About Me and My Asthma
I have been looking for a cure for my hay fever, and later my asthma, for a very long time. I have had severe allergies all of my life. As a child I had hay fever so debilitating my eyes would swell shut and mucus would stream from my nose. As a child antihistamines made me into a zombie and would not provide real relief. I would lie in a darkened room with a cold damp flannel over my face. Spring was misery.
Later I smoked cigarettes for seven years when I was a teenager and into my early twenties. Together, hay fever and smoking, are the prime markers for the development of adult onset asthma, which I started to get when I reached my early thirties.
As my asthma got worse I became increasingly reliant on inhalers, pills and antihistamines as well as upon the oral steroid prednisone to stay out of hospital. I tried all the drugs and therapies available. As it was by the time I was in my late 30s I was a frequent visitor to the emergency room.
My use of prednisone increased, and as you may know the side affects of prednisone are quite horrible, particularly with long-term use. I started to suffer from some of these side affects and despite all this these drugs were only marginally effective in controlling my asthma.
Soon I was denied health insurance and so now I had the added burden of paying for all my medical care.
How I learned about the connection between asthma
, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and hookworm
On a trip in the summer of 2004 to visit relatives in England I learned of a BBC documentary about the connection between a variety of intestinal parasites and various autoimmune diseases. Visiting the BBC web site (go here to view the BBC article or go
here to see the many articles on the same subject indexed and available through google) I learned that not only did infestation with hookworm cure both hay fever and asthma but also Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Crohn's Disease and Colitis.
Wellcome Study into Asthma and Hookworm
ABC Science Online
- Asthma and Hookworm
Research at Nottingham - Asthma and Hookworm
Article about link between Asthma and Hookworm
New Scientist Article about Asthma and Hookworm
British Medical Journal on IBD & Crohn's treatment with hookworm
Crohn's & Ulcerative Coliltis research
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
About Research on Asthma, Inflammatory Bowel Disease and the
Connection with Hookworm
Intrigued I did more research and located some peer reviewed scientific papers published in the Lancet and the New England Journal of Medicine that demonstrated this link (membership is required to view these articles). This research into asthma seems to be centered at the University of Nottingham in England and into Inflammatory Bowel Disease at the University of Iowa in the USA.
A google search regarding the University of Nottingham study conducted in Ethiopia, as well as recently undertaken study at Nottingham financed by Wellcome Laboratories indicates that hookworm does indeed cure asthma. The new Wellcome research is focused on determining how many hookworm are required to cure asthma, not on whether or not it cures asthma. Obviously for the drug company that successfully isolates the compound the hookworm are producing and synthesizes it there will be a lot of money if they can then bring it to market. Selling it to individuals like me for vast sums of money each month for the rest of our lives will be very lucrative. Unfortunately even if they are successful in identifying this mystery compound and bringing it to market there will be years of research and testing to get to that point.
The Decision to Infest Myself With Hookworm
Based upon what I read, and what I learned about the hookworm I decided that I was going to try and infest myself with hookworm in an attempt to cure my asthma. I was not willing to wait ten or more years for the drug companies to bring a drug to market. This site details my experiences, how I went about it, and the things I have done since infestation to calibrate my level of infestation so that in the end I was able to cure my asthma and hay fever with hookworm. These same techniques are of course applicable to any hookworm infestation, whether you want to control asthma, hay fever, colitis, Crohn's disease or Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).