The human body is indeed a great work of art. It is also a fascinating machine that never fails to surprise us. It has a natural built-in army that fights off diseases, maintains its health, and prevents external threats. Low Dose Naltrexone therapy is ideal for boosting the immunity system.
“Health is not valued till sickness comes” Thomas Fuller
What Is Health?
In 2009, The Lancet defined health as your body’s ability to adapt to new threats and ailments.
The main idea of this definition is that modern science has made some serious progress in understanding and fighting off various diseases. Moreover, it has helped to discover new ways and means to prevent them as well.
Why Does Your Health Matter?
Good health is at the center of your life. Why? It is because every part of your life relies on a healthier you. Secondly, only a robust health can ensure wealth, prosperity, and economic progress.
For this reason, countries invest more in health because healthy populations can produce more, contribute more and live longer. Therefore, good health is crucial if you want to give your best at home, at work, in your social circle, in community life and life in general.
Human Body’s Very Own Army—The Immune System
Your immune system is of great importance when it comes to your survival. It acts as a natural shield against threats.
Your immune system consists of a complex network of cells, tissues and organs. These work together to protect your body against intruders.
Those invaders can include bacteria, viruses, parasites, even a fungus that can make you fall ill. Therefore, you may not even notice that your immune system is at work if it is healthy, working seamlessly and protecting you around the clock.
What If Something Goes Wrong?
When your body’s in-built defence system becomes weak or does not perform its function properly, you may experience one or more signs out of the following indications:
- This can cause spikes in stress levels
- Frequent episodes of cold
- Repeated indigestion issues
- Slow healing of wounds
- More frequent infections and allergic reactions
- You feel tired and exhausted most of the time
So, if you are feeling on top of the world today, thank your hard-working immune system, and you can surely give yourself a pat on the back for taking good care of it.
How Does Your Immune System Actually Work?
Firstly, your immune system protects you by creating a safety shield to block the entry of harmful elements.
Secondly, if any of those uninvited guests do slip through that barrier, it instantly responds. The immune system reacts by producing white blood cells, endorphins and other chemicals that attack and destroy the enemy cells.
Thirdly, it produces antigens to prevent future attacks. Therefore, whether it is a lethal cancer or a common cold, your body needs a healthy and active immune system.
When Immune System Malfunctions!
An Overactive Immune System
Your body’s defense system can become overzealous, which may result in the following conditions:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Multiple sclerosis
- Celiac disease
- Allergic rhinitis
- Sjögren’s syndrome
- Inflammatory bowel syndrome
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
An Underactive Immune System
Underactivity of the immune system is also known as immunodeficiency, that may be:
- Inherited – examples of these conditions include:
- Primary immunodeficiency diseases such as common variable immunodeficiency (CVID)
- X-linked severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID)
- Complement deficiencies
- Arise as a result of medical treatment – this can arise due to medications such as corticosteroids or chemotherapy
- Caused by some other disease – such as HIV/AIDS or certain types of cancer.
Moreover, if you have an underactive immune system that does not function properly, you may become vulnerable to infections. Hence, a poorly functioning defense system may be life-threatening in severe cases.
“As you begin to heal the inner you, you alter your inner system” Wayne Dyer
Understanding Low Dose Naltrexone
Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN) is safe, non-toxic, and inexpensive drug that is used to regulate a dysfunctional immune system. Moreover, it is also arising as a promising new off-label treatment for the management of pain as well as symptoms from:
- Autoimmune diseases
- Central nervous system disorders
- Certain cancers such as Breast cancer and Liver cancer
Naltrexone (The Big Brother)
Naltrexone (full dose up to 50 mg) is a drug used for reversing the accidental overdose with opiates such as heroin, morphine, oxycontin etc. However, since 2016, Low Dose Naltrexone has been commonly used to treat a wide range of diseases such as:
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Chronic Fatigue
- Myalgic Encephalopathy
- Autoimmune thyroid diseases
LDN hailed as a ‘Wonder Drug’?
Therefore, LDN, abbreviated for Low Dose Naltrexone, is being lauded in the medical community for its ability to treat certain ailments in lower doses instead of higher doses.
Low Dose Naltrexone In Action
Are you wondering how this unsung hero in medical research and community works to ease your pain and suffering? Read on to find out.
An Increased Sense of Well-Being
Naltrexone primarily works by inhibiting your body’s natural painkillers, called Endorphins, thus, making your body produce even more such peptides.
As a result of this increased production of endorphins, you feel an increased sense of wellbeing as well as reduced pain. Moreover, increased endorphins then act with the receptors to help regulate immunity.
Endorphins- One of Your Happy Chemicals
Your body produces special happy chemicals to relieve pain and stress called Endorphins. These chemicals have an effect similar to that of a class of drugs called opioids.
Opioids produce a feeling of euphoria that helps to relieve pain. Moreover, these are also sometimes prescribed after surgery or for pain relief.
