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Question: intestinal worms

 laywoman - Wed Sep 24, 2008 1:26 am

Do intestinal worms thrive on bacteria in the colon? If they do can you let me know if they attack only good bacteria or bad bacteria as well?
 John Kenyon, CNA - Thu Mar 05, 2009 12:02 am

User avatar Hello --

Intestinal parsites don't thrive on gut bacteria and, in fact, prefer the same food we eat -- the exact same food -- ours, in fact. They also, if they become too numerous, can sometimes begin to feed on the mucosa of our GI tract, which is even worse. But they don't actually go after the intestinal flora that normally occur, and are equally indifferent to unwanted bacteria. They just eat our food and sometimes a little bit of us as well.

Hope this answers your question. Good luck to you.,

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