Lyme disease is an infection spread mainly by the Borrelia species of bacteria. It predominantly infects humans through tick bites (deer tick, dog tick and wood tick). Symptoms can include:
While many patients do not remember the bite or having a rash, most suffer from one or more of the above symptoms. It is often called the great mimicker with many patients being diagnosed with:
Testing for Lyme disease is Canada is not as accurate as one would like and often just tests for 1-3 strains known to cause the disease. There are over 20 strains identified that have been shown to cause Lyme symptoms. At Nature Doctors, we use labs from all over the world that specialize in the latest testing procedures. While not inexpensive, it is important to get the right testing to rule out the disease. Costs for testing ranges from $700 to $2500 depending on the how many organisms you are tested for.
While Lyme is the primary culprit, there are many Co-Infections that should be tested for if the symptoms match up.
Treatment often includes MD prescribed antibiotics, dietary recommendations, mistletoe injections (helixor), nutraceuticals, botanical medicines, IV therapies such as High Dose Ozone, High Dose Vitamin C (IVC), Artesunate and Nutrient drips / Meyers Immune Cocktails. Bloodwork should be done regularly and a patient with Chronic Lyme can expect treatment protocols to last 7 months to 2 years depending on the severity of the case and number of co-infections / co-morbidities.