Recently, I had a radio-interview with the Low Dose Naltrexone Research Trust to discuss the amazing effects of this treatment plan. If you would like to listen to the interview, simply follow the link below. The show begins with an interview with Brad Martin, PhD, of Kinsey Pharmacy, and my interview begins around the 13:30 minute mark.
Low dose naltrexone (LDN) is quickly becoming one of my favorite discoveries of my entire professional career. On paper, this medication is an opiate antagonist that was originally used to treat addiction to opiate drugs like heroin and morphine (at doses of 50-300mg a day). However, in the past few decades research has shown some unexpected and incredible results from the use of low-dose naltrexone (only 1-5mg a day) and we are now seeing some of these results here in the office!
The first category of effects that LDN can have is due to it’s addiction-fighting qualities. It is used in the treatment of opiate addictions because it interacts with the reward-system in our brain to diminish the pleasure we feel from bad habits. While the original intent was simply for drug addiction, LDN can actually address addiction in its many forms – over-eating, smoking, drinking, nervous habits like picking at the skin or nails, and even gambling! Many of our patients find that without any conscious effort, their craving to eat in excess, smoke, or partake in other harmful habits decreases after just a few weeks of LDN treatment.
The second category of effects we are seeing with LDN treatment is the incredible anti-inflammatory power it has. The standard for treating inflammation due to injury or chronic illness has been corticosteroids for decades. However, as anyone who has had to take steroids can attest, the side effects are a nuisance at best and severely life-limiting at worse. Steroids commonly cause weight gain, elevated blood sugars, fluid retention, cataracts, problems with mood and memory, increased risk of infection, thin bones and hormone imbalance. With just a low dose of naltrexone, we are seeing symptom management for auto-immune conditions like eczema, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and hypothyroidism, celiac and Crohn’s disease, Epstein Barr Virus and chronic mononucleosis, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and fibromyalgia (just to name a few). We have also seen improvements in psychological disorders like anxiety, depression, PTSD, and sleep disturbances. The anti-inflammatory properties also produce an anti-aging effect, improving skin and hair quality.
Best of all, because of the extremely low dosage, the potential side effects for LDN are few and far between. For some patients, the addition of LDN actually results in a decreased need for thyroid medications, pain medications, and other anti-inflammatories. The possibilities with LDN seem to be endless and we are so excited to provide this treatment to patients who are struggling to find balance in their fight with chronic disease, inflammation, or addiction. To schedule a consultation to find out if low-dose naltrexone is right for you, call our office at (903) 266-1599.
If you would like to find out more about LDN and the research behind it, visit – https://www.ldnresearchtrust.org/