Are you a health practitioner who sees Lyme patients but needs more training and support to know how to effectively address it? Are you a patient who’s treating doc is Lyme-friendly but not as knowledgeable as they could be? I’m excited to announce that my new online course, Lyme-Ed For Practitioners, is now available. Lyme-Ed Online Course For Practitioners is designed to provide health care providers with comprehensive information on integrative approaches to Lyme disease treatment – everything from antibiotic protocols to herbal protocols to detox strategies; from practice management considerations to 10 things that can hinder your patients’ recovery. It provides ongoing support with bi-monthly Q&A calls and case studies to assist practitioners in becoming comfortable and confident helping their Lyme patients. [Read more…]
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.
For those of you who follow my blog for general health and nutrition tips, then I apologize in advance for today’s post. Today I am posting about a very specifically Lyme-related topic, and one about medications at that! But it’s important information to write about, given so many people are struggling to get adequate and appropriate treatment for a very debilitating, chronic condition. I’ve been doing some looking into IM Rocephin as an alternative to Bicillin and have got some encouraging information so far.
It’s been several months now since we introduced 10-pass ozone therapy at my practice, RestorMedicine, so I thought I’d post a 10-pass ozone update here too. So far we’ve been incredibly happy with the results we’ve seen. Patients are experiencing better energy, clearer cognition, reductions in pain and an acceleration in healing and recovery. While of course there is no one therapy that will work beautifully for everyone, I have been very encouraged and happy with the degree of benefit that I’m seeing with 10-pass ozone. [Read more…]
Last week I wrote a post on 5 things that may be clues you have Lyme disease. This week I’m coming at it from the opposite direction and talking about 3 things you may never have had (but still have Lyme disease). There are so many misconceptions around Lyme disease, including its diagnosis and treatment, and some of the historical factors. So read on for these 3 things and let’s try to clear some of it up.
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…]
Testing for Lyme disease can be problematic. Tests are often not as sensitive as they need to be; and false negatives can occur. This is one of the reasons that Lyme disease is a clinical diagnosis based on history and symptoms, to be backed up by lab work (not purely based 100% on lab results). A negative Lyme test does not always mean the absence of Lyme disease. Now there is a new Lyme disease test that is helping us to get a more accurate diagnosis of Lyme.
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.
According to the American Pain society, in 2016, the prevalence of chronic pain in the US was 35.5%. Treatment of chronic pain can often be quite challenging and debilitating. Palmitoylethanolamide (PEA) is emerging as a novel therapy for chronic pain syndromes, including inflammatory based and neurogenic based pain. Use of PEA for chronic pain has a good safety record and minimal interactions with other medications.
Could pyrrole disorders be holding back your health? Pyrroluria is a condition in which the the body produces excess of pyrroles. Pyrroles are normally produced in small numbers as a byproduct of hemoglobin synthesis and excreted in the urine. However, some people produce an abnormally large numbers of pyrroles. These pyrroles then bind to pyridoxine (B6) and zinc, causing them to be excreted from the body, with deficiency states arising as a result.
Pyrroluria creates wide range of symptoms – physical, mental and emotional – but is particularly associated with emotional and psychiatric issues eg autism, ADHD, behavioral issues, depression, anxiety, aggressive behavior, schizophrenia. Physical symptoms include poor digestion, poor appetite especially in the morning, low tolerance for protein, white flecks on the fingernails, tooth and gum problems, motion sickness, allergies and fatigue.