I have read a lot of quite strong worded, and very definite, comments about me or Autoimmune Therapies, often by people who have never met me. I have to admit that I avoid public forums on the subject of helminthic therapy because of this, and because I see a very loud minority expressing viewpoints which do not vary with contradictory information from good sources (not just me). I still find it disturbing to read people, as one for instance, doubting that we were visited by the FDA, that I went to Africa, etc., while saying these were just publicity stunts by me. Most of these people have never met me, and it is this group that seems to hold the strongest opinions. I find this odd.
Because I do not inhabit these forums, nor provide corrective replies, I am growing concerned that some people may give them credence just because I never bother replying.
So, over the next few months, as I get time, I will tell the story, with the help of Marc and Michelle, who were there from very early on, of Autoimmune Therapies.
Also, the story which is probably the best known, my account of going to Africa on Kuro5hin.org, was written without an understanding of how their system worked. Having started writing it on a whim, I stopped at some time in the middle of the night, when I woke up late the next day I found the article locked and being voted on for publication. I had intended to correct various bits by referring back to the basic science again, and was far from finished writing it.
So hopefully this will fulfil the objectives of providing my side of our story, as well as bits of Marc’s and Michelle’s, and a corrective to the incomplete version published on K5.
I am going to break the story up into these parts, with these titles:
Part 2. Developing asthma, going through the medical mill, and learning their might be hope after all.
Part 3. Researching hookworm and other helminths, trying desperately to obtain them from a source that did not require me to travel.
Part 4. Going to Cameroon to obtain hookworm, unfortunately the wrong type.
Part 5. Meeting Garin and my further attempts to obtain the correct species of hookworm.
Part 6. The start of Autoimmune Therapies, and providing therapy from Mexico.
Part 7. The decision to ship from Santa Cruz, CA in the USA to everyone using FedEx.
Part 8. The FDA visit, and the immediate aftermath.
Part 9. Two years, just about, of profound depression and drift.
Part 10. Contact by an inspirational client and the beginning of the end of depression. Contact by the MHRA, what it meant for us and for Helminthic Therapy, current plans and projects.
Part 11. The future, as I see it.
I should have part 2 up and done by January 15th, don’t hesitate to hassle me if it does not show up by that date. I am insanely busy, my work days typically never end before 2 am, and often not before 6 or 7 am. I am gripped by the kind work aholicism which has always possessed me when I am working on something I love.
Yes, I wake up late.