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Lyme Disease and Insect-borne Illness

Could your symptoms be caused by Lyme Disease?

Lyme Disease Symptoms

Lyme DLyme disease treatment integrative medicine Washington DC, Marylandisease is an infection caused by the spirchete bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi (Bb), which can cause a constellation of symptoms.


There are at least 5 subspecies of Borrelia burgdorferi, over 100 strains in the US, and 300 strains worldwide. This diversity is thought to contribute to the antigenic variability of the spirochete to evade being picked up on Lyme testing, evade the immune system and antibiotic therapy, leading to chronic infection. Furthermore, a person with Lyme disease may be co-infected with other organisms and co-infections often require different antibiotic therapy compared to Lyme Disease.

Integrative Treatment of Lyme Disease and Co-Infections

Acute Lyme Disease infection responds well to aggressive antibiotic, anti protozoal therapy. There is no universally accepted treatment. During chronic or persistent Lyme infection, the organism burrows deep into tissues that some antibiotics can reach only marginally. This is but one of many reasons why a two-to-four week treatment cannot eliminate chronic infection. The two most common reasons people do not respond to Lyme  Disease treatment are untreated co-infections and/or the presence of heavy metals in the body.

The consensus opinion of the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS) and many other healthcare professionals is that an individualized treatment approach is necessary based on clinical judgment.

A logical way to approach Lyme Disease treatment is to reduce the microbial burden in the body- clear it out- and restore immune function, thus restoring healthy balance again. The Lyme burden may be cleared out of the body with antibiotics and/or herbal supplements. Immune system support is key to health and healing.

 

Multi-Faceted, Integrative Medical Treatment to Lyme Disease

There is no universally accepted treatment. During chronic infection the organism burrows deep into tissues that some antibiotics can reach only marginally. This is but one of many reasons why a two-to-four week treatment cannot eliminate chronic infection. The consensus opinion of the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS) and many other healthcare professionals is that an individualized treatment approach is necessary based on clinical judgment.
We find that no one treatment option works best for everyone and the Lyme Disease treatment plan must be customized based on history, physical exam and symptoms. We participate in the following communities for the most up to date Lyme Disease information: ILADS, Burrascano, Buhner, Klinghardt.
Lyme-literate practitiioners have received additional education and training specifically for insect borne illness (like Lyme Disease) and will treat based on your history and symptoms using a multi-faceted holistic approach for the best outcome.

 

Lab Testing for Lyme Disease

We use the most reliable and up to date Lyme Disease  and co-infection lab tests available including traditional lab testing, Igenix, Neuroscience, Western Blot, CD 57, Urine test for babesia and other tests as needed.

Of the many patients with acute culture-proven Lyme disease, 20–30% remain seronegative on serial Western Blot sampling. Antibody titers also appear to decline over time; thus while the Western Blot may remain positive for months, it may not always be sensitive enough to detect chronic infection with the Lyme spirochete.

Visual Contrast Sensitivity Testing, commonly known as Visual Contrast Testing, was originally developed by the U.S. Military Medical Services as a visual assessment for jet fighter pilots. It is a testing measure for the ability to see details at variable contrast levels of grey. While in fact it is a nonspecific test of neurological immune functional assessment- it is found to possess a high degree of accuracy and sensitivity for biotoxin exposure. 

 

Facts about Lyme Disease


Comprehensive Lyme Disease Treatment


Reduce the Microbial Burden on the Body

Support the Immune System with Additional Therapies

Every patient needs to support their immune system in order to heal. This may done with  IV Therapy,  nutritional support, herbal supplementation, digestive support and detoxification therapies (e.g. colon hydrotherapy, ion detox foot bath) based on your symptoms and the direction of your doctor.

 

 

 

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If you suspect Lyme Disease it it important to treat it as early as possible.

What to do if you find a tick:
1. Remove the tick immediately with tweezers, pulling straight out.
2. Save the tick in a plastic baggie with a damp cotton ball (ticks can be tested for Lyme and co-infections).
3. Call our office as soon as possible to schedule an appointment.

 


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Helpful Links
ILADS International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society 
National Capital Lyme Disease Association 
Documentary  Under Our Skin
Lyme Disease Network