Sufferers of a slew of debilitating diseases claim that low doses of naltrexone is healing them

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In October 2003, Linda Elsegood was diagnosed with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis, and told that doctors could do nothing more for her.

“That was devastating,” she says. “I was living, but it couldn’t be called living.”

Then she found out about a treatment using a low dose of a drug called naltrexone (LDN) from other MS sufferers. Elsegood found a prescribing doctor, and began taking it. “After three weeks, LDN tuned in that television set. I could see properly. I could begin to hear better. Cognitively, I could start to understand. It was amazing. Totally, totally amazing.”

Annabel Ince was…

An “invisible illness” that changes everything

Art by Jessica Siao

If you saw me now, you wouldn’t think I was ill. I don’t look ill. I have an “invisible illness” called lupus.

It’s hard to convey to people how I’m feeling and what the practical consequences are. Writing this is painful. I feel stalked by shame when I have to explain why I can’t go out in the evening because I’ll be overcome by fatigue, or why I can’t sit in the sun because I’m photosensitive and the sun makes my joints ache.

Lupus is an autoimmune disease, which means that your own immune system attacks your body — potentially…

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