Lyme Disease Diagnosis and Support
in West Des Moines, IA
Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne disease and s one of the fastest growing infectious diseases.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention admits to over 300,000 new cases per year! IN reality, as we have seen in our office percentage wise, we believe it’s much greater than that and prevalence is rising. Since national surveillance began in 1982, the number of annual Lyme cases reported has increased nearly 25 fold. The disease is also spreading geographically.
Between 1993 and 1997, 43 counties across the U.S. had a high incidence of Lyme disease. By 2012, the number had skyrocketed to 182 as reported by TIME Magazine. According to the CDC, Lyme is not only rampant in the hotspots, but is rapidly spreading across the country. Lyme has increased 320 percent. It is now appearing in many states where it never had been previously recorded.
Lyme disease is a unique disease with many diverse symptoms. It is caused by the infectious spirochetal germ Borrelia burgdorferi. Its cousin germs, Bartonella henselae. Babesia microti, and the bacteria of the Ehrilichia species cause related diseases. There are over 100 species of Borrelia and 100 species of Babesia.
These germs all have characteristics that are similar to the spirochete that causes syphilis, Treponime pallidim. Therefore, they are corkscrew shaped which enables them to burrow deep into the connective tissue. To add insult to injury, these bugs are pleomorphic, meaning they can change shape at will, go flat, and burrow deeper into the tissue, then go round. The can also live intercellulary, which is why they evade antibiotics. They also bind to the heavy metals in your system and create an armored protective shell. Antibiotics can not penetrate this shell.
Lyme is spread by ticks, mosquitoes, spiders, fleas, saliva, breast milk and can be sexually transmitted, according to Richard Horowitz, MD Hyde Park, New York and DesBIO Homeopathic. It has recently been found to also be transmittable in the saliva of other animals including pet dogs.
Interestingly, one of the reasons blood tests are so unreliable is that the spirochete is capable of infecting white blood cells. Since lab tests rely on the normal function of these cells to produce the antibodies they measure and are infected, they will not respond to an infection appropriately. The worse the infection, the less likely it will show up on a blood test. The standard Elisa test is no better than 50/50, according to Richard Horowitz, M.D. Johns Hopkins says it misses 55 percent of Lyme positive patients. The CDC and the New York State Department of Health says it missed 81 percent of the people that did not have a bulls eye rash.
The Phases of Lyme disease:
- Bite Phase: The patient may have a classic bull’s eye rash (only seen in 25 percent of cases). Arthritis symptoms are very common.
- Initial Symptoms: unrelenting fatigue, recurring fever, headaches/migraines, achy muscles and joints.
- Latent dormant Phase: Minimal symptoms and the rash and arthritis seem to improve.
- Full-Blown Phase: The disease returns in its full-blown glory as it attacks the nervous system and the immune system with many diverse and varied symptoms.
One of the most important aspects of developing a Lyme disease treatment protocol is to strengthen and restore the immune system. Lyme disease bacteria and associated neurotoxins are immunosuppressive. Since homeopathy stimulates the body’s response to the disease it is basically able to “jumpstart” the immune system to engage in the fight against the infection.
A combination of homeopathy, Chinese herbs and glandular has proven successful for patients for the last nine years.
The word “homeopathy” is derived from two Greek words: homoios which means “similar” and pathos which means “suffering.” Homeopathy’s basic premise is called the “principle of similar,” ad it refers to recurrent observation and experience that a medicinal substance will elicit a healing response for the specific syndrome of symptoms (or suffering) that it has been proven to cause when given in overdose to a healthy person.
The beauty of the principle of similar is that it not only initiates a healing response, but it encourages a respect for the body’s wisdom. Because symptoms represent the best efforts of our body in its defenses against infection or stress, it makes sense to utilize a medicine that helps and mimics this defense rather than that inhibits or suppresses it. The principle of similar may be one of nature’s laws that, when used well, can be one of our most sophisticated healing strategies.
Homeopathic medicine is so widely practiced by physicians in Europe that it is no longer considered “alternative medicine.” Approximately 30 percent of French doctors and 20 percent of German doctors use homeopathic medicