VETS AND LODONAL

"Hi all I just wanted to let you guys know that here in NV I had trouble getting my vet to proscribe LDN. It was not that he did not want to it was that he was not allowed. He went to his board at the hospital where he works and they sent him the NV vet board who told him that it was below the standard of care and he should not proscribe it for Osteosarcoma. (Dumbest thing ever and my vet thought so too) It is OK to euthanize him but not ok to give him a low dose of a drug with little to no known side effects!!!###$$@^%!!!!!"

How to get your Vet or Doctor to give you Low Dose Naltrexone:

Before you visit your doctor or vet…
1.  Practice saying “Low Dose Naltrexone” out loud.   This might sound silly, but it can
be a tongue twister, and you don’t want to stumble over your words when you say it
to your doctor. 
2.  Locate a compounding pharmacy.   Oddly, this was one of my doctor’s objections:  
“What a pain; you have to find a compounding pharmacy to do this.”   But I'd done my
homework, and showed her my list of pharmacies, which included a local
compounding pharmacy.   (Don’t know how to find one?  Call your local drug store
and ask for the name of the nearest compounding pharmacy.)
3.  Get a nice new manilla folder.
4.  Click here for the LDN FAQs -- Frequently-Asked Questions about LDN  -- print
out this file and put it in the manila folder.  This has been assembled many different
sources.   It is streamlined  and factual, without too much medical terminology.  (Some
doctors don’t like patients who use medical jargon.)  Claims of LDN’s effectiveness
are deliberately cautious and unemotional.   Your doctor doesn’t want to hear the
words “miracle drug.”   Print out LDN and Cancer info too also.
5.  Familiarize yourself with everything in the FAQ's.  You don't want to be a know-it-
all, but you should be ready to answer your doctor’s questions, or at least know where
to find the answers. 

Don’t include any other material in the Folder.  These pages are just enough for a busy
doctor to absorb during a short appointment.   Most doctors will recoil from a big
stack of paper.
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During the Visit with Your Doctor...
1.  Play it cool.  Don’t say that you think LDN is a miracle drug.   Don’t volunteer a lot
of information at first.  Let your doctor be the smart one.   Nod a lot.  
2.   Don't complain about the symptoms too much.   A doctor is more likely to prescribe an
“experimental” drug if he thinks your health is not in immediate jeopardy.
3.  Keep in mind that many many many doctors are simply unaware of Low Dose Naltrexone.  Low Dose is the key words here.
4.  Present the material in the Doctor’s Folder a little bit at a time.  How should you do
that?  Keep reading…
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Your doctor and the internet…
How does your doctor feel about patients who do medical research on the internet?   
Some doctors think it’s great.  MANY Others are infuriated by it.  If your doctor disapproves
of it, tread very softly.  If your doctor says something like “All those people are
crazies,” don’t get defensive.  Just shrug and say something like, “Yeah, that’s for
sure, there really is some out there wild stuff… but I did find some interesting well researched stuff, and
I wanted your opinion about it.” 

Avoid using the word “internet.”  Use the words “information” and “research” instead.  
If your doctor asks you a question you can’t answer, just say, “I don’t know, but I
can find out for you.” 
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Addressing your doctor’s objections ...
If your doctor objects to LDN, don’t panic.  Ask (in a friendly, curious way) what his
objections are.   Here’s what he might say:

“It’s too experimental.”   Or, “It’s not FDA approved.”  
You can point out that standard dose Naltrexone (at the higher 50mg dose) has had FDA approval for
a long time, and guide your doctor to the Q&A section that discusses FDA approval.  And your giving in a very low dose.

“I just don’t know enough about it.”  
All doctors are uncomfortable admitting they don’t know something, especially to a
patient.   This might be a good time to back off, give your doctor the folder, and ask
her to look it over at her convenience.  Suggest this in a way that indicates that you’re
not trying to prove your case, you value your doctor’s opinion, and you’re willing to
wait.