Peripheral neuropathy (PN) is a painful, disabling disorder of the peripheral nervous system. Initial symptoms include burning pain in the hands and feet, and it often progresses into muscular weakness and gait difficulties. The condition is often precipitated by diabetes and AIDS. In the case of diabetes, there is often more central nervous system degeneration, while AIDS-related PN is usually limited to the peripheral NS. In many cases AIDS-related PN is a side-effect of medications such as stavudine, zalcitabine, didanosine, and zidovudine. Other cases are caused by the disease process itself. Painful peripheral neuropathy in both diabetes mellitus and HIV share a similar pathogenesis of axonal atrophy and demyelination (McReynolds, 1995).

Patients with PN often experience dry, itchy skin, and infections due to scratching it with possible weakened immune response is common.

Current medical treatment for PN includes NSAIDs such as ibuprofen or paracetamol for mild cases, or amitryptylene or other tri-cyclic anti-depressants for more advanced cases. These medications can cause uncomfortable side effects of fatigue, dry mouth and constipation. There is no known medical cure for PN.

Due to the lack of effective medical treatments there has been a great deal of interest in finding alternative medical treatments for PN. One that has shown usefulness is supplementation with carnitine, a naturally occurring substance in the body which plays a role in the conversion of triglycerides in mitochondria and which regulates the metabolism of various tissues, including nerve tissue outside of the central nervous system. HIV-positive individuals have been shown to have a shortage of carnitine.

Microcurrent stimulation has shown great promise in the treatment of PN for pain relief and strengthening of muscles and tendons facilitating improved walking and other common functions. Probe techniques that promote meridian balancing, course the channels, promote normal body polarity and energize key acu-points are very valuable. Pad treatment techniques that flood affected areas with microcurrent are also an important aspect of treatment. Dr. Richard Niemtzow's protocol below is an innovative use of a “scrambled” polarity placements that he has found very effective that apparently helps the body's central nervous system reset its electrical potentials in some unknown way.

You will also receive another article from me soon about a powerful protocol for treatment of PN and other neuro-degenerative conditions using an innovative system “system overhaul” using color light and microcurrent on Back-Shu, Governing and Conception vessel point sets. (This will also be presented at the upcoming New York seminar on May 31).

The following microcurrent protocols have been contributed by Margaret McReynolds, P.T., and Richard Niemtzow, M.D.

Study by M. McReynolds, based on 17 cases

Results: “In a prospective study we just completed, microcurrent was found to be significant for pain relief as well as improved gait function. The study includes seven months of treatments, and group, and six controls. In the study we used 8 Hz, negative polarity, burst mode, 100 A intensity, sloped waveform, and timer at 20 minutes.”

Average # of treatments: 8

Frequency of treatments: Three times a week
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Etiology of injury/condition: Axonal death, symptoms include painful parasthesias, weakness.

Method: Microcurrent pad placements: St36 –> Bl60, Liver 3 and Kidney 1 for pain from knees to toes. L5 S1crossing to K1 (bilateral) then St 36 –> Bl 60 for pain extending above knees.

Settings used: Suggested microamp pad electrode parameters:
Intensity: 100 A
Hz: 8.0
Waveform: Sloped
Mode: Continuous Polarity: Biphasic Timer: 20 minutes

Adjunctive therapies: Osseous manipulation, massage, craniosacral techniques. Most patients exhibit down coordination, weakness, and loss of forefoot and ankle flexibility. When these are present we combine massage and friction rub to the feet and ankles, balance and strengthening exercises. Patients often also experience spinal column alignment problems. Neural therapy techniques are used to address these problems.

Further methods or results: Most patients are also issued a portable microcurrent to use at home one to two times a day for long term management. Relief is lasting, a few patients require periodic clinical follow ups for one or two sessions.

