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Treatment Considerations

Question: What do you do for someone who cannot tolerate antibiotics due to severe allergic reactions to several drugs?

Since we tend to work with people who are sensitive, we are used to people who can’t tolerate antibiotics. It might be due to allergy or it might be also a severe die-off that looks like allergy. Either way, the patient must begin with gentler herbal remedies that treat that particular infection. This will lower the infectious load on the system and possibly calm the immune system making it less reactive. If the reaction wasn’t allergic in nature, then the patient has toxicity issues and the reaction is due to an overload on their detoxification system. When you add in antibiotics, the download is too great on detox pathways that are already overloaded and the body reacts by becoming more toxic and inflamed. [Read more…]

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Therapies for Lyme Disease

Answers from Gordon Medical Staff

Question:  What is your opinion on the drug Naltrexone to help improve immune function?

Naltrexone is increasingly being used to treat autoimmune diseases, such as Multiple Sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, and Rheumatoid Arthritis. However, the phrase “improve immune function” is a bit more vague than many people realize. The immune system as a whole is very complex. Improvement in one area of immune function may not generalize, so I don’t see Low Dose Naltrexone (commonly abbreviated LDN) as having universal value here. I have seen improvement in my Lyme patients in the areas of cognitive difficulties (brain fog, impaired focus, memory, and concentration), and improvement in some patients with generalized pain. The usual dosage of LDN is 3-4.5mg taken at bedtime, but some of my more sensitive patients cannot tolerate it at all, even at very low doses. Since Naltrexone is a narcotic antagonist  (we use it in much larger doses to treat heroine overdoses), it can not be taken safely by patients on narcotic medications.

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