Crohn’s disease probably only exists because of a lack of intestinal worms. Where helminths are prevalent, autoimmune diseases like Crohn’s are absent, and vice versa.
Distribution of Autoimmune Disorders and Helminths
Clinical trials to assess the effects of reintroducing helminths are now underway at several centres around the world, but the trial process is so slow, and there is already so much evidence from epidemiological and other studies to support this practice that, in the last few years, many pioneering individuals have gone ahead and infected themselves with benign, therapeutic helminths.
Approximately 80% of these ‘citizen scientists’ have experienced remission from their disease, and the reports of over 30 worm-hosting Crohn’s patients are presented below.
“Out of the blue, the past four days I have been in a full remission…”
“… it seems to have worked…my doctor is pretty optimistic about it actually”
“… what can i say? life’s a party!”
“I feel like I have my life back.”
“I continue to experience a gradual improvement in all of my crohns symptoms, but am relieved to see the lab work backs us my observations.”
“Pain and discomfort are almost nil. No urgency at all. Best of all today had a solid bm… it is a real joy to see this definite improvement.”
“… she feels good, good energy, good color, very little pain or discomfort. She sleeps well
and has a very good quality of life.”
“One year ago I was ill and hospitalized. I could have died if I kept going the way I was going. My dad and I researched hookworm for 6 months and decided to go for it. I am living a normal life now. Living each day happy and healthy… I honestly believe the worms saved my life…”
“… my blood work shows that I am ‘healthy’. As my family dr. said, ‘You are
like a normal person.’ That’s something I have never heard!”
“… symptoms stopped when I took the TSO and subsequently the Whipworm… Plus now I am tapering off my Imuran without any worsening of my condition.”
“… my allergies to the following foods have disappeared: avocado, cherries, plums, peaches, almonds… and am now in remission from severe Crohn’s disease.”
“… the change is nothing short of spectacular and has really transformed my life.”
“Gut wise i feel better than i have in many years, including when i was strictly on SCD for 2 years.”
“My health is the best it has been for many years… Feeling really good and thankful…”
“We had the colonoscopy done yesterday with amazing results. The doctors first words to us after completion were ‘I’m now a believer in this therapy.’”
“I have found remission with the help of a tiny thing called a hookworm, Necator Americanus…”
“I am feeling great – I haven’t felt like this in years. Total and complete remission.”
“I saw my Rhuematologist today and got my latest ANA, sed rate, CRP results. He had to re read them THREE times! Said he just couldn’t beleive it… the ANA shows me going into remission and the sed rate has gone from 350 to 40! and my CRP was near normal.
“HT is working for me! … It has stopped the crohn’s disease I have suffered from since the age of 12… I am now healthier than I have ever been.”
and yet more from this irrepressibly happy helminthophile: “Within 6 months I was off prednisone and achieved remission from CD… Symptom free and drug free after 33 years of illness! WOW!”
“Since using helminths I have been healthy enough to finish 2 Degrees and live and work abroad for the last 4 years without worry of being debilitated by CD… I would not be healthy and a productive human if it was not for helminths.”
“My mom… was basically waiting for emergency surgery when she started hookworm therapy for Crohn’s disease. She only has five feet of small bowel left, and the surgery would have made it necessary for a permanent feeding tube. That was almost a year ago and now she’s far from needing surgery. She was living off Ensure and now eats food again… She started with 10 hookworms then six months later took 15 more. She’s not cured but has a quality of life she was never able to achieve with pharmaceuticals.”
(Reported in a private discussion, 2011.)
“I have had 3 resections with 6-8 inches of small intestine taken out each time. The last one was in 2004 and since going on helminthic therapy and gluten-free diet, I haven’t needed surgery.”
(Reported in a private discussion, Jan 2012)
“I have had five resections, and have had the helminths for 14 months and feel great. At the time I got my hw, I was heading for my sixth bowel resection, and permanent feeding tube. I escaped that scenerio by a hair. I do not get strictures anymore.”
(Reported in a private discussion, Jan 2012)
“…almost 2 years into therapy… and officially had my last infliximab infusion as they are no longer required as the worms are controlling my crohns, happy days. 12 months ago I wasn’t even lasting 4 weeks between infusions and was facing colon removal and permanent bag, so I had a 2nd hw infection and it just got better and better. Now my crp is low and I reach the 12 week between infusions and still have no symptoms so it is no longer required.”
(Reported in a private discussion, Mar 2012)
“I have now had 4 doses of 35 hookworm … I’m drug-free, have had a long period of being symptom-free. Well worth the trip so far.”
“His disease affects his entire digestive tract from mouth to anus…. He has been hospitalized at least yearly more often multiple times per year since he was ten. We started combination therapy (hookworm and whipworm) in September of 2011. He has not been in the hospital since… No cramping, no bleeding, no loose stools.”
“I have had Crohn’s since 2000. I have tried every drug out there with little success and a couple of near death experiences. I have basically been living in a recliner for almost a year. From August 2011 until May 2012 I was moving between the bathroom and the recliner. This is my 3rd dose of hookworms. I had little hope that this would work but the results are unbelievable (and) the last month has been crazy great!! I hit my 100 days and painted my entire house, inside and out! I used my painkillers not for lower left quadrant pain but for being so sore from activity that I couldn’t get out of bed!!! I love hookworms!!!”
(Reported in a private discussion, Jun 2012)
“It has been over two years now since we began treating Crohn’s disease in our daughter… (who was) diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at the age of 14 months… Treating our little girl with helminthic therapy was the single best decision we could have made… The treatment has enabled her to live a normal life… rather then one riddled with pain and fatigue, pills, injections, and steroids… She is now over three and a half, and is as happy, healthy, and beautiful as any parent could want…”
“Today marks exactly 600 days (20 months) since I have taken immunosuppressive medication of any kind. I suffer moderate to severe Crohn’s, since 2006. I dosed with hookworm late 2010 (22 months ago), and twice in 2011. After three doses totalling 150 worms, I estimate that the hookworm alone achieves 85% symptom relief for me. I rejoice at the phenomenal benefit to my life. It would be no exaggeration to call my case a small miracle. I hope to continue to experience this degree of relief.”
(Reported in a private message, Aug 2012)
“I’m going to Tanzania to climb Kilimanjaro for charity on sunday. It’s a pretty big thing for me, this time two years ago I couldn’t walk much more than ten meters without discomfort, and walking anywhere for more than five minutes was out of the question. I don’t half love my hookworms!”
(Reported to the Facebook Helminthic Therapy Support Group, Sept 2012)
“… the improvement from a year ago is stunning! Our beautiful little girl is yet again thriving… Suffice it to say in our family, we are convinced that we’ve chosen the most efficacious treatment course for our child. And are so far thrilled with the results of her helminthic treatment.”
“I have crohns disease. I have had six bowel resections in the past, last one was seven yrs ago, and I have less than five ft left. I was heading for a feeding tube and surgery two yrs ago, when I got the worms. They work great for me, I am a super responder. All is under control now. I will make sure I always get topped up with hookworms, don’t want to live without them.”
(Reported in a private message, Dec 2012)
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Disclaimer: This post is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.