Low Dose Naltrexone
Have you read ‘Up the Creek Without a Paddle’ by Mary Boyle Bradley? It’s quite compelling and sheds a lot of light on why LDN therapy is so little known, at least seldom prescribed by the medical profession in the treatment of auto immune disorders. Reason being is what little revenue it provides for big pharma since it’s already out there and ‘cheap’ since it was originally introduced into the medical world to help drug addicts to kick their habit as an opioid blocker. It prevented them from getting high, so their craving for heroin would eventually subside. From what I gather it worked but was unsuccessful simply due to the fact they wanted to be high more than they wanted to be clean. It’s other attributes were not known at the time of introduction and it was made for the sole intent of treating the ‘dregs of society’, therefore considered to be of little significance.
The author’s main intent is to raise awareness of the fact this little known drug is an effective alternative to other radical and invasive treatments for autoimmune and neurological disorders. Her shared experience in the treatment of her husbands MS has been that LDN therapy has completely halted the progression of the illness, even turning back the clock to months prior to beginning the treatment so far as improvement is concerned. Like anything else, there is no ‘magic pill’, but in our search for a viable course of treatment for our disorder it may very well be as close to one as we may find in our lifetime.
I know someone who is currently undergoing LDN therapy for the residuals of severe Lyme disease and it is helping. Their doctor doesn’t take insurance of any kind and even though I have great insurance, the fact is I can’t afford to see him. The medication itself is affordable to most anyone, even those without sufficient insurance benefits. The biggest roadblock seems to be the scarcity of doctors that are willing to even look into it, no matter the benefit of the patient. There are no harmful side effects and it’s a non invasive treatment. There seems to be absolutely no reasons other than reluctance, greed, even ignorance for the medical profession to take LDN therapy seriously when looked upon as a non viable alternative simply for the sake of money in their pockets and the coffers of big pharma.
My intent is to seek out a neurologist or physician that is willing to follow this line of treatment since other more common options aren’t considered beneficial for my particular situation. The fact that there are no side effects and the benificial attributes of LDN are reason enough for me to look into further. Once I’m back on my feet enough to go this alone, that is. I’ve at least called my old neuro’s office to find that they had someone there willing to see me. That’s a start anyway.
Have a look at the LDN homepage if you haven’t yet done so. [url]http://www.lowdosenaltrexone.org/[/url]