I’m always on the look-out for novel and interesting labs that are doing cutting-edge testing – especially in the light of working with chronic illnesses such as Lyme disease, autism-spectrum disorders, and autoimmune issues including PANS and PANDAS. Cyrex Labs have been around for a good while, but I’ve recently been learning more about their panels, and I’m liking their offerings. Lab testing for infections and autoimmunity is always a bit of a grey area especially when some infections suppress immune function and are hard to find.
Mold illness, aka mycotoxin illness, can be incredibly debilitating, and in my mind, is one of The Big Ones I want to evaluate in my sickest patients. Even those I might be treating for something else such as Lyme disease, should still be evaluated for mold, especially if they have known exposure through a moldy house or water-damaged building of any kind, whether it be at work, school or home, present or past. Undetected mold toxicity can be one of the biggest hindrances to being able to regain one’s heath. A new test for mycotoxins has just be released that will make such an evaluation more accessible to people. [Read more…]
Lyme disease is the fastest-growing vector-borne disease in the Unites States, and I suspect in the world too. While it is getting to be more well known, there are still many health professionals who do not recognize Lyme disease as a possible cause of multiple and diverse health issues. Couple that with not-sensitive-enough first line testing, and we have a health crisis that is reaching epidemic proportions, and a lot of people suffering because they are not being properly diagnosed. If Lyme is something that you’ve vaguely heard of somewhere along the line, but you’re not sure if it could be the cause of your health problems, here are five clues that you might have Lyme disease: [Read more…]
Ozone therapy has long been used as a tool to promote healing, and the benefits of ozone therapy are profound. It is a way to supply the body with more oxygen, which can accelerate cellular healing and repair, reduce infectious load in the body, increase circulation and enhance mitochondrial function. There are many ways to get ozone, including ozonated water, rectal ozone, ear insufflations and more. For the purposes of this article I’m talking about intravenous (IV) ozone. IV ozone is great because it exposes a percentage of one’s blood supply to the extra oxygen; now 10-pass ozone therapy (aka high-dose ozone) is even better because it exposes a much greater proportion of the blood supply to oxygen, which gives an even more profoundly beneficial response.
A few years ago, I had a patient in Australia who was diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease, an illness that impacts every cell and organ system of the body. She was a teenager, and her parents were concerned about the long-term treatments for Lyme, especially with antibiotic therapy. Having heard a good report of another teenager with a very similar symptom picture using Annie Hopper’s Dynamic Neural Retraining System to recover from her illness, this teenager and her family opted for Annie Hopper’s program as well, in place of more traditional treatment regimens. Guess what? She got well.
I’ve written a couple of articles now about a patient of mine, Mrs R, and her story of recovery; in particular, her mindset around her recovery. Today I am happy to post another piece of her writing. It focusses on gratitude. More and more I am realizing that gratitude is the key to happiness. If we are grateful, no matter what the circumstances might be, it puts us in a place of contentment, openness and receptivity. I hope that this patient’s story of gratitude touches you and helps you to see the beauty and blessings in your own life. [Read more…]
Last week I wrote about my perspective on recovery from Lyme disease and some of the dynamics of that. If you missed it you can read it here. A few days later, I was at my office and a couple I have been treating for some time came in for an appointment. The wife, Mrs R, is in remission; her husband Mr. R is on his way but not quite there yet. They read my post and it sparked a conversation between us, and I asked her to write a couple of paragraphs for me because I just love her story, her outlook and her spirit. She has truly used Lyme disease as a tool of empowerment. She has worked really, really hard in her recovery, and has been rewarded with not only remission, but a higher level of health than she started with because of the changes that she made along the way in order to get well. So here is “Recovery From Lyme: a Patient Story.” [Read more…]
The journey of recovery from chronic illness is often long and arduous, requiring commitment, tenacity and unwavering resolve. I see people who make this journey, in fact my “day job” is to walk this journey with people, designing the treatment plans that I think will get them better the quickest, with the least side effects and bumps along the way. One this I have seen is how profoundly mindset impacts their journey, and I believe that there are three stages of recovery from a mindset standpoints. These are the phases I see relating to mindset in chronic illness: Victim to Survivor to Thriver.
Fibromyalgia is a syndrome that encompasses a range of symptoms, including fatigue, chronic pain, muscle aches and weakness, sleep problems, headaches, and brain fog. There are 18 tender points that have been identified that contribute to the diagnosis of fibromyalgia – specific points on the body, many concentrated around the back of the neck and shoulders, that when pressed cause major pain and distress. Depression and anxiety can go along with fibromyalgia too. Fibromyalgia renders people sick and debilitated for years of their life: but what really causes fibromyalgia? [Read more…]
We’re getting towards the end of our 10-week series, 10 Barriers To Recovery From Lyme Disease. Today we’re going to be talking about mold.
Mold toxicity in the body can be another reason why some people struggle to recover from Lyme disease. In some ways, Lyme and mold toxicity have a lot in common – both impact every system of the body, both create a toxicity in the body that is hard to recover from, both have profound impacts on the neurological system, both take advantage of genetic predispositions such as HLA phenotypes and methylation dysfunction.