Protocol from Niemtzow and Starwynn (offered at an East-West Seminars event)

Peripheral Neuropathy

Use polarized microcurrent probe electrodes to treat points in sets on affected limbs (first point listed is
+ polarity, second one listed is – polarity): St 36 St 41, SI joint area UB 60, Sp 9 Sp 6, Lv 3 K 1, GB 34 GB 41, groin K 1, etc

Use polarized microcurrent pads with asymmetrical polarity pad placements. i.e., left leg, + proximal, – distal, right leg, – proximal, + distal.

Pad parameters: 0.6 Hz – 2 Hz, square wave, 25 – 50 A. Treat 20 minutes every other day.

For recalcitrant cases, try alternating microamp with narrow pulse milliamp treatment (high volt galvanic current). Acupuncture needles may be inserted into major Qi circulatory points on the legs in conjunction with the pad electrodes. Useful needling points include GB 31, 34, 40, 41, St 30, 36, 37, Sp 6 + 9, K 2.

Useful Colors of Light – Turquoise (acute alterative), Indigo (sedative for inflammation or restless legs), Yellow if with leg weakness (stimulates the nervous system)

References for this article:

1) Lower Limb Presentation of HIV/AIDS by Danii Paterson

2) Physical therapy management of HIV disease: a retrospective study, by Galatino, ML and McReynolds MA, Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, OR, quoted in J Int Assoc Physicians AIDS Care. 1995 Jun;1(5):15-8

For more information, you may email Dr. Starwynn at dstarwynn@neta.com, or you may post questions on http://www.facebook.com/microlightinstitute

For more information about microcurrent and light therapies visit http://www.eastwestseminars.com or call 1-888-803-7397.

About the author:

Source: http://www.sooperarticles.com/health-fitness-articles/traditional-medicine-articles/treatment-peripheral-neuropathy-microcurrent-electro-acupuncture-796165.html


central nervous system lupus treatment

19 thoughts on “Central Nervous System Lupus Treatment

    1. hello

      I have both Lupus and APS. I don’t have all of these symptoms but most of them.

      Each person with lupus has slightly different symptoms that can range from mild to severe and may come and go over time. However, some of the most common symptoms of lupus include painful or swollen joints (arthritis), unexplained fever, and extreme fatigue. A characteristic red skin rash-the so-called butterfly or malar rash-may appear across the nose and cheeks. Rashes may also occur on the face and ears, upper arms, shoulders, chest, and hands. Because many people with lupus are sensitive to sunlight (called photosensitivity), skin rashes often first develop or worsen after sun exposure.

      Common Symptoms of Lupus

      -Painful or swollen joints and muscle pain
      -Unexplained fever
      -Red rashes, most commonly on the face
      -Chest pain upon deep breathing
      -Unusual loss of hair
      -Pale or purple fingers or toes from cold or stress (Raynaud’s phenomenon)
      -Sensitivity to the sun
      -Swelling (edema) in legs or around eyes
      -Mouth ulcers
      -Swollen glands
      -Extreme fatigue

      Symptoms can range from mild to severe and may come and go over time.

      Other symptoms of lupus include chest pain, hair loss, anemia (a decrease in red blood cells), mouth ulcers, and pale or purple fingers and toes from cold and stress. Some people also experience headaches, dizziness, depression, confusion, or seizures. New symptoms may continue to appear years after the initial diagnosis, and different symptoms can occur at different times. In some people with lupus, only one system of the body, such as the skin or joints, is affected. Other people experience symptoms in many parts of their body. Just how seriously a body system is affected varies from person to person. The following systems in the body also can be affected by lupus.

