Lyme Disease & Tick-Borne Illness

Lyme Disease
Lyme Disease

Dr. Smith is one of a very few physicians who have received advanced training for these conditions.

It is commonly transmitted by ticks but can actually be spread by any biting insect. After a bite by an infected insect, microbes that are transmitted will travel through your bloodstream allowing their spread to key destinations like your heart, joints, and nervous system.

The bacteria can suppress your immune system, survive traditional acute treatment, and turn into chronic conditions with a host of unrelenting symptoms.

Lyme disease can be very difficult to diagnose, and there are no tests that are 100% accurate.  Because signs and symptoms vary widely, Lyme disease is called “the great imitator,” as it can mimic many other conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, MS, depression and other emotional concerns, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s.

Lyme disease is commonly caused by the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi, but there are more than 300 strains of Borrelia that can cause similar symptoms.  There are also many related co-infectors of Lyme disease, such as Bartonella, Babesia, and Anaplasma.  These can all cause chronic and debilitating symptoms.

Early testing for Lyme can generate many false negative results, as the body needs time to develop the antibodies being tested.  As high as 60% of tests may provide false negative results.  Even if it is a true negative test, testing such as the Western blot can only detect bacteria exposure, not infection.

If you are experiencing symptoms such as migrating joint or muscle pain, difficulty concentrating or short-term memory loss, muscle weakness, numbness or tingling, neck pain, headaches, cramping, stomach or intestinal problems, light or sound sensitivity, irritability, sleep disturbances, or anxiety or depression, it’s important to be evaluated for the possibility of Lyme disease.  Even if you had standard short-term treatment for Lyme in the past, studies show that these treatments fail 24-50% of the time.

If you have been diagnosed with Lyme disease or suspect you may be infected, it is very important to be evaluated by medical professionals skilled in this area.  Treatment may entail both traditional antibiotics for acute care as well as integrative therapies more appropriate for chronic cases.  We also provide SOT therapy for Lyme disease treatment. The practitioners of Healing Arts Center are highly skilled in treating both acute and chronic cases for all age groups.  We also offer free of charge a Lyme Disease Guidebook to help our patients through the recovery process.  Recovery is possible using appropriate and effective treatments!

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