Though I didn't believe there was any real risk, that was part of my thinking, too, actually: "Even if there's a little harm, it's better to have tried."
I first took (doctor prescribed) mebendazole over a year ago and it helped, but the infection returned not long after. I first took albendazole, pyrantel, praziquantel, ivermectin, etc. about a month and a half ago (iirc). I had some herxing, passed many worms (visible in the toilet), and then felt much, much better. I did 3 courses of varying length (by type of drug and how I felt) separated by a week.
Sorry for the delay responding; I've been immersed in research on genetics, nutrigenomics, and methylation and such after finding that I have ~25 mutations/SNPs that affect methylation and detox, which effectively 'weaken' the body (generally..metabolism, immune system, etc.) and apparently increase susceptibility to disease, parasite infection, etc. You may want to look into this, too. I ordered my DNA test from 23andme.com (used a fake name; I don't trust them), processed my raw results through GeneticGenie.org to learn about the mutations affecting detox/methylation, and have been reading the work of Dr. Amy Yasko and a few others.
Thank you. Yes, I agree - the articles here on CZ and on similar sites can be very helpful .. there are pieces of the puzzle everywhere.
My research on methylation and methylenetetrahydrofolate (MTHF) reductase (MTFHR) - which is an enzyme that the body produces that reduces 5,10-MTHF to 5-MTHF, which is critical in the methylation pathways, which are critical to nearly every body process - continues.
I've found that I'm 'homozygous' (meaning I got this mutation from both parents) MTHFR C677T, which results in the production of thermolabile [less active, effectively] MTHFR, and I face a near continuous 'folate deficiency' unless I supplement. I'm currently taking 5-MTHF (technically 6(S) 5-MTHF) - the 'reduced' form of folate that your body uses - which effectively 'bypasses' the need for 'working' reductase (MTHFR), and I continue to improve (dramatically) daily.
MTHFR mutations can be really nasty, and from what I can tell are implicated in many cases of chronic illness. Everyone with any kind of unexplainable or difficult to treat symptoms/illness should be tested.
Unfortunately, there's not much info about this on CZ (according to search), but here are some pretty good references:
>Dr. Amy Yasko's book (which isn't only about autism): http://www.holisticheal.com/media/downloads/autism-pathways-to-recovery-book.pdf
>A great Methylation Nutrigenomics reference: http://www.heartfixer.com/AMRI-Nutrigenomics.htm
>Dr. Ben Lynch's Methylation resources: http://mthfr.net/
Hope the above is useful, and, of course, let me know if I can be of assistance!
PS - Yes, I hated to see parasites in my stool at first, but after a while I stopped caring.
this sounds like a congested liver to me
i recommend taking liver cleansing herbs
if it helps maybe consider doing a liver flush
did your parents feed you a lot of fatty food?
do you eat a lot of fried things?
also you need to be taking iodine
it will help when the thyroid meds won't