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Worm medication?

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Bare with me know this may sound strange but just wondering can taking worm medicine harm you if you dont actually have worms? - sort of do it as a clean-out?Do know the whole need to have a stool sample done route.
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well i dont think it could be v good for you if you dont actually have worms... If you want a clean out drink loads of water and eat lots of veggies
I also don't know if it would "clean you out".I didn't thing most worm meds worked by forcing everything out of your colon, worms and all. They usually have some sort of compound that is more toxic to the worms than it is to you.EVERY drug has side effects so it could hurt you to take it if you don't have worms, just like it could hurt you if you did have worms.Everything that kills something has a potential to be toxic to the host. Usually it is just somewhat more toxic to the thing being killed.If you want a clean out get a bottle of phosphosoda or other thing they use for a GI prep. However your colon is self cleaning and the preps can sometimes alter the normal colonic flora a bit and that may, or may not be a good thing for you. If you don't recolonize with better stuff than you got you may have more symptoms afterwards.K.
Why would you do this in the first place?
Did anyone happen to see "Body Wars" on the TLC channel last night?It dealt with the immune system and diseases related to it..Crohns, excema, asthma, etc.One of the trials that I believe the Univ. of Iowa ran was having Crohn patients taking a small amt. of liquid that contained "helmet?" worm eggs. Two difference, but no ill affects. Within the third week, patients were noticing quite a bit of improvement. They take this to show that the more we try to separate ourselves from bacterias, it negatively affects our immune system. With the Crohn patients, the immune system then had to deal with the worm eggs, and was 'too busy' doing that to be attacking the host itself.An immunologist stated that 'bacteria educates the immune system'. When we take steps to 'protect' ourselves from 'common' bacteria, we most likely are doing more harm than good. It would explain the basis of probiotics helping some people, I would presume.I'm reiterating this in a very simplistic manner, I realize. Sorry for that. If they would re-air the program it might be of interest, though.
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