Lyme Disease /Chronic Infections
We offer specialty testing that can identify possible exposure to the bacteria as well as infection. For many patients who are searching for a diagnosis to explain their symptoms, Laboratory testing can be an important aid in the diagnosis of Lyme disease.
Proper use and interpretation of laboratory tests requires physicians that understand these tests and have specialized training, and the underlying likelihood that you have the disease. Many doctors simply do not have this level of understanding. At Advance Health Functional Medicine we are now able to provide you with real answers that you have been searching for.
While we offer cutting edge testing modalities for the identification of Lyme disease as well as integrative customized treatment plans to help restore immune balance and a healthy state to the body, we do this with great attention to the individual as a whole not simply targeting a ‘disease’ while ignoring the entirety of the individual it is in. One of the main things to keep in mind when addressing Lyme and other chronic infections is the crucial role of immune health in the ability to heal the body and prevent infection and resulting illness.
Using popular advertised Lyme ‘treatments’ can actually worsen the patient’s symptoms in the long run by further injuring the core of their health. Other advertised seemingly easy but costly ‘treatments’ and ‘therapies’ are simply ineffective as most patients realize unfortunately after spending tens of thousands of dollars and years of their life only to find themselves not improved or much sicker than before they started.
One of the most important factors in treating chronic infections, Lyme disease and many other diseases is the human microbiome that each of us harbors as important as our individual genome it is referred to as our second genome.
In a natural state of health our bodies are made up of tens of thousands of individual bacterial, protozoan, fungal, and viral organisms in addition to our own cells. The Human Microbiome Project established that there are greater than 10,000 different species of organisms which makes over 100 trillion individual bugs that share our bodies when we are in a state of health.
These microorganisms that in essence make us up dictate our health and safeguard and create the integrity of our immune system. Modern research has clearly demonstrated and made clear that the growing number of diseases in the world today are related to the reduction of organisms in the human microbiome. This reduction is directly resulting from interventions, starting at even before birth, that damage and limit the diversity of these microorganisms living in, on and around us, namely the use of medications and antibiotics as well as other interventions.
Lyme disease is a classic example of a condition that triggers an aggressive, and at times, lengthy series of interventions that can severely damage and destroy many populations of microorganisms in the microbiome. This systematic depletion plays a strong role in the development of autoimmune, and allergic conditions that are seen in late stages of LD.
In order to be successful at treating Lyme Disease and restoring a healthy state to the body the microbiome must be addressed and considered both for the role that it is playing in the development of the illness and any potential harm that can come to it from possible treatments that will then worsen the disease process.
At Advance Health Functional Medicine we treat Chronic infections and Lyme disease by addressing the core of health and underlying factors that may be playing a part in the disease progression as well as the disease itself so that improvements are for the long run and treatments result in improvements of all aspects of health of our patients.
Common Questions about Lyme Disease
Most commonly, Lyme disease is transmitted through a bite from a specific type of tick, particularly deer ticks or black-legged tick, which is known to feed and mate on deer during part of their life cycle. Deer ticks have been found to be infected with these spiral-shaped bacterium or spirochete.
The recent growth of the deer population in the northeast and the building of suburban developments in rural areas where deer ticks are commonly found have probably contributed to the increasing number of people with the disease. The number of reported cases of Lyme disease, as well as the number of geographic areas in which it is found, has been increasing over the years but most cases have been found in the geographic areas of the coastal northeast, Mid-Atlantic States, Wisconsin, and Minnesota, and northern California.
Some patients may not improve even after initial treatment and may experience ongoing and worsening symptoms and this is referred to as chronic Lyme disease. This is an area of controversy among mainstream conventional and contemporary physicians where conventional physicians do not believe that this stage of Lyme exists. Patients with chronic Lyme Disease who experience ongoing symptoms may experience debilitating fatigue and extreme exhaustion, chronic pain, insomnia. Symptoms are complex as with symptoms of all chronic disease and multifactorial and many systems can be affected and patients may simultaneously suffer from nutritional deficiencies, hormonal imbalance, cognitive impairment, neurological symptoms, and mood disorders. Chronic illness can also cause and be associated with neurological disease and Brain changes as seen in Alzheimers dementia, multiple sclerosis, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
Laboratory testing can be an important aid in the diagnosis of Lyme disease. However, proper use and interpretation of laboratory tests requires physicians that understand these tests and have specialized training in the type of test, the stage of illness, and the underlying likelihood that you have the disease. Many doctors simply do not have this level of understanding.