      -Kidneys: Inflammation of the kidneys (nephritis) can impair their ability to get rid of waste products and other toxins from the body effectively. There is usually no pain associated with kidney involvement, although some patients may notice swelling in their ankles. Most often, the only indication of kidney disease is an abnormal urine or blood test. Because the kidneys are so important to overall health, lupus affecting the kidneys generally requires intensive drug treatment to prevent permanent damage.
      -Lungs: Some people with lupus develop pleuritis, an inflammation of the lining of the chest cavity that causes chest pain, particularly with breathing. Patients with lupus also may get pneumonia.
      -Central nervous system: In some patients, lupus affects the brain or central nervous system. This can cause headaches, dizziness, memory disturbances, vision problems, seizures, stroke, or changes in behavior.
      -Blood vessels: Blood vessels may become inflamed (vasculitis), affecting the way blood circulates through the body. The inflammation may be mild and may not require treatment or may be severe and require immediate attention.
      -Blood: People with lupus may develop anemia, leukopenia (a decreased number of white blood cells), or thrombocytopenia (a decrease in the number of platelets in the blood, which assist in clotting). Some people with lupus may have an increased risk for blood clots.
      -Heart: In some people with lupus, inflammation can occur in the heart itself (myocarditis and endocarditis) or the membrane that surrounds it (pericarditis), causing chest pains or other symptoms. Lupus can also increase the risk of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).

    1. Firefly

      Most of the medications that can affect fertility are only available on prescription. If you take regular prescription medication for a long-term condition, it’s a good idea to tell your doctor that you want to start trying for a baby so that you can adjust your medication, if necessary. If you are taking over-the-counter medication on a regular basis it is still a good idea to arrange an appointment with your doctor for preconception advice.

      Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, which are used to treat conditions such as arthritis or rheumatism, are known to interfere with ovulation. These include ibuprofen which is available over the counter but at a much lower dose than the NSAIDs available on prescription. If you take ibuprofen for the occasional headache or period pain it shouldn’t cause any problems with ovulation.

      Immunosuppressants and steroids, such as cortisone and prednisone, which are used to treat conditions such as asthma and lupus, can make your menstrual cycle irregular making it more difficult to conceive. These drugs are often prescribed together, and can prevent your pituitary gland from producing enough follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinising hormone (LH) for normal ovulation to occur. But this only happens if you take the medications in high doses.

      Some medications used to control blood pressure can raise your levels of the hormone prolactin and so interfere with ovulation. Almost any drug that targets the central nervous system, such as tranquilisers or seizure prevention medications, can also affect prolactin and the ability of the pituitary gland to trigger ovulation. However, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), such as Prozac, do not have a negative affect on ovulation or fertility.

      Thyroid medication can affect ovulation if too much or too little is prescribed. It has been shown that if you have ever used thyroid treatments, antidepressants, tranquilisers or asthma medication then you have a slightly increased risk of ovulation problems; this doesn’t mean that you definitely will have problems if you’ve taken these medications.

      It’s wise when you’re trying to conceive to avoid skin creams and gels that contain oestrogen or progesterone. Although it’s not likely that you’d absorb enough of these hormones through the skin to affect ovulation, it’s best to play it safe.

      The same high doses of steroids that affect women’s ovulation and the long-term use of antibiotics can reduce some men’s sperm counts and semen quality; so can sulphasalazine, which is used to treat colitis, and the antihistamine cimetidine. Most of these problems can be reversed within about three months if the medication is stopped, as it takes this long to start and finish a new cycle of sperm production. However, beta-blockers, which are used to control blood pressure, and psychotropic drugs can cause impotence. Otherwise, very little is known about the effect of prescription drugs on male fertility.

      If you think your medication may have a negative affect on your fertility, don’t simply stop taking it. You will need to balance the possible fertility problems against the benefits of the drugs you are taking for your condition. Take medical advice to make sure you do what is right for you and your individual circumstances.

  1. Natasha G

    What were your first signs of Lupus?
    I havve red blotches under my eyes and my body
    gets sore for no reason..esp my anckles and hips

    is this a sign? im 31 and they are checking my
    ANA levels

    thanks

    1. hello

      Personally, my first signs were rashes, fatigue, dizziness. I also have the sister to this disease, Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome. So I have alot of blood, blood vessel and CNS stuff happening. I really hope this isn’t what you have.

