Illnesses

Lyme Disease

"Approximately 15,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) each year. However, the CDC says it believes the disease is greatly underreported. Lyme disease is characterized by a distinctive rash, flulike symptoms and aching joints. Although it was originally discovered in children in Connecticut, Lyme disease can affect people of all ages in many different states and countries."   MayoClinic.com

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Lyme Disease
from MayoClinic.com
Detailed

Lyme Disease: The Unknown Epidemic
by D. J. Fletcher and Tom Klaber

Lyme Disease Is A Ticking Epidemic
from the San Francisco Chronicle

Articles from The New England Journal of Medicine

CAUSES/RISK FACTORS/PREVENTION

Spring Bites: Preventing Lyme Disease
from Cool Nurse.com
"As spring unfolds, people across the country emerge from their wintertime captivity to enjoy the great outdoors. Unfortunately, another creature makes an entrance in the spring too -- the deer tick, best known as the carrier of Lyme disease."

Is Lyme Disease Underdiagnosed or Overdiagnosed?
An Annotated Bibliography
by Art Doherty

PATIENTS' STORIES

Woman Seeks to Educate Doctors About Lyme Disease
by Heather Boerner
"Aurora Solomon has been to hell and back — she lost her home, lost her job and had to file bankruptcy — all because of a lyme disease infection she says went misdiagnosed for years."

The Bitter After-Taste of Lyme Disease
by Georgianna Jensen
"Doctor after doctor after doctor omnipotently and patronizingly treated my daughter for every imaginable ailment EXCEPT Lyme disease."

Healing Chronic Illness at Home: Oxygen, Ozone, Sauna and Detoxification
by Jill Neimark and Dr. Byron White, N.D.
"Together we have put together an approach to healing therapies that you can do at home—all of which should be monitored by your doctor, of course. These therapies restore oxygen to hypoxic cells, kill pathogens, help detox the liver, colon and entire body, and use hyperthermia to improve immune function and metabolism and help the body sweat out toxins. These profound healing therapies employ both age-old naturopathic techniques and state-of-the-art modern tools, and they are ideal for the chemically sensitive who cannot tolerate drugs."

Experience of L. James Johnson

TREATMENTS/THERAPIES

Diagnostic Hints And Treatment Guidelines For Lyme And Other Tick Borne Illnesses
by Joseph J. Burrascano, Jr.
Quite detailed. Will be useful to both doctors and patients.

Lyme Disease: Arthritis by Infection
from The Arthritis Trust of America
Detailed.

The Integrative Treatment of Lyme Disease
by Steven J. Bock, M.D.
"An integrative medical treatment of Lyme disease starts by considering the whole picture. Look at the patient’s recent disease history and symptomatology, genetic tendencies, metabolism, past immune function problems or infection, history of antibiotic treatment and duration of treatment co-infection, nutritional and micronutritional status, and psychospiritual factors.

Treatment depends on the clinical course. an early diagnosis of Lyme disease - by ECM rash, flu symptoms, arthralgia, and other Lyme symptoms-necessitates a six-week course of antibiotics. Supplement this treatment with probiotics to protect the intestinal flora.

The majority of patients seen at Rhinebeck Health Center in New York have chronic symptoms, suggesting possible chronic Lyme disease. The conventional medical community views Lyme disease as readily treatable with four weeks of antibiotics. Despite the general avoidance of antibiotics in this integrative practice, this author finds that many Lyme patients need prolonged courses of antibiotic therapy."

Homeopathy and Lyme Disease
by Ronald D. Whitmont, M.D.
"My clinical experience with Lyme disease strongly supports the role of classical homeopathy and homeopathic medicines early after exposure as the most effective means of management. Since this application of medicine stimulates and augments the immune inflammatory response, a prompt resolution usually results."

"My experience working with established cases of late Lyme disease has included cases treated with extensive courses of oral and IV antibiotic therapies for recurrent disease. At this stage, there is some controversy regarding the questions of chronic suppressed disease versus actual reinfection and true recurrence. The point is moot however since reinfection suggests that immunity was never attained on a cellular level. Antibiotic treatment suppressed not only the disease associated organism (spirochete), but also turned off the immune response prematurely and prevented the development of immunity."

Antibiotics

Long-Term Outcome Good For Lyme Disease Patients Treated With Antibiotics
from Doctor's Guide
"This study does not indicate that all patients with Lyme disease have favorable outcomes. Indeed, there is good evidence that in rare instances they may experience complications-particularly recurrent arthritis in patients who are not treated promptly and who have a genetic predisposition to develop an autoimmune-mediated arthritis. However, the large size of our sample and the generally excellent overall outcomes of the patients should reassure both patients and physicians that the prognosis for most patients with Lyme disease who receive conventional antimicrobial treatment is excellent."

Long-Term or Repeated Antibiotic Therapy for Lyme Disease: A Bibliography with Highlighted Full Abstracts
by Art Doherty
"This page contains citations and complete abstracts for medical and scientific articles from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Library of Medicine (NLM) MEDLINE database about long-term or repeated antibiotic therapy for Lyme disease."

Persistence or Relapse of Lyme Disease Despite "Appropriate" or "Conventional" Antibiotic Therapy
by Art Doherty
Links to many articles

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

An Overview of Lyme Disease and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
by Mitchell L. Hoggard and L. James Johnson
Detailed.   Recommended.

Effects of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy On Lyme Disease
Brief outline of study
by William P. Fife, Ph. D.

OTHER RESOURCES

Lots Of Links On Lyme Disease
by Art Doherty
An amazing amount of information.

Lyme Disease Foundation

Lyme Disease Network

Lyme Disease Resource Center

Lyme Disease from Ask NOAH
Very detailed presentation consisting of extensive links. NOAH stands for the New York Online Access to Health.

Healthcare Advocates, Inc.
A company that helps people navigate through the healthcare maze.

The New York Lyme Disease Controversy
from F.A.I.M.

Visual Contrast Sensitivity Test Center

RECOMMENDED BOOKS

Please click on the picture of the book or the title to order.

David Jernigan, D.C. and Sara Koch Jernigan, Beating Lyme Disease: Using Alternative Medicine and God-Designed Living

Denise Lang, Coping With Lyme Disease: A Practical Guide to Dealing With Diagnosis and Treatment
Ritchie C. Shoemaker, M.D., Desperation Medicine Karen Vanderhoof-Forschner, Everything You Need to Know About Lyme Disease and Other Tick-Borne Disorders

 

Stephen Harrod Buhner, Healing Lyme: Natural Healing And Prevention of Lyme Borreliosis And Its Coinfections Karen P. Yerges and Rita L. Stanley, Confronting Lyme Disease: What Patient Stories Teach Us

 

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