RECOVERY FROM LYME DISEASE
The Integrative Medicine Guide to Diagnosing and Treating Tick-Borne Illness
Published: March 16, 2021
Lyme disease is a chronic and difficult-to-diagnose disease that affects millions of people, some that have no idea they even have it. Recovery from Lyme disease is a very meticulous and slow process that takes many trials and errors before finding the specific treatment for each person. I can only imagine how frustrating this process can be for people suffering from this horrendous disease.
According to the Infection Disease Society of America, Lyme disease has reached epidemic proportions, but they also say it is easily diagnosed and treated with antibiotics. I would disagree with the latter portion of this statement. A close family friend and young mom has suffered from untreatable illness for many years and was only just recently diagnosed with Lyme disease after suffering through years of pain and unsuccessful treatments. There are many doctors who also disagree and say Lyme disease can easily be missed which then results in debilitating illness and infections.
As you can imagine, there is still a lot to learn about Lyme disease and how it affects our body systems. Dr. Kinderlehrer begins by taking a look at the various ways Lyme disease can present itself after the first interaction with a tick. The difficulties are that it isn’t always straight-forward. Everyone can have different reactions and therefore the treatment needs to be catered to that particular person and reaction. He also takes time to debunk numerous myths, even ones that I regularly hear, about ticks and Lyme disease. For example, if you don’t recall getting a tick bite, you probably don’t have Lyme disease. Not everyone realizes when they have been bitten by a tick. Some never know.
Even though this book seems daunting and medical, it isn’t. Dr. Kinderlehrer explains everything in laymen’s terms and when it gets technical, he creates tables to explain things more clearly. Every chapter also ends with “Take-Home Points” as a way to refresh what you have just learned. Even though I don’t have much of a reason to learn about Lyme disease, I found this book to be quite informative and fascinating. I believe it would be quite helpful to those suffering from this disease as well as those who are in the patient’s circle of family and friends.
I found the section titled, “It’s All Connected” to be interesting and helpful in learning about how your bodily systems all work together and rely on each other. No matter what kind of illness you are struggling with, this section can be helpful in connecting the dots.
Chapter 20, “Diet and Nutrition” was a chapter that both set off alarms and encouraged me. Sugar, alcohol, and caffeine are the three most addictive foods that get into your bloodstream the fastest and the foods you should avoid if you are being treated for Lyme disease, or frankly, for any disease. But, it also offered a list of supplements to take and several of the ones listed I have been taking regularly like Magnesium and Vitamin D. Since Lyme disease is an inflammatory disease, taking anti-inflammatories, like Curcumin, Boswellia, and CBD can be helpful.
For those suffering from Lyme disease or that think they may have symptoms, this book offers comprehensive information ranging from symptoms to diagnosis to treatment, with numerous options. The research is meticulous but the explanations are approachable and understandable. This book should be in the hands of everyone suffering from Lyme disease which is why I’ll be passing my copy on to my family friend. I hope it leads her in the right direction and offers her some advice for her symptoms.
Daniel A Kinderlehrer, MD, is a nationally recognized physician with expertise in the fields of nutrition, allergy, environmental medicine, Lyme disease, and the healing of mind/body/spirit as a unified whole. He created and organized the Lyme Fundamentals course which is presented annually at the International Lyme and Associated Diseases conferences. He is the author of several review articles in medical journals and the Lyme Times. His integrated medical practice in Denver, Colorado, focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of tick-borne disease.