DailyDirt: Weird Remedies That Just Might Work
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Sometimes it's smart to fight fire with fire. When it comes to various diseases, though, is it really a good idea to fight them off with other diseases? Vaccines are nice to have, but there are also more "symbiotic" remedies. Given that some people aren't quite comfortable eating genetically modified organisms (that are dead), it may be quite some time before most people are okay with infecting themselves with specific worms or bacteria.
Relieve your allergies/asthma/diabetes/any-autoimmune-disease with hookworms? This remedy has been around for a few years, but some folks don't have the patience to wait for FDA approval. [url] Lose your appetite by eating roundworm eggs -- and keep your new year's weight-loss resolution. Trying this is not recommended -- exercise is way better for your long term health. [url] Genetically modified bacteria can help fight cavities. Just replace your natural mouth flora with bacteria that don't cause cavities... but the experiment might be like Jurassic Park in your mouth. [url] Yogurt-like drinks could prevent common bugs passed around at daycare. This yogurt-related study sponsored by Dannon should probably be taken with a grain of salt.... [url] Sickle cell anemia seems to have been naturally selected for fighting malaria. Trading one disease for another isn't really a new thing. [url]