Don’t judge our title too harshly, dear reader. We are merely reporting what we learned from the website of the granddaddy of all creationist outfits, the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — the fountainhead of young-earth creationist wisdom.
ICR’s informative and thought-provoking article is titled: Why Would Parasitic Worms Help Bowel Disease?
Worms? Bowel disease? Don’t click away! ICR takes what most people would find repellant and they transform it into a lesson you are certain to find moving. (No pun!) Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
According to a recent report, one biotech company has plans to test and market a rather unusual treatment for certain autoimmune intestinal ailments like Crohn’s disease — a concoction containing the eggs of a parasitic whipworm that infects pigs.
This seems to be the source of ICR’s information: NYC’s Coronado Biosciences Plans Two Drug Trials. That article is largely about the financing of a start-up company (an amazing accomplishment in this market), and they may have a hot new medical product. It says:
The parasite treatment … was inspired by the “hygiene hypothesis” — an observation made by some academics that the incidence of autoimmune diseases such as Crohn’s has increased along with the cleanliness of society. Some experts believe that the lack of exposure to parasites may actually pre-dispose humans to inflammatory diseases. That’s because parasites similar to the pig worm that Coronado is studying actually regulate cell mechanisms that prevent excessive T-cell activation — one of the major causes of autoimmune disorders.
The idea is to give patients a dosage of eggs from the pig parasite every two weeks or so. “Because humans aren’t the right host, the worms can’t colonize,” Sandage explains. “The eggs stay there a couple of weeks and then dissolve.” But with regular dosing, the eggs seem to spark a positive immune response:
Interesting, but to ICR it’s much more than that — it’s also inspiring, as you will soon see. ICR describes the situation (as best they can) and then they provide us with their own unique perspective. Here it comes:
But if intestinal worms evolved, why and how would they have achieved an ability to regulate T-cell activity in host tissues? If evolution were true, then worms should try and survive by eating more and reproducing faster. This would leave no time, energy, or ingenuity to develop the intricate and specific biochemistry required for precise interspecies tissue communication. In other words, it looks as though these worms were made for a purpose — intestinal tissue regulation.
Yes — “these worms were made for a purpose.” Why didn’t we see that right away? Let’s read on:
Communication breakdowns within and between different organisms’ tissues can result in disease, and this is a manifestation of the curse under which all creation was placed as a direct result of human sin.
Right. When you’ve got a rumbling in your intestines, it’s caused by sin! Adam & Eve — how could you have done this to us? We continue:
However, the fact that vestiges of such a complicated communication apparatus still exist testifies to an original creation of high order.
Verily, it’s plain to see. And this is ICR’s uplifting conclusion:
The benefits that worms apparently provide could only exist because of well-designed, purposefully created systems. Though marred, such design suggests that parasitic worms were originally created as part of a very good creation.
Rejoice, dear reader. The bowel distress you occasionally suffer is proof of creationism. We are grateful to ICR for showing us the way.
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