So seven weeks ago I did a 50 hookworm top-off dose, and I’m absolutely 100% allergy free right now: no asthma, no sneezing, and I’m also experiencing the characteristic lack of aches and pains I tend to enjoy when my hookworm are active and providing their benefits. This is now my third year of helminthic … Continue reading Hookworm for Healing Prostatitis?
Today I’m 10 1/2 weeks into a 75 hookworm dose. As far as I know, I had no worms remaining when I did that top off, because stool tests for ova were negative at the time, but I have had blood work done recently suggesting the new dose is alive and well. My EOS level … Continue reading Hookworm working, feeling great!
I’m going to make this fairly brief, and hope to keep a more regular schedule with updates. Right now SIBO appears to be what’s affecting me most. My GI dr. hasn’t confirmed the diagnosis with a breath test yet, but many of my symptoms can be attributed to Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth. It’s not the … Continue reading Reinoculating with 75 Hookworm
It’s been ages since I updated this blog. Basically, I was doing very well on the first round of helminthic therapy, then wounded my finger tip when I was cooking dinner one night. A one week course of Levaquin antibiotics (early August, 2011) sterilized my gut, and what grew back was a horrible mix of … Continue reading Hookworm Only — Starting Over.
More than two weeks after dosing with helminths, I’m no longer on the natural high of a “bounce”. Instead, my body feels like it’s adjusting — sometimes awkwardly, or uncomfortably — then I’ll have a moment where I feel a sudden and startling improvement, reminiscent of the honeymoon phase. It’s worth noting that none of … Continue reading Hookworm Day 15 – Glorious sleep.
Hello, everyone! Going forward, I’m planning to shift the format here at GHN to include shorter posts with links to breaking news related to the microbiome, and strategies for improving GI health. These will include related studies, whenever possible, and interconnected ideas from all the”self-experimenters” in our (rapidly expanding!) networks. I realize many use this … Continue reading GHN – Changing Things Up a Bit! 🙂
A brief bit of background: my mother took lots of antibiotics, from the 1950s onward, and was on Tetracyline when pregnant. I got my gut flora from her, as anyone would, but was born prematurely and spent 2 months in an isolette. This means I acquired the rest of my microbiome in a hospital, before … Continue reading Candida, SIBO and… Silver?
I realize I haven’t updated this blog in a long, long time. Well, I have some admirable excuses. I’ve been feeling so GOOD lately, and have been working outside the house for the last several months. So, essentially, I’ve been too busy LIVING. The gist of my approach has been to treat SIBO with plenty … Continue reading PROGRESS..!!
For quite a while now I’ve battled with fatigue, insomnia, POTS (blood pressure spikes), racing heart, and anxiety/depression when my gut flora is particularly out of balance. Last January things worsened, especially weight loss, pain in my left descending colon, and extreme fatigue, so much so that I didn’t recognize the symptoms anymore as “my … Continue reading Fecal Transplant, The Return of Joy
I am still enjoying delicious Vivonex (heavy sarcasm) for most of my nutrition, but tried adding a few veggies tonight: purple cabbage, cauliflower, and broccoli, steamed in a pot together. Added a whiff of olive oil and some sea salt. Aced it. No reactions! This is pretty major progress for me. Last October any one … Continue reading Eating: the new frontier
Spring has come early, bringing with it high winds that fill the air with seasonal allergens. My body doesn’t like this time of year, but today I was on a roller coaster where my stuffy nose would suddenly clear up for no apparent reason. Hello, hookworm. I came in from a walk and lay in … Continue reading Day 25, signals from old friends…
So it’s now been 21 days since I inoculated with 75 hookworm. I’ve had an upper respiratory flu that morphed into a sinus and middle ear infection. The goal was to avoid antibiotics (I cannot tolerate them), especially because they have contributed to so many of my health issues. Another course of them now could … Continue reading 3 weeks in…
My gut has been doing incredibly well ever since starting helminthic therapy back in late April, 2011. On August 8th I had to take Levaquin antibiotics for 7 days, and this “stunned” my worms enough that they no longer were providing anti-inflammatory benefits. Three days ago I noticed the first hint of an ulcerative colitis … Continue reading More Whipworm for Ulcerative Colitis Flare
How did I get here? My symptoms of a stuffy nose and breathing trouble began after a motorcycle accident 22 years ago. At the time, I was more concerned about the rest of my body than my neck. It was stiff and sore for a few weeks, but I shook it off, and moved forward … Continue reading Healing from POTS
I had my second session with the LENS neurofeedback system yesterday and my subjective opinion is it’s really helping, all the way around. I feel more energetic, my mind is sharper, and I’m more at ease. I’m not quite back to where I was between weeks 7 and 9 of my worm therapy, but if … Continue reading Neurofeedback Helps!
What a mouthful. I’ll say it again: Hyperadrenergic POTS. According to one cardiologist I spoke with recently, who sees a lot of similar cases, this is what I may have. Some blood work was done 3 days ago and I am heading off to see another cardiologist as soon as my health plan authorizes it. … Continue reading Hyperadrenergic Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome
In an ideal world, we’d probably all get our helminths shortly after birth, in a broad array of various types, and never develop the autoimmune issues that call these “old friends” to our rescue later in life. But in the moment, we sick people do what we think is best, especially when it comes to … Continue reading Combo Therapy, the New Frontier
We shall see, but (ulcerative colitis and some food allergies aside) I think the true cause of years of my health problems is about to be revealed. I go to my doc in a few days and will get an MRI done to assess what’s going on with my neck. At this point it appears … Continue reading Cervical Spinal Stenosis?
Today I woke up late, to a ringing telephone — a work call. It turns out I’d overslept by about 4 hours, and missed two alarms. I felt clammy, really tired, a bit disoriented. Thinking back, I knew I had been dreaming quite a bit, which for me is an unusual positive, but these were … Continue reading Day 30 — The long view.
Here I am, middle of week 3, and (aside from the initial bounce) I’m finally feeling some symptoms that appear to be helminth related: gas, diarrhea, and fatigue. I’m spending a lot of time in bed lately and my mood is a bit off, too. My body feels like it’s, well — fighting a parasitic … Continue reading Day 25 — Rumblings!