Interesting. I note most of the alternative therapies have to do with reducing stress.
Everyone should note, there has been extensive research into IBS therapy using hookworm.... yes, the hookworm parasite.
Turns out many cases of IBS are actually allergic reactions. When people with diverticulae or IBS symptoms are given worm eggs, their symptoms completely resolve. The theory is, our bodies evolved in conjunction with the parasite, and since modern sanitation facilities have essentially removed hookworm from the population, people's immune system has nothing to react to and thus starts to attack the lining of the bowel (much like some asthma is an allergic reaction).
The hookworm poses its own problems, so hookworm therapy is not a cure... but it is interesting.
- 5/17/2011 10:45:21 PM