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Lyme Disease – An Ecological Approach

Lyme Disease – An Ecological Approach

“Before we can treat you, we need to know who you are. You cannot go into battle without being prepared--having a strategy” – Dr. Lambert Titus Parker

Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected black legged ticks. Typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin rash called erythema migrans. If left untreated, infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system.

Lyme disease is diagnosed based on symptoms, physical findings (e.g., rash), and the possibility of exposure to infected ticks.  Laboratory testing is helpful if used correctly and performed with validated methods. Most cases of Lyme disease can be treated successfully with a few weeks of antibiotics. Steps to prevent Lyme disease include using insect repellent, removing ticks promptly, applying pesticides, and reducing tick habitat. The ticks that transmit Lyme disease can occasionally transmit other tickborne diseases as well. – Source CDC

At Integrative Longevity Institute, “ILIV”, we take an ecological approach to treating Lyme. In most cases, our approach involves a full body profile gathered by several different labs tests.

If you have been bitten by a tick and experiencing symptoms of Lyme, we start with a Lyme test for confirmation. In addition we may order:

These are just a few ways that we provide a “personalized” approach to your care. In dealing with Lyme or other chronic illness an ecological approach involves optimizing all of the body’s natural ability to combat disease and illness. In some cases it may also include the use of pharmaceutical interventions. As an Integrative medical practice, we offer the best of both worlds. Complementary and natural therapies along with traditional allopathic medicine-- when needed.