Worm Therapy as a Treatment for Diabetic Foot Ulcer: Lessons Learned From the Banks of the Nile

The International Journal of Lower Extremity Wounds (Impact Factor: 0.93). 12/2010; 9(4):185-6. DOI: 10.1177/1534734610389596
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    ABSTRACT: A slightly lower rate of atherosclerosis in some tropical regions such as the Nile delta in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and sub-Sahara Africa is associated with evidences of increased helminthic co-infection. Attempts to eradicate helminthic infections led to the shift of immune balance toward T helper 1 cells and their related cytokines. This shift is parallel with atherogenesis and its related complications. Atherosclerosis is a degenerative man-made disease which begins in early life. Thus, preventive strategies should begin at the same time. As an example to follow, living with old friends, adaption of a more nature-friendly lifestyle and "fine immune-modulation" plans from early childhood, like Egyptians, seems a good option. Finally, a proper intentional balance between T helper 1 and 2 cells should be defended and constructed environmentally in the manner compatible with modern hygiene using a soft application of old hygiene. This needs robust understanding of atheroprotective habits in regions with lower burden of atherosclerosis.
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