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Low Dose Immunotherapy (LDI)

What is LDI?

LDI is a form of immune desensitization that works by restoring the tolerance for toxins or other foreign substances that induce an immune response in the body (antigens). This can be done for literally thousands of antigens at once to help your immune system better tolerate certain therapies.

How does LDI work?

Lab Services 200LDI’s effect is accomplished by combining beta glucuronidase with extremely miniscule doses of various allergens.  The enzyme (beta-glucuronidase) potentiates the antigen, allowing for a much greater benefit with much lower concentrations of the antigen itself. The enzyme makes [tipsy content=”A T cell or T lymphocyte is a type of lymphocyte (a subtype of white blood cell) that plays a central role in cell-mediated immunity. They are called T cells because they mature in the thymus.” group=”0″ use_oembed=”false” ]T-cells [/tipsy](a type of immune cell) pay attention to the antigen included with it, down-regulating the immune response to  the specific antigens your provider feels are relevant to your particular medical issues. The tolerance is actively learned by your immune system, and helps make your other treatments easier to tolerate, as well as potentially directly improving your condition.

The antigens are highly diluted. The strength of the dose is determined by a number and the letter “C”. The “C” represents a [tipsy content=”Mixing 1 unit volume of antigen (10 ul) with 99 unit volumes of water (990 ul) = 1:100 dilution, or 1C. In serial dilution, further dilutions are made using the previous one.” group=”0″ use_oembed=”false” ]1:100 dilution[/tipsy], and the number before indicates how many times the 1:100 dilution was made. Substances that are diluted this way still have an impact on the immune system without the negative effects the undiluted antigen would have. Your practitioner will decide what level of dilution is best for you.

How can LDI help me?

LDI works by helping the immune system restore proper balance, reducing inflammation caused by foreign invaders. This allows your body to fight the pathogens it has been struggling with more effectively. When infected with a number of different infections, the body’s immune system is usually able to kill the majority of the pathogens, but a small number of pathogens are sometimes able to evade the immune system. This small amount of remaining pathogens continue to stimulate inflammatory responses that can lead to chronic illness, including chronic Lyme disease, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, fibromyalgia, and a wide variety of autoimmune diseases.

Using LDI helps your body to be able to fight, or better tolerate those few pathogens that have so far been evading the immune system. As long as our body can balance out the effects of certain pathogens, we can form a truce with them, while still maintaining health.

What conditions can LDI help?

Disease conditions that can be treated with LDI include: Allergies of all types, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, Lyme disease, multiple sclerosis, autoimmune arthritis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, endometriosis, sarcoidosis, autism, myositis, autoimmune hepatitis, some forms of psoriasis, and many others.

Do I need a prescription for LDI treatment?

Yes, you will need to have a prescription from your Gordon Medical practitioner. Contact us at (707) 575-5180 to make an appointment.

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