Dr. Rawls evaluates the current options for Lyme disease and Lyme coinfection tests and explains how lab diagnostics often come up short with results This is an excerpt taken from Dr. Rawls’ new best selling book Unlocking Lyme. This installment focuses on how reliable diagnostic testing is for Lyme disease and Lyme coinfections. by Dr. Bill Rawls Last Updated 8/3/17.
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Lyme Disease Treatment (Natural vs. Conventional) + Prevention Tips By November 10, 2017 Lyme disease is a complicated infection that is caused by bacteria that’s transmitted from a tick or insect bite. The majority of cases of Lyme are due to a bite from a type of deer tick known as the black-legged tick, which can carry and pass on bacteria known as borrelia burgdorferi.
According to the Michigan Lyme Disease Association, more recently it’s also been found that other insects can also spread Lyme disease or cause similar infections — including other types of ticks, mosquitoes, and possibly spiders or fleas. Overall, up to 300,000 Americans are diagnosed with Lyme disease every year, according to new research from the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), and many seek Lyme disease treatment.
Lyme disease cases are largely concentrated in the Northeast and upper Midwest, with 14 states accounting for over 96 percent of cases reported to CDC. can start with flulike symptoms, headaches, muscle and joint pain. Over time, the symptoms can continue to worsen and turn into a long-lived inflammatory response that is similar to an autoimmune illness.
It’s important to understand that although Lyme disease originates from an insect bite, symptoms are caused by an inflammatory infection that has a lot to do with the strength of someone’s immune system. Two people who are both bit by the same insect carrying the bacteria that causes Lyme disease can respond very differently.
That’s why preventing and treating Lyme disease symptoms by improving overall immunity is key. Lyme Disease Symptoms & Causes The Most Common Lyme Disease Symptoms: Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria that is transmitted by the tick or insect can spread throughout the body and cause a series of autoimmune-like reactions.
Research done by the Department of Rheumatology at University of Würzburg in Germany shows that symptoms of Lyme disease are far-reaching and commonly affect the skin, heart, joints and nervous system. () Symptoms and signs of Lyme disease include: • A temporary (acute) “butterfly” skin rash that appears where the tick bite occurred (called erythema migrans). Many, but not all, develop a rash shaped like a bull’s eye that appears as a red ring around a clear area with a red center.
The CDC reports that • Flu-like symptoms, especially shortly after being infected. These include a fever, trouble sleeping, neck pain, fatigue, chills, sweats and muscle aches • Poor sleep, and lethargy • Digestive issues, including nausea and loss of appetite • Achiness and joint pains.
The CDC has found that around 30 percent of Lyme patients develop symptoms of arthritis () • Long-term many people experience mood changes, included increased depression and fatigue • Cognitive changes are also a long-term symptom and include forgetfulness, headaches, , misplacing things and trouble concentrating The “REAL” Cause of Lyme Disease: As mentioned above, Lyme disease is triggered by an infection caused by a tick bite, but there’s much more to Lyme disease than that. I believe the real cause of chronic Lyme disease — meaning the type that cannot be effectively treated using antibiotics and lasts for more than six months — is related to these four things: • Weakened immunity • Inhibited cellular function and protection • Systemic bacterial infection • Environmental factors including exposure to mold and parasites Someone struggling with Lyme disease may have all of these 4 issues, or only one.
Some people are able to overcome Lyme disease much more easily than others. Post Lyme Disease Syndrome (PLDS) is how many doctors refer to the condition once it becomes chronic and continues to cause ongoing symptoms for many months, or even years.
() These patients do not respond to conventional treatments and can experience significant hardships, so much so that their quality of life is reduced due to Lyme disease. According to medical experts, there might be hundreds of thousands of people who have Lyme disease and don’t even know they require Lyme disease treatment.
According to Columbia University Medical Center, not everyone who tests positive for the bacteria that causes Lyme will experience Lyme symptoms. () Wondering how it’s possible that one person can have Lyme and show no symptoms, and yet others can have chronic symptoms that can be crippling at times?
The bottom line is that everyone is hosting a range of different viruses, bad bacteria, fungus and even cancer cells in their body at any given point in time; what’s really important is how is at keeping these invaders at bay.
Conventional Treatment for Lyme Disease Healthcare providers often have difficulty diagnosing Lyme disease because many of its symptoms are similar to those of other infectious or autoimmune illnesses, such as the flu, arthritis or lupus. Several tests are now available for diagnosing Lyme disease. The most popular way of making a diagnoses is using a combination of the Western blot and ELISA tests, which measure specific antibodies in the blood.
Some experts, however, feel that this testing has flaws and is not always conclusive. Another test that may be effective in diagnosing Lyme disease is direct microscopy, which is done by fewer laboratories, including Fry Labs in Arizona.
In my opinion, this is the preferred method. It’s often performed by holistic health practitioners in combination with other physical exams. • Once Lyme is diagnosed, the most common conventional Lyme disease treatment utilized today is prescription antibiotics. • The CDC reports that the majority of people can overcome Lyme disease after receiving a course of antibiotics for several weeks. The most common antibiotic treatment for Lyme infection is a combination of amoxicillin, cefuroxime axetil or doxycycline antibiotics taken for 2–4 weeks.
() However, not everyone will respond well to these antibiotics, including those with infections that spread through the central nervous system. • The National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Disease reports that the sooner treatment begins after infection, the quicker and more complete the recovery will likely be — so people who wait a while before being diagnosed might not react positively to antibiotics.
() • Antibiotics treat a small part of Lyme disease (the actual infection) but not the entire condition and series of symptoms. Plus, antibiotics can cause side effects and can’t always be used in pregnant women or those who are allergic/reactive.
• Antibiotics can weaken the immune system over time by negatively altering gut bacteria, especially if they are used for an extended length of time.
They kill not only harmful bacteria, but good bacteria that we need for strong immunity, too. This means that antibiotics can possibly make Lyme disease bacteria spread even more and worsen in some people. Lyme Disease Prevention Tips: Prevention and early treatment is very important for managing Lyme disease. Steps you can take to to prevent getting Lyme disease include: () • Using a (such as one made from essential oils) when you’re anywhere that has a high amount of insects.
This includes the woods, garden, beach or when you’re hiking or camping. • Wearing long pants, long sleeves and long socks to keep ticks off the skin. Also try wearing lighter-colored clothing so you can spot insects and ticks more easily.
• Checking your skin after you’ve been in the woods or elsewhere outdoors. Look over exposed skin so you can remove ticks promptly. • If you’re pregnant, be careful to avoid outdoor areas where ticks might be found.
It’s best to avoid hiking or camping in tick-populated areas to reduce your risk. • Last and not least, as you’ll learn more about below, improving overall immune strength before you even get infected will give you the best chance of having a minimal reaction. 4 Natural Treatments for Lyme Disease 1. Eat to Improve Immune Function The best way to overcome chronic Lyme disease is by naturally boosting your immune system, lowering inflammation and managing the root causes of your symptoms.
Your body can overcome Lyme disease for good only once you control the inflammatory responses it’s triggering. My basic dietary advice for anyone struggling with an inflammatory condition is to try removing grains, fruit and sugar from your diet while consuming — mostly vegetables, nuts, seeds, coconut, bone broth, organic meat and raw cultured dairy. If you want to learn more about this approach to controlling leaky gut syndrome and inflammation, you can find out much more detail in this article about healing.
Some of the best foods for naturally raising immunity include: • High-antioxidant foods: fresh fruits and vegetables, especially leafy greens and other brightly colored veggies or berries, are the best sources of antioxidants and many other key nutrients. They help control free radical damage and inflammation, lower risk for nutrient deficiencies, and can protect you from Lyme complications. • Bone broth: naturally contains the amino acids called proline and glycine, which can help repair a “leaky gut” and enhance immune function.
Your gut/digestive health is highly tied to overall immune functioning; in fact, around 70 percent or more of your immune system lives in your gut!
Foods that help replenish your gut with healthy bacteria and also rebuild the lining of the your GI tract control inflammation and allergies along with the many symptoms they can trigger. • Probiotic-rich foods: Research published in the Journal of Applied Microbiology shows that probiotics can help reduce infectious disease progression and symptoms. () include kefir, amasai and yogurt (ideally raw goat’s milk yogurt, which is one of the highest sources of probiotics).
