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Dosing with HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta

Once they have been ingested by a host, HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta will generally only survive for around 2 weeks, after which time they pass unnoticed out of the intestines. Doses therefore need to be taken approximately every fortnight, although some people may only need to re-dose every 3 or 4 weeks or, more rarely, every week.

One of the most common mistakes in determining an appropriate dosage for HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta is to think of it as a drug, making the assumption that one size fits every individual, and that age is the only possible variable. 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 general are much more like physical exercise than a drug, and can be viewed as being literally “exercise” for the immune system. Just as with physical exercise, dosage needs to be optimised for each individual, and this needs to be done before one can begin to consider whether or not 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] might be working. Even once they are delivering benefits, optimisation continues to be an ongoing process.

Another factor to be considered, in addition to the high variability in the dosage and frequency of administration required by each individual, is the age and preparation of the product that is used.

Dosing with fresh HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta

Fresh HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta are those that have been self-grown or obtained from a local source immediately following extraction from the intermediate host (usually a beetle). They have not been cleaned in any way nor placed in a nutrient solution for longer term storage and shipping.

Typical dosage with fresh HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta

  Typical initial dose    Typical “optimised dosage”    High “optimised dosage”
Adult 5-30 HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta / 3 weeks 20-30 HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta / 3 weeks 100 HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta / week
Paediatric    1-10 HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta / 3 weeks 5-10 HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta / 3 weeks 10-20 HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta / week

Optimising the dosage with fresh HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta

This decision tree for determining the optimal size and frequency of dosing with fresh HDCsthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta is taken from this paper.
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Dosing with commercially prepared HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta

Commercially produced HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta (e.g., those sold by Biome Restoration) will have been cleaned and placed in a nutrient solution for longer term storage and shipping.

Typical dosage with commercial HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta

The following table shows numbers that are roughly 50% - 100% greater than those required when using fresh HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta.

  Typical initial dose    Typical “optimised dosage”    High “optimised dosage”
Adult 5-15 HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta / 2 weeks 30-60 HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta / 2 weeks 200 HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta / week
Paediatric    2-10 HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta / 3 weeks 10-20 HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta / 3 weeks 15-30 HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta / week

Optimising the dosage with commercial HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta

1. Start with a low dose.

It can be counterproductive to start with larger doses In the hope of getting results more quickly.

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I started with 60 HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta every two weeks 13 weeks ago. I felt awful for weeks and months -- brain fog, fatigue, bad mood -- since week 4. Just this week I went down to 30 and feel so much better. It is very clear to me that I was suffering for no good reason, trying to be brave and get the benefits sooner. Silly. [1] Length of time is as key as dose, so really using a very tolerable dose for longer is a much better idea than speed and higher doses. [2]

See The HDC experience for further examples of possible side effects.

There is no harm in starting with even lower doses than those shown in the table above, and doing this will further reduce the chance of encountering side effects in the first few weeks.

Some adults who tend to be very sensitive to supplements and medicines have found that 10 commercial HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta was a manageable starting dose, but some have found that even 10 was too much for them, and one individual even reacted badly to an initial dose of 5.

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I had a really really bad reaction. But I'm not sure why… I would always start with the lowest dose possible, just in case.

2. Increase the dose gradually until either mild and temporary diarrhea is observed, or until full relief of symptoms is obtained.

The size of subsequent doses is typically increased gradually over two months to 30-60 HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta taken every 2 or 3 weeks, which is the dosage with which most users report the best results. However, some people may be unable to proceed at this speed, and one HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta user believes that she does best on just 5 HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta every 2 weeks.

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After trying 5, 10, 20, and 30 I finally have to admit I did best with 5. I was determined to keep going up, but benefits seem to have diminished with every increase.

This user’s very detailed report of her first 3 months with HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta is presented here.

A child who had a positive response to an initial dose of 5 HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta, but who was then given 10 HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta three weeks later, reacted to this doubling of the second dose by becoming angry and aggressive for a week, and also vomiting. [3]

One person with CFS/ME who started with 5 commercial HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta every 2 weeks needed 6 months to gradually build up to 30 every 2 weeks.

3. Vary the interval between doses according to individual needs.

In some people, the beneficial effects of a dose of HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta may only last for 2 weeks.

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I just recently switched my hdc subscription scheduling from 3 weeks to 2. I definitely could feel the fatigue start to return after 2 weeks. [4]

A few may even need to take doses as often as every week.

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... after about a week and a half I really need that next dose. [5]
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I've fussed with dosage a lot and come up with weekly doses of 30. I seem to go off a cliff after 10 days and this gives me some reserve if a shipment is late. [6]

So, instead of taking 30 HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta every 3 weeks, it may be better to take 20 every 2 weeks, or 10 every week. Spreading doses out in this way produces the same therapeutic effect as taking a larger dose less often. It also reduces the chances of an adverse reaction in the early stages of the therapy.

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My son is doing great on 20 every 2 weeks (for autism). [7]

4. If mild diarrhea is experienced before full symptom relief is obtained, then the dosage is lowered and the frequency of administration is increased.
5. After a honeymoon period of between 6 months and a year, further dosage increases may be needed to maintain full symptom relief.
6. The dosage must be re-optimised periodically in the long-term.
7. While a few people may need to continue to use smaller doses in the long-term, this approach is inadequate for many people, [8] and, when one provider offered their customers the chance to experiment with higher doses of HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta at no extra cost, 91% of those who took up the offer decided to maintain the higher dose thereafter, as a result of them having experienced increased efficacy. [9]

Taking HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta

HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta are taken in a drink, along with a little fat. This stimulates the release of bile into the gut, and the bile activates the HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta. Only a small amount of fat is required, and it doesn’t matter what food this comes from. Even a single fish oil capsule will be sufficient. Apart from taking some form of fat with each HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta dose, there is no other requirement, and there is no reason to take an antacid before HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta.

