In 1976 a researcher, J. A. Turton, infected himself with a parasitic organism, hookworm (a type of helminth) and reported that his allergies disappeared so long as he was infected with the worms(1).
This is the first instance of helminthic therapy reported in the medical literature. Turton published his article in the Lancet, one of the most prestigious medical Science journals in the world, describing his experiences and observations.
But, sadly, this early instance of helminthic therapy, went ignored for more than twenty years. Since then numerous studies have suggested that worms of this type, helminths such as hookworm(9), will prevent or alleviate the symptoms of allergies for many people (seasonal allergies and food allergies ).
Over thirty years after Turton published his findings, research is currently being conducted at Nottingham University looking at the use of helminths, and their impact on allergies. The study involves the deliberate infection of people who suffer from allergies with small quantities of the helminth called hookworm. There are also currently studies being conducted in Australia(2) looking at the impact hookworms have on Coeliac disease, a digestive intolerance of gluten. These research studies are validated by our own observations that a substantial majority of those treated with helminthic therapy for their allergies cease to show any symptoms of allergy within three months of treatment.