Fermented vegetables like sauerkraut, kimchi and kvass can be beneficial and should be added to your diet regularly. To truly kill off the bad bacteria we must overcrowd it with “good bacteria” (also known as probiotics). Probiotics help good bacteria to grow and flourish in the GI tract, which has a huge impact on your overall immunity and health. 2. Supplements to Help Improve Cellular Function The next step in Lyme disease treatment is improving cellular functioning and protection.
Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria, along with viruses and parasites, can attack healthy cells and weaken your defenses. In order to restore cellular health, consider adding these essential nutrients to your regime: • Vitamin D: Vitamin D3 naturally boosts immunity and plays a role in regulating inflammation. I recommend you supplement with around 5,000 IU daily, especially if you’re , live in the northern region of the world and don’t get much direct sunlight exposure (the best way for your body to make its own vitamin D).
• CoQ10: can help protect your brain and nervous system from degradation and inflammation, while also lowering symptoms like joint pain and aches. It’s commonly used by patients with ongoing fatigue and autoimmune disorder symptoms, including those with fibromyalgia.
() Most physicians recommend taking 200 milligrams twice daily. • Medicinal mushrooms: Studies show that medicinal mushrooms (this includes , reishi and maitake mushrooms) promote an adaptive immune system which helps control autoimmune reactions. () These can be found in various supplement forms and have been proven to reduce reactions to inflammation and stress. Medicinal mushrooms boost an intracellular antioxidant called superoxide dismutase (SOD) that protects your cells.
They can also increase function of natural killer cells that can kill off bad bacteria. • B-Complex: support many metabolic and cellular functions, plus they help fight infections and improve neurological health. Vitamin B-6 is especially important for Lyme patients, or just about anyone dealing with the affects of stress or fatigue.
• Omega-3 fatty acids: These fatty acids are highly anti-inflammatory and support neurological/cognitive functions. In addition to consuming (for example, wild-caught fish and nuts and seeds), I recommend supplementing with 1,000 milligrams of fish oil daily, specifically one that contains astaxanthin which boosts absorption.
• Magnesium: Magnesium is an electrolyte with hundreds of roles in the body, from supporting nerve signaling to reducing muscle aches. Many people are , and those with Lyme disease can’t afford to run low since stress and illness only increases the body’s need for more. • Turmeric: Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory that can help reduce joint pain, headaches, and damage to blood vessels or nerves.
• Probiotics: In addition to consuming probiotic-rich foods, I recommend supplementing with probiotics with at least 8 strains and 50 billion units daily. I believe this is the most important factor in destroying Lyme. 3. Get Enough Rest & Manage Emotional Stress , whether physical or emotional, has been proven time and time again to weaken the immune system and increase someone’s risk for getting sick.
Stress can trigger inflammation and cause hormonal imbalances, while also disturbing digestive functions and worsening many Lyme disease symptoms.
To prevent a Lyme infection from continuing to worsen and spread, you must address stress with if you are truly going to heal: • In order to combat chronic stress, I recommend you schedule times of rest into your week, along with “fun times” meant to spend with family, friends and also alone. This might seem silly or even too simple to work, but stress is a very serious issue that makes many people sicker than they need to be!
• Focus on getting plenty of rest. Lyme can contribute to fatigue and require that you get extra sleep, so balance activity with rest and relaxation. • I suggest you also practice forgiveness, address past emotional trauma, and work on healing through spirituality and guidance. Many people with Lyme and autoimmune conditions have deep-seeded emotional issues that interfere with healing. A good friend of mine, Dr. Alex Loyd, has a book called you may consider reading. • Supplementing with adaptogenic herbs such as can naturally reduce the effects of stress and help balance cortisol levels.
• Other methods for helping to control your stress response include meditation, joining a support group, reading, journaling, exercising, using essential oils and spending time in nature. 4. Reduce Mold & Parasite Exposure According to Lyme disease experts and research done by the Department of Microbiology-Immunology at Northwestern University, environmental triggers (in particular viruses, bacteria and other infectious pathogens) are thought to play a major role in the development of autoimmune diseases.
