I hate taking any kind of medicine and sympathize with everyone else who feels the same way. But you know what? The parasites don't give a damn about my beliefs of what I like or don't like. Yes, I will suffer with a cold for a week before going to the doctor and most often I don't have to go.
Indeed, some of these symptoms such as extreme weakness, mental confusion, nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting, pain lower back and legs, and skin rashes are reported by many suffering from Morgellons. Perhaps this is the value of Low Dose Naltrexone as Cindy reported that it gave her "energy back, helped with foggy brain, and has decreased pain by 85%"
But, when it comes to skin parasites, it's a no brainier for me. Even after I had relief from the King Diet™, I still had to suffer big time with any mistake I made on the diet. And, who wants to suffer one more minute of the relentless itching and biting and lesions being formed. Who wants to have these organisms invading your body one more minute than you have to?
I had tried every med that doctors threw at me--antibiotics, sulfa drugs, steroids, kwell and pyrethrin lotions, cortisone shots, and so on and to little benefit.
And then, wham, I was fortunate to find a doctor who knew about the effect of pimozide on mites and life improved 50%. Only wish he would have told me that it works because of it reducing the uptake of dopamine. Since then, many other meds, as I noted in the last update, Why Medications Block Parasitic Activity of Morgellons, 2/13/2020 have been found to fill the bill.
But, on that list are two that don't affect dopamine levels, but still makes a big difference. One is Low Dose Naltrexone. I first leaned of Low Dose Naltrexone from Claudia. Yes, the Claudia who formulates and supplies us with her wonderful Claudia's Dream Cream. It was one of the first products we added to our Nature's Gift™ Debriding Soap. She suffered badly from Morgellons and is now free of the disease--yeah!
What brings me to write about Low Dose Naltrexone is that in response to my last update, Why Medications Block Parasitic Activity of Morgellons, Cindy writes, "Hi Richard, thanks so much for all you do! Wanted to let you know I started using LDN (low dose Naltrexone) about two weeks ago. It has given me my energy back, helped with foggy brain, and has decreased pain by 85%. Most doctors will not prescribe it. My LLMD prescribed it from a compounding pharmacy. He will be retiring soon. I was wondering if may help others also?
All the best,"
I thank Cindy for sharing her experience with Low Dose Naltrexone. LLMD's are Lyme Literate Medical Doctors who treat Lyme--most use antibiotics. Having myself almost been destroyed by Lyme, I recommend first reading my attached report and utilizing the Lyme Pack of supplements in conjunction with any treatment.
Initially, Naltrexone at 50 mg per day, is a medication that "blocks the effects of opioid medication, including pain relief or feelings of well-being that can lead to opioid abuse."
And then people started experimenting with it and found that at much lower doses, 1-5 mg per day, it helps with all kinds of health issues--weight loss, autism, "fibromyalgia, Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis, complex-regional pain syndrome, Hailey-Hailey disease, and cancer" to name a few. What is LDN Used For gives another thirty or so uses. It's kind of like a miracle medication. According to The use of low-dose naltrexone (LDN) as a novel anti-inflammatory treatment for chronic pain, "LDN may operate as a novel anti-inflammatory agent in the central nervous system, via action on microglial cells."
Exactly how this figures into Morgellons is still a mystery. It doesn't reduce dopamine levels as pimozide, Abilify, Risperdal, Wellbutrin, and Seroqueldo. In fact it often increases cortisol levels. Cortisol is an interesting hormone. It is released during activation of the fight or flight and if not used up, it causes a release in blood sugar which feeds the parasites. However, too low cortisol levels are also a problem Addisonian Crisis (Acute Adrenal Crisis) can result in the following:
So, cortisol is like a double edged sword: too much from the stress response and we have sugar released in the blood stream feeding parasites, too little and we have many classic symptoms experienced by Morgellons' sufferers.
But, before you rush out to get your doctor to prescribe it, know that it's only available through compound pharmacies. And your doctor may not be agreeable to prescribe it; and, just as with the other meds, you can have uncomfortable side effects.