Dr. Jonathan Collins who's an MD, prescribes Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN), and is the publisher of the Townsend letter.
I became particularly interested in mental health in the late seventies approaching a patient with drug therapies, particularly dealing with patients with psychosis but benefits were limited.
And there were practitioners who talked about the need to investigate these patients from a nutritional viewpoint and that did lead me to looking at alternative medicine or integrative medicine. I decided to let go of pursuing internal medicine and dermatology and instead started focusing in on this area of integrative medicine and combining that with a general medicine practice at the same time.
At that time there wasn't internet so I figured out I could take on the ability to create a magazine that would act as a forum for practitioners. And so we got involved with starting originally a newsletter, which became a magazine. It's called a Townsend letter.
Then I got involved with the Congress to do an investigation of alternative cancer treatments. And the result of that was a report that came out in 1990, that ultimately led to the national institutes of health, creating an office of alternative medicine. And several years later that became the center for complimentary and alternative medicine at the national institutes of health.
I'm involved with personally in terms of offering patients integrative types of treatments herbal medicine, therapies of vitamin and nutritional medicine, homeopathy, which is actually been something that has been ongoing for almost 200 years.
I use with the Low Dose Naltrexone which has been something that a number of my patients have found useful and supportive for autoimmune conditions and inflammation.
I have been using The Sinclair method giving 50 mg Naltrexone for alcohol use disorder one hour before drinking.
It has been a remarkably effective treatment. I've had many individuals who have used this technique. The treatment in many ways is extremely simplistic.
Is totally different from the approach that requires the individual to depend on willpower, like in approach using alcoholics anonymous. There is no requirement for the individual to use willpower. The medication Naltrexone is prescribed and it is taken one hour prior to drinking. And there is a slow deconditioning process that makes the individual feel less craving for drinking the typical amount of alcohol that they're consuming.
And as time goes on, that extinguishing behavior continues.
The medication Naltrexone has minimal adverse effects.
Three to six months on their alcoholism or alcohol dependency brought under control.
I use the Sinclair method, because it is something that is quite successful.
Unfortunately, the individual that has a history of a alcohol use disorder has been sustaining damage to their liver over an extended period of time and other organs in their body. And so it's always useful for that person to have a medical exam and to do your basic laboratory test.
And usually when they come in, they have other issues the same time.
We certainly don't want to use the Naltrexone if the person is having hepatitis or liver failure or if they have major kidney function, abnormalities.
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