LDN – a miracle treatment for autoimmune diseases
Julia Schopick is a public relations consultant, patient advocate and health writer. In her book, “Honest Medicine”, she explains 4 inexpensive ways to treat very serious illnesses that are – according to the book – effective, withstand a test of time and low-cost. One of these is a Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN). It is a nontoxic, off-label drug that has been used for a long time to cure over 100 types of autoimmune diseases, some of which you may have.
People with multiple sclerosis were the most active supporters that praised LDN. These people also contributed the major part of all the LDN success stories that have been featured in the book.
Right now Julia Schopick writing a second book, which will be entirely about LDN, with real stories from patients who have successfully used LDN for a variety of autoimmune diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, asthma, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, chronic fatigue syndrome, myasthenia gravis, Crohn’s disease and fibromyalgia. That’s an impressive list, but LDN can do that so much more.
So what is LDN?
Low Dose Naltrexone is a very low dose of a medicine that was approved in high doses by the FDA in the 80s as a treatment for heroin addiction, and then – for alcoholism. At that time, Bernard Bihari, MD, Harvard-educated neurologist/psychiatrist was working with drug addicts in New York City. He found that, while in high doses, naltrexone caused negative side effects for patients, in very low doses, this drug was nontoxic, and raised endorphin levels, causing patients’ immune systems to function normally.
Many of Dr. Bihari’s drug addicted patients also had HIV or AIDS, so he decided to prescribe low dose of naltrexone for them, which at that time was 3 mg. For many of these patients, who took LDN the progression of their disease stopped in its tracks. He reckoned that LDN might also work for people with other diseases related to the immune system dysfunction, in other words – most autoimmune diseases and many cancers.
At that time his daughter’s friend was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, but there were no MS drugs on the market then. She asked Dr. Bihari for help, wondering if his new drug might help her. Dr. Bihari believed there was no harm in trying, so he prescribed LDN for her, and it stopped her multiple sclerosis from progressing.
The word about LDN spread. People with all kinds of autoimmune diseases (as well as some forms of cancer) traveled to New York to see Dr. Bihari. His successes with many of these conditions reflect his successes with HIV, AIDS and MS. Patients were elated.
Years later, small studies bore out Dr. Bihari’s clinical results, with researchers at Penn State conducting studies on LDN for Crohn’s disease, and group of researchers at the University of California conducting an equally successful study on LDN for MS. In addition, Dr. Jared Younger at Stanford conducted a study on LDN for fibromyalgia. And yet again, the results were promising.
Why it is so important to spread the word about LDN to autoimmune patients?
Julia Schopick says that LDN is a medication which is more like a nutritional supplement rather than a drug. It boosts endorphin levels and forces immune system to act as it should. In her book, a colleague of Dr. Bihari’s – Dr. David Gluck claims that LDN “tricks the body” by forcing the immune system to function correctly.
Probably by now many of you are interested in trying LDN and wondering why is that you’ve never heard of it before? That is mostly because your doctors haven’t told you about it. Many of them stick to the more traditional labeled medications, such as Humira, Embrel, Lyrica and others. But many people with autoimmune diseases report that they haven’t responded to the drugs their doctors have prescribed for them. It is because in many cases, the drugs have been so toxic that these patients’ lives have been seriously endangered. Once they find a doctor who will prescribe LDN for them, their conditions often improve and, in some cases, even reverse completely.
Patients are often discouraged about the medications their doctors prescribe for their autoimmune conditions. It comes with no surprise as people hear the warnings at the end of the TV commercials for drugs like Humira, used to treat the symptoms of conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), Crohn’s disease and plaque psoriasis. The same is true for Embrel, used to treat several forms of arthritis, and Lyrica, used for fibromyalgia and diabetic nerve pain. Orencia, another drug used for RA, also warns of severe side effects.
For example, at the end of the Humira’s ad, we learn that it “can lower your body’s ability to fight infections. Serious, sometimes fatal events such as infections, lymphoma or other types of cancer have happened. Blood liver and nervous system problems—serious allergic reactions and new or worsening heart failure have occurred. You should not start Humira if you have any kind of infection.”
On the contrary, the strongest side effect of LDN is “vivid dreams”, so you can understand why Julia Schopick advocating for LDN with such passion.
What if my doctor prescribe LDN for me?
But now more and more doctors are prescribing LDN for their patients. In fact, patient advocates have lists of doctors from all over the US and abroad who are on the “LDN Bandwagon.” There have been several conferences, in both the US and Europe, devoted to educating patients and doctors about LDN. Doctors and patients alike come from all over the world to attend. Many of the doctors speak about their LDN patient successes, and others come to learn about LDN from other doctors—and from patients. That’s the good news. But most patients still face problems when trying to get LDN, since it requires a prescription, to be filled by a compounding pharmacist, and many doctors won’t prescribe it. So, far too many patients simply don’t get to try LDN. But more and more patients want to convince their doctors to let them try LDN.
As Julia Schopick listened to patients’ stories of how they were trying to convince their doctors to prescribe LDN—and how they were often turned down— she realized that these patients were sharing information that was equally unimpressive to their doctors: printouts from the Internet, and doctors don’t like getting random printouts from online sources—some of which are good, some of which are not.
So she analyzed what it takes to convince doctors to change their minds about a treatment they weren’t taught about in medical school and that they haven’t read about in their journals—a treatment their colleagues don’t yet know about. In order to educate patients about LDN, so that they can educate their doctors about it, and in so doing, convince their doctors to prescribe it for them Julia is now conducting LDN Teleseminars and LDN Coaching sessions. The results so far have been promising. More people are convincing their doctors to prescribe LDN for them. And many people with autoimmune diseases are benefiting.
The news about LDN is growing
There are many websites dedicated to spreading the word. Foremost of these is LDNInfo.org, a website created and maintained by Dr. David Gluck and his son Joel Gluck. Another helpful site is Linda Elsegood’s LDN Research Trust. Linda contributed a chapter to “Honest Medicine”, in which she describes how LDN virtually gave her life back after living for several years with the debilitating effects of multiple sclerosis. And there are other LDN sites, as well if you’re interested in further information about that cutting-edge drug.