      Each person with lupus has slightly different symptoms that can range from mild to severe and may come and go over time. However, some of the most common symptoms of lupus include painful or swollen joints (arthritis), unexplained fever, and extreme fatigue. A characteristic red skin rash-the so-called butterfly or malar rash-may appear across the nose and cheeks. Rashes may also occur on the face and ears, upper arms, shoulders, chest, and hands. Because many people with lupus are sensitive to sunlight (called photosensitivity), skin rashes often first develop or worsen after sun exposure.

      Common Symptoms of Lupus

      -Painful or swollen joints and muscle pain
      -Unexplained fever
      -Red rashes, most commonly on the face
      -Chest pain upon deep breathing
      -Unusual loss of hair
      -Pale or purple fingers or toes from cold or stress (Raynaud’s phenomenon)
      -Sensitivity to the sun
      -Swelling (edema) in legs or around eyes
      -Mouth ulcers
      -Swollen glands
      -Extreme fatigue

      Symptoms can range from mild to severe and may come and go over time.

      Other symptoms of lupus include chest pain, hair loss, anemia (a decrease in red blood cells), mouth ulcers, and pale or purple fingers and toes from cold and stress. Some people also experience headaches, dizziness, depression, confusion, or seizures. New symptoms may continue to appear years after the initial diagnosis, and different symptoms can occur at different times. In some people with lupus, only one system of the body, such as the skin or joints, is affected. Other people experience symptoms in many parts of their body. Just how seriously a body system is affected varies from person to person. The following systems in the body also can be affected by lupus.

      -Kidneys: Inflammation of the kidneys (nephritis) can impair their ability to get rid of waste products and other toxins from the body effectively. There is usually no pain associated with kidney involvement, although some patients may notice swelling in their ankles. Most often, the only indication of kidney disease is an abnormal urine or blood test. Because the kidneys are so important to overall health, lupus affecting the kidneys generally requires intensive drug treatment to prevent permanent damage.
      -Lungs: Some people with lupus develop pleuritis, an inflammation of the lining of the chest cavity that causes chest pain, particularly with breathing. Patients with lupus also may get pneumonia.
      -Central nervous system: In some patients, lupus affects the brain or central nervous system. This can cause headaches, dizziness, memory disturbances, vision problems, seizures, stroke, or changes in behavior.
      -Blood vessels: Blood vessels may become inflamed (vasculitis), affecting the way blood circulates through the body. The inflammation may be mild and may not require treatment or may be severe and require immediate attention.
      -Blood: People with lupus may develop anemia, leukopenia (a decreased number of white blood cells), or thrombocytopenia (a decrease in the number of platelets in the blood, which assist in clotting). Some people with lupus may have an increased risk for blood clots.
      -Heart: In some people with lupus, inflammation can occur in the heart itself (myocarditis and endocarditis) or the membrane that surrounds it (pericarditis), causing chest pains or other symptoms. Lupus can also increase the risk of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).

  2. graystanggirl

    does anyone here have Lupus and do you shake like I do?
    I have been diagnosed for 3 yrs now and i am finding myself trembling alot.

    1. Linda R

      Most lupus patients don’t have that problem. In fact, I have never heard of shaking or trembling being part of lupus. However, if the lupus has affected your central nervous system, then the lupus could cause trembling.

      It is very important that you see a good neurologist. Lupus is an autoimmune disease that is tricky to diagnose. Lupus often comes with other autoimmnune diseases.

      If your immune system is attacking your nervous system, it is VERY VERY VERY important to find out as soon as possible so you can begin treatment to prevent permanent damage.

      Please see a neurologist as soon as you can! You will not find the answer here.

  3. clj21

    the water in the public pool seemed bad, how can i get the health dept to check it out?
    we recently went swimming to a public pool and the water seemed to have little chlorine it, needless to say, my kids got ear infections right after and they have tubes! can we get the health department to check out the pool? how? thanks!

