Staying healthy requires all the systems in the body to be working together harmoniously. Malfunctions in any of them can cause the immune system to weaken and collapse. When the immune system becomes compromised you are at greater risk of developing serious health conditions. Unfortunately, some are significantly disadvantaged regarding their immunity. Chronic conditions, autoimmune disorders, and chronic infections can all significantly inhibit immune function. These conditions are notoriously difficult to diagnose and treat, but there is hope!
Interestingly, a long-known drug that was previously used primarily for drug and alcohol addiction may prove to be helpful. Low Dose Naltrexone, or LDN, is more recently being used as an effective treatment for conditions such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, Crohn’s disease, chronic infections, nervous system disorders, and immune or thyroid-related issues. This prescription treatment helps reactivate dormant cells that support the immune system allowing it to return to normalcy. LDN impacts the body in a unique manner, which also provides other health benefits in addition to supporting immune function.
The Effects of Naltrexone
At low doses, naltrexone inhibits the impact and effect of harmful cells that cause autoimmunity. LDN also stops the production of inflammatory and neurotoxic chemicals that negatively impact the brain. By reducing inflammation, LDN helps relieve stress on the immune system. Chronic inflammation is a common contributor to multiple autoimmune and chronic conditions.
Autoimmune disease is often the result of immunodeficiency, which causes the immune system to become incapable of defending the body. Extreme cases of immunodeficiency can result in one having a seemingly absent or completely inactive immune system. In addition to helping manage inflammatory response, LDN promotes healthier immune function by normalizing cellular ability and promoting healthy immune activity. This can cause an underactive immune system to reactivate and reinstate healthy defensive measures.
Because of its positive impact on immune function, LDN is effective at treating many conditions tied to immunodeficiency or immune system malfunction. The following conditions benefit greatly from LDN treatment:
- Graves’ disease
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Multiple sclerosis
- Sjögren’s syndrome
- Alopecia areata
- Autoimmune urticarial
- Parkinson’s disease
- Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
- Lyme disease
- Celiac disease
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Crohn’s disease
- Ménière’s disease
- Pernicious anemia
- Raynaud’s disease
Many of the above conditions are also influenced by other substances such as endorphins. LDN improves the efficacy of endorphins in a unique manner. LDN temporarily blocks opioid receptors, used by endorphins, which results in the body increasing production to make up for reduced receptivity. Greater endorphin levels result in improved mood, energy, pain relief, and cellular growth. Even though the receptor blockage is temporary, the improved endorphin production provides benefits that last all day.
Interestingly, LDN supports both underactive and overactive immune systems. This treatment can reduce immune response in patients whose immune system is overactive and damaging the body. This is commonly seen in those with conditions like Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and Graves’ disease. Another benefit of LDN pertaining to such conditions is that it aids in improving tissue T3 levels, thyroid resistance, thyroid transport, and leptin resistance. If not functioning properly, these areas can negatively influence thyroid function. Through proper treatment with LDN you may be able to better optimize your thyroid.
The Benefits of LDN Therapy
Those with a chronic condition, immunodeficiency, or an immune-related disorder may benefit greatly from LDN treatment. Up to 90% of patients show improvement of their symptoms including fatigue, pain, mood, spasms, and muscle weakness. Fibromyalgia patients frequently show positive results with many experiencing a 30% reduction of their symptoms. Perhaps the greatest benefit is that progression of autoimmune conditions may cease entirely. The widespread positive impact of LDN can provide greater wellness and longevity for more than those with a chronic illness or immune disorder. This treatment method may also help prevent neurodegenerative disorders caused by chronic inflammation. Because LDN has numerous antioxidant properties it aids in the removal of free radicals, which cause inflammation and are associated with age-related disease.
If you are interested in learning more about the exciting and effective treatment that is LDN, consider attending the upcoming LDN 2019 Conference taking place June 7th-June 9th. This year’s conference is located in Portland, Oregon at the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel.
Further LDN Education
Regardless if you are a doctor or patient there are numerous benefits to attending the LDN Conference. In addition to accessing a wealth of knowledge presented by impressive speakers, doctors can acquire continued medical education credits through the multiple seminars and events. The Oregon Board of Naturopathic Medicine has set 27.75 CE Credits for the conference. Furthermore, the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians have awarded 26 CE Credits to acquire.
Many notable speakers will be attending the event and there will be an opportunity to speak with many of them and other medical professionals working in the field. This networking opportunity allows for greater building of relationships between medical professionals and the public. The conference will also increase familiarity with practitioners working in this exciting field.
One such speaker is our very own Kent Holtorf, M.D. who is the medical director of Holtorf Medical Group and founder of the National Academy of Hypothyroidism. Dr. Holtorf has taught, trained, and lectured on numerous interesting topics including bioidentical hormone treatment, hypothyroidism, complex endocrine dysfunction, and impressive and effective methods for treating chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and supporting weight loss. During the conference, Dr. Holtorf will be speaking live on the topic of LDN being considered a first-line therapy for CFS/FM/Lyme. His unique insight is sure to provide a fantastic look into the world of chronic disease and effective treatments.
Don’t Miss Your Chance
Regardless if you are a well-trained medical professional or someone who is passionate about or interested in increasing their medical knowledge there is a way to take part in the LDN Conference. Even if you cannot attend in person, there is still an opportunity to take part in this incredible event. The Livestream option allows you to view recorded content and download PDF’s on the various topics presented (for those interested in getting CE Credits these recordings are a necessary component). There are many recorded presentations to choose from that range in topic such as chronic pain, thyroid disorders, lupus and more.
If you can’t attend in person or take part through the provided streaming services you can still learn more about LDN by entering below for a chance to win The LDN Book by Linda Elsegood. Autoimmune disease is a serious issue deserving of greater attention and study. The LDN book provides a wealth of information and explains the drugs genesis, its primary functions, and the most current research on the topic. The LDN book is an impressive combination of resources from various contributors that can be used by doctors, pharmacists, and patients to increase their understanding of this low cost, high impact drug. With so many resources readily available, it is a perfect time to take advantage of them and learn more about the impressive benefits of LDN treatment.
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2. Kent Holtorf, MD. “LDN and CFS and Fibromyalgia.” LDN Trust.
3. LDN Trust. “LDN Clinical Studies.” https://www.ldnresearchtrust.org/ldn-clinical-trials