Problem: Inflammatory Bowel Disease is on the rise. It’s a set of GI syndromes-most notably, Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis-which are quite nasty: bloody diarrhea, fever, malabsorption of nutrients, indigestion, increased risk of colon cancer, many times requires surgery or lots of immunosuppression.
Solution: Give patients pig whipworms to eat. In a small study, 23 out of 24 people became symptom free by the end–quite a miraculous change. Note, these are not the type of whipworms that give you a prolapsed rectum. That would be human whipworms. Just in case you were wondering.
In other news, I’ll be ingesting a couple tapeworms (Steve and Lou are their names) to help me lose a few pounds before Hawaii. It’s a Paris Hilton secret.