    1. onlymatch4u

      Yes, you can call the health department directly and make a complaint. They welcome these kinds of complaints. Please realize that public pools are like cesspools of disease and germs. The biggest problem is chlorine byproducts, not so much chlorine itself even though it is bad. The chlorine disinfectant byproducts form as a combination of chlorine and organic materials like hair, urine, sweat, and ammonia, etc. The smell of chlorine comes from the lacromatic gas, chloramines from the combination of ammonia & chlorine, not pure chlorine. These disinfecting byproducts are 10,000 times more damaging to your health than chlorine. They stay in the water about 5 days or more after the combination happens.

      The two disinfecting byproducts produced in a swimming pool are trihalomethanes and haloacetic acids. These chemicals have been linked to damaging effects to heart, lung, kidney and central nervous system as well as cancer.

      The lesser type of problem of “swimmer’s ear” may not be as harmful, but it is certainly a huge problem for the person suffering with those issues. Chlorine does not kill many of the germs in water such as staph, strep, and T.B. germs.

      Swimmer’s ear can be caused by several things, but primarily is caused by the LACK of ear wax in your ear. Water and excessive moisture wash away the ear canal’s protective skin and earwax barrier and create a medium for bacterial growth. Surprisingly, using cotton-tip applicators to clean the ears is the leading cause of Swimmer’s Ear. A few twists with an applicator is all that it takes to rub away the protective skin and earwax in the canal. Swimmer’s ear is occasionally associated with middle ear infection (otitis media) or upper respiratory infections such as colds. Moisture in the ear predisposes the ear to infection from fungus or water-loving bacteria such as Pseudomonas species.

      There is an acidic coating on the ear canal that contains lysozymes and other substances that inhibit bacterial and fungal growth. Water elevates the pH in the ear canal, washes away the ear wax, allowing keratin debris to absorb the water and creates a great medium for bacterial growth. Normally, the tympanic membrane (ear drum) creates an epithelial migration in an outward direction carrying any debris with it protecting the ear drum.

      Swimmer’s ear infection is due to either a bacterial infection of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus aureus, or Proteus bulgaris. These bacteria are very common in the environment. Chlorine does not kill these bacteria in the quantities used in swimming pool concentrations.

      Candida Alibicans and Aspergillus are two fungus that can cause swimmer’s ear. Chlorine does not kill these fungus in pools, either.

      To determine which of the above is causing the swimmer’s ear, Acute Bacterial Infection has a scant white mucus, but occasionally thick. Chronic Bacterial Infection is characterized by bloody discharge, especially in the presence of granulation tissue. Fungal Infection is characterized by fluffy and white to off-white discharge, but may be black, gray, bluish-green or yellow.

      The most common cause is bacterial infection, but fungal overgrowth is a principal cause in about 10% of all cases. Of the fungal infections, Aspergillus is found in about 80% – 90% of all cases and the other 10% is usually Candida Albicans.

      Classically, fungal infection is the result of prolonged treatment of bacterial swimmer’s ear that alters the flora of the ear canal. Mixed bacterial and fungal infections are thus common.

      There are some other causes that can cause swimmer’s ear that include atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis, acne and lupus erythematosus.

      The rubbing alcohol you have been using should be mixed with a little white vinegar (acetic acid) to lower the pH. If you don’t lower the pH, the rubbing alcohol will only dry out the ear and not counter the affect the water has on the ear of raising the pH allowing germs to grow. Also, you can go to the drug store or health food store and purchase some Aqua Ear, Ear magic, or Swim Ear to help alleviate some of the discomfort you are experiencing.

      A really wonderful herbal mixture for this problem I highly suggest you try is Mullein oil mixed in olive oil is used as earache drops. This mixture has analgesic, antihistaminic, antiinflammatory, anticancer, antioxidant, antiviral, bacteristat, cardiodepressant, estrogenic, antifungicide, hypnotic, and sedative qualities.