Parasites and mold exposure can contribute to lasting Lyme disease symptoms by stressing the immune system. () • To naturally treat parasitic infections and toxicity I recommend using activated carbon (), which has been proven effective in helping the body expel harmful substances.
• can also be beneficial and works in a similar way to bind to things like chemicals and heavy metals. However, make sure to take these two supplements on an empty stomach because they can also bind to essential minerals you need. • To specifically treat parasites, I’d suggest consuming a diet low in sugar and high in , along with taking and consuming probiotics.
• Herbs that can help kill parasites include wormwood, black walnut, oregano, garlic and grapefruit seed extracts. Bonus Treatment: We just wrote an article about how . While it sounds too good to be true, there is legitimate evidence suggesting a beneficial stevia side effect could include killing Borrelia burgdorferi, the pathogen responsible for Lyme disease. Customization & Precautions When Treating Lyme Disease Remember that every person with Lyme disease is different — not all will show all the common Lyme disease symptoms described above, suffer from deficiencies or deal with high amounts of stress.
That’s why customization, patience and being open-minded are important. Different things for Lyme disease treatment work for different people, so don’t lose hope. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by your Lyme disease symptoms. here’s what I recommend: • Focus first on changing your diet. Reduce nutrient deficiencies, improve gut health and lower your intake of harmful ingredients that are found in processed/packaged foods.
• Make sure to take it easy on yourself. Give yourself rest, sleep nine hours a night, reduce stress and address emotional issues.
Remember that stress, guilt, anger and frustration only make things worse. • Then try different supplements. Listen to your body and try to pay close attention to what works bet. • Naturally overcoming Lyme disease can take time, so remember to not just treat Lyme but instead focus on getting your body into a healing state for good. Read Next: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • FDA Compliance The information on this website has not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration or any other medical body.
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Steve Courcier just wanted to know: did he have Lyme disease or didn't he? Doctors who tested Mr. Courcier in March at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., ruled out Lyme, a tick-borne illness, as an explanation for the disabling pain and exhaustion he was suffering. Then a Texas doctor sent his blood sample to a California laboratory that indicated he did have Lyme disease. But a New York specialist who tested his blood a third time, in June, said emphatically that he did not. "It's amazing to me that you could have this much disparity in medical test results and not have the government do something," said Mr.
Courcier, 38-year-old executive with a consulting firm who lives with his wife and two young children in a Dallas suburb. Now the New York State Department of Health has opened an investigation of the California laboratory, IGeneX Inc., that issued Mr. Courcier's positive result, after receiving eight complaints from doctors and patients who said its Lyme tests also gave them positive results not confirmed by other labs' results. Concern about Lyme testing goes beyond New York State.
This year the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a warning about Lyme tests "whose accuracy and clinical usefulness have not been adequately established." Advertisement The warning did not mention IGeneX or any other lab by name.
But Dr. Paul Mead, a C.D.C. scientist who helped write it, said in a telephone interview, "Quite simply, we're concerned that patients are being misdiagnosed through the use of inaccurate laboratory tests." He added that some of the tests and techniques used by IGeneX were among those the agencies were concerned about. Nick Harris, the founder and chief executive of IGeneX, defended his company's testing, saying that the federal guidelines miss many patients who have Lyme disease.
Guidelines from the disease control agency recommend Lyme testing only when patients have symptoms and live in an area of the United States where ticks are known to be infected with Borrelia burgdorferi, the organism that causes the disease. Under the guidelines, laboratories should first conduct a test called Elisa.
But the Elisa test often gives a false positive result, so the agency also calls for a second, more sensitive test, the Western blot. The recent warning by the two federal agencies named some tests they said had not proved useful or accurate. They noted, for instance, that some laboratories performed a test called polymerase chain reaction "on inappropriate specimens such as blood and urine." IGeneX offers such tests on both blood and urine.
The alert also warned against methods of interpreting Western blots "that have not been validated and published in peer-reviewed scientific literature." Nationally, reported cases of Lyme disease have more than doubled in a decade, to at least 23,963 in 2003 (the most recent year for which statistics are available) from fewer than 9,000 in 1993.
Infectious disease experts agree that infections have been on the rise, but they worry that part the increase may be due to overdiagnosis. A misdiagnosis can have serious consequences. In some cases, Dr. Mead said, Lou Gehrig's disease was misdiagnosed as Lyme by unproved tests. The patients in those cases, he said, wasted thousands of dollars on ineffective treatment.