One of the reasons blood tests are so unreliable as indicators of Lyme infection is that the spirochete has found a way to infect your white blood cells. Lab tests rely on the normal function of these cells to produce the antibodies they measure. If your white cells are infected, they don’t respond to an infection appropriately. And the worse your Borrelia infection is, the less likely it will show up on a blood test. So, in order for Lyme tests to be useful, you have to be treated first. Once your immune system begins to respond normally, only then will the antibodies show up…
If your blood test comes back with positive IgM antibodies, take this as a positive confirmation of active Lyme in your body. I tell you this because many physicians will dismiss a positive IgM antibody and tell you that you do not have an active infection. They will tell you it is a false positive and not to worry, and not to treat. This is not really true because of a process called antigenic variation, the proteins on the outer surface of the Lyme germ move around, causing your body to see the germ as new and different, even if it’s been living inside your body for decades. This is what causes the positive IgM years after the initial infection. It’s also called “epitope switching.”
Furthermore, a vaccine was developed years ago, and conventional testing does not identify the most popular surface proteins called bands because those were in the original vaccine known as Lymerix, now removed from the market. Since they are not testing for the most popular bands of Lyme how is it expected that infection is properly diagnosed in infected individuals? There is a strong likelihood that if one is tested by. A western blot the test will be negative and this can be another cause that Lyme is under diagnosed.
This is why I recommend. And use Igenex because its a reputable lab and tests for more surface proteins allowing for better diagnosis than standard blood tests allow for. Babesia and Erhlichia.
At Advance Health Functional Medicine, Dr. Rashel uses a Functional Medicine approach for the treatment of symptoms of chronic Lyme as well as Dr. Klinghardt recommended considerations in appropriate cases.
Below are the five steps Dr. Klinghardt recommends to consider when treating Lyme Disease:
- Evaluation of all external factors. External factors include molds, EMF, microwave radiation from wireless technologies.
- Remediation and mitigation of external factors. Once external factors have been assessed, they’re remediated and mitigated. To mitigate microwave radiation, Dr. Klinghardt recommends shielding the outside of your home with a graphite paint called Y Shield. Inside, he uses a special silver-coated cloth for your curtains. Patients are instructed to remove all cordless telephones and turn off all the fuses at night, until they have recovered from Lyme disease.
- Addressing emotional issues. Emotional components of the disease are addressed using Energy Psychology tools, including psycho-kinesiology (PK), which is similar to the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), but more refined and advanced.
- Addressing parasitic, bacterial and viral infections. Using a specialized antimicrobial cocktail
- Addressing parasites first followed by bacteria and viruses as well as addressing other lifestyle factors and nutritional considerations.
Addressing Heavy Metals is also very important this is done by appropriate testing. Follows by chelation and other supported targeted heavy metal detoxification.
In Dr. Klinghardt’s experience, the International Lyme and Associated Disease Society (ILADS) is by far the best and most responsible group. The following are some other resources you might find helpful:
- “Under Our Skin” website
- Tick-Borne Disease Alliance (TBDA)
- Lymedisease.org (formerly CALDA)
Another leading Lyme disease expert is Richard Horowitz, MD and author of the new book, Why can’t I get better? Solving the mystery of Lyme and chronic disease that can be great reading material.
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At Advance Health Functional Medicine we treat Chronic infections and Lyme disease by addressing the core of your health and all underlying factors that may be playing a part in the disease process, therefore treatments result in improvements of all aspects of our patients’ health, as well as symptoms of Lyme disease and overall health is also improved for the long run because you can not address Lyme Disease without first addressing the Functional Medicine Matrix and Dr. Rashel’s 9 Pillars to Advance Health.
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