Peptide therapy is an old treatment therapy used in Russia and Europe for a variety of different ailments and has risen to popularity largely because they are naturally occurring and have few side effects.
Peptides are a string of amino acids, the building blocks of life, form proteins, enzymes, and hormones, engage in cellular transport, and function as the "scaffolding" that holds the structural foundation of our biochemistry and physiology. They are the master regulators and signaling molecules for many bodily functions.
Each peptide has a very specific cellular target (ie. receptor), unlike hormones that have receptors everywhere and therefore affect more than one function.
Peptides are extremely safe and can be used as a nasal spray, oral capsules, or sub-Q (Subcutaneous) injection which have minimal side effects. If you'd like to watch how to give yourself a sub-Q injection, please watch this video: How to Give a Subq Subcutaneous Injection Shot. The oral form of some peptides can be purchased through my office, but the nasal sprays, creams, and sub-Q injections of peptides must be dispensed with a licensed medical provider, and obtained through a compounding pharmacy, such as Promise Pharmacy, Tailor Made Pharmacy, or Wellness Pharmacy Network.
Peptides can be used in chronic illness alongside more traditional therapies, like antibiotics or herbal preparations to repair, regenerate, and heal tissues that have been damaged by infection, toxins, inflammation, poor detox, and EMF exposure.
Peptides may be useful for the treatment of:
- Lyme disease
- Alzheimer's disease
- Parkinson's disease
- IBS (Irritable bowel syndrome)
- Mood Disorders
- Immune Dysregulation
- Mold Toxicity
- EMF Toxicity
- Weight loss
- Enhanced Performance
- Tissue Repair
- Hormone Stimulation & Regulation
Peptides work optimally when you follow a propeptide diet which is simply eating foods in this order with plenty of water daily (roughly 2 liters a day) :
There are antibiotic peptides which include:
However, we are not able to use these for treatment, just yet.
The following are a few peptides that I use in my office:
1. BPC (Body Protection Compound)-157: This peptide is isolated from human gastric juice and is useful in accelerated wound healing, ulcer prevention, lowering pain, modulation of some neurotransmitters, neuroprotection, neurogenesis, lowers neuroinflammation, regulating blood pressure, ulcerative colitis, Chron's disease, IBS, repair of leaky gut, SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) and gut tissue repair.
2. Cerebrolysin: This is a peptide that crosses the blood-brain barrier and is therefore very helpful in treating neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, concussions, and other brain injuries. This is an ideal peptide for patients with neuroLyme who need central and peripheral nervous system tissue repair.
3. CJC-1295: This peptide is a synthetic analog of growth hormone-releasing hormone (GHRH), and increases plasma growth hormone (GH) and insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1).
4. Epitalon: This is a peptide that regulates the synthesis and secretion of melatonin, so it is very important for sleep. It also helps regulate the circadian rhythm and increases telomere length in cells.
5. Ipamorelin: This is a peptide selective agonist of the ghrelin/growth hormone secretagogue receptor. It increases plasma levels of growth hormone (GH) and is often used as a performance-enhancing drug in athletes.
6. LL-37: This is a peptide that is found in WBC (white blood cell) and it has broad antimicrobial effects against bacteria, fungi, and viruses. LL-37 is stored in neutrophilic granules and secreted by stem cells.
7. Selank: This is a peptide that is used for immune modulation as well as modulating moods such as depression and anxiety. It binds GABA receptors so it works similarly to drugs like Xanax and Valium without the side effects. It is also useful in metabolic syndrome and blood glucose regulation as well as having neuro-supportive and protective properties.
8. Semax: This is a peptide that enhances memory and cognitive function, so it is very useful for patients with neuroLyme. It modulates glutamate and GABA control of mood and emotions and increases brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). Semax is similar to a mood stabilizer with nerve-regenerating properties and without side effects.
9. TB4-FRAG: Thymosin beta-4 is a peptide made and secreted in the thymus gland where it is largely involved with T cell production. It promotes angiogenesis, increases circulation, and regenerates heart tissue. TB4-FRAG is usually used in conjunction with BCP-157 to help TBD patients with inflammation and immune regulation.
10. Thymosin alpha 1: The peptide is produced by the thymus gland and is used to enhance immune system functioning. Additionally, Thymosin alpha 1 is useful in lowering inflammation, immune modulation, increasing T cell production, reversing immunosuppression, and works in conjunction without peptides to return the body to balance.
11. KPV: KPV peptide is a tripeptide of the alpha-melanocyte-stimulating hormone. It has anti-inflammatory, anti-mast cell, and anti-microglial cell activation without stimulating melanocytes. It also has anti-microbial properties on Candida, HIV, and a range of other bacteria. Lastly, it helps break up biofilm and readily crosses the blood-brain barrier.