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Lyme Disease

Lyme disease has not only become an immense threat in Northwest Indiana, but throughout the U.S. and world as well. Very slowly, the medical community is taking notice - not only of the existence and prevalence of Lyme disease in our area but of the effects chronic Lyme can wreak on our health. It is going to be a long process, however, in getting people to recognize the scope of this ever-increasing problem.

We see many Lyme clients at Healing Arts Center. Some come to us already aware of their diagnosis of Lyme. Sometimes they have been struggling for many years trying to find ways to feel better and resume a "normal life." Other times they have no idea what might be wrong with them or why they "haven't felt good" for months or even years. They've been to many doctors who have run thousands of dollars' worth of tests which have all come back "normal." They've been referred to yet other doctors such as psychologists or psychiatrists, rheumatologists, endocrinologists, etc. They've been on anti-inflammatories, antidepressants, muscle relaxers, and so on - all to no avail. They've received diagnoses like chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, migraines, ADD/ADHD, autism, irritable bowel, and a host of other conditions, as Lyme is often called the "great mimicker" and can mimic about 350 different conditions. But standard treatment for these conditions never really gives the relief it should. Why? Because the underlying problem hasn't yet been discovered. The underlying problem may be Lyme disease.

Most people associate Lyme disease with a tick bite, but we now know there are other modes of transmission, including flies, mosquitoes, spiders, and even in utero from mother to baby. Many people think they can't have Lyme because they've never had the tell-tale "bull's eye" rash, yet that appears only in a minority of Lyme cases. It is the exception, not the rule.

Diagnosing Lyme disease can often be a difficult task. Currently, there are only a few labs in the U.S. that are recommended for the most accurate testing available, and we use Medical Diagnostics Lab on the east coast or Igenex on the west coast. At Healing Arts Center, we have contracted with Health Chek Lab to come to our clinic on a monthly basis to draw blood and send it for testing to these labs. If you decide to be tested for Lyme, utilizing labs other than these can often result in a false negative. Final diagnosis is always based on symptoms as well as response to treatment.

If Lyme disease is detected, appropriate treatment can finally be initiated and progress made. There are many alternative health therapies that can help fight off and reverse the effects of Lyme disease. They include:

*NAET = this is a treatment process that eliminates a person's sensitivity to both Lyme bacteria and it's co-infectors, as well as rebuilds the immune system so the body can fight on its own.

UBI/Biophoton Therapy = The use of ultraviolet blood irradiation (UBI) can destroy Lyme and other associated co-infectors by stimulating the body's own immune system. The body's defenses are rapidly organized, toxins are eliminated, proper oxygenation of the tissues is restored, and the body is brought back into balance. Healing Arts Center offers both intravenous UBI and sublingual UBI therapy. If warranted, ozone therapy may also be added.

*Herbals and Homeopathics = There are probably 100 various supplements that can help the body fight Lyme. Rather than just pulling them off the shelf and trying each one, the practitioners at Healing Arts Center can test them individually for their effectiveness for each particular client. Every person is different, and what works for one may not work for another. Healing Arts Center uses only the finest pharmaceutical grade supplements that have been found the most effective in fighting Lyme.

*Rife Technology = Rife technology is frequency-based therapy that delivers frequencies specific to Lyme bacteria and its co-infectors. These frequencies are able to shatter and destroy bacteria and also help draw out the resulting toxins from the body.

In addition, chiropractic and/or acupuncture treatments can significantly reduce symptoms of Lyme disease and speed the healing process. Massage therapy, bioenergetic therapies, hypnotherapy, mental health counseling, and Craniosacral therapy can also be significant adjunct therapies in regaining health.

In addition to the above alternative treatments for Lyme disease, Jeffery Smith, MD, is also a member of the Healing Arts team and is available to see patients who are interested in the latest antibiotic regimens for Lyme treatment. Dr. Smith has been focusing almost exclusively on Lyme identification and treatment since 2013 after interning with the distinguished D. Cameron, reknown Lyme expert, in New York. Dr. Smith is a voting member of the International Lyme and Associated Disease Society (ILADS) and incorporates both traditional antibiotic treatment as well as the non-traditional treatments offered by other Healing Arts Center practitioners to help heal Lyme disease.

The diagnosis, treatment, and even the mere existence of chronic Lyme disease is a very controversial topic, and it is not our purpose to debate the politics of this subject. It is, however, our purpose to help our clients heal and regain health and well-being. To learn more about Lyme disease, please make an appointment for a free half-hour consult, or visit ILADS.com. In addition, for people who have been diagnosed with Lyme disease, we offer a free booklet entitled, "Lyme Disease: A Guide for Our Clients and Their Families."

Please inquire about our Lyme Disease Support Group