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Is the Levine Protocol a Cure for POTS?

Excellent question if I do say so and I believe there is a very simple answer: If a patient's POTS or OI is caused by deconditioning then the answer could be "yes".  If the POTS is caused by something else then it probably will not cure POTS because in order to do that you would need to cure the underlying condition. 


If a patient's POTS is caused by something other than deconditioning then will they benefit from the protocol?

Here is my rather long answer to the above.  POTS does not seem to be a disease rather is a cluster of physical symptoms which present when certain conditions are met.

For example, here are some conditions which may cause and/or make POTS symptoms worse:
  • Ehlers Danlos Syndrome
  • Parkinson's
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Mastocytosis
  • Mast Cell Activation Disorder
  • Hypthyroidism
  • Menstruation
But regardless of which set of conditions are present in a patient certain factors appear to be key to ameliorating the nastier symptoms of POTS.  Namely:
  1. Ensuring adequate blood volume
  2. Promoting and maintaining healthy cardiovascular and circulatory systems
The protocol is designed to help with both 1 and 2 above while at the same time dealing with the inconvenient matter of exercise intolerance which POTS patients can suffer from.

So to answer the question above as "If a patient's POTS is caused by something other than deconditioning then will they benefit from the protocol?"  the answer is most probably yes!