Many drugs are over prescribed, cause unfortunate side effects and have healthier alternatives.
Fortunately, there are some truly remarkable medications that yield wonderful results with few if any side effects. One such drug is Naltrexone. Actually Naltrexone is used both for addictions (opioids, alcohol, other recreational drugs) in regular doses (50 mg capsules once per day) and Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN) in doses 3mg to 4.5 mg.
LDN is used for a variety of diseases including HIV, cancer, chronic pain and infections; most are treated by normalizing the immune system.
As many of my readers know I am not an advocate for most drugs. Occasionally a drug has such enormous positive effects that I will recommend its use without reservation.
Naltrexone is one such medication. Normal dose naltrexone (50 mg) is what most doctors prescribe for addiction. It accomplishes this by attaching to opioid receptors and blocking them for attachment by an opioid, alcohol or even natural endorphins. When these receptors are blocked the pleasurable feeling from the addicting substance no longer is pleasurable, eventually undermining the addiction.
Amazing Low Dose Naltrexone
LDN produces a large number of different health actions. It also must be prescribed by a doctor (few doctors are aware of the positive effects of LDN) but must be fabricated by a compounding pharmacy.
LDN also blocks opioid receptors temporarily and tricks the body into producing healing endorphins for pain relief, enhancing the immune system strength, boosting one’s mood and other effects.
One of LDN’s actions is to normalize the immune system. On one hand LDN will make the immune system stronger making it effective to treat HIV, cancer and infections (eg Lyme, herpes, many viruses).
In autoimmune disease where the immune system is over reacting by destroying our own cells, LDN will “calm” this autoimmunity to halt cell destruction.
LDN also reduces inflammation which is the underlying cause of many diseases, stops cancer cell proliferation, has positive outcomes for bipolar disorder, autism and much more.
The following illnesses have shown positive results with clinical trials:
- Chronic Pain
- Depression and other neurochemical imbalances
- Crohn’s disease
- Glioma (brain cancer)
- HIV / AIDS
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Irritable Bowel syndrome
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parkinson’s disease
- Post-traumatic Stress disease
- Ulcerative Colitis
The cost of LDN is about $30-$45 per month and may initially cause some insomnia or Gastrointestinal irritation but for only about one week.
People with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis should begin LDN with a 1.5 mg dose and work up from there. MS sufferers should begin at 3 mg eventually working up to 4.5 mg per day.
LDN is truly a wonder drug, one that can be used by almost everyone for a wide variety of health issues. It can even be taken prophylactically for chronic infections and cancer prevention.
Low Dose Naltrexone is truly a medication that should be in every medicine cabinet.
Make sure to enjoy the journey,