Treating SIBO and sinusitis with NA and TTO

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My health declines after a holiday

It was a hot Australian Christmas Day in 2016.

As I look around the table I see my family so energetic and cheerful, I start to think to myself that, if this was six months earlier, I would have been the most energised in the room, the one that could never sit still, compared to the slugged over bed ridden state I was in now.

My health had started declining after returning home from a holiday in Bali. I became severely ill with a viral infection that lingered on for two months. As my post infection symptoms started to stack up, I engaged in every medical test available, with all tests returning back in the normal range apart from a small H. pylori infection which I treated with Sulforaphane. After hundreds of tests and thousands of dollars spent, I soon lost faith in the conventional medical system and decided to take my health into my own hands.

My situation worsens and I seek solutions

In the next year, my post infection symptoms became progressively worse, my digestion was flipped upside down with constant diarrhoea and bloating, I had terrible brain fog, my sinuses became inflamed all day long and I could only breath through my mouth at night, which in turn made my sleep quality horrendous. Though the worse my health became, the more determined I was to regain my pre infection health.

As I indulged in every study related to my symptoms that was available at the time, I quickly realised that the microbiomeAll the microorganisms living in and on the body, or the genome of these microorganisms. "Microbiota" refers to the specific population of microorganisms living in a certain part of the body, such as the gut. These two terms are often used interchangeably. had such a large impact on overall health. One day I stumbled across a little blog about the effects 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. on inflammatory diseases, so I immediately started researching about 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], which resulted in me joining the Facebook Helminthic Therapy Support group.

Welcoming healing worms

I first inoculated with 25 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. in December 2017.

After allowing the little wrigglers to settle in for 3 months before adding another 25 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. plus a dose of 50 human whipwormsA helminth with a tapering whiplike body that lives in the colon. In helminthic therapy, the microscopic eggs of either the human Trichuris trichiura (TTO) or pig Trichuris suis (TSO) are taken in a drink., my side effects were quite mild, as diarrhoea was something that I dealt with on a daily basis as a result of IBSIrritable bowel syndrome is a widespread condition involving recurrent abdominal pain and diarrhoea or constipation. [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irritable_Bowel_Syndrome Wikipedia:Irritable Bowel Syndrome](D). The human whipwormsA helminth with a tapering whiplike body that lives in the colon. In helminthic therapy, the microscopic eggs of either the human Trichuris trichiura (TTO) or pig Trichuris suis (TSO) are taken in a drink. presented the most deleterious side effects, with fatigue, diarrhoea and increased allergies that lasted for around 8 weeks post whipwormA helminth with a tapering whiplike body that lives in the colon. In helminthic therapy, the microscopic eggs of either the human Trichuris trichiura (TTO) or pig Trichuris suis (TSO) are taken in a drink. inoculationThe introduction of an infectious agent into an organism. [http://helminthictherapywiki.org/wiki/index.php/Helminth_inoculation Helminth inoculation], but eventually reduced over time.

I have now just hit the one year mark 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] (here's a report at 5 months), and some of the benefits I have experienced are normalised sleep patterns, increased quality of sleep and an increase of energy. 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] ameliorated the brain fog I was experiencing, and my diarrhoea has greatly improved. There is still room for improvement in my digestion, but I strongly believe that, over time, this will normalise.

A SIBO test proves positive, but so are my hopes for the future

I think It is worth noting that I received a positive SIBO breath test around 3 months ago and opted for a 14 day course of Rifaximin. To my surprise, the antibiotics had minimal effects on 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. egg production, and nor did my sinus inflammation return, though, when I did inoculate again, I experienced some fatigue around 6 weeks post inoculationThe introduction of an infectious agent into an organism. [http://helminthictherapywiki.org/wiki/index.php/Helminth_inoculation Helminth inoculation], just like the first time I inoculated 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..

Right now, as a 22 year old, my health is in a great place. Personally, I have found that trickle dosing 1-2 worms bi-weekly reaps the most benefits for my sinus inflammation. Sometimes you need to take your health into your own hands and not rely of the the health system for answers. 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. has given me my life back and I’m really exited for the future 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. and the impact it could have on so many other people who are struggling with inflammatory health issues. (Written Dec 2018)

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