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Albert Stern is a healer, artist, and instructor. He practices acupuncture, visceral manipulation, and craniosacral therapy. He creates anatomical illustrations and fine art paintings. He is also an acupuncture instructor and teaches at various schools and facilities. He works with the Lotus Institute of Integrative Medicine and Peak Research Institute. 

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Are Parasitic Worms the Key to Treating Autoimmune Diseases?

Albert Stern

For the last half a dozen years I have been fascinated by the most unlikely research, helminth therapy.

Helminths are parasitic worms which infect humans, such as tapeworms or hookworms. Unchecked these creatures can create disease and illness. However, growing research is demonstrating a surprising positive effect on health. 

I first learned of this research from NPR's show RadioLab. The episode "Parasites" featured the story of Jasper Lawrence. Jasper cured himself of severe asthma by infecting himself with hookworm. His asthma quickly became manageable and under control. (He would regularly monitor the hookworm to ensure it did not grow out of control.)

In parts of the world where helminth infections are common, autoimmune diseases are rare. This has lead to researching if the worms are helping regulate the immune system in some unknown way. There is quite a lot of research examining how helminth may help those with autoimmune diseases, such as multiple sclerosis

The Guardian published a great overview of the topic. Here are a few quotes from the piece: 

"Joel Weinstock, a gastroenterologist at Tufts University in Massachusetts, which examined the effect of worms on patients with inflammatory bowel disease. Almost 75% of those who ingested the worms were cured, especially noteworthy given that they had not been helped by more traditional treatments."

“I’m convinced,” he says. “Based on the evidence I’ve seen, it is very effective,” he says. “It has a really good benefit-to-risk ratio, especially for serious autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis and inflammatory bowel disorder.”

There is likely no magic bullet for complex autoimmune diseases. However this is an extremely promising line of research.

GAPS Support Group for Those With Autoimmune Conditions

Albert Stern

I work together with Katie Mason and Robin Hutchinson on the Autoimmune Mastery Program (AIM). Katie and Robin will be facilitating a GAPS Diet support Meetup every month at People House in Denver.

The GAPS diet is a well-known protocol for managing chronic inflammatory conditions. Reducing inflammation is a key tool for managing the symptoms of many autoimmune conditions. Robin is a certified GAPS practitioner and has been helping our clients reduce their symptoms through healthy foods. 

Check out our intro video! 

The group will meet every month. The first meeting is next week!

When: January 11th,  6:30 pm – 8:30 pm. 
Where: People House: 3035 West 25th Avenue Denver, CO 80211

More info: here. 

I am doing a Free Lunch and Learn this Monday

Albert Stern

Monday, November 16th at 12:15, I will be giving a free talk at SWAC with my colleagues Katie Mason and Robin Hutchinson.

For the last year the three of us have collaborated on a program, AIM - Autoimmune Mastery. Together we have crafted a process focused on working with people with an autoimmune diagnosis. 

Robin is a holistic nutritionist and certified GAPS Diet Practitioner. Katie is a psychotherapist who works with the healing power of dreams. 

This kind of collaborative program is powerful and highly appreciated by clients managing autoimmune diseases. 

This talk is geared to acupuncture students and acupuncturists. However anyone is welcome to attend. 

Details: 

Monday November 12th, 12:15 - 1:15pm. 

Location: Southwest Acupuncture College (SWAC) - 6630 Gunpark Drive, Suite 200
Boulder, CO 80301

More info call SWAC at: 303-581-9955
Or email me: albert@albertwstern.com