      As a pool professional, I used to put a chemical in the water sufficient to create suds when you swished your hand in the water (about 4 ounces) of 80% concentrated 2,4 n-butyl dimethyl benzyl ammonium chloride. This chemical is used as a quaternary ammonium algaecide. This prevented the swimmer’s ear because it was capable of killing the bacteria & fungus that chlorine didn’t.

      Bottom line is to keep the ears dry, use the MIXTURE of acetic acid and rubbing alcohol, and if you get the swimmer’s ear, keep your ears dry and out of moisture for at least 3 weeks to allow the ear a chance to heal, and you can also use a mixture of 2 drops Carvacol (wild oregano) and 2 drops of Lemonine mixed in some olive oil as ear drops to kill the infection and relieve the pain.

      Ear infections, in general, are caused by a deficiency of essential fatty acids, especially in the mother that is going to give birth. In the third trimester of the pregnancy is when this is most critical because that is when the head enlarges in size greatly and the fetus needs large amounts of these fatty acids. What typically happens is the fetus takes these fatty acids from the mother and she becomes very deficient as well. Pre-nasty vitamins are worthless and doctors are not trained in nutrition and so this problem is rampant in the U.S. now as a result.

      good luck to you

  4. SP.

    How do you treat bursitis?
    I have it in my hips and it’s hard to do any physical activity (like working out or running) without being in pain. Its very discouraging.

    1. tsoto_soto

      Here’s what I found:

      Bursitis is likely to improve in a few days or weeks if you immediately rest and treat the affected area. Take the following steps to treat bursitis:

      * Rest the affected area and avoid any activity or direct pressure that may cause pain. Get enough sleep.
      * Apply ice or cold packs as soon as you notice pain and tenderness in your muscles or near a joint. Apply ice 10 to 15 minutes at a time, as often as twice an hour, for 72 hours. Continue applying ice (15 to 20 minutes at a time, 3 times a day) as long as it relieves pain. Although heating pads may feel good, ice will relieve inflammation and speed healing.
      * Take pain relievers. Use acetaminophen, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen, naproxen, or aspirin, as directed for pain relief and to reduce bursitis inflammation. (Do not give aspirin to anyone younger than age 20 because of the risk of Reye’s syndrome, a central nervous system complication in children.) Do not rely on medication to relieve pain in order to continue overusing a joint.
      * Do range-of-motion exercises each day. If your bursitis is in or near a joint, gently move your joint through its full range of motion, even during the time that you are resting the joint area. This will prevent stiffness in your joint. As the pain goes away, continue range-of-motion exercises and add other exercises to strengthen the muscles around your joint.
      * Gradually resume your activity at a lower intensity than you maintained before your symptoms began. Warm up before and stretch after the activity. Increase your activity slowly, and stop if it hurts. After the activity, apply ice to prevent pain and swelling. To avoid reoccurrence, try changing the way you do the activity that caused the pain and tenderness.
      * Avoid tobacco smoke. Smoking impairs collagen production, which is necessary for wound and tissue healing.1

      Check with your health professional if bursitis is severe or does not respond to several days of home treatment, if the sore area becomes very hot or red, or if you have a fever. You may also want to call your health professional if you are more likely to get an infection because you have other health conditions such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, or HIV/AIDS, or you take medications such as corticosteroids or immunosuppressants.

    1. ★☆✿❀

      Lupus is an autoimmune disease that affects the connective tissue. It causes inflammation and damage to the joints, skin, central nervous system, kidney, heart, lungs and other parts of the body. The most common symptoms are fatigue, hair loss, joint pain, arthritis, mouth ulcers, low grade fevers, weight loss and rashes. There are other symptoms that occur in more serious disease, but they’re often asymptomatic.

      The disease is caused by the immune system being over active and attacking specific parts of the body. Because of this, the treatment involves dampening down the inflammation and suppressing the immune system.

      A rheumatologist will diagnose, treat and monitor the disease.

      …..

