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Helminthic therapyThe reintroduction to the digestive tract of a controlled number of specially domesticated, mutualistic helminths (intestinal worms) in the form of microscopic eggs or larvae to reconstitute a depleted biome to treat and prevent chronic inflammation, autoimmune disease and other immunological disorders including allergy. may help in treating Lyme disease and its consequences

Effect on the disease itself

The following report is from the doctor of a patient (also a physician) with Lyme disease who infected herself with hookwormsA helminth that lives in the small intestine. Necator americanus (NA) is the only hookworm species used in helminthic therapy. Its microscopic larvae are applied periodically to the skin. and has declared herself cured as a result.

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This case is of a forty five year old woman with severe allergies after being diagnosed and treated for acute lyme… The patient took matters into her own hands and acquired hookwormsA helminth that lives in the small intestine. Necator americanus (NA) is the only hookworm species used in helminthic therapy. Its microscopic larvae are applied periodically to the skin.… Luckily she did not listen to my advice to immediately kill her worms. What I saw in her case was a rapid, consistent improvement over a few months to the point where the patient described herself as cured. This was in a case that nothing else had worked for... The case has continued to improve to the point where the patient feels improvement even after two years. The patient now feels better than even before infecting herself with hookwormsA helminth that lives in the small intestine. Necator americanus (NA) is the only hookworm species used in helminthic therapy. Its microscopic larvae are applied periodically to the skin.. Including symptoms that existed prior to the initial lyme infection. These included joint problems, and hormonal problems and sleep problems, and various food allergies and sensitivities that have been resolved directly as a result of her hookwormA helminth that lives in the small intestine. Necator americanus (NA) is the only hookworm species used in helminthic therapy. Its microscopic larvae are applied periodically to the skin. use. [1]

Effect on related autoimmune symptoms

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My son's Lyme is in remission, he is doing very well. (Now using NAthe human hookworm, Necator americanus after starting with TSOthe ova (eggs) of the porcine (pig) whipworm, Trichuris suis.) I would say if Lyme disease is accompanied by any autoimmune issues, then HThelminthic therapy is worth pursuing. [2]

Effect on related allergies

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With our son's raging Lyme infection going undiagnosed for 8+ years, we did not have the luxury of knowing that he had Lyme when he was treated with HWhookworm, usually referring to the human hookworm, Necator americanus. He had been seeing an allergy specialist for two + years, and that was not successful; we turned to HThelminthic therapy in desperation. Six months, almost to the day, he was basically allergy free, and has remained so. I am convinced that the Lyme compromised an otherwise healthy immune system and made him susceptible to uncontrolled allergies. As his HWhookworm, usually referring to the human hookworm, Necator americanus have aged, we have made progress on the Lyme and I think his system in coming back, somewhat into balance. HThelminthic therapy made a huge difference… alleviating some of his suffering. [3]

Possible effect on Post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome (PTLDS)

Ten percent of patients whose Lyme disease has been successfully treated with antibiotics go on to develop Post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome (PTLDS) which has been linked with widespread brain inflammation. [4] Helminthic therapyThe reintroduction to the digestive tract of a controlled number of specially domesticated, mutualistic helminths (intestinal worms) in the form of microscopic eggs or larvae to reconstitute a depleted biome to treat and prevent chronic inflammation, autoimmune disease and other immunological disorders including allergy. may provide a safe option for treating this inflammation.

Considerations when using helminthsAn intestinal worm which grows large enough to be seen with the naked eye when mature but which is microscopic when administered in helminthic therapy. [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helminths Wikipedia:Helminths] in patients with Lyme disease

There are two problems for anyone with Lyme disease who is considering the use of helminthic therapyThe reintroduction to the digestive tract of a controlled number of specially domesticated, mutualistic helminths (intestinal worms) in the form of microscopic eggs or larvae to reconstitute a depleted biome to treat and prevent chronic inflammation, autoimmune disease and other immunological disorders including allergy..

Firstly, a chronic infection such as HIV, hepatitis, herpes or Lyme disease might actually be made worse as a result of hosting helminthsAn intestinal worm which grows large enough to be seen with the naked eye when mature but which is microscopic when administered in helminthic therapy. [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helminths Wikipedia:Helminths]. (See Helminthic therapy and chronic infections.) For this reason, some helminth providers may be reluctant to supply worms to someone with this disease, although this will depend on the details of each individual case.

Secondly, the treatment of Lyme disease has traditionally involved prolonged antibiotic use. While these drugs would generally not present a problem for users of the two non-human helminthsAn intestinal worm which grows large enough to be seen with the naked eye when mature but which is microscopic when administered in helminthic therapy. [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helminths Wikipedia:Helminths], TSOthe ova (eggs) of the porcine (pig) whipworm, Trichuris suis and HDCHymenolepis diminuta cysticercoids (Hi-men-o-lep'is dim-a-nu-ta sis-ti-sur-koid) - the larval cysts of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta, they would render human helminthsAn intestinal worm which grows large enough to be seen with the naked eye when mature but which is microscopic when administered in helminthic therapy. [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helminths Wikipedia:Helminths] ineffective. Therefore, if someone with Lyme disease were intent on using NAthe human hookworm, Necator americanus or TTOthe ova (eggs) of the human whipworm, Trichuris trichiura, they would need to treat the disease before starting helminthic therapyThe reintroduction to the digestive tract of a controlled number of specially domesticated, mutualistic helminths (intestinal worms) in the form of microscopic eggs or larvae to reconstitute a depleted biome to treat and prevent chronic inflammation, autoimmune disease and other immunological disorders including allergy.. However, there are alternatives to the use of antibiotics in the treatment of Lyme disease.

While some alternatives to antibiotics can also be harmful to helminthsAn intestinal worm which grows large enough to be seen with the naked eye when mature but which is microscopic when administered in helminthic therapy. [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helminths Wikipedia:Helminths] (see Helminth care), others are not. For example, whole leaf stevia extract is harmless to helminthsAn intestinal worm which grows large enough to be seen with the naked eye when mature but which is microscopic when administered in helminthic therapy. [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helminths Wikipedia:Helminths] yet has been shown in test tube studies to be effective against all known morphological forms of the Lyme pathogen and its biofilms, and performed better than antibiotics.

Essential oils have also proved to be very effective against the persister stage of Lyme disease, and one study has identified several essential oils that have strong activity against the persisters. The most active of these is garlic, which completely eradicated the dormant persisters that were not killed by the current Lyme antibiotics, and they did so, with no regrowth, at only 0.05%.

While antibiotics generally have no adverse effect on the non-human helminthAn intestinal worm which grows large enough to be seen with the naked eye when mature but which is microscopic when administered in helminthic therapy. [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helminths Wikipedia:Helminths], TSOthe ova (eggs) of the porcine (pig) whipworm, Trichuris suis, it is possible that Ciprofloxacin might "slow down" this species somewhat, although the drug shouldn't completely inhibit it. [5])

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