Answered: May 13, 2015 by Dr. Sidney Baker
How does helminthic therapy work?
“Loss of immune tolerance” is an important phrase for understanding all chronic illness. Both auto-immunity and allergy are involved in the inflammation that is at the root of problems in all organs whose names and troubles are featured in association with chronic illness as we know it in modern society. A consensus has formed among researchers that depletion of the microbiome (all the germs that live in the digestive tract) is a key to loss of immune tolerance. That point is thoroughly explained in the book An Epidemic of Absence, by Moise Valesquez-Manhoff.
Restoration of the microbiome comes with the introduction – however temporary – of organisms that serve as proxies for those that have disappeared from our digestive tract over the past 200 years of hygienic practices (toilets and soap and water). When our immune system greets the arrival of such organisms as Trichuris suis ova ("TSO") and Hymenolepis diminuta cysticercoids ("HDCs") it very often regains the tolerance that is the immune system’s main job.
The language that we use with the immune system tends to emphasize words like attacking, fighting and defense. In fact, most of the immune system’s job is very much like the customs and immigration at a major international airport where thousands of people are screened and tolerated as they present their documents. Rarely a suspect is pulled aside in a moment of inflammation and even then it usually turns out to be a case of mistaken identity. Exceptionally a "bad guy" is found and quite a bit of inflammation becomes appropriate. Loss of the kind of tolerance exercised by the immune system toward the many exposures we each have to food, dust, pollen, and innocent microorganisms creates in us a variety of expressions of information that become diagnosed as autoimmune or allergic diseases or may go unrecognized as such and simply medicated to suppress symptoms without realizing that intolerance to some food or environmental exposure is at the root of the problem.
The real root of the problem is often a general decrease in the normal tolerance that people should have toward the harmless exposures in their environment. In such a case helminthic therapy is the answer and can be applied widely to relatively healthy people for preventive purposes as it is for people with serious complex illness.
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