The antibiotics used to treat Lyme disease can also cause complications, including severe allergic reactions. Some doctors and patients, however, have a different concern. They believe Lyme is often missed by the traditional tests recommended in C.D.C. guidelines. Dr. Harris, of IGeneX, estimated that his laboratory tested 50,000 to 75,000 patients each year.
(Prices go up to $390 for a battery of tests it recommends.) "These are patients who have been bounced around," he said. "A lot of them were undertreated at some time, and their disease came back." Advertisement Still, he went on, IGeneX runs the traditional tests accurately and gives doctors guidelines for interpreting them both by the C.D.C.'s conservative standard and by IGeneX's more liberal standard -- even though he asserted that the conservative standard would miss many cases of chronic Lyme infection.
He provided a reporter with a document showing that in each year since 2000, IGeneX had achieved scores of at least 97 percent accuracy on the Western blot and Elisa tests, well above the minimum 80 percent required by the state.
But Robert Kenny, a spokesman for the State Department of Health, said the agency was not convinced that IGeneX was performing the recommended tests for the public in the same manner as it has been performing them to pass the state's proficiency review. Moreover, Mr. Kenny said IGeneX had not supplied requested proof that its urine antigen test can be used to accurately diagnose Lyme disease. Dr. Harris says IGeneX has been working for more than two years to supply New York State with the proof it wants.
"It's been an exceedingly long process that's nearing completion," he said. Dr. Mead at the C.D.C. also confirmed that another laboratory, Bowen Research and Training Institute Inc. of Tarpon Springs, Fla., went beyond the agency's recommended tests.
The State of Florida denied its application last year for a license to perform tests meant to diagnose Lyme, but its founder and president, Dr. JoAnne Whitaker, asserts that the tests it continues to perform are for research purposes only. Some patients insist that IGeneX's tests have been instrumental in detecting the Lyme disease that other laboratories missed.
One such patient is Ronald Hamlen, 64, a plant biologist from Maryland who worked at DuPont for 22 years before retiring recently. Tests run by IGeneX, he said, detected Lyme disease that was missed by other laboratories. "If I had not had the positive result at IGeneX, I seriously question whether I would have been alive at this point," he said in a telephone interview.
Before getting tested by IGeneX and going on intravenous antibiotics for 10 weeks, he said, "all I could do at that point was lie on the couch." In contrast, Mr.
Courcier's odyssey into the Lyme testing labyrinth began last year on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, when a severe pain in his leg led him to seek care at a walk-in clinic. Preliminary diagnoses of phlebitis and muscle strain proved inaccurate, and as the pain increased and spread, he finally went to the Mayo Clinic.
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Back home in Texas, Mr. Courcier was referred to a neurologist specializing in Lyme disease. The neurologist sent samples of his blood to IGeneX, as well as to Quest Diagnostics, one of the country's largest medical testing companies. Each lab followed the two-step process recommended by the C.D.C. IGeneX and Quest Diagnostics performed the Elisa and the Western blot tests on Mr.
Courcier's samples. The Elisa came back positive from both labs, suggesting that Mr. Courcier might have antibodies to B. burgdorferi. On the Western blot tests, however, IGeneX sent back positive results, while the Quest testing came back negative. Although his doctor started him on antibiotics to treat the possible infection, Mr. Courcier was encouraged by a colleague to visit Dr. Gary Wormser, chief of the division of infectious diseases at New York Medical College in Valhalla, for another opinion.
Dr. Wormser repeated the Western blot test and told him in June that he did not have Lyme disease. At first, Mr. Courcier did not know whom to trust, and he remained on the antibiotics therapy prescribed by his doctor in Texas.
But by July he concluded that he did not have Lyme disease and stopped taking the antibiotics, which he said were only making him feel worse. "It's been a hell of an emotional roller coaster," said Mr. Courcier, who conceded that it was a comfort for a while to have a definite explanation for the pain and exhaustion that continue to plague him. Dr. Mead of the C.D.C. said he sympathized with Mr.
