Lyme disease is the fastest-growing infectious disease in the United States, with as many as 400,000 new cases per year. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), however, deny the existence of chronic Lyme (a disabling disease which results when treatments aren’t immediately given following a tick bite), which afflicts many. Most people with chronic Lyme disease don’t recall having ever been bitten by a tick. They might learn they have the disease after symptoms manifest, but at that point, treatment is complicated. (more…)
It’s rare to see a drug that is shown, in study after study, to have remarkable and significant anti-cancer properties both in vivo and in vitro. But curcumin is such a drug, and it induces tumor apoptosis with no apparent toxicity.
To get just a sampling of how thoroughly curcumin has been studies in cancer over the past few years, consider the following. (more…)
Cat’s Claw is an herb that has received very favorable but limited press. Word of mouth has boosted its appeal somewhat, but too few know enough about this miraculous yet inexpensive Peruvian mountain rain forest herb. Consider this article as a primer or introduction to Cat’s Claw and its tremendous healing capabilities. (more…)
Even in western medicine, the right antibiotics that penetrate the blood-brain barrier could be used somewhat successfully for the treatment of MS, but it is not the MDs protocol. Big Pharma doesn’t just ridicule pioneering physicians in the field of curing MS by means of disparaging articles in medical magazines and journals, they go as far as suing them for malpractice.
The following is an excerpt from the book Insights Into Lyme Disease Treatment: 13 Lyme-Literate Health Care Practitioners Share Their Healing Strategies, by Connie Strasheim. The book is 443 pages and retails for $39.95; it is available from BioMed Publishing Group by calling 530-573-0190, or online at www.LymeBook.com.
This excerpt is Chapter 10, based on our interview with Nicola McFadzean, ND, of San Diego, California. The chapter contains Dr. McFadzean’s Lyme disease and coinfection treatment protocol. Dr. McFadzean also recently wrote a book titled The Lyme Diet: Nutritional Strategies for Healing from Lyme Disease (also available from www.LymeBook.com).
Dr. Nicola McFadzean is a licensed naturopathic doctor, trained in both the US and her native Australia. She received her doctorate in naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington, and her diploma in naturopathy and bachelor of health sciences from the University of New England in New South Wales, Australia. Her training included a two-year internship at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health, an internship in medical research at Columbia University as a Mountbatten Scholar, and four years at the Bastyr University Research Institute.
Dr. McFadzean is founder and medical director of RestorMedicine. Her areas of specialty include Lyme disease, autistic-spectrum disorders, preconception health care, hormone imbalance, and eating disorders. She is a referral doctor for Defeat Autism Now! and is an outreach physician for Great Plains Laboratory. She is a consultant for New Beginnings Nutritionals, and is on the scientific advisory board for Hyperbaric Oxygen Centers Inc. and the medical advisory board of the Institute for Integrative Medicine. She is a member of the International Lyme and Associated Disease Society (ILADS), the California Naturopathic Doctors Association (CNDA), and the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP). (more…)
Many patients with chronic Lyme disease have had the experience of meeting doctors who did not believe that our illnesses were real. Many have been told that our conditions are manifestations of our minds. We have been denied adequate care as the result of the guidelines of the IDSA (Infectious Disease Society of America – the most influential organization related to infectious disease in the US). We often migrate towards doctors who hold a broader perspective, that of ILADS (International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society), on our disease. As a result, over time many of us recover.
Sam Shor, MD, FACP, an internist in Reston, Virginia, had a practice with a focus on the treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). His journey later introduced him to the significant overlap between CFS and chronic Lyme disease, and he began to think outside the box – way outside the box, in the eyes of many. Dr. Shor’s journey is one of hope. It is a journey that requires courage and a willingness to do what is right for suffering patients. It is a journey that we often wish more medical professionals would take. Dr. Shor’s journey is a journey from IDSA to ILADS.
Trained in primary care and internal medicine, Dr. Shor completed his residency in 1985 at George Washington University. He has been in private practice in Virginia since that time. Shortly after he started practicing, he became interested in people with a chronic fatiguing illness of unclear origin which subsequently became known as chronic fatigue syndrome. In the late 1980s, Dr. Shor referred several of his patients to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In the 1980s and 1990s, he took part in a number of NIH symposia in Bethesda, Maryland, and continued to solidify his interest in the illness. He later became a member of the International Association for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (IACFS).
The thinking about autism and Lyme disease is moving so quickly, it can make your head spin.
Last year, and again this year, doctors at the Lyme-Induced Autism (LIA) Foundation’s annual conference shared perspectives from the front lines of a battle against mostly unseen, devastating pathogens that rob the afflicted of the promise of a healthy life.
The most striking difference was that last year, the doctors flashed on the big screen lots of patients’ slides revealing genetic testing and lab results. This year, there were almost none. The doctors who had “been there, done that” found that the tests didn’t really help that much.
The Tyranny of Tests
“Our testing is not that great,” offered Dr. Jeff Wulfman of Vermont. “We must rely on the patient’s history. That more often leads to the diagnosis. There often is no gold standard to measure.” He cited several studies, including a 2002 study of 80 internal medicine outpatients that found that history led to the final diagnosis 76% of the time, whereas the physical examination and laboratory investigation led to the final diagnosis 12% and 11% of the time, respectively.1 (more…)
Navigating the most appropriate diet for a Lyme disease patient can be difficult, but good nutrition is such a crucial part of any treatment regimen that it is well worth addressing. Lyme disease is an illness caused by bacteria that is typically transmitted via ticks, but may also be spread via lice, fleas, mosquitos, and other insects. Many Lyme-literate physicians and researchers also believe that Lyme disease can be transmitted sexually, and from mother to baby in utero. (more…)