Mechanism Of Low Dose Naltrexone
Reduces Inflammation in Your Brain
LDN calms glial cells in the nervous system that are an important ‘Line of Defense’ against any injury, toxins, infections, traumas or even emotional blows. Low dose naltrexone keeps these cells in a calm and protective mode.
Increased Release of Opioid Growth Factor—Pain Reliever
The low dose naltrexone increases the release of your Opioid Growth Factor (OGF) that works effectively to reduce auto-immune responses, inflammation, and tumor cell growth.
Releases Endorphins—Happy Chemical
Do you feel good after proper work-out? Say thanks to endorphins that help to relieve pain as well as reduce inflammation. Hence, you feel a sense of well-being and calmness.
Release of Dopamine — The Reward Chemical
LDN therapy increases dopamine levels too. Dopamine is a chemical messenger that makes you feel happy and rewarded. Also, it helps you strive, focus, and find things interesting.
Benefits Of Using Low Dose Naltrexone
Better Pain Management
Since LDN may increase the production of endorphins that are natural pain relievers. This results in pain relief, resulting from walking, house chores, or even sitting for an extended period of time. Hence, LDN showed an improvement in general quality of life.
LDN therapy has also shown reduced anxiety and stress levels, and may help to achieve:
- Better sense of well-being
- Improvements in moods
- Better sleep
- Lower depression risks, and overall better mental health
- Better weight management,
- Enhanced self-esteem.
Another beneficial feature of Low Dose Naltrexone is that it balances your immune system functions. The endorphins not only help your immune system to identify intruders such as viruses and bacteria, but also protects the body from autoimmune diseases.
Tired of traditional treatments and therapies that are not only ineffective but also costly? Low dose naltrexone is hailed for its low-cost advantage over other alternatives.
Low Dose Naltrexone Has Minimal Side-Effects
In general, LDN has very mild side effects and everyone may respond differently to the treatment. However, severe side effects are usually uncommon.
If you are experiencing debilitating pain and feel unable to carry out your daily activities, consider taking LDN. The treatment helps to reduce chronic inflammation by decreasing pro-inflammatory cytokines. Thus, defending the body against chronic diseases.
No Known Abuse Potential
Do you fear becoming dependent upon naltrexone? Well, the good news is that many health care providers have not seen any significant dependence, misuse, or abuse of LDN. Hence, even if you decide to stop the LDN therapy, withdrawal is not a concern.
A Custom-Tailored Treatment
The key to success in using low-dose naltrexone is an understanding that optimal dosing is ultimately patient specific and is not dependent on a set protocol. In other words, it is an individualized treatment that may require a varied dosing strategy.
Is Low Dose Naltrexone Right for Me?
If you are experiencing severity of symptoms associated with conditions like:
- Crohn’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Chronic pain
- Parkinson’s disease
- Graves’ disease
- Ulcerative colitis
- Irritable bowel
- Celiac disease
Moreover, LDN has reported use in over 200 medical conditions with positive response.
LDN, as a daily oral therapy, may be recommended for you, especially if you cannot tolerate or prefer commercially available anti-inflammatory medications. Moreover, research has found that LDN causes your brain to release naturally occurring pain relievers.
How Long Does It Take to See Desired Effects?
The response time of patients towards various treatments and therapies differs. Similarly, LDN therapy varies from person to person. However, many patients have reported significant improvement within the first 2 months.
Moreover, experts agree that at least 8 months of therapy is required to see better results and reap maximum benefits.
“Relieving Pain. Restoring Function. Renewing Hope.”
Is Naltrexone Addictive?
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, Naltrexone is not a habit-forming drug and doesn’t cause any physical or psychological dependence. Hence, it is a relatively safer option for many patients suffering from unbearable pain and agony.
Side Effects of Low Dose Naltrexone
LDN is generally well-tolerated by many patients. However, as with most medications or drugs, you may experience one or more mild side effects. Moreover, patients on LDN therapy have reported it to be slightly more tolerable than placebo as well.
The most commonly reported side effects of low dose naltrexone include:
- Vivid dreams that seem to develop with the first dose, and typically decrease over time.
- Headache. Vivid dreams seem to develop as soon as the first dose is taken, and typically decreases over time.
- Stomach pain
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea or vomiting
- Joint pain
- Muscle cramps
Your doctor will establish an optimal dose for you by monitoring your health progress and assessing your tolerance to the dosage. Also, it is important to note that the response to the treatment and the dosage depends on the following factors:
- Body size
- The condition being treated
- Your tolerance towards the treatment
Cosmedocs Is Here To Help
Low Dose Naltrexone treatment is based on a customized treatment that depends upon the patient under treatment. Furthermore, there is a need for an in-depth understanding of the disease under question as well.
Hence, a knowledgeable provider can help you reap maximum results from low dose naltrexone treatment by carving out just the right dosing strategy for you. Doctors at Cosmedocs find LDN to be highly effective in the treatment of some of the most debilitating diseases.
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