Low-Dose Allergen Therapy

Low-Dose Allergen Therapy and Low-Dose Immunotherapy

Low-Dose Allergen Therapy and Low-Dose Immunotherapy

Low-Dose Allergen Therapy (LDA) and Low-Dose Immunotherapy (LDI) are new, exciting forms of immunotherapy which I have found to be effective especially for hard-to-treat chronic conditions, including all kinds of allergies, autoimmune disorders, and Lyme disease. Many people have become sick because their immune system has become sensitized to harmless triggers – everything from inhalants like pollen and dust, to foods and chemicals, and even living organisms like yeast and bacteria. The more you can re-educate the immune system to ignore harmless triggers, the better you will feel.

Low-Dose Allergen Therapy LDA/LDI

What is LDA?
LDA is an innovative form of immunotherapy that retrains the immune system to ignore harmless allergens. It is effective both for external allergens such as pollens, molds, foods, and chemicals, and for those within the body, such as bacteria, viruses, parasites, and yeast.

How does LDA work?
LDA contains extremely low doses of common allergens. It may work by stimulating the production of regulator T-cells (known as T-regs) that switch off the body’s response to the allergens. With each successive treatment, more and more T-regs are produced, until long-lasting tolerance is achieved.

How is LDA given?
LDA is usually given by injection in the skin of the forearm, but it can also be administered sublingually (under the tongue).

LDA is given every 2 months for the first year, every three months for the second year, and less frequently thereafter, depending on the patient and the condition. Some patients need an annual booster before their allergy season. Other patients may go for years without needing any treatment.

How safe is LDA?
Well over 700,000 doses of LDA have been administered worldwide over the last 30 years, and no life-threatening reaction has ever been reported. Even infants as young as 1 month can be safely treated.

I have been using LDA in my practice since 1991. I have had remarkable success treating patients, from infants to the elderly, for all kinds of allergic and chronic conditions, ranging from seasonal allergies to eczema to serious autoimmune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and multiple sclerosis.

Low-Dose Immunotherapy (LDI)

LDI is very similar to LDA but uses different allergen mixes and at different doses. It offers hope for patients with Lyme and other chronic diseases. I use it  to treat conditions such as fatigue, brainfog, joint pain, headaches, behavioral and emotional issues; skin, bladder, and vaginal conditions; and arthritis and auto-immune disease.

Often patients will present with a mysterious constellation of symptoms such as fatigue, anxiety, headaches, nausea, insomnia and pain, and these can be  treated using Lyme LDI, even if the person has never been diagnosed with Lyme disease. 

It is an effective, safe, and harmless alternative to antibiotics. 

What is LDI?
 LDI differs somewhat from LDA.

  • While LDA comes in standardized dosages, doses of LDI are continuously adjusted based on the individual patient's response. A dose that is too weak may have no effect; if too strong, it may cause a temporary flare-up of symptoms, often followed by improvement.
  • LDI contains additional antigens, including bacteria, yeast, parasites, and viruses, which make it possible to treat conditions caused by immune sensitization to these organisms. They include Lyme disease, arthritis, auto-immune conditions, and skin conditions.

Three of the most commonly used LDI antigens are:

 
Low-Dose Allergen Therapy and Low-Dose Immunotherapy

Lyme
This antigen treats Lyme disease and all the symptoms it causes: joint pain, muscle pain, headaches, fatigue, dizziness, sweating, memory problems, etc.

It now appears that many other autoimmune and chronic conditions, including multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease), arthritis, Parkinson's, and fibromyalgia may be triggered by exposure to Lyme organisms, and all these conditions can be treated with Lyme LDI. 

I am experiencing great success in treating even garden-variety osteoarthritis. 

Yeast
Yeast treats symptoms caused by candidiasis (burning, itching, rashes, brain fog, fatigue, bladder problems, menstrual problems), as well as autism, endometriosis, vaginitis, and fibromyalgia.

Many patients with autoimmune and chronic conditions have been sensitized to yeast and will respond to this antigen.

Most encouraging are the improvements in focus, behavior, and speech in adults and children with attention-deficit disorder (ADD) and autism spectrum disorder. I have even seen an autistic child start speaking for the first time after treatment with Yeast LDI.

Mycobacteria
This antigen treats inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn's and ulcerative colitis.

Conditions Treated by LDA and LDI

LDA/LDI can treat any condition caused by an inappropriate reaction of the immune system, including:

  • Inhalant allergies
  • Anaphylaxis caused by peanut or shellfish allergy
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Autoimmune disease (ankylosing spondylitis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, scleroderma, Crohn's, ulcerative colitis, eosinophilic esophagitis, and many others)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (including autism, ADD, ADHD, Tourette’s, Asperger’s, dyslexia, and others)
  • Brain fog, fatigue, spaciness
  • Candidiasis
  • Chest infections, recurring or chronic
  • Chronic itching
  • Chronic cough
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Contact dermatitis
  • Ear infections, chronic
  • Eczema, psoriasis
  • Face and sinus pain
  • Hives and other immediate allergic reactions
  • Interstitial cystitis (chronic bladder symptoms)
  • Irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, GERD
  • Lyme disease
  • Meniere’s disease (vertigo, hearing loss, and tinnitus)
  • Multiple chemical sensitivity
  • Migraines and other headaches
  • Nasal polyps
  • Pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders (PANDAS)
  • Chronic sinusitis
  • Angioedema (swelling of the face, lips, or tongue)
  • Vaginal itching, burning and vulvar pain