- What is Helminthic Treatment?
- Does it work?
- Is it safe?
- Who can use helminthic Treatment?
- Who should not use helminthic Treatment?
- What am I buying?
- How much does it cost?
- Where do you ship?
- Are there any shipping requirements?
- How long will shipping take?
- What if the larvae don’t survive shipment?
- How do I order?
- What are bitcoins?
- How long will it take to work?
- Are there any side effects?
- Can I pass them on to people close to me?
- Will I be able to see them?
- How long do they live?
- Will I need to re-dose?
- What if I have to use antibiotics?
- What else can kill hookworms?
- What if I want to get rid of them?
- Do you provide aftercare/medical support?
1 What is Helminthic Treatment? Helminthic Treatment involves deliberately colonizing a person with a small number of helminth worms in order to reduce symptoms of allergy, inflammation and immune dysfunction. [top]
2. Does it work? The immune modulatory abilities of helminths are now well established however Helminthic Treatment is new and experimental so it is difficult to definitively state its efficacy. Clinical trials on animals have shown helminths to be effective in treating asthma, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, food allergy, type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis. In the limited number of studies using human subjects to date it, has been seen to be safe and effective in treating allergies, asthma, celiac disease, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis and there are studies on going at present into these and a number of other immune mediated conditions. Anecdotally, there are accounts of an estimated 80% success rate amongst Helminthic Treatment users for a broad range of allergic, inflammatory and autoimmune conditions. [top]
3. Is it safe? The small doses of hookworms that we supply have been clinically proven to be safe and are usually asymptomatic beyond initial colonization. It is estimated that three quarters of a billion people worldwide currently host hookworms naturally and the US Center for Disease Control recommends that healthcare providers need not treat light infections. Helminthic Treatment is, however, a novel experimental treatment and as such cannot be considered free of risk. Known risk factors are anemia caused by heavy worm burden and the possibility that helminth colonisation could down modulate antiviral immunity with the result that latent viral infections such as the herpes virus which causes cold sores could be reactivated and symptoms experienced in some people. With an experimental treatment there is always a possibility of risk factors that are as yet unknown. [top]
4. Who can use Helminthic Treatment? Anyone suffering from any form of allergic, inflammatory or autoimmune disorder could benefit from Helminthic Treatment. [top]
5. Who should not use Helminthic Treatment? Due to a lack of clinical research we would not recommend the treatment for pregnant women, cancer patients or those with HIV. Hookworm feed on the blood of the host so we would not recommend the treatment for those with bleeding or blood clotting disorders. Because the larvae can temporarily increase inflammatory responses during colonization we would not recommend that those with severe intestinal strictures use this treatment. We would recommend that anyone considering this treatment should ensure they are not anemic before proceeding. [top]
6. What am I buying? When you order from us you will receive a small vial of clear liquid. In this will be a small dose of Necator americanus hookworm larvae. You will also receive a vial of purified water for rinsing, a pipette and dressing for application and instructions on how to apply the larvae. [top]
7. How much does it cost? There are 3 starting dose size options available: 5 worms: $85 USD, 10 worms: $130 USD, 25 worms: $200 USD. For those with an established colony we are happy to provide supplementary doses of up to 40 worms for $200 USD. [top]
8. Where do you ship? We can ship worldwide to any country that has a reliable national postal service. Due to FDA regulations we are not able to ship to the USA. [top]
9. Are there any shipping requirements? Necator americanus are a tropical hookworm species and may not survive prolonged exposure to temperatures below 5 degrees Celsius (41F) or above 45 degrees Celsius (113F). Please ensure that the address we ship to will not leave the larvae exposed to any extremes of temperature, such as an outside mail box in a very hot or very cold climate. The packaging used in shipping will afford some insulation, but we would advise customers to ensure that packages are received promptly into a room temperature environment. [top]
10. How long will shipping take? That is very dependent upon where we are shipping to and how long a package takes to clear customs. If your order has not been received within 3 weeks, we will always offer to re-send free of charge or give a full refund. [top]
11. What if the worms don’t survive shipment? If the worms are exposed to extremes of temperature during shipment they may not survive. Should inoculation be unsuccessful due to larvae mortality (evidenced by lack of itch or rash at the inoculation site on the skin), we will always offer to either re-send free of charge or give a full refund. [top]
12. How do I order? All transactions are made in bitcoins; we cannot accept any other method of payment. To order please fill out your details on our Purchase page. We will then contact you with payment details and terms and conditions. [top]
14. How long will it take to work? It will take the worms at least 6 weeks to establish and mature in the intestine. There have been reports of symptom relief as early as 7 weeks post inoculation, but normally results are seen at around the 12 week mark. For some it will take longer. If you do not see any improvement by 12 weeks we would recommend additional doses at a minimum of 12 week intervals until efficacy is achieved. [top]
15. Are there any side effects? Yes, there can be side effects during the first 12 weeks post inoculation. Most people experience an itchy rash at the site of inoculation. During the time that it takes the larvae to migrate to the intestine and mature into adult worms there can be a range of side effects such as fatigue, diarrhea, abdominal cramping and gas. These vary greatly from person to person and many do not experience anything at all beyond the rash. People on immunosuppressant drugs are less likely to experience side effects. Once the worms are established they should be totally asymptomatic. [top]
16. Can I pass them on to people close to me? No. Due to the necessary stages of the hookworms’ life cycle, they cannot be spread from one person to another in a home with a modern sewerage system. Eggs are deposited in stool, but they must be left in very specific conditions for at least a week to hatch and become infective. [top]
17. Will I be able to see them? No. Live worms are not passed in stool and eggs are too small to be seen with the naked eye. [top]
18. How long do they live? Necator americanus live an average of 3 to 5 years in a healthy host. [top]
19. Will I need to re-dose? The treatment is only effective whilst there is a live colony of worms in the intestine. If the colony dies off over time or is lost because of an event such as antibiotic use, re-dosing will be necessary to maintain benefit. Some people will find a single dose of 25 worms will be enough to achieve results, but for others a larger colony will be necessary. Because the severity of the initial side effects are directly proportionate to the number of larvae used in inoculation, we would not recommend an initial dose of more than 25 worms. If results are not achieved with 25 worms after 12 weeks we would recommend re-dosing at 12 week intervals until benefits are seen. We are happy to supply supplementary doses of up to 40 worms for the same cost of $200. We would not recommend hosting a colony of more than 150 worms at any time due to risk of anaemia. A small number of people with very aggressive immune responses may find that they lose worms after as little as 6 months. In these cases regular re-dosing would be advisable to maintain benefit. [top]
20. What if I have to use antibiotics? Most antibiotics will reduce the efficacy of your hookworm colony and may either kill the worms or put them into a state of dormancy. If antibiotic use is unavoidable we would recommend re-dosing as soon as possible after treatment. Ideally, a helminth host should avoid antibiotic use if at all possible. [top]
21. What else can accidentally kill hookworms? Hookworms are known to be very susceptible to Nitrous Oxide or laughing gas (N2O) which is commonly used by dentists as an anaesthetic. It is also used as an aerosol propellant in whipped cream cans and cooking fat sprays so helminth hosts would be best advised to avoid these products. Normal dietary amounts of food, herbs and spices will not harm hookworms but some products that have been concentrated to make herbal remedies or essential oils may pose a problem. Any products labelled as antihelmintic or antiparasitic would be best avoided. [top]
22. What if I want to get rid of them? Hookworm can easily be eradicated with a short course of an antihelmintic drug (Albendazole or Mebendazole). [top]
23. Do you provide aftercare/medical support? Our aim is to make Helminthic Treatment accessible and affordable for the many people we believe it could help. In order to maintain affordability we cannot offer any medical advice. We would recommend that anyone with a serious condition should discuss their treatment with a medical professional before proceeding. For further information and support we would recommend looking into on line resources which can provide a wealth of information about the treatment. Please take time to thoroughly research your own condition in relation to HT (see our Science and Research page) before you decide to proceed. [top]