Anyone who needs to take the bile acid sequestrant drug, cholestyramine (CSM) - also known as colestyramine, and sold as Questran, Questran Light, Cholybar and Olestyr - should avoid taking a dose of the drug before they take HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta. If the morning dose of CSM is omitted, and the HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta are taken before breakfast, the fat contained in this meal will trigger bile release in the small intestine, where the HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta will hatch after they leave the stomach, usually within 2 hours of being taken. This is the only time at which CSM needs to be avoided, so only a single dose will be missed every few weeks.

For a list of supplements and medications that may adversely affect HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta, see this page. (Scroll down the page to locate the section.)

Storage and survival of HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta

HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta deteriorate rapidly after extraction from their intermediate (beetle) host, so doses of fresh HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta should be used within 24 hours of being harvested - not 24 hours after receipt. Even if placed in saline, HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta will not survive for more than 48 hours, so should be taken as soon as possible, ideally immediately.

HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta supplied by Biome Restoration will survive for 2 to 3 weeks as a result of being stored in a nutrient solution developed specially by this company for this species. HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta from this source are usually received within 11 days of being shipped, and must then be used immediately or refrigerated for up to 2 weeks at 4ºC (39-40ºF). There is anecdotal evidence that a shorter storage period is likely to result in a better immune response to the HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta. [10]

HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta are unlikely to be harmed by extremes of temperature encountered during shipping.

Hymenolepis diminutaA murine (rat) tapeworm used in helminthic therapy that generally does not mature in humans and is taken as cysticerci (HDC) in a drink every 2 or 3 weeks. thrives in cold conditions, and while they can be killed by temperatures that are sufficiently low to cause the liquid containing them to freeze, the shipping solution used by Biome Restoration has a very low freezing point, so would need to be exposed to an extremely low temperature (roughly -20ºC (-4ºF)) for several hours before it would freeze. Therefore, in practice, even HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta that are shipped in the winter to countries such as Canada are unlikely to be damaged by the cold.

HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta are also unlikely to be harmed by heat during shipping, even when shipped to very hot countries. Mature HDHymenolepis diminuta, a murine (rat) tapeworm. live in rodents with a body temperature of 37ºC (99ºF), so are accustomed to heat. Only temperatures approaching 50ºC (122ºF), or higher, will start to have a noticeable effect on the longevity of the HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta, and several days at these very high temperatures would be required before their lifespan would be affected.

Where do HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta live?

After ingestion, HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta settle in the small intestine and attach to the intestine wall. [11]

Response to HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta

Some people expect HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta to perform in the same way as a drug and start to deliver benefits within days but, while a significant proportion of people using HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta do indeed begin to notice positive changes after only days or weeks, these might not become consistent until after 3 months, which is how long 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 general take to begin to provide consistent benefits.

In some individuals, HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta may take much longer than 3 months before producing results, so users should continue to take them for at least 6 months before deciding whether or not they are likely to help. A few users of other 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] have reported that they have only begun to experience remission from their disease after hosting them for almost 2 years, and periodic disease exacerbations have been experienced up to 18 months after the first inoculationThe introduction of an infectious agent into an organism. [http://helminthictherapywiki.org/wiki/index.php/Helminth_inoculation Helminth inoculation], whichever species of helminth is used.

A naturopathic doctor has reported that HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta can also take up to 1-2 years to be effective. Although a lot of her IBDInflammatory bowel disease is a group of conditions affecting the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, particularly the colon and small intestine. The major types of IBD are Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis (UC). clients are symptom free after only 4 doses, it usually takes around 24 weeks before her clients' food intolerances and energy show significant improvement. [12]

Side effects and adverse reactions to HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta

Side effects are commonly experienced during the first few days. For more detail, see the following page section.

The following comment about adverse reactions is from researchers working in William Parker's laboratory at Duke University.

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Of the 707 total cases evaluated, several adverse effects of self-treatmentMedication or treatment of one's own disease or condition without medical supervision. were noted, all in the pediatric population. Most pediatric individuals with autism experienced a slight but transient increase in hyperactivity following self-treatmentMedication or treatment of one's own disease or condition without medical supervision.. However, this was not considered a reason to discontinue therapy. Rather, most individuals who discontinued therapy fell into the roughly 50% of people who did not experience substantial benefits and discontinued therapy for that reason. On the other hand, more troublesome adverse reactions were noted and included severe gastric pain associated with documented colonization (n = 3; 0.4%) and worsening of behavioral symptoms (n = 3; 0.4%). These more troublesome effects were relieved by treatment with anti-helminthic drugs and were cause for discontinuation 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.. [13]

When mild side effects, such as an increase in hyperactivity in children, occur in the early stages of the therapy, these can be treated with an antihistamine or ibuprofen (not acetaminophen / paracetamol) [14] or the size of the dose can be reduced until the side effects pass, which they invariably do eventually.

Diarrhoea can be treated with loperamide (Immodium, Lopex, etc.).

If termination were to become necessary, for example due to colonisation in a child, the appropriate treatment is described on the following webpage.

Commercial suppliers of HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta

DIYDo-It-Yourself. Literally to bypass the professional and do it yourself. HDCthe cysticercoids (larval cysts) of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta Incubation

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