Friday, November 1, 2013

REDEFINING CHRONIC LYME








“Chronic Lyme disease needs to be redefined. The patients that come to me, they just don’t have Lyme disease. They have a multi-systemic illness…they have multiple tick born co-infections. They have parasites…You can get one tick bite and get multiple organisms into your body and it overwhelms the immune system…” Dr. Richard Horowitz on the Katie Couric Show.

Dr. Richard Horowitz , a member of ILADS (International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society) and one of the most sought after integrative Lyme doctors,  has a new definition for chronic Lyme. In his recently released book, “WHY CAN’T I GET BETTER? Solving the Mystery of Lyme and Chronic Disease”,  he defines chronic Lyme as a MSIDSMulti-Systemic Infectious Disease Syndrome.

My first reaction upon hearing this was, “Thank You!!  Dr. Horowitz!”  Chronic Lyme IS a Multi-Systemic Infectious Disease Syndrome.  (See My Healing Story for the grocery list of multiple infections that were happily partying inside my body!) As in my case, the Lyme bacteria was just part of the gang! But what intrigues me most about his new concept is that the word “Lyme” is missing! And that deserves another applause


The term “chronic Lyme” has become a pariah in our conventional medical society.  Does that surprise you? Most doctors don’t understand chronic systemic illness and don’t have their practices set up to be medical sleuths. The brutal, cold hard fact is that diagnosing and treating multi-systemic chronic illness  is not part of the medical school curriculum. (I bet you didn’t know that!)

In the documentary, “Smart Meters and EMR: Health Crisis of Our Time, Dr.  Dietrich Klinghardt, who specializes in chronic illness, states that “ chronic illness is not a static thing, the foundations and causes of illness are now quite different from what they were 30-35 years ago…the teaching in our medical schools, to a  large degree, are lagging behind the evolution of illness.” Dr. Klinghardt  admits that while attending medical school, there was not one single lecture on chronic fatigue or on chronic pain. “And unfortunately, that hasn’t changed very much since then.” (He graduated medical school in 1975.) 


Healing chronic sickness is complicated. But it can be done. I am living proof. But I had to seek out alternative therapies and doctors to get to where I am today.

In the informative book,  Beyond Lyme Disease: Healing the Underlying Causes of Chronic Illness in People with Borreliosis and  Co-Infections, author and  medical researcher, Connie Strasheim, examines and brings to light other problems that can lead to chronic illness. “Environmental toxins, mold exposure, heavy metal toxicity,  adrenal fatigue, thyroid dysfunction, parasites, gastrointestinal dysfunction, dental problems, Electromagnetic radiation (EMR),  emotional trauma, and other factors cause severe chronic illness in people with tick-borne infections.”

Dr. Gurevich (Dr. Goodsoul) knows and understands these underlying factors. He addressed all of the problems that Connie mentioned and then some! Do you think Dr. Gurevich learned any of this in medical school? Dr. Gurevich began his practice as a conventional doctor. When he saw that his patients weren’t improving with traditional treatment, he decided to change the direction of his practice to “the road less traveled.” He actually risked his livelihood for the sake of his new found beliefs. As a holistic doctor, he began to see many of his patients getting well and having productive lives. 

More and more doctors and health practitioners, like Dr. Gurevich and Dr. Rasa (Dr. Lovejoy), are choosing the alternative path to help their patients recover from chronic conditions.

If you believe that you might have MSIDS  as the cause of your chronic symptoms ( See Lyme Research Alliance for symptom list) this may be the time for you to reevaluate your treatment plan. Does your doctor know what to test you for and which labs are the most reliable? Does your doctor know anything about addressing multi-systemic infections or the other underlying causes? Does your doctor know about detoxifying the body?  Does your doctor know anything about nutrition – such as avoiding anti-inflammatory foods or going on an anti-inflammatory diet? Or is your doctor prescribing pharmaceutical drugs for your symptoms but not getting to the root cause?             

                                                  Could this be your doctor?



This cartoon gets lots of laughs but unfortunately it is based on fact. If your doctor is NOT a medical detective, chances are he or she will not be able to get you on the healing track.

Chronic illness is increasing at an alarming rate. Coincidentally, there is a growing community of alternative doctors and health care practitioners who recognize and treat multi-systemic illness. It’s up to you to find the doctor and treatment plan that’s right for you.

You and you alone have the power to heal. You and you alone have the power to find a doctor who believes that chronic disease can be reversed. You and you alone have the power to find a doctor that believes that YOU can achieve physical, mental, emotional and spiritual balance. And last but not least, you must truly believe, think and feel deep down to your soul, that you have the power to get well and deserve optimal health, happiness and fulfillment.
  


7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for sharing this important information!

healerdealer said...

I do my best to shed light and spread awareness.

I truly believe there is a solution for everything!

Blessings!

Migraine Relief said...

This is the first time I am coming across this disease. I feel absolutely bad for people with this disease. And I will pray for your recovery.

healerdealer said...

Thank you Migraine Relief - you are so kind! But if you look at Our Healing Story - I thankfully have recovered.

Through this blog and other social media, I am spreading the word of alternative therapies that can help people with chronic illness.

Events Planning said...

Thank you very much for the post. It was very interesting. Please keep sharing.

healerdealer said...
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healerdealer said...

Your welcome, Events Planning! Sharing awareness and education is what I'm all about!

Blessings!