“There was nothing to it,” said the 33-year-old financial analyst, who uses a pseudonym to talk about his worm-drinking ways. “It was drinking half a cup of salty water.”
At that moment, he said, “I felt excitement and definitely hope.” For Smith, something incredible happened. After swallowing 2,500 worm eggs every two weeks for three months, most of his Crohn’s symptoms vanished.
I was definitely ecstatic, he said. The symptom reduction was pretty drastic. I did have blood tests before and after, he said, and the markers of inflammation went down significantly. As for his physician’s reaction, Smith said he was cautiously optimistic. Smith has been battling Crohn’s disease since he was diagnosed as a teenager.
The worst day of your life is to find out there’s no known cure,” he said. “It affects your quality of life in a significant way, and most treatments are subpar.” As many as 1.4 million Americans live with Crohn’s disease or its cousin, ulcerative colitis, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In Crohn’s disease, the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks the lining of the intestine, causing diarrhea, abdominal pain, fatigue, bleeding and infections.
For Smith, the disease has been difficult to control
Despite undergoing multiple operations to remove part of his gut, his symptoms always returned, he said. He calculated that at his current rate of required surgeries, he would eventually run out of small intestine. If this occurred, he would require liquid feedings through an intravenous line, with potentially fatal consequences.
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