A Study Rooted in Evolution.
Robbins Headache Clinic announced the results of their new study on preventing migraines.
Summary: Five of the 11 patients did well over the 5 months of the study.
These were patients with severe and frequent headaches. They experienced a decrease on average of 6 headache days per month. For migraine patients who have not done well with previous approaches, these results are very encouraging.
Every 2 weeks, 11 patients with severe migraines ingested a solution containing the eggs of a worm.
Anxiety, disability, and quality of life were all improved among those who did well. This type of therapy could be applied to other autoimmune illnesses, in addition to chronic migraines.
Authors: Lawrence Robbins,M.D. and Hanah Alley,M.D.
Riverwoods, Ill. 847-7071948 email@example.com
Lawrence Robbins, M.D., director of the Robbins Headache Clinic, states “For hundreds of millions of years, animals had worms or parasites in their gastrointestinal systems. These calmed down the immune system, preventing autoimmune diseases. Now without parasites or worms, our immune system is on overdrive. To replicate nature, we replaced the protein in the worms by using the eggs, and it worked well.”
Dr. Robbins concludes that “for those with severe headaches, when the usual treatments don’t work, ingesting the eggs of this benign worm, T. suris, is worth considering.”
This approach is rooted in evolution. For millions of years worms and other parasites have populated the gastrointestinal tract of animals. For the last 100 years, many humans no longer have gastrointestinal parasites. This has resulted in an increase in autoimmune illnesses, including migraine. It is easy and relatively safe to reintroduce worm eggs into the GI tract. The presence of parasites results in a calming down of certain aspects of our immune system. By re-introducing the protein (eggs) of worms into the gastrointestinal system, we may blunt the immune response. This may aid in the treatment of migraine headache, as well as other autoimmune illnesses.
Study design: Eleven patients were enrolled, all had frequent and severe migraines. They were unresponsive to multiple therapies. The patients ingested the eggs of a benign worm (Trichuris suris) every 2 weeks for 5 months. The effect on headache days was the main endpoint. Other measures included the effect of the worm eggs on depression, anxiety, disability, and quality of life. The study was done out of the Robbins Headache Clinic in Riverwoods, Ill.
The patients who met the primary endpoint all had no clinical depression at baseline. Disability improved in all 5 patients, as did anxiety. Quality of life (number of unhealthy days per month) improved in 2 patients and remained the same in the other 3.
4 of 11 patients did not meet the primary endpoint. 1 patient did not supply data, and another discontinued due to diarrhea(the only side effect encountered in this study).
Previous studies and use of the eggs: There have been 12 trials using these T. suris worm eggs supplied from the Tanawisa company(formerly Ovamed). These involved various autoimmune diseases, such as diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, and lupus. The use of worm eggs for various autoimmune disorders has met with reasonable success, with minimal adverse effects. There have been 36,000 patients who have ingested the eggs(from the Tanawisa company) in the past 20 years. The eggs have been safe, with only one known case where they matured into an adult worm.
About Robbins Headache Clinic
Dr. Robbins is an assistant professor of neurology at Chicago Medical School. The Robbins Headache Clinic is located near Chicago. The clinic has been a leader in the treatment of headaches for 34 years.
The pig whipworm(T. suris) eggs are supplied by Tanawisa.com. They are available over-the-counter without prescription.
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