World maps showing inverse correlation between autoimmune disease and helminth infection

Discussion started by Maff 5 years ago

You wouldn't exactly consider this concrete proof of cause and effect but these global "heat" maps show a startling inverse correlation between autoimmune disease and helminth infestation incidence.

In other words, where infection with helminths is common (developing world), autoimmune diseases are very uncommon - and vice versa.

Take a look at the map.

 

 

 

 

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Maff
Maff
I would agree with basically everything you've said there Bella. I honestly don't remember where the maps I posted here came from (unfortunate lapse in referencing!) but this organisation tracks helminth infection rates and provides maps for individual countries - www.thiswormyworld.org/maps/by-worm/… regards your comments about beneficial soil microorganisms and the hygiene hypothesis - researchers are actually now recognising that helminths, rather than being parasitic, are actually a part of the beneficial ecosystem of the human body themselves and act symbiotically with us, particularly in terms of immune regulation. There was a BBC documentary about microorganisms and their beneficial and pivotal role in human health last year and even this had scientists and medical doctors talking about helminths in a positive light.

You can actually get a 'helminthic probiotic supplement' in the UK now. It was developed at a major university and then the researchers spun-off a company to distribute the product. I forget the details but a friend of mine did purchase a few pots and gave them a go so I'll get in touch with him and ask for details and how it worked out for him.

All of this certainly adds weight to the hygiene hypothesis, or an updated version. I hope to try helminthic therapy myself shortly and the supplement seems by far the easiest first step on this road. I'll let you know if I try it also.
2 years ago
bella_at_the_beach
bella_at_the_beach
Where are these maps from. It is interesting. The hygiene hypothesis suggests that an immune system that wasnt trained by exposure to pathogens by certain age is prone to autoimmune disease. Or something else, beneficial microorganisms, could be in the soil where the helminth infections also originate. The way of life could just afford more contact with the soil microflora. Soil microflora is getting popular. I hear that some Scandinavians get their probiotics by eating samples of special soil (from various places) and MotherDirt.com is selling one type of soil microorganisms in beauty products.
2 years ago

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