Negative blood test results for Strongyloides and infectious disease in AIT Reservoir

Updated December, 2011

I am the primary reservoir for production of doses of hookworm and whipworm for AIT’s version of helminthic therapy, and there has been fairly constant unfounded speculation as to my current status re infection with Hepatitis, HIV, etc., and the helminth Strongyloides.

As you can see (you can download the test results here: “Reservoir_Test_Results.zip”) I am negative for everything I was tested for, including Strongyloides. Please note that the tests were performed by one of the oldest and most prestigious schools of Tropical Medicine in the World, the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

Although I think only a handful of people have ever asked me about such test results (in over four years of being in business providing hookworm and whipworm) those that do are very interested in the results. Perhaps others that are very interested don’t mention it for some reason? As I explain later, I am certain sure such concern is NOT appropriate.

It would be nice to know what level of interest there really is given that these blood results were very expensive, about $750/£500/€602. Given the expense, hassle and apparent relative lack of interest, if you are keen to see me continue getting these types of test please let me know via comments here or anywhere on this blog.

The only value in the test is to reassure people, falsely, since they provide absolutely no guarantee, except in stool examinations for worms like strongyloides, that the person is not infected. Besides which, in fact because of this, anyone preparing doses of helminths for other people has to take steps as if the host is infected with everything, to do otherwise would be irresponsible.

The reasons for this are manifold.

First, you cannot test for every possible pathogen. I doubt I have enough blood for such a comprehensive panel, even if I had the money.

Secondly, a negative test result, unless the disease is an exotic, hard-to-encounter-unless-you-travel-to-some-weird place, organism like Strongyloides, cannot be entirely relied upon because most tests are for antibodies, not for the actual pathogen.

So there is inevitably a period of time, referred to as the Window, in someone recently infected who carries one of these diseases where they are not yet producing any, or sufficient, antibodies to show up on a test.

If you are at all familiar with the HIV test you already know this. The interval between exposure to HIV and being able to test positive is up to six months, and in rare cases say when there is coincident Hepatitis C exposure (or use of prophylactic therapy), even longer. Even if you are being tested monthly, or more frequently, for every human disease going, you still do not know whether or not you have picked up something since your last test, or if they are in the Window period.

Third, some diseases cannot be tested for, although the pathogen has been identified. No test has been developed. So you cannot test for everything.

Fourth, some diseases clearly have an infectious component, but that vector or agent has yet to be identified.

So the results should have no effect on dose preparation, and although it may be reassuring to know that your reservoir is not a cesspool of human disease, such reassurance is illusory.

What you should really be concerned about is whether the person preparing the dose has the requisite knowledge, skills and experience, and is caring and attentive each and every time they are in the lab. I would like to note here that half the full-time staff of Autoimmune Therapies are PhDs, one with a career working in labs with microorganisms, one that was regularly tested for compliance by among other organisations the FDA and NIH. The other was a practicing Clinical Pathologist working with tissue, stool and body fluid samples, for the National Health Service, also in an inspected facility. Among both their duties was obtaining and maintaining the requisite accreditations and approvals necessary for the lab to operate within the law.

Having said all that if it is important to you I am happy to submit to any test you desire, at any time, so long as you are willing to pay for it. That would include any test prior to preparation of your dose if you want. I would also be happy to sign a waiver pre-test arranging for the results to be sent directly to you from the lab performing the tests.

Jasper