Chronic Lyme & Associated Infections
Lyme disease is a complex, multi-system illness caused by the bacterium Borrelia Burgdorferi. It is most commonly transmitted by the bite of an infected black-legged tick, but there may be additional methods of transmission, including mother-to-fetus transmission. Lyme disease is difficult to diagnose and often complicated by co-infections and co-existing illnesses, making it one of the most misdiagnosed immune disorders.
If caught early, conventional treatments for acute Lyme disease can be helpful; however, chronic Lyme disease often fails to respond to extended courses of antibiotics, when whole-person treatment approaches are lacking. Nuances in treatment must be embraced in order to effectively treat co-infections such as Bartonella, Babesia, Anaplasma, Ehrlichia, Mycoplasma, and Rickettsia, as well as opportunistic infections such as Epstein-Barr virus and Candida. An individualized approach to Lyme disease and associated infections is essential.
At BioReset® Medical, our advanced regenerative therapeutics and comprehensive functional medicine strategies work synergistically to target each layer of this complex illness, helping you reset your health and reclaim the life you want.
According to the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS), 43 states in the United States are home to black-legged ticks. Black-legged ticks are also found throughout South America, Europe, northern Asia, and northern Africa. More than 300,000 new cases of Lyme disease are estimated to occur each year in the United States alone. Symptoms are wide-ranging and can include chest pain, palpitations, shortness of breath, gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, or IBS, joint pain, neurological symptoms such as numbness, tingling, headaches, and memory issues, as well as psycho-emotional symptoms such as mood swings, irritability, anxiety, and depression. Lyme disease can also affect hormone function, leading to weight changes, hair loss, and reproductive issues. Although the target-shaped erythema migrans (EM) rash is considered classic to Lyme disease, it is only reported in about 9% of cases, and the absence of the rash does not rule out Lyme disease. Furthermore, at least 30% of adults living in the U.S. with Lyme disease never recall a tick bite.
Because of this wide range of clinical presentations for Lyme and associated co-infections, it can be challenging to get a proper diagnosis. Delays in diagnosis contribute to the development of late-stage Lyme disease and its complications, including autoimmune disorders, dementia, and chronic immune dysregulation. This often leaves patients debilitated and deeply frustrated.
The BioReset Medical approach to Lyme disease typically involves significant testing. Practitioners may have patients fill out detailed questionnaires in order to get a comprehensive understanding of what they are experiencing. We often find that patients with Lyme disease are more susceptible to other immune issues such as mold and biofilms. This overlap is one of the reasons why our practitioners want to look at the whole picture of a patient’s health. We want to know if they have a history of joint pain, food allergies, neurological issues, viral infections, etc. This knowledge helps us determine the scope of their illness and determine the appropriate course of treatment. We have many methods for treatment that may include healing the gut, utilizing herbal antimicrobials, peptide therapy, as well as IV therapies.