LDI Update & Upcoming Seminars

LDI UPDATE

We’re up and running with LDI now, and already we have seen it helping people. I wanted to provide a little more information on how it works and what to expect, to help you decide if this is something you are interested in pursuing as part of your Lyme treatment.

We are giving LDI by injection. I know there are people who use it sublingually and I’m investigating that option. But for now we’re sticking with the injections because that’s what has been discussed in the training I’ve done so far.

Dose Titration

The trickiest part of LDI is getting the right dose. The dosing scale ranges from 4C (the strongest) all the way to 20C. When starting LDI we have to determine the starting potency.

If we dose too weak, nothing will happen. In that case we can dose again at a stronger level in 10 days, and keep working up until we get an effective dose. This is called dose titration and in many ways is the safer way to go to try to get a good result without causing a flare up of symptoms, which will ultimately delay the treatment.

The other way is to select (aka guess) a dose based on sensitivity level, and monitor response. Again, if the dose is too weak nothing will happen, and we’ll try again in 10 days. If the dose is too strong, a flare might occur. In this case, we have to wait 7 weeks to dose again, and choose a weaker potency the next time.

I am finding that patients are eager to get on with it and want to start stronger rather than weaker, however remember – if we go to strong we have to wait 7 weeks; if we go too weak, we only have to wait 10 days. So in that same 7-week period we can try 5 doses, which is going to give us a better chance of getting the right dose than trying to hit on the right one straight away or going in too strong and having to back pedal.

I have started a couple of patients at 10C, which is pretty gung-ho, but they’re patients who don’t typically Herx on other treatments and have pretty strong constitutions. 15C is an average starting point. I have one patient who is super-sensitive that we are planning to start at 18C.

Perhaps as I get more experience with this therapy I’ll be better at choosing a potency that is close to the effective dose, but even Ty Vincent, the developer of this therapy, suggests doing the gradual titration and is doing that with his patients too.

Booster Dosing

If a dose is given, and there is some improvement but the improvement wears off in a few days or a few weeks, we can give a booster dose. The booster dose will always be weaker than the original dose. There is no limit to how many booster doses can be given in that 7-week period between regular doses, so long as they are a weaker potency, or smaller quantity of the original potency. Generally speaking, the same dose should give longer and longer periods of improvement, so booster dosing may be more relevant in earlier phases of treatment.

Flares

If a flare up of symptoms happens, it means that the dose given was too potent, and a weaker dose will be given next time. Generally speaking, we must wait 7 weeks before giving the next dose, or we’ll make the flare even worse. It is important to wait those few weeks for the T-cells’ life cycle to turn over so we don’t over stimulate those same cells.

Other Antigens

So far I am just working with the ‘Lyme mix’ so that I can see how that’s working without complicating the matter, but I do also have antigens on hand that address yeast (Candida, bakers yeast and brewers yeast), mycoplasma/ chlamydia, food allergies, environmental allergies and chemical sensitivities. Feel free to discuss these with us if you feel they are particularly relevant to you. More than one antigen mix can be given on any given treatment day.

Appointments and Follow Up

The LDI appointments are made with Carmen, our medical assistant. The cost of the appointment including the injection is $100. Appointments can be made between 8am and 3pm Monday through Friday. You can schedule via phone, email or online through our website.

If a patient is new to our practice, or has not been seen for some time, they will need to also have a regular consultation appointment with Dr. Emily or me. If we are uncertain of how someone is doing, the point where we are unsure of starting dose, we will ask for a consultation to check in. That enables us to get the closest possible dose without causing a flare. Otherwise, we are trying to enable people to go directly into their therapy and keep costs contained.

We ask that 1 week after your injection, you check in with us and let us know if you feel better, worse, or indifferent. From there Carmen will check in with me, I’ll give her the order for what the next step will be, and she will communicate that back to you. The next step could be to do nothing and wait 7 weeks (in case of a flare), to give a stronger dose in 10 days (in case of no response at all), or to give a booster dose at any time (in case of some improvement that wore off).

We do think that this therapy has great potential, and will keep giving updates as we gain more experience with it.

Dr. Nicola

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