Okay, okay. I know. *sigh* I’m being asked by more than one reader to explain how helminthic therapy works. I’m sorry. I thought you were all mind readers. Or that you would just friggin’ Google it.
There are countless articles out there written by much better writers than myself. That’s the real reason I didn’t explain it. But anyway, I’ll quit making excuses. Here goes….
How does helminthic therapy work?
Helminthic therapy works by reintroducing organisms to the body that we have evolved with. It’s intention is to correct an imbalance within the immune system.
The developed world has become obsessed with hygiene and the elimination of germs and parasites from our society as a way to keep the population healthy. Little thought and understanding has been given to the consequences to our immune systems as a result of these actions.
Humans evolved alongside parasites as well as a whole host of protozoa, bacteria, and germs. The importance of this close relationship between man and the organisms we have evolved with forms the basis of the Hygiene Hypothesis.
Our immune systems have evolved to expect parasites to be present in our bodies. When we cleanse our bodies to such a degree that the immune system has nothing to work against it does not simply stop working. It starts reacting in inappropriate ways and this is when it’s possible for diseases involving allergies and autoimmune issues to arise.
The reintroduction of parasites, such as hookworm and whipworm, is a step in redressing the natural evolutionary balance of the immune system; giving the immune system a target to work against, thus halting the destructive actions of the immune system on it’s own tissues or benign substances such as pollen, animal dander, etc.
It is also known that, in order to live in our bodies unharmed by our immune system, helminths secrete substances that turn down the immune response. This is believed to result in a better regulated immune system; one less likely to attack it’s own tissues or benign substances.*
And I’ll continue on with some more information that I have at hand…
Who can benefit from helminthic therapy?
It is possible that anyone with a chronic inflammatory condition or one involving autoimmune related inflammatory diseases, autoimmunity, or atopic diseases such as asthma, could benefit from helminthic therapy. It is impossible to predict if any one person will respond to the therapy in advance. The only way to test it is to try it. Diseases/disorders that have responded include: asthma, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, eczema, psoriasis, hay fever, irritable bowel syndrome, migraine, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Sjogren’s Syndrome, and allergies.
It’s worth noting that the above list of diseases/disorders does not cover all success stories. There are many more conditions that helminthic therapy has helped. I’ve read a pretty extensive list myself.
A few more things before I sign off for the night…
So far, no side effects which is to be expected on day 2. Just the little inoculation rash which you can see at the top of this post. In case you forgot, that’s where the worms crawled into my skin.
As always, thanks for reading. I sincerely appreciate the love and support.
* the italicized text above was not written by me; I reworded it a tiny bit. I do not want to give actual written credit to the source due to my strong stance on not mentioning the name of my provider in this blog.