Lyme Disease testing in Manitoba is known to be unreliable at best. There are over 23 strains of the spirochetes that cause Lyme disease and even the best local tests often miss the mark. In fact, most infections from tick bites involve other co-infections that produce similar symptoms but do not show up on standard testing. Lyme disease and co-infection testing can only be done by only a few labs in the world. The Nature Doctors utilizes the most accurate laboratories in the world for testing. These test kits must be special ordered so it is important to tell the front desk or your Naturopathic Doctor that you have an interest in the test.
Here are just a couple of the labs that we use.
IgeneX – www.IgenX.com
Arminlabs – www.arminlabs.com
It is best to test for Lyme as well as the co-infection such as Babesia, Bartonella and Ehrlichiosis. Dr. Bachewich ND takes a special interest in Lyme disease and often uses a combination of drugs and natural medicine to treat the disease. He collaborates with local doctors (if they are willing) but often requires patients to see a doctor out of province to acquire the antibiotics necessary to fight the infection.
Other tools or tests recommended for Lyme Patients:
Heavy Metal / Pollutant testing
Hormone (sex and adrenal ) Hormone profiles
Intravenous therapies such as IV vitamin C and artemisinin.