    1. crystalangel6771

      LDN (Low Dose Naltrexone) is the best treatment for MS and all Autoimmune Diseases and Cancers………………

      “LDN may well be the most important therapeutic breakthrough in over fifty years. It provides a new method of medical treatment by mobilizing the natural defenses of one’s own immune system.” David Gluck, MD

      Low Dose Naltrexone
      FDA-approved naltrexone, in a low dose, can boost the immune system — helping those with MS,TM, HIV/AIDS, cancer, autoimmune diseases, and central nervous system disorders.

      In May 2006, clinical trial researchers at Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine reported: “LDN therapy offers an alternative safe, effective, and economic means of treating subjects with active Crohn’s disease.”

      Here is a list of what LDN stops the Progression in….

      What diseases has it been useful for and how effective is it?
      > Bernard Bihari, MD, as well as other physicians and researchers, have described beneficial effects of LDN on a variety of diseases:
      Cancers: Other Diseases:
      Bladder Cancer
      Breast Cancer
      Carcinoid
      Colon & Rectal Cancer
      Glioblastoma
      Liver Cancer
      Lung Cancer (Non-Small Cell)
      Lymphocytic Leukemia (chronic)
      Lymphoma (Hodgkin’s and Non-Hodgkin’s)
      Malignant Melanoma
      Multiple Myeloma
      Neuroblastoma
      Ovarian Cancer
      Pancreatic Cancer
      Prostate Cancer (untreated)
      Renal Cell Carcinoma
      Throat Cancer
      Uterine Cancer
      ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
      Alzheimer’s Disease
      Autism Spectrum Disorders
      Behcet’s Disease
      Celiac Disease
      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
      Crohn’s Disease
      Emphysema (COPD)
      Endometriosis
      Fibromyalgia
      HIV/AIDS
      Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
      Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
      Parkinson’s Disease
      Pemphigoid
      Primary Lateral Sclerosis (PLS)
      Psoriasis
      Rheumatoid Arthritis
      Sarcoidosis
      Systemic Lupus (SLE)
      Transverse Myelitis
      Ulcerative Colitis
      Wegener’s Granulomatosis

      How does LDN work?
      > LDN boosts the immune system, activating the body’s own natural defenses.
      Up to the present time, the question of “What controls the immune system?” has not been present in the curricula of medical colleges and the issue has not formed a part of the received wisdom of practicing physicians. Nonetheless, a body of research over the past two decades has pointed repeatedly to one’s own endorphin secretions (our internal opioids) as playing the central role in the beneficial orchestration of the immune system, and recognition of the facts is growing.

      Witness these statements from a review article of medical progress in the November 13, 2003 issue of the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine: “Opioid-Induced Immune Modulation: …. Preclinical evidence indicates overwhelmingly that opioids alter the development, differentiation, and function of immune cells, and that both innate and adaptive systems are affected.1,2 Bone marrow progenitor cells, macrophages, natural killer cells, immature thymocytes and T cells, and B cells are all involved. The relatively recent identification of opioid-related receptors on immune cells makes it even more likely that opioids have direct effects on the immune system.3”

      The brief blockade of opioid receptors between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. that is caused by taking LDN at bedtime each night is believed to produce a prolonged up-regulation of vital elements of the immune system by causing an increase in endorphin and enkephalin production. Normal volunteers who have taken LDN in this fashion have been found to have much higher levels of beta-endorphins circulating in their blood in the following days. Animal research by I. Zagon, PhD, and his colleagues has shown a marked increase in metenkephalin levels as well. [Note: Additional information for Dr. Zagon can be found at the end of this page.]

      Bihari says that his patients with HIV/AIDS who regularly took LDN before the availability of HAART were generally spared any deterioration of their important helper T cells (CD4+).

      In human cancer, research by Zagon over many years has demonstrated inhibition of a number of different human tumors in laboratory studies by using endorphins and low dose naltrexone. It is suggested that the increased endorphin and enkephalin levels, induced by LDN, work directly on the tumors’ opioid receptors — and, perhaps, induce cancer cell death (apoptosis). In addition, it is believed that they act to increase natural killer cells and other healthy immune defenses against cancer.

