How Microdose Works
The first three weeks of the program is dedicated to reducing patient symptoms to a minimum state. During this time, the patient is to take hydrocortisone tablets daily in tapered dosages while avoiding ingesting foods identified to be allergenic by a blood allergy test. A repeat three-week induction period with a tetracycline antibiotic (usually doxycycline) might be necessary in a few cases wherein the response is sluggish. This family of antibiotics has been helpful in controlling rheumatic disorders (Endresen, 2003; Kloppenburg, 1993; Tilley, 1992). Food allergies have been proven to contribute to the pain of rheumatic disorders (Panush, 1986).
As a consequence of the induction period, one of six patients will lose most or all symptoms within one week, four of six will do so in three to six weeks and the remainder, one of six, will not respond and must be discontinued. A satisfactory minimum symptom state is 75+% symptom reduction from baseline. The Helen Foundation Clinic will recommend the hydrocortisone dosages for you that are customized to patient parameters based upon its data bank of patient histories.
The next three months is dedicated to teaching the patient to self administer a customized dosage, five-day hydrocortisone regimen to quench reoccurring fibromyalgia flares and test the foods determined by the laboratory to be allergenic. The patient will be educated weekly by the Helen Foundation Clinic education staff in a classroom setting if local to the Helen Foundation Clinic, or by telephone, email and mail if at a remote location. Each patient will receive a copy of the Patient Education Manual. You will also receive a copy of the Physician Manual. Your patient will require a prescription for four five-day hydrocortisone regimens per month. They will average 3.3 fibromyalgia flares per month (Stenberg, 1992). The Helen Foundation education staff will educate the patient but not give medical advice. Medical issues are referred to you.
The final nine months of the patient education program consists of regular monthly sessions with the Helen Foundation education staff. At anytime, a patient being educated may telephone in to the education staff for advice via a toll-free line.