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  • Writer's pictureStefan Hartmann, PA-C

The Most Underrated Little Drug

Low Dose Naltrexone seem almost too good to be true.

It's cheap.

Has almost no side effect profile.

Non-addicting. It actually binds to opiate receptors in the brain and inhibits the effect of narcotics.

It enhances release of natural endorphins (you know, the "runners high").

This enhanced endorphin release helps patients with anxiety and depression.

LDN decreases inflammation and inflammatory markers.

LDN downregulates hyperactive immune systems which helps autoimmune patients.

LDN helps patients with chronic pain syndromes like fibromyalgia.

LDN has great studies showing usefulness in Multiple Sclerosis, Crohns, Hailey-Hailey Disease and countless other autoimmune syndromes.

LDN helps patients lose weight. Even big pharma is recognizing this and blending the drug with other drugs in order to patent it and sell it at higher prices.

LDN is even being shown to help kids with autism and is being used as a complement to traditional chemotherapy as a protective agent, a prophylactic agent and to as an agent to enhance targeting of cancer cells during chemotherapy.

In clinical practice the one side effect I've seen is the Herxheimer reaction. Herxheimer is an uncomfortable endotoxin release typically seen as a result of die-off from parasites or infections. Could LDN even be a stealth-infection treatment agent?

The applications seem almost endless.

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