      In general, in people with diseases that are partially or largely triggered by a deficiency of endorphins (including cancer and autoimmune diseases), or are accelerated by a deficiency of endorphins (such as HIV/AIDS), restoration of the body’s normal production of endorphins is the major therapeutic action of LDN.

  5. crissy

    Can the effects Lyme’s Disease be reversed?
    My dad was just diagnosed with Lyme’s disease. He has had trouble keeping his balance and has numbness in his feet and legs – that is what brought him in – he never saw a tick or the bite mark.Does anyone have experience with this? Will he get the feeling back in his feet and will his balance return. The only thing I know is they perscribed him with a 28 day antibiotic.

  6. Debi

    Anyone know a web site with good detailed Lupus information?
    I have central nervous system involvement and now possibly brain.
    I noticed one of the answers recommended echinacea. I was told by my rheumy that it will exacerbate my symptoms

    1. Natural Healer

      Hi Debi

      Here is some info you wont find on any of those sites.

      Cause
      Food allergies (there is a 100 percent correlation between lupus and food allergies), rheumatoid arthritis, other connective tissue diseases, parasites, candidiasis, bowel problems, and digestive enzyme deficiencies can create symptoms that mimic or exacerbate SLE. Migraines, epilepsy, and psychoses must also be ruled out before a proper course of treatment can be decided upon.

      Both forms of lupus primarily strike young women (90% of cases) and young children.

      The drugs hydralazine, procainamide, and beta blockers can cause false-positive readings of SLE, and can also produce a lupus-like condition that disappears when the drugs are no longer taken. Birth control pills and environmental stresses can also exacerbate lupus symptoms.

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      Natural Cures

      Diet: Eat an organic, whole foods diet. Also avoid overeating and limit your intake of dairy, beef products, and polyunsaturated oils. Also screen for food allergies and avoid all foods to which you are allergic or sensitive. Increase your intake of vegetables, especially green, yellow, and orange, and consume non-farm-raised fish several times a week.

      Herbs: Supplementation with Swedish bitters with each meal can increase hydrochloric acid production. Also drink an infusion of nettle twice a day. Other useful herbs include echinacea, goldenseal, licorice, pau d`arco, and red clover

      Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment. I suggest several at-home hydrotherapy treatments.

      Hyperthermia: Hyperthermia involves artificially creating fever in the body for the purpose of boosting immune function. Hyperthermia can be a highly effective method of eliminating toxins and heavy metals, as well as infectious bacteria and viruses that cannot survive in elevated body temperatures. I suggest several at-home hyperthermia treatments.

      *Purified water is essential for any hydrotherapy or hyperthermia treatment. Remedies for Treating Chlorinated Bath Water offers clear instructions and recommendations.

      Juice Therapy: Drink the juice of carrot, celery, flaxseed oil, black currant oil, and garlic.

      Nutritional Supplementation: Hydrochloric acid (HCL) deficiency is common in people with lupus, therefore HCL supplements with each meal is advised. Other useful nutrients include vitamin A with beta carotene, vitamin C and bioflavonoids, vitamin B complex, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, calcium, magnesium, selenium, zinc, essential fatty acids, proteolytic enzymes taken away from meals, digestive enzymes taken with meals, and the amino acids L-cysteine, L-methionine, and L-cystine.

      Topical Treatment: PABA cream applied topically can help ease symptoms.

      Alternative Professional Care
      If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional. The following professional care therapies have all been shown to be useful for treating Lupus: Acupuncture, Biofeedback Training, Bodywork, Cell Therapy, Chelation Therapy, Detoxification Therapy, Environmental Medicine, Enzyme Therapy, Guided Imagery, Homeopathy, Juice Therapy, Light Therapy, Magnetic Field Therapy, Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy, Naturopathic Medicine, Oxygen Therapy, Qigong, Rolfing, and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

      Best of health to you

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