I have read a lot about LDI and listened to many videos on youtube in the last two days. LDI = homeopathy with some difference in scheduling the doses. From the interview on Sept 20 2017:
Elrod: How do LDA and LDI differ from homeopathy?
Dr. Vincent: Not much. The mechanism underlying LDI must be via vibrational resonance frequencies, similar to the way homeopathic remedies work. The main differences are the dosing schedule we find works with LDI (every 7 weeks rather than daily or multiple times per day), and the use of large numbers of antigens simultaneously. The harmonic signal seems to be mediated through the immune system to promote tolerance with LDI. Homeopathic remedies don't necessarily involve an immune system response. But, the exact mechanisms of both LDI and traditional homeopathy are really not well understood.
I think training the immune system to be tolerant to the offending antigens is a great idea but the way it is done in LDI is hard for me to accept. For example, an LDI practioner can suspect that a vaccine was responsible for autism and give a child tiny amounts of the antigens from that vaccine, which to me is equivalent to giving the same vaccine but at a very diluted dose. It is much easier for me to understand and accept an opposite treatment of avoiding the vaccines hoping that the vaccine action (immune memory to antigens) wears off over time (about 10 years). There was a mom here, who was giving her non-verbal autistic son mercury sulfide as part of his homeopathic treatment. This is where I draw the line of my acceptance of LDI/homeopathy. Most sane people would try to remove mercury from the body, not purposefully give it.
From reading, LDI practioners give many different antigens at once. But, how do they know which antigens should be given to a patient without doing extensive tests for antibodies to check which ones the patient has been exposed in the past? For example, my son has an allergy to dust and pollen as confirmed by a blood test. So, I am totally fine with LDA where my son is given tiny doses of dust and pollen (although he is already exposed to them through the environment). The original LDA/LDI used beta-glucuronidase enzyme, which apparently potentiated immune desensitization. But many LDI doctors are not even giving this enzyme anymore because they became convinced that it is the antigen that is important in LDI. But, if beta-glucuronidase is not included, then how giving allergens in LDA is different from being exposed to them in the daily life (drinking milk, eating bread, breathing dust and pollen)? So, allergen + beta-glucuronidase makes sense to me.
I also don't like when doctors don't even understand how their methods work and start talking about "vibrational resonance frequencies" of the body. To me that puts them into a category of holistic healers practicing quack methods such as NAET (Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Technique):
NAET stems from the theory that all organs have an electromagnetic frequency. Thus, practitioners work toward eliminating allergy symptoms by finding the frequencies in the body that are blocked and returning those frequencies to their original, healthy condition.
How it works: In the initial visit, a patient would likely undergo a muscle test (applied kinesiology) to determine what the body is allergic to. Some muscles may be weakened when allergies are triggered and energy flow is blocked. Once this is determined, the NAET practitioner will work on opening up the energy pathway through a technique in which the patient holds a glass vile containing the allergen, for 20 minutes. This is often done in tandem with acupuncture or acupressure.