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If you’ve been researching Inflammation Therapy (IT) and have decided it’s the treatment you need to help you recover from your chronic illness, you may be wondering how to approach a discussion with your doctor, or how to find a supportive doctor. The purpose of this article is to explain some of the options that might be available to do this.

Qualified practitioners

Inflammation Therapy (IT) can be ordered by anyone licensed to prescribe medications (e.g., MD, DO, NMD, PA or NP) and it may be used by practitioners of any specialty of medicine.

Locating a practitioner

CIR has a list of doctors who have been reported to be using, or interested in, Inflammation Therapy. To obtain a list, please send us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let us know in which area you are looking, or where you are free to travel.

It has, however, been our experience that many patients will need to find a doctor on their own, and we’d like to share some of the methods that others have found most helpful to do this.

We suggest that you look for a doctor with a reputation of being open-minded. Supportive doctors have been located through other patients found online (e.g., medical/health groups on Facebook) or at patient support group meetings, professional associations, health food personnel and family networks. Doctors trying to establish a new practice may be more receptive.

Doctors who practice integrative medicine may be more receptive to a new treatment. The American College for Advancement in Medicine has a list of these doctors and there might be one in your area.

You can also search for names of prescribers (MD, DO, ND, NP, PA) on these websites:

Call before you visit

Before you commit to spending money by making an appointment with a doctor who is unfamiliar to you, be sure to verify that the doctor may be open to help you with this treatment by calling first. When you call a clinic, you need to get past the receptionist. Ask to speak to the doctor or his/her nurse. Tell the receptionist you're looking for a new doctor and you need to know about the availability of a very specific treatment before you make an appointment. They may not put you through right away but someone should call you back.

Tell the doctor or nurse who calls back that you are only interested in a new treatment called Inflammation Therapy which is based on using pulsed, low-dose, well-known antibiotics, and that you don't want to waste their time if they aren't open to any new therapies. If the answer is “no”, politely asking why may give you a chance to respond to concerns or clear up some misconceptions. If the answer is “maybe,” ask if you can send some literature in advance and make an appointment to discuss it.

Be prepared

Before your appointment, it may be helpful to put your thoughts in a letter with a couple of informative documents and send them to your doctor. Although many busy clinicians will not have time to review the information prior to your office visit, this may give you more time during the visit to discuss your request.

These two articles may be reprinted and will help explain IT to your doctor:

Study the following articles so you will be able to explain IT to your doctor:

At the appointment, be sure you are well-versed in the underlying science and know the basics of Inflammation Therapy so you can explain its effectiveness and safety. If the doctor knows you understand the treatment, it may be easier to approve your participation. Emphasize that the CIR counseling program provides ongoing support to patients while informing the doctor how to manage all aspects of therapy. In addition, CIR sends regular reports to the doctor and has a physicians-only forum for communication.

CIR will send a Physician's Guide to Inflammation Therapy which details all the medications used, to any doctor, upon request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If the doctor is hesitant, ask what his/her reservations are so you can provide an explanation or reassurance. For example, you can tell him/her that you are well-versed in the treatment plan, you believe it to be safe, all other treatments have been/are ineffective, you've read many IT success stories and there's a new professional counseling service that helps doctors and patients manage this type of treatment (Inflammation Therapy) at www.chronicillnessrecovery.org.

You may wish to share this reprintable document about Chronic Illness Recovery:

Keep in mind that it's not necessary to consult with a specialist before starting IT, or to obtain a biopsied diagnosis, which may be inconclusive, costly and invasive. A doctor who insists on this may really be telling you "no" and hoping you will change your mind about IT.

Also at the first visit, some doctors may offer you another treatment or advise that you take contraindicated supplements/medications, or want to order unusual or expensive tests. The following routine lab tests are the only ones necessary and they serve as a baseline before treatment begins:

  • Complete blood count (CBC) 
  • Comprehensive metabolic panel (CMP)
  • 25-D
  • 1,25-D
  • TSH (Free T3, Free T4 if taking a thyroid supplement)
  • Liver panel

When your doctor agrees to order Inflammation Therapy, you may request a CIR enrollment form and send us your doctor's contact information (email address or fax number) so we can send him/her the necessary forms. Our mission is to inform physicians about Inflammation Theray and we welcome the opportunity to work with all doctors, especially those who are new to IT, because physicians are the key to promoting this successful treatment to a wider public.