Oct 16, 2011 - 6:24 pm
Sorry that my prior message misspelled the name of this medication, LDN (low-dose naltrexone), just suggested by my integrative doctor to minimize chances of recurrence.
Its web site shows success in treating a range of disorders--decreasing the severity of autoimmune diseases, bolstering the immune systems of HIV AIDS patients, treating certain addictions, and controlling recurrences of cancer.
Any substance that claims effectivenss against so wide a panoply of disorders tends to invoke some skepticism on my part.
But then I recalled the work of Kathleen des Maisons, Ph.D., who claims that the following syndromes tend to cluster in some families: obesity, diabetes, depression, and heart disease-all undergirded, in her experience, by "sugar sensitivity": a problem in metabolizing glucose. And families prone to diabetes, it's been documented, ARE more statistically vulnerable to cancer, with glucose levels and metabolism shared in the two diseases.
While my own family has had no history of clinical depression or addiction, there IS diabetes and heart disease on my father's side.
LDN's web side alleges no side effects except, in a few patients, interference with sleep--in which case taking it after dinner instead of right before bedtime can help.
Nor is it expensive: thirty to forty dollars a month.
Just wondering if any of your own integrative doctors have prescribed LDN when you finished treatment.
Am considering it. My cancer was caught fairly early, but it is aggressive and though am feeling great, am trying, like all of us, to prevent recurrence.