Low Dose Immunotherapy (LDI): Changing The Game In Lyme Disease


As a former Lyme patient myself, I understand only too well the frustration of having Lyme symptoms flare, causing pain, brain fog, coordination problems and fatigue. I have tried many therapies on myself and with patients, all of which have had some success to varying degrees. Almost 2 years ago, my friend and colleague Dr. Ty Vincent introduced us to low dose immunotherapy (AKA “LDI”). He had been doing low dose allergen therapy (known as “LDA”), which is a homeopathic way to desensitize someone against food, environmental or chemical sensitivities. It is highly successful and he adopted the principles of how LDA works and applied it to other microbes that can trigger autoimmune illness once one has been exposed to a particular organism. It is well known that streptococcus (strep) can cause rheumatic heart disease or rheumatic fever, even if the strep has been treated. The bacterial cell wall has similar molecules found on our cells, so our immune system gets confused and starts reacting to our own tissues. The same thing can occur with Lyme, strep, candida and many other microbes including viruses. LDI is essentially a homeopathic preparation of inactivated organism (called a nosode for the homeopathically inclined) mixed with an enzyme called beta glucuronidase. Dr. Len McEwen, an ENT physician in the UK, found by accident that beta glucuronidase seems to help “turn off” the immune reaction to whatever is mixed with the enzyme. So if we mix a strep nosode with the enzyme, it can help shut off the overreaction to the strep. It does not seem to interfere with the normal immune mechanism our body has to appropriately fight off infection, but it does seem to shut down the overreaction to the offending microbe. These homeopathic preparations are administered sublingually generally every 7-8 weeks. In my personal and clinical experience, LDI has been one of the most clinically effective, cost-effective ways to manage Lyme symptoms. Having treated hundreds of Lyme patients, many of whom have been on antibiotics for many years, most of these folks respond favorably to LDI treatments. Unfortunately, antibiotics do not address the underlying immune problem that Lyme and other microbes cause. I find many Lyme patients, despite the length of their illness respond well to this therapy. It can take some time to find the right potency, but most patients respond well when we hit the right mark. In some cases, we have seen clinical improvement within 24-48 hours after treatment. I have read a lot of misinformation on the internet about LDI and what people should and should not do. Like any therapy, you should only do this with a doctor who is well-trained in LDI and understands proper management. But in the right hands, LDI can be a powerful tool in the recovery of Lyme disease and other chronic infections.

Nutritional Interventions for Asthma


By Darin Ingels, ND The prevalence of asthma has steadily increased in the United States for almost three decades, with no signs of slowing down. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of new asthma cases has more than doubled between the years of 1980 and 2004. Environmental control is an…

Fennel: An Effective Treatment For Colic


By Darin Ingels, ND Parents who give their infant a preparation of fennel seed oil at the onset of irritability and inconsolable crying may be able to reduce the intensity of the colic, according to a study in Alternative Therapies (2003;9:58–61). This is the first study to show fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) is an effective treatment…

Tylenol Use May Cause Asthma

Mark Sanders, ND

By Mark Sanders, ND One of the basic teachings of Naturopathic medicine is that fever is one of the body’s best natural defense mechanisms to help fight infection and is a normal part of the recovery process.  Most Naturopathic doctors advocate for letting the fever run its course, unless the fever becomes unusually elevated. In…

Are Phenolics Making Me Sick?

In 15 years of practice, I often have patients come to me with “unexplained illness” that conventional diagnostic tests, CT scans, MRI’s and Xrays do not seem to pick up. Conditions such as migraine headaches, autism, ADHD, chronic stomach or abdominal pain, IBS, chronic fatigue (CFIDS), fibromyalgia, chemical sensitivity, joint pain, asthma, eczema, insomnia, anxiety and many others, often have no known etiology. Conventional treatment attempts to help stop the symptoms with no real understanding of the true root cause. However, they may be hope for those suffering from these type of illnesses.

Spring Into Health With Our 3-Week Detox!

Springtime is the time of year where the planet sheds the winter gloom and brings new life and energy to our world. Naturopathic physicians have long held the belief that spring is the best time for our bodies to “renew” as well. Spring gives us the opportunity to spend more time outdoors to get more natural sunlight (and hence, vitamin D) and be out in nature. If you are like me, then the long winter months here in the Northeast have meant more time indoors, less time exercising and less time taking care of myself. Now that our weather is being more cooperative, its time to start making those changes to feel energetic, strong and clear minded.

Concussions and Craniosacral Therapy

Mark Sanders, ND

The seriousness of concussions and head injuries has reached a new level…

Dr. Mark Sanders joins Ingels Family Health!


Ingels Family Health and Dr. Ingels are pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Mark Sanders, naturopathic physician, to our staff. Dr. Sanders and Dr. Ingels both received their naturopathic training at the prestigious Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA and have been friends for many years.

Dr. Ingels chapter from “Cutting Edge Therapies for Autism 2011-2012″

Allergy Desensitization: An Effective Alternative Treatment for Autism By Darin Ingels, ND Allergies and asthma affect more than 50 million people living in the United States and comprise the sixth leading cause of physician office visits. Children with autism often have impaired immune function and may be predisposed to allergy symptoms.[i],[ii] Studies also show that…

“Cutting Edge Therapies for Autism”


The latest edition of Cutting Edge Therapies for Autism has just been released and I am one of the contributing authors! My chapter on Allergy Desensitization: An Effective Alternative Treatment for Autism is the first chapter of the book and discusses how allergies and sensitivities to foods, mold, pollen, dust, animal dander, chemicals and neurotransmitters…