Courcier's plight. But for now, he said, patients and physicians should rely on the recommended two-step process. The tests, he said, are accurate in more than 90 percent of cases of long-term Lyme infection. But he added that he was still troubled by the dispute. "We don't want to be absolutely dogmatic that it's our way or the highway," he said. "At the same time, it's clear there are tests out there for which there is really precious little to support their accuracy." We are continually improving the quality of our text archives.
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Lyme disease is on the rise. We treat new and chronic Lyme using our functional, holistic, microbiome-centered approach at the Kellman Center. The CDC estimates that 300,000 Americans are diagnosed with Lyme disease each year.
However, because of the difficulty in diagnosing Lyme disease, medical experts believe the actual number of cases is much higher. The Kellman Center has treated thousands of Lyme Disease patients using our microbiome-centered approach. We find that not only are we able to completely heal and reverse all Lyme and related symptoms, but significantly improve the mood, health, weight and overall vitality of most patients as well.
SYMPTOMS Early symptoms of Lyme disease resemble the flu and include the following: • Chills • Fatigue • Fever • Joint pain • Muscle aches • Nausea • Sweats Advanced stages of the disease may result in the following symptoms: • Arthritis with severe joint pain and inflammation • Dizziness or shortness of breath • Intermittent pain in tendons, muscles, joints, and bones • Loss of short-term memory • Loss of motor function • Nerve pain • Severe headachesLyme is often called “The Great Imitator” because the symptoms often mimic those of other conditions.
As a result, patients are frequently misdiagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and even psychiatric illnesses. Such has been the case for many people who have come to our office, complaining of diverse lingering symptoms, including migratory joint pain, fatigue, forgetfulness, mood swings, and sensory abnormality.When identified early, many cases of Lyme disease respond well to short-term antibiotic therapy and don’t recur.
Unfortunately, misdiagnosis may allow the infection to progress to a later, more entrenched phase that is harder to treat. In working with patients who have advanced Lyme, we have identified several natural therapies that provide relief when combined with antibiotic treatment. CAUSES Lyme disease is caused by the spiral-shaped bacteria Borrelia burdorferi (Bb) and is typically transmitted through the bite of infected ticks.
Deer ticks (Ixodes scapularis) are the primary carriers in the Northeastern, Mid-Atlantic, and North Central United States, while the western blacklegged tick (Ixodes pacificus) is the main carrier on the West Coast. After a Lyme-infected tick attaches to a human, the time of Bb transmission range from 12 to 72 hours. However, there are documented cases of shorter transmission periods.
Pregnant women may also transmit the bacteria to fetuses. OUR TESTING Because the microbiome plays such a critical role in immune system function, we start by testing for bacterial overgrowth and inflammation. Then, we treat the findings accordingly with diet, targeted herbs, and other supplements.
In addition, we use autonomic response testing to understand how the body responds to biochemical and energetic signatures, which allows us to detect yeast and parasites that are frequently missed in stool tests.
We also perform the Western Blot test and use Metabolic 360 and IGeneX testing. In addition, Lyme researchers and clinicians have observed an association between Lyme infection and hypothyroidism.
Our Lyme disease doctor in NYC, uses the TRH Stimulation Test to evaluate patients for low thyroid. When the TRH test indicates hypothyroidism, we treat Lyme patients with natural thyroid hormones, which have proven effective in managing fatigue, muscle and joint pain, “brain fog,” and some neuropsychiatric issues.
ART + SCIENCE = DIAGNOSIS At Kellman Center, we blend art and science by examining all of the body’s systems and how they interact, including the gut, the brain, and inflammatory markers.
By looking at their effects on other body systems and on biomarkers, we can see the downstream effects that are often missed by conventional testing. We look deeper to diagnose each person as an individual, instead of relying on routine tests that identify conditions based on values determined by the population range. We get to know every patient; we recognize that the longer a problem persists, the less likely that a blood test will reveal it.
TREATMENT METHODS Short-term antibiotic therapy usually works well for early-stage Lyme. When Lyme symptoms persist or recur, we combine antibiotics with a variety of natural treatments that include the following: • Active hexose correlated compound (AHCC) • Glutathione • Immunological modulation with natural compounds • Olive leaf extract • Prebiotics and probiotics
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