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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Some researchers suggest that gut worms protect against allergy

Some researchers - Dr Carsten Flohr et al, of the University of Nottingham - are suggesting that gut worms protect against allergy, as reported here by BBC News. I've only read this one article on the subject, so obviously I am not in possession of an abundance of evidence, but going by the article itself, I doubt the logic of the argument.

The article states that "British and Vietnamese scientists gave local children treatment to clear their body of worms.

They found this led to an increase in dust mite allergy among the children."

And the researchers state that "this strongly suggests that gut worms have the potential to tone down human immune responses."

I myself am led to a completely different conclusion. - My conclusion is that it was the tablets (the 'treatment') that increased the dust mite allergy among the children, and that the further research they plan will be a waste of time and money, exploring in a blind alley.

What do you think?

A safe, drug-free way to reduce both the incidence and the severity of allergies, including asthma and eczema, in children, is to protect them from high sodium intake. Children should avoid salt and salty food. As well as reducing allergy problems, it also protects them from obesity and the many health problems associated with obesity.

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