Helminths, appetite and body weight

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People who host 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] appear to experience a normalisation of appetite rather than either an increase or decrease in their need for food.

Infectious agents, including parasiticAn organism that lives in or on another organism (its host) and benefits at the host’s expense. (The organisms used in helminthic therapy are, strictly speaking, not parasites, but mutualists, because they have a mutually beneficial symbiotic relationship with their hosts.) worms, seem to be capable of overwhelming the mechanisms that regulate appetite and body weight.

The following study suggests a possible manipulation of appetite regulation in infected mice by 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. of the 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], Taenia taeniaformis.

Larvae of the nematodeA category of worms with slender, unsegmented, cylindrical bodies that include roundworms and threadworms., Nippostrongylus brasiliensis, affected the degree of anorexia in rats at 8 days post infection, in a dose-dependent manner.

A 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. self-treaterSomeone who treats their own disease or condition without medical assistance. reported an increase in appetite after she started taking 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, and noticed the same increase in appetite in her son after he also began taking 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. [1]

And a 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. user reported this:

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My appetite has been very low for years and it got a bit worse at initial inoculationThe introduction of an infectious agent into an organism. [http://helminthictherapywiki.org/wiki/index.php/Helminth_inoculation Helminth inoculation], but I'm almost at the 3 month mark and I'm seeing a definite increase in appetite, which is fantastic. [2]

Someone else has reported that he became much more hungry between 4 and 12 weeks after inoculating 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.. [3]

And several others have reported an improvement in appetite between 5 and 8 weeks post inoculationThe introduction of an infectious agent into an organism. [http://helminthictherapywiki.org/wiki/index.php/Helminth_inoculation Helminth inoculation].

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One of the changes that I noticed when I first got 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. was that, after many years of not really having any appetite for food, I suddenly began to take a keen interest in cooking smells 39 days after inoculationThe introduction of an infectious agent into an organism. [http://helminthictherapywiki.org/wiki/index.php/Helminth_inoculation Helminth inoculation].

Someone else with a history of food intolerance experienced something very similar at 47 days, when she found herself responding unusually positively to seeing food on the TV. These two self-treaters then began to experience real hunger for the first time at 43 days and 60 days respectively.

And another self-treaterSomeone who treats their own disease or condition without medical assistance. found, at 40 days post inoculationThe introduction of an infectious agent into an organism. [http://helminthictherapywiki.org/wiki/index.php/Helminth_inoculation Helminth inoculation] 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., that she suddenly became able to eat all the food on her plate, after years of never quite managing to eat everything she put out for herself at mealtimes.

Conversely, others have found that the ability of 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] to normalise aberrant hunger/satiety responses has resulted in them eating less food.

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Before HWhookworm, usually referring to the human hookworm, Necator americanus, I didn't feel like I had any full sensors and could eat a ton without ever reeling full. After HWhookworm, usually referring to the human hookworm, Necator americanus, I feel like I have normal hungry/full sensors and feel full at the appropriate time after consuming a normal amount of food. This was an amazing unexpected side effect that I wasn't even looking for. [4]
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My son used to want food ALL the time. It was impossible to fill him up. For him food was tied up with anxiety though, so as his anxiety levels dropped with HThelminthic therapy he started eating less. [5]

For more information 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] and body weight, see this post. [6]

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