Autoimmune disease, Fibromyalgia, and other chronic inflammatory conditions including environmental & food allergies are conditions that we’ve had success treating here at The Lamkin Clinic. These conditions tend to cause significant distress and can interfere with quality of life in those that suffer. The fundamental cause of these conditions has been a mystery to modern medicine, so much so that the mainstay of treatment is to suppress the immune system.
Patients who develop these conditions often quickly develop frustration and “Doctor Fatigue” after navigating the health care system. Often no true investigation into the underlying cause occurs or is even attempted. Specific antibody testing only serves to put a name or label on the condition, with the drug prescribed still being one of a handful used most for suppressing the immune system.
Introduced below are two safe and effective therapies for sufferers of autoimmune, inflammatory, or chronic pain syndromes.
Treatment occurs in combination with other interventions including behavioral, nutrition and lifestyle assessments and counseling and investigative laboratory and diagnostic testing as determined during the initial consultation. These immune treatments are low cost, do NOT suppress the immune system, are exceedingly safe and have been life changing for many patients. If you are scheduling a consultation, please read through the links and information provided below so as to self educate in advance of your appointment. This will help make sure you get the most out of your consultation.
1) Low Dose Immunotherapy
LDA immunotherapy could very well be the answer for a great many people suffering from autoimmune disease, seasonal allergies and several other associated conditions. LDA, or Low Dose Allergen, also termed low-dose, enzyme-potentiated immunotherapy, is an entirely unique treatment utilizing extremely low doses of allergens coupled with an enzyme, glucuronidase, that essentially turns off the immune reaction to “self.” By experience, this effectively “quiets the storm” in many autoimmune diseases such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, among others and allergic and inflammatory conditions including asthma, eczema. and nasal and respiratory allergies.
LDA presents the immune system with a low-dose dilution of environmental, chemical, food and in some cases bacterial allergens (proteins) that serve as a focus for the immune system response. By coupling the allergens themselves with the enzyme (glucuronidase), the constant firing of the immune system fades, inflammation declines, and innate repair mechanisms are allowed to help the body heal. Although, the exact mechanism is unknown, the enzyme itself appears to serves to activate T-regulatory cells, which are thought to be at the heart of the dysfunction in autoimmunity.
LDA can treat the following conditions:
- Seasonal and Perennial Allergies
- Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
- Ankylosing Spondylitis
- Systemic Lupus Erythromatosis (SLE)
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Crohn’s Disease
- Ulcerative Colitis
- Interstitial Cystitis
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Other chronic demyelinating conditions
2) Low Dose Naltrexone
LDN is short for Low Dose Naltrexone. Naltrexone is a drug that was approved by the FDA in 1985 to treat opiate addiction and overdose. Typically, a 50 mg dose is utilized in these situations. Alternatively, a low dose, between 1mg and 4.5 mg has been utilized with success in certain conditions including autoimmune disease, cancer, chronic viral infections, fibromyalgia and many more. The combination of clinical and scientific research, physician and patient testimonials, and the safety profile of LDN make it an increasingly powerful option for those that suffer from these and other conditions. Biochemically, the low-dose and the standard high-dose naltrexone have different and paradoxic effects. A low dose of Naltrexone given typically at night before bed provides a short and transient blockade of opiate receptors throughout the body. This has shown to produce a reflexive increase in opioid growth factor(OGF) and an up-regulation of its receptors. Opioid growth factor is an immune-system modulator that apparently turns off autoimmunity and regulates cancer growth in certain types of cancer.
Here is a list of medical conditions of which LDN could help:
- multiple sclerosis
- systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE/LED)
- rheumatoid arthritis
- ankylosing spondylitis
- Crohn’s disease
- ulcerative colitis aka colitis ulcerosa
- Celiac disease
- Wegener’s granulomatosis
- transverse myelitis
- Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Graves’ disease and other autoimmune forms of hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism
- hepatitis C
- amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)/primary lateral sclerosis (PLS)
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Parkinson’s disease
- Behcet’s disease
- chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD, emphysema)
- chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME)
- irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- chronic Lyme disease/post Lyme syndrome
- polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
Provided below are links to several websites that have more information about clinical research, patient testimonials, and other resources.
The LDN program here at The Lamkin Clinic begins with an initial consultation with baseline labs. Dr. Lamkin will spend around an hour discussing your unique situation, medical history, and performing an exam. Dr. Lamkin will discuss LDN therapy and make other recommendations based on your unique situation. These recommendations optionally may include other specialty lab testing, in-office diagnostics including bone density testing or body composition analysis, nutrition consultation and guidance, in-office fitness testing including VO2 and resting metabolic rate, or even concomitant immunotherapy(LDA).
Dr. Lamkin will have either a phone or in-office follow-up monthly for three months then semi-annually in order to tailor your therapy. In addition, baseline labs will be repeated quarterly for the first year and then semi-annually thereafter.
Please call us at (405) 285-4762 and speak with Deb for more information or to schedule an appointment.