Smoking cessation really has got me out of it if I've missed THIS post for so long!
Hi Cure....although researchers are forced into the position of having to use helminth infestation to document an effect, my personal interest and focus in this is as the original cause of MS/autoimmune/inflammatory diseases. Although it may seem contrary, I don't look at it as the cure. I think things like Campath, Tovaxin and Revimmune offer far more hope to people with MS in the near future, but I still think it's important to define the cause of MS, hence my interest in the parasites.
In other words, in this case I don't proclaim that the reverse of the cause equals the cure.
Despite that, I think it's essential
to note that the less than 100% efficacy in trying to use parasites as a "cure" is most likely due to:
1. The helminths most researchers use aren't among those which had shared evolution as "part" of the human system and had evolved specifically to control the human immune system.
It's only sensible to expect a huge difference in the results shown by a parasite which is so in control of the human immune system that it lives for 20 years in the domain of the human immune system, as opposed to a parasite which is detected and killed by the immune system in two weeks (what researchers use). That parasite obviously isn't controlling the human immune system very well, and those are the only parasites that the FDA will (begrudgingly) allow researchers to use.
2. One of the key issues is that under "evolutionary normal conditions" children are more highly parasitized than adults and it's considered that exposure to "evolutionary normal conditions" up to the age of 14 or 15 years old "teaches" or "matures" the human immune system to behave correctly through adulthood.
In other words, after appropriate exposure to evolutionary normal conditions in childhood, an adult shouldn't need parasite exposure to ward off immune dysfunction.
In the same light, there is no guarantee that NOT experiencing evolutionary normal conditions in childhood and then exposing someone to one factor of evolutionary normal conditions in adulthood, after already experiencing immune dysfunction, is going to be 100% effective.
For the above reasons, I've always found the less than perfect results shown by researchers in human trials amazingly positive.