If you’ve been diagnosed with Lyme disease, chances are good you’ve been prescribed antibiotics. That may be fine, but it may not be enough to keep symptoms at bay. You may find the problems you were having return a few weeks, months, or even years later. This happens because the Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria (which causes Lyme disease) likes to “hide out” in tissues where blood flow and therefore oxygen is reduced, such as in connective tissue.
Borrelia has also been found to create biofilms, which are like a walled-in city, and the bacteria can survive there in safety until antibiotics are no longer in the body’s system. Then the Borrelia bacteria will reemerge, causing symptoms of Lyme disease to appear once again.
Do You Have Lyme?
Fewer than 50% of patients with Lyme Disease recall getting a tick bite. It is thought that the longer the tick is attached, the higher the risk of transmission. However, transmission from an infected tick can happen very quickly. It’s possible to contract Lyme disease even if the tick is attached for less than 24 hours. If you don’t develop the classic “bulls-eye rash”, the Erythema rash, it doesn’t mean that you don’t have Lyme. Some studies show that the rash can occur in less than 20% of Lyme patients, therefore this is not necessarily a good indicator as proof of infection.
If you do find a tick on you or your child you should proceed to carefully remove the tick as instructed on the ILADS (International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society) website. As cautioned on their website, do not squeeze, burn the tick with a match, or place Vaseline on the tick. Go to: http://www.ilads.org/lyme/what-to-do-if-bit-by-tick.php for instructions as well as a video on their recommended tick-removal process. Once you have the tick, I advise my patients (unless they are coming into the office with the tick) to send the captured tick for testing. Tick Report (https://www.tickreport.com/) is an excellent place to send the tick for testing for Lyme Disease and other tick-borne diseases. Tick Report is a non-profit resource based at UMass Amherst; the turn-around time is fairly rapid, and their price is very reasonable.
Read the entire feature article by Dr. Adam Breiner in Natural Nutmeg Magazine. Learn more about how to detect Lyme Disease via Dr. Breiner’s recommended specialized lab testing, as well as his in-office testing. Learn about six innovative treatments for Lyme Disease that include Botanical Medicine, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Neurotherapies, Diet, Homeopathic Medicine, Acupuncture and Traditional Japanese Reiki. Read FULL ARTICLE.
Dr. Adam Breiner practices naturopathic medicine at Whole-Body Medicine in Fairfield, CT. Patients from Connecticut and surrounding states seek his care for Lyme Disease, Brain Injuries, such as stroke, concussions, TBI, as well as enhanced Brain Performance. Visit: www.wholebodymed.com or to schedule an appointment call 203-371-8258 ext. 2.