and welcome to this forum. You will get a lot of advices here, and here's my share:
If you still haven't heard of the Phase II trial with Low Dose Naltrexone, short called: LDN versus IBD (Crohns, Ulcerative Colitis and other inflammatory bowel diseases) you might want to find out what kind of medicine this is.
The naltrexone is giving zero side effects in the long run, the pill is not bigger than 4.5 mg (many with Crohns is ok with 3.0 mg) taken by night. I am not allowed to use any Crohns medicines that is suppressing my immune defency, therefor I use this medicine, helping me as much as remicade or humira, the strongest medicines used for Crohns, the hardest guns. I have had cancer, and these medicines suppressing the immune system may give a rare, and aggressive cancer, children are said to be extra vulnerable.
Many kids are using LDN in combination with milder Crohns medicines. Even adults, of course. If you want to know more on LDN, you need to do a great deal of research yourself, the medicine have been given to other patient groups than Crohns patients for more than 30 years, without any problems, and have been used in doses of 50 mg to 300 mg each day. We who love to take LDN are using from 1.5 mg - 4.5 mg a day.
It's though of great importance that you do a great deal of research yourself, because many doctors don't know this medicine. And many of them says no to prescribe it being afraid of trouble and lawyers.
Anyway; at yahoo there is a group named LDN and IBD, there are parents giving their children LDN, and LDN users giving advice how to do this and how to inform doctors. That group holds very experienced members.
Meantime; go to youtube to see this doctor talking about
and use this link to print out information to your sons doctor:
a site owned by two professors that was participating in the phase II trial at Penn State University, Hersey. The leader of the phase II trial is Phd. dr. Jill Smith.
LDN helped me from day one, some need a few months to get gradually better with it. The medicine is not AT ALL risky to take, so why not give it a try, it's a great medicine for a kid too.
I so understand your opinion about
dangerous medicines, that's why I suggest your choice avoiding them.
Personally, I want to advice you to use at least a total gluten free diet to your son. Go to youtube and write dr.Hyman as a search word. You will then find this doc learning us about
gluten sensitivity, gluten intolerance versus gluten allergy. The latter is celiac.
I know there's more other diets, and some of them let you try out what your son is reacting to. One of them is the so called Paleo. It's worth reading different diet teories and find what suits him (your family?) best. What all diets always says is: avoid grains. Avoid gluten and casein. (gluten from grains and casein from milk).
I am holding a bet that your son is sensitive to a lot of things (may be gluten and casein too, being he has got a few allergies now).
oh, and this: (a gastroenterlogist and pediatrist)
Post Edited (BeeSting) : 12/31/2011 2:01:16 PM (GMT-7)