My, how time flys. It has been one year since my first (known) dose of parasites ever. Sadly, I haven’t made the type of progress that I would have liked with my major symptoms. On the other hand, I have seen some very interesting small signs of progress, and best of all I have tolerated the rat tapeworms fairly well overall. Just tolerating the HDC was really an amazing stroke of good fortune for me, due to my extreme sensitivities. However, there seems to be some negative effects that shouldn’t be overlooked, also.
First, the small signs of progress: I have seen an elimination of long standing ankle and foot edema, elimination of “rust” color on my feet and shins (probably iron depositing in the skin from dying red blood cells), a partial reversal of alopecia on my lower legs, less intestinal distress, less joint pain in fingers, and a small reduction in burning skin (esp. on my safe diet).
But there have been some negative effects too. I still seem to have increased fatigue, large joint pain, and increasing exercise intolerance. The fatigue and exercise intolerance are getting worrisome, frankly. I now get muscle soreness from a distressingly small amount of activity.
My problem with rheumatic hip pain is puzzling. I think it is better. I rarely get acute attacks of crippling pain now. But I have diffuse pain nearly all of the time. So, I am not sure if it is better, or worse ?
One positive sign I have not mentioned thus far has to do with my passionate parts. Yes, my wobblies. For several years, I have noticed that my testicles were getting smaller and lighter. I did not like it, but wrote it off as a natural consequence of aging. Almost immediately, after I began taking worms, this situation began to reverse. My testicles began to grow and grow, getting heavier, and heavier. Now, I haven’t been weighing them on the bathroom scale, and keeping a chart of their progress, mind you. It’s just something a feller notices. Anyway, now they are a normal size, like when I was younger, my “reproductive health” has increased significantly. Quite interesting. In fact, this study of male chimpanzees seemed to chime in with this observation, indicating that the alpha male chimpanzee had higher levels of testosterone, and interestingly enough, also higher levels of intestinal worms. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3004803/ So, we may fairly wonder, do worms actually make the man ?
Going forward: As I said, I haven’t made the progress I had hoped for so far. But, in fairness, my health really was beginning to spin out of control when I started the worms. The worms may have merely snatched me from going over the edge into a very bad place. I don’t know. What I do know is that so far, I am happy to be wormed up. And barring any unforeseen consequences, I plan to be wormed up for many years to come. I like being wormy. I think “hosting” is a healthy lifestyle choice.
My immediate plans for the future are to begin increasing my HDC dose with an eye towards achieving a 60 + 60 dose in a few months (double my current dose). A number of people with autoimmune conditions take a 60 + 60 dose of HDC, and I believe a component of my illness is autoimmune in nature. What I will be looking for mainly is to see if I can really put a dent in my burning skin, and be able to expand my restricted diet. That would be a enormous improvement for me.
The journey continues.