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Great Book On Origins Of Auto Immune Diseases
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I've been reading this book http://www.moisesvm.com "an epidemic of absence - a new way of understanding allergies and autoimmune diseases".

Fascinating book! I'd heard of crackpots infecting themselves with parasites to "cure" autoimmune diseases but had never thought there was a sound scientific basis to it.. Don't spoil it for me if you've read it. The author tries it for his alopecia, but then goes into the history of how autoimmune diseases emerged when we got rid of all the parasites that we'd evolved with.

MS, celiac, all of these autoimmune diseases are absent in places where people are infected with parasites. So can we cure them with worms???

I'm curious if anyone's been desperate enough to try worms. I would rather just eat rice flour than have them gobbling up my blood cells, personally...

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