook Page…
The Walk in Pittsburgh will feature lots activities, such as: face painting, balloon artist, trackless train, mad science and inflatables. We will have a musical performance by Kyle Dine and be joined by Pittsburgh Panthers mascot ROC.
We look forward to once again welcoming Sally Wiggin and Stephen Cropper. Following the Walk, will be Q&A session with allergists from AGH and UPMC who have volunteered their time. Rep. Matt Smith will join us to share information about the new EpiPen laws in PA.
You can get one of these limited edition T-shirts for donating $50 or more, thanks to Erin “Ernie” Payne:
- Special Edition King Krab Orange Ernie and the Berts T-Shirt
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So, you need one of these. Luckily for you, there are several ways to get one.
via Ernie and the Berts
In addition to the article linked above, Erin “Ernie” Payne has generously offered to give a free T-shirt to the first 10 takers who donate $50 or more to me (or Team Deathfish if one is formed) in my food allergy walk.
Don’t forget to enter the coloring contest!
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I read about this a while ago, and kind of put it in the back of my mind, and now it’s snuck up on me again. Being a food allergy advocate (or annoyance depending on your point of view) of sorts, I really ought to go to this.
I was excited to see this article today via the Food Allergy Daily: FAAN Walk for Food Allergy: Moving Toward A Cure Coming Back to Pittsburgh
This especially caught my attention:
The Walk is a non-competitive 2-mile course and participation is free. Families can enjoy samples from allergen-free food vendors, music and children’s activities. Joining us this year will be Sally Wiggin (WTAE-TV), and singer and songwriter Kyle Dine (http://kyledine.com), to educate and entertain with his songs about food allergies.
Kyle Dine rules! Kyle is also a soldier in the #FoodAllergyDudeArmy (a covert special ops branch of the #FoodAllergyMomArmy) on Twitter. Of course, Sally Wiggin is also a local legend. The walk is taking place at Hartwood Acres.
At any rate… I know there are many many walks for many many reasons, but I see this as an opportunity to do something other than whine about food allergies on the internet and send restaurants annoying (and hopefully entertaining) emails about deathfish.
The article above also drops these fascinating facts:
Food allergy is the leading cause of anaphylaxis outside the hospital setting and the CDC reports that food allergies result in over 300,000 ambulatory care visits each year among children. Eight foods account for 90 percent of all allergic reactions in the U.S.: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts (walnuts, almonds, cashews, pistachios, pecans, etc.), wheat, soy, fish, and shellfish. Food allergy afflicts one in 25 Americans overall, and one in 17 under age 3.
The official FAAN page for Pittsburgh is here: FoodAllergyWalk.org | 2011 Walk in Pittsburgh, PA
I’ll sign up to walk as an individual, or I can put together a team if anyone’s interested. The individual suggested goal is $300. The suggested team goal is $1,500.00.
So, here’s where I ask for help. Does anyone want to donate, or walk with me?
Think “Team Deathfish” sounds like a good name?
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