Trying helminthic therapy for Sjogren’s Syndrome

As readers of this site might know, I take a great interest in potential treatments for SS. This includes experimental treatments, and one treatment that I have covered elsewhere on the site is helminthic therapy. For those who haven’t read about it, helminthic therapy involves the purposeful infection of oneself with parasites in order to treat immune disorders. After a significant amount of research, I’ve decided to give helminthic therapy a try; specifically, Necator americanus, a human hookworm.

Several reasons have influenced this decision:

  • Positive results in several scientific studies of helminth treatment for various non-SS autoimmune disorders, including celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, and multiple sclerosis.
  • A handful of positive anecdotal reports for treatment of SS with hookworms.
  • Minimal risks of side effects, particularly when compared to biologic drugs or MTX. Helminths have been coexisting with humans for thousands of years, so the side effects are fairly minimal and well-understood.
  • A desire to attempt to treat my SS as early as possible, to slow or halt progression and prevent future complications.
  • Helminths are known to be effective in treating allergies and other sinus problems. Even if I only experience an improvement in my allergies, it will be worth the cost.

The only real downside that has previously held me back is the cost, as reputable sources that are available to U.S. residents cost over $2000, though the treatments are generally guaranteed for several years. Finally, I decided to spend the money and see what happens.

My worms should be arriving within the next week or two. I will keep this blog updated with my progress.

 

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