Helpful worms

With all the talk lately about Wicked Bugs, here’s a reason to cheer the creepy crawlies.


  1. May 7, 2011 at 7:24 am

    I tore the cover off one of my phone books and threw it in the compost. It took a few weeks, but they ate it.

  2. May 7, 2011 at 8:53 am

    Was that an experiment or do you have something against phone book covers?

    May 7, 2011 at 9:12 am

    sarcasm~ It was the toxic ink disposal Joel was concealing. Recycling is not sensible, apparantly.


  4. Kale
    May 7, 2011 at 9:56 am

    Henchman brings up a good point. Colored inks can consist of components toxic either to worms or to humans. Black and white newsprint (which generally contains soy-based inks), cardboard, and other non-bleached, non-glossy paper products can be shredded and utilized as a great bedding material.

    For more info:

  5. May 7, 2011 at 10:54 am

    The covers have a UV clear-coat on them (synthetic polymers). The ink inside (regardless of color) is soy-based, and newsprint composts fairly well.

  6. Dumbolt State
    May 7, 2011 at 11:35 am

    Is this really worthy, Heraldo? Next you’re gonna post that vegetables are good for you. Slooooowwww news day…………

  7. Walt
    May 7, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Hi Fi’s Lament

    Nobody likes me, everybody hates me,
    Guess I’ll go eat worms,
    Long, thin, slimy ones; Short, fat, juicy ones,
    Itsy, bitsy, fuzzy wuzzy worms.

    Down goes the first one, down goes the second one,
    Oh how they wiggle and squirm.
    Up comes the first one, up comes the second one,
    Oh how they wiggle and squirm.

  8. May 7, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    So slow you took the time to comment, Dumbolt.

    BTW, veggies are good for you.

  9. John Lewis
    May 7, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    Worms are the ultra protien food. Take a handful of worms toss it with garlic and basil until they brown on the outside. About 3-5 minutes. I personally like them cold on a shrimp salad too. WORMS ARE GREAT FOOD!

  10. John Lewis
    May 7, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    Eat worms – feel better
    Anna drinks worm eggs as a treatment
    Who would deliberately drink a dose of gut worms? The answer is Anna Glanz, an ordinary mother-of-two from Iowa.

    She’s testing the remarkable theory that not all parasites are necessarily bad for us. Some of them may actually help us fight diseases.

    A BBC documentary looks at how some parasites are so well-adapted to using humans as hosts, that when you take them away, there are unexpected results.

    Ulcerative colitis is a disease of the intestine caused by the immune system over-reacting – in this disease the white blood cells attack the gut as though it’s a foreign invader, making it bleed.

    Mother-of-two, Anna Glanz, from Iowa, suffers from it and gets terrible cramps and sudden, intense attacks of diarrhoea.

    The disease is incurable, but she is now taking part in an experimental trial run by Dr Joel Weinstock, a specialist in bowel disorders.

    He’s giving her worms to try to treat the disease.

    Drink up

    Every three weeks Anna goes to Dr Weinstock’s clinic and takes a drink full of worm eggs.
    A gutful of parasites might help ease symptoms

    But Anna reckons it is worth it: “I don’t really think of them as being alive I guess, it’s almost just like taking a pill or something.

    “I try not to think of them as disgusting or anything like that. And I couldn’t live the way I was living. I was desperate to try anything. I just wanted to get well”.

    The worms grow inside her gut and then pass out after a few weeks, but as a result of having these worms in her gut, her ulcerative colitis is in remission – she doesn’t suffer from any of the symptoms any more.

    Dr Weinstock reckons that’s because we’ve evolved with worms and actually need them.

    Before gut worms were eradicated in the West 50 or so years ago allergies – caused by the overreaction of the immune system – were virtually unheard of, now in the UK one third of us suffers from some sort of allergy.

    Nobody wants to go to the toilet and look into the toilet and see something wiggle
    Dr Joel Weinstock, worm researcher
    So scientists are looking to see if there’s a connection between gut worms and allergies, they are wondering if gut worms can somehow damp down the immune system to make it easier for them to live in the intestine without coming under attack.

    He said: “Worms require humans to survive. In essence the worms are part of us and it’s possible that we’ve become interdependent and removing worms has resulted in an imbalance to our immune systems.

    “People have what I consider an irrational fear of worms. Nobody wants to go to the toilet and look into the toilet and see something wiggle”.

  11. May 7, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    Thanks for the cut and paste, John Lewis, and if it makes you happy to “look into the toilet and see something wiggle,” that’s your God-given right as an American. I prefer to keep my worms in the compost.

  12. Migh Finances
    May 9, 2011 at 2:19 pm


    If you loved America you’d use the petroleum-based fertilizers, it’s the freedom we’re fighting for in Iraq!

    I’m considering moving to Louisiana so my tax dollars will pay to keep liberals off the street. Please join me. Bring your weed.

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