The Amazing Dr Wriggly

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All the Queen's doctors
And all the Queen's men
Couldn't give Johnny
His health back again.

But then he met Wriggly,
Who knew what to do.
So Johnny felt better,
And so too might you!

Over a thirty year period, I gave both mainstream medicine and the alternative healthcare sector every opportunity to resolve the numerous health problems to which I had fallen prey and, in the process of meeting dozens of doctors and therapists, I was fortunate to encounter a few who went out of their way to try to help me. Sadly, however, none was successful in arresting the seemingly inexorable decline in my health.

Then, by chance, I met a truly remarkable healer who was descended from a long line of immunology specialists – so long in fact that, between them, they had gathered millions of years of practical experience in the management of the human immune system.

Dr Wriggly, as I affectionately call my new specialist, is a worm – a one centimetre long, thin-as-a-hair 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. – but what he doesn't know about the human immune system is clearly not worth knowing.

With silent determination, he set to work on the catalogue of health problems that had defeated the best human healers and, after thirty years of steadily declining health, the tide was finally turned and Wriggly gave me back the life I had lost and thought I would never see again.

My problems had begun in early childhood with allergic asthma, which segued into perennial rhinitis in my teens and sinusitis in my twenties. Then, in my thirties, I began to experience difficulty tolerating food, at which point I consulted some of the best allergists in the UK.

This led to a diagnosis of food intolerance and IgE-mediated allergies to a number of foods as well as to many environmental allergens. I then tried all the treatments that orthodox medicine had to offer, including less common options such as desensitisation, and a slew of complementary therapies, but all to no avail.

Eventually, my food intolerance became so overwhelming that it threatened my survival [1] but, just when things were looking really bleak, my luck changed as a result of being given yet another diagnosis, this time of Crohn's diseaseAlso known as regional enteritis, this is an inflammatory disease of the intestines that may affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract from mouth to anus, causing a wide variety of symptoms. It primarily causes abdominal pain, diarrhea (which may be bloody if inflammation is severe), vomiting or weight loss, but may also cause complications outside the gastrointestinal tract such as skin rashes, arthritis, inflammation of the eye, tiredness and lack of concentration.. This led, fortuitously, to me joining the 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 in Crohn's Disease clinical trial at Nottingham University in late 2007. [2]

This study was not designed to assess the efficacy of treatment 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., but merely to gauge whether it is safe to give Crohn's patients 10 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. each for 12 weeks. Nevertheless, the experience proved to me that these tiny creatures could be effective against food allergy and food intolerance because, with the help of my ten 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., I was once again able to tolerate a few normal foods.

After my involvement with the trial was complete and the trial team had declined to provide me with a further 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. infection, I began to search for some other way to renew my relationship with this organism.

Eventually, I found a commercial source [3] and inoculated myself with a fresh dose of Necator americanusThe species of human hookworm used in helminthic therapy. Its microscopic larvae are applied periodically to the skin. larvaeThe active immature form of an insect, or an animal such as a helminth, which develops from an egg and eventually transforms again into its adult state., with astonishing results. After 12 weeks, I was able to resume eating a few normal foods and, by 70 weeks, I was enjoying a full, normal diet for the first time in almost thirty years. [4]

In addition to the miraculous reversal of the food allergy and food intolerance, all my environmental allergies have completely disappeared, so that I can now spend all day outdoors during the summer without even the slightest hint of a sniffle, even when the pollen season is at its height. The catarrh and sinusitis that had been such a bane for so much of my life are also completely gone. [5]

My Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCSMultiple Chemical Sensitivity is a chronic physical illness affecting people of all ages and backgrounds. It involves allergic-type reactions to very low levels of chemicals in everyday products and often also sensitivity to food, medicines, moulds and electromagnetic fields. [https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1241652/ A review of a two-phase population study of multiple chemical sensitivities]) is now sufficiently diminished for me to be able to tolerate perfume again, and I have even been able to resume using spirit-based paints with no ill-effects whatsoever. [6]

My Crohn's diseaseAlso known as regional enteritis, this is an inflammatory disease of the intestines that may affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract from mouth to anus, causing a wide variety of symptoms. It primarily causes abdominal pain, diarrhea (which may be bloody if inflammation is severe), vomiting or weight loss, but may also cause complications outside the gastrointestinal tract such as skin rashes, arthritis, inflammation of the eye, tiredness and lack of concentration. is in remission, my eczema is much less troublesome and the severity of my M.E./CFS has been greatly moderated. My previously daily headaches and regular migraines have been dramatically reduced, [7] and my Restless Leg Syndrome has completely disappeared. [8]

Although the majority of people have still not heard of the remarkable healing skills of Dr Wriggly, there are already several thousand individuals who are enjoying greatly improved health due to his ministrations, and some of these individuals have related their successes online. [9]

(Originally published in March 2012 on the Foods Matter website. [10])

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