Lyme disease is spread through the bite of infected ticks.
One of the most common misconceptions is that Lyme disease is caused by one bacteria - Borrelia. There are 15 other possible pathogens which can be transferred via tick bite. A second big mistake is that ticks most frequently feed on deer. It was found that mice are highly efficient transmitters of ticks that are infected by different microbes. Mice may be responsible for carrying a majority of infected ticks carrying Lyme in the Northeast. An individual mouse can carry up to 50 - 60 ticks.
The classical symptoms of early Lyme disease are: fever, chills, headache, fatigue, muscle and joint aches, swollen lymph nodes, and a rash.
The late symptoms include fatigue, headaches, neck stiffness, rashes, joint pain, swelling, facial palsy, intermittent pain in tendons, muscles, joints, and bones, heart palpitations or irregular heartbeat, episodes of dizziness or shortness of breath, Inflammation of the brain and spinal cord, nerve pain, numbness, or tingling in the hands or feet, and problems with memory.
The actual list of symptoms are even more extensive than that. It is challenging for doctors to see the whole picture, to put the complaints that affect different systems under one roof.
It is not easy diagnosing Lyme disease because many of its symptoms are similar to other disorders and illnesses. The only distinctive sign unique to Lyme disease are "bull's-eye” rashes and tick bites. The rashes are present in only roughly 25-50% of cases.
A two-test labs approach for Lyme infection using a sensitive enzyme immunoassay (EIA) or immunofluorescent assay (IFA) followed by a Western immunoblot is the algorithm of choice. All specimens positive or equivocal by a sensitive EIA or IFA should be tested by a standardized Western immunoblot. Specimens negative by a sensitive EIA or IFA do not need to be tested further. Unfortunately, all those lab tests are not sensitive enough.
Negative results don't mean that you don't have Lyme disease.
The standard and official treatment for Lyme disease includes antibiotics therapy for at least 4 weeks. Most people responded well to antibiotics, however a small percentage of patients do not respond to the treatment as well.
We offer our four steps approach for this group of patients who are not responsive to antibiotic therapy.
The first step begins from lifestyle modifications which includes changes to diet, sleep hygiene, exercise, and the encouragement of positive thinking.
There are many diet recommendations that can be adhered to. Follow ups to strict diets tend to fail because people can not avoid eating many of their favorite food products for prolonged periods of time. I believe that the most important aspect is to eliminate the few products which are particularly detrimental for the patient. Our goal here is to find those specific products which are worse off for the patient. Elimination of just 3-4 products won’t make a significant impact in previous habits of the patient, and can increase the likelihood that the patient will follow food restrictions for a longer time.
The second step’s goal is to improve the functionality of the liver, kidneys, and intestines, and to fill up the body with vitamins and minerals. Everybody is different in this aspect and need different protocol and an individual treatment plan.
There is no one-size-fits-all vitamin, mineral, or detox protocol that can fit everyone. In the clinic we provide oral and intramuscular organ support, and if needed I can also perform intravenous therapy.
So what is so important about steps 1 and 2? Why can they not simply be skipped and immediately begin to kill the bacteria? The reason is that people with these chronic infections are very often so fragile, that they cannot tolerate the additional stress on the body.
The third step includes building up the immune system against tick borne infections and taking herbs that kill pathogens. It may sound simple, but it can take both time and patience. In order to stimulate the immune system I use a special technique called low dose immune therapy. What is it? It is different concentrations of diluted solutions of dead bacteria. I have performed this on patients and slowly increase the dose concentration every two to four weeks until the immune system is independently capable of fighting the bacteria. With an improved immune system, the symptoms are able to get lighter and lighter. It is possible to completely control all symptoms with just low dose immune therapy. Once I adjust to the correct dose the symptoms can be controlled for up to 2 years.
The last step; return to having an active social life, develop some new interests and hobbies in order to make your life more full.
There is a big difference between our approach compared to those of other clinics. We practice individual medicine, meaning that we acknowledge that every person is different, and must be treated accordingly as such. Using special methods, we are able to find the medication that is best suited for your body.
I am a holistic medical doctor with multiple treatment modalities which I use. These include but are not limited to, low dose immune therapy, neural therapy, prolotherapy, ozone therapy, deep detoxification, and intramuscular and intravenous injection.