My health problems began in early childhood with allergic asthma, which segued into perennial rhinitis in my teens and sinusitis in my twenties.
Then, in my thirties, I began to experience difficulty tolerating food, at which point I consulted some of the best allergists in the UK. This led to a diagnosis of food intolerance and multiple IgE-mediated allergies to food as well as to just about everything else. In fact, the last time I had skin-prick tests, every last one of them proved positive. I then tried all the treatments that orthodox medicine had to offer, including desensitisation, plus a slew of complementary therapies, but all to no avail.
Eventually, my food intolerance became so overwhelming that it threatened my survival but, just when things were looking really bleak, my luck changed suddenly as a result of being given yet another diagnosis, this time of Crohn’s disease. This led, fortuitously, to me joining the Hookworm for Crohn’s Disease clinical trial at Nottingham University in late 2007 (1).
This study, which was designed to assess whether it was safe to give Crohn’s patients 10 hookworms each for 12 weeks, rather than to gauge the treatment’s efficacy, nevertheless proved to me that these tiny creatures may in fact be effective against food allergy and food intolerance because, with the help of my ten tiny hookworms, I was once again able to tolerate a few normal foods.
As soon as my involvement with the trial was complete, I began to search for a way to renew my relationship with the hookworm and, eventually, I found a commercial source and inoculated myself with 35 Necator americanus larvae, with astonishing results. After 12 weeks, I was again able to eat a few normal foods and, by 70 weeks, I was eating a full, normal diet, for the first time in almost thirty years. (2)
In addition to the miraculous reversal of the food allergy and food intolerance, all my environmental allergies have completely disappeared, so that I can now spend all day outdoors during the summer without even the slightest hint of a sniffle, even when the pollen season is at its height, and the catarrh and sinusitis that had been such a bane for many years are also completely gone (3).
My Multiple Chemical Sensitivity is now also sufficiently diminished for me to be able to tolerate perfume, and I have even been able to resume using spirit-based gloss paints (4).
Additionally, the severity of my M.E./CFS has been somewhat reduced, my Crohn’s disease appears to be in remission, my previously daily headaches and regular migraines have been dramatically reduced in both the frequency and severity, and my Restless Leg Syndrome has completely disappeared (5).
Although I was one of the first to try helminthic therapy (6), there are now several hundred of us, spread around the globe, hosting hookworm for therapeutic purposes, and approximately 80% of us are enjoying significant relief from our respective allergic and/or autoimmune conditions.
Whilst those of us who are deriving benefit from hosting helminths had manifested many different diseases, we were clearly all suffering from the same underlying problem – a worm deficiency – brought about by several decades of improved sanitation and a hyper-hygienic lifestyle (7).
Most, if not all members of the previous generation of my own family had intestinal worms at some point in their lives, but I never had any, and the remarkable change in my health since replacing a few helminths suggests to me that this was indeed the problem.
The success of this treatment is really not very surprising when one considers the fact that the allergic response developed during human evolution specifically to control intestinal worms. When they are present, our immune system is kept fully occupied but, when they are absent, it turns its attention towards innocuous things such as foods, pollen and dust mite droppings, or attacks our own body tissues.
Numerous studies have established that allergy and autoimmune diseases are much less prevalent, if evident at all, in populations where helminths are still endemic, and ongoing trials in several centres around the world are reporting successful outcomes after returning a controlled number of benign helminths to patients with these diseases.