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WarningCongratulations! You’ve discovered Inflammation Therapy (IT), a new treatment that is helping many patients recover from chronic inflammatory disease. Now, you're wondering how to learn more or how to get started using this therapy.

Become informed

1. Read the articles in About Inflammation Therapy. These articles are free to the public and provide all the information you need to help you determine if you're a candidate for this treatment and to decide if IT is something you'd like to try..

2. If you're already enrolled in our counseling program you have access to our private Library of Information with over 140 articles about managing IT, including the Physician’s Guide to Inflammation Therapy. This guide contains details about Benicar dosing and the antibiotics (which are prescription medications) used with IT. Along with our counseling, our extensive library will provide all the information you will need during the recovery process.

3. If you'd like to enroll in our counseling program send a request for an enrollment form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

4. If don't wish to enroll in our counseling program and would like to read the details of IT management, including information about all the medications used, you may obtain access to our private library (see this sample page). Please send your doctor’s name and fax number or email address (preferred) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so your doctor can be notified that you have access to this information about adjusting prescription medications.

Finding a supportive doctor

If you need help locating a doctor who will prescribe Inflammation Therapy, see Doctor Search Suggestions. You may also send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and request a list of doctors.

Informed Consent

Inflammation Therapy is a serious and lengthy commitment which should not be attempted without full understanding. IT has an excellent safety record and many patients who are very symptomatic or who have been ill for a long time are doing well on this treatment.

But you should know that if symptoms are extremely debilitating or vital organs are severely compromised, it may be very difficult or even impossible to tolerate the Herxheimer reactions involved in the healing process. Patients should also be aware there is a rare possibility that a Herxheimer reaction will provoke a serious adverse event, especially if the disease process is well advanced. See Efficacy and Expectations of Inflammation Therapy.

Enroll in the CIR counseling program

To ensure your safety and improve the chance of a successful recovery, we highly recommend that you enroll in the CIR counseling program if  your doctor is not familiar with the management of IT.

Before you begin

Please review the following checklist to determine if you're ready to begin IT:

  • Ask questions of your doctor or (if you're enrolled in our counseling program) in your Patient Report. See Test Your Knowledge.
  • Obtain a copy of the Patient's Guide to Inflammation Therapy (available with enrollment in our counseling program or with access to our Library of Information-see above). Let your doctor know if you don’t understand any of the instructions.
  • Inform your doctor of all medications and supplements (both prescription and over-the-counter) you're taking. (See Medications)
  • Eliminate from your diet all foods high in vitamin D. (See Vitamin D Sources to Avoid)
  • Obtain NoIR or Bolle sunglasses. (See details in Sunglasses)
  • Obtain an adequate supply of Benicar. (See Benicar®)
  • Discontinue or wean any contraindicated medications with your doctor’s permission. (See Medications)
  • Discontinue contraindicated supplements and other treatments with your doctor’s permission. (See Supplements and Other Treatments)
  • Modify your environment and wardrobe. (See Light Sensitivity)
  • Have the recommended lab work done. (See Tests)
  • Obtain a 30 day supply of Minocycline. See details in Minocycline (available with access to our Library of Information).
  • Modify your lifestyle if necessary. (See Work and Play on Inflammation Therapy)
  • Enlist the support of family and friends. (See Emotional Support)
  • Prepare for Herxheimer reactions. See details in Herxheimer Symptom Management (available with access to our Library of Information).

See also Skills Needed to Self-Manage Inflammation Therapy.

Note: Pregnancy and lactation are contraindicated during IT. Women of childbearing age should take adequate precautions to prevent a pregnancy. See Pregnancy.

Best wishes for a steady and smooth return to health!

The CIR Staff