We believe that, in hundreds of cases around the world every day, the failure of doctors to prescribe Low Dose Naltrexone for patients, to recommend to them that they “give it a go,” amounts to CRIMINAL NEGLIGENCE!
Readers need to understand that this is how the world works.
When a new drug is discovered, one of the pharmaceutical companies takes patents out on it, then has extensive tests carried out on it, which can be VERY expensive, to the point where the FDA, (the Food and Drug Administration in the US,) grants approval for it to be used in certain situations, which puts the pharmaceutical company in a position where it often makes huge profits, as it has a monopoly to manufacture and sell the drug until the patents on it run out, in about 20 years, in a world in which doctors seldom prescribe anything for patients that doesn’t have FDA approval.
Naltrexone went through this process. It was discovered in about 1965, and eventually, by about 1985, FDA approval was granted for it to be prescribed to treat certain addictions with 50mg tablets. And it was after about 1985, when the patents on it had run out, in a quite extraordinary development, it was discovered that, taken in small doses, often about 5mg, (hence the term, “Low Dose Naltrexone,”) it often brought about almost miraculous health benefits.
As a result of this history, no pharmaceutical company is ever going to pay for extensive tests to be carried out to see if these claims are justified, as it’s never going to be possible for it to get a 20 year monopoly on it’s manufacture and sale. And, in any case, Naltrexone is so cheap, and with the claims for how many different health benefits taking it in low doses being so numerous, it seems the pharmaceutical companies are happy to just rely on the likelihood that doctors won’t prescribe Low Dose Naltrexone, because it doesn’t have FDA approval, but will prescribe only their medications, which are more expensive and less effective, because they have FDA approval – which clearly seems to be what is happening.
We’ve referred to the fact that Low Dose Naltrexone is being widely talked about as one of the five great medical breakthroughs in history, along with Antidepressants, Anti-Inflammatories, Immunisation and Antibiotics – perhaps the greatest of them all! But, EITHER, this talk is total rubbish, OR, doctors not prescribing it in lots of situations is CRIMINAL NEGLIGENCE. Whichever is right, the other is wrong.
As far as we know, it’s never been suggested that being on LDN does harm. And it’s so cheap and easy to take – why aren’t more doctors recommending to patients that they give it a go? All the feedback is that if patients are on it for 6 to 8 weeks, that they will experience at least one health benefit which will make them want to be on it for the rest of their lives, with the fact that, the longer they’re on it, the more health benefits they will experience, and that, it will prevent them from developing other health problems, (by far the biggest claim for it,) being bonuses.
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