Welcome to my blog.
I am a guy who has had rather too many health problems for far too long, but who is now enjoying significantly better health thanks to a resident team of gut buddies – hookworms, to be precise!
My difficulties began in infancy, when I developed asthma, abdominal pain (Crohn’s disease was only diagnosed many years later) and multiple allergies.
I managed to squeeze in a brief, but immensely enjoyable career during my twenties and early thirties before developing a severe sensitivity to food. This worsened gradually, over many years, until I eventually became intolerant to all normal foods and was forced to live exclusively on a special medically prescribed hypoallergenic formula.
A few years after the food sensitivity began, I also developed M.E./Chronic Fatigue Syndrome following a severe viral infection. This then worsened progressively over time to the point where I became virtually housebound by the unremitting profound exhaustion.
To add a little more variety to this mix, I also had a number of other problems, such as migraine headaches, eczema, light sensitivity and occasional spells of Restless Leg Syndrome, and my temperature control was haywire. As one of the better doctors I have seen, commented, my health was a “mess”!
Nevertheless, I managed to spend some time each day crawling the web in search of medical and alternative health research that might help either myself or one of many friends and contacts with similar problems to my own.
My discovery, a few years ago, of the Hygiene Hypothesis led eventually to me taking part in the Hookworms for Crohn’s Disease trial at Nottingham University in the UK. My account of this experience can be read here.
Although very short, this trial provided tantalizing indications that a long-term worm infection might offer significant help with at least my Crohn’s, allergies and food intolerance, so I subsequently obtained a dose of hookworm larvae from Autoimmune Therapies to put this possibility to the test.
After a brief period of mainly gastrointestinal symptoms, which arose while the hookworm re-established their ancient relationship with my body, I began to experience some very welcome relief from several of my long-term problems, as can be seen here.
I intend to use this blog to publish any updates to my own story, as well as to pass on any information which I find that might interest others who are either prospective or current helminth hosts, or anyone who is suffering from an allergic, inflammatory or autoimmune disease and is simply curious about the hygiene/old friends hypothesis and related matters.
My choice of title for the blog arose as a result of me calling my own resident helminths my ‘gut buddies’, and not because of any association with any other entity, commercial or otherwise, which may use the same title. The only external connection that this blog has is that it is hosted by autoimmunetherapies.com, but the owners of Autoimmune Therapies have no editorial input or influence whatsoever.
I am grateful to Chris White (ChrisWhiteArt@aol.com) for his splendid header image. He has succeeded in creating a colourful and amusing visual interpretation of what I imagine my own gut looks like, with its assorted denizens living out lives that must be every bit as exciting and challenging as my own.