Helminthic therapy and thyroid disease

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Relatively few people are using 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. to treat thyroid disorders, so the amount of evidence is limited. What has been learned so far is presented below.

Hashimoto's thyroiditis

We know that prednisone can provide relief from Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis [1] and, since 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] act in a similar way to prednisone (but without the damaging long-term side effects) this may indicate that 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. could be of value in arresting Hashimoto's and other forms of autoimmune thyroiditis.

Someone with autoimmune thyroid problems who began using 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. to treat other disorders reported noticing a significant decrease in anti-thyroid AB titres following inoculationThe introduction of an infectious agent into an organism. [http://helminthictherapywiki.org/wiki/index.php/Helminth_inoculation Helminth inoculation].

Others have commented as follows.

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Definitely had positive effect on my my thyroid issues. I don't take thyroxine anymore and while I haven't had blood test to see where it is at, I can't feel the difference, whereas prior to HWhookworm, usually referring to the human hookworm, Necator americanus I would be quite unwell with headaches and general malaise etc after a week of forgetting. [2]
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Within a couple weeks (of taking my first dose of HWhookworm, usually referring to the human hookworm, Necator americanus) I could no longer take thyroid medicine for Hashimoto's without feeling like I was on speed. I haven't taken thyroid since. The rest of my autoimmune issues are still there, and I still take Lugol's iodine, but my thyroid is symptom free. I don't think this is typical, and I have only had my first dose, but my experience has been good thus far.
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It seems to (help with Hashimoto’s). Not that I do not need medication any more, but the medication seems to work better. My T4 to T3 conversion is much better than it was.

While it appears that 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. can arrest the ongoing autoimmune process in Hashimoto’s, it is unlikely to be able to reverse existing damage to the thyroid, so people who are in the early stages of this disease, with minimal thyroid damage, will likely gain more benefit than those for whom the disease is well established. Unfortunately, in most cases, there is quite a large degree of thyroid tissue destruction before disorders like Hashimoto's become clinically evident and are diagnosed, so the extent to which 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. might help in these cases may be limited.

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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. therapy had no positive results on my thyroid disease.
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I am hypothyroid and was on thyroid replacement meds before going on HWhookworm, usually referring to the human hookworm, Necator americanus. My need for thyroid replacement has never changed in the several years I've been on HWhookworm, usually referring to the human hookworm, Necator americanus. I guess what I'm saying is that HWhookworm, usually referring to the human hookworm, Necator americanus have never helped my hypothyroidism. (Link expired)

Graves' disease

Helminth infection has been found to be associated with inhibition of Graves' hyperthyroidism in a mouse model.

See also

SimpleHTLogo(18x18).gif Helminthic Therapy Wiki: documenting the science, management, experience and results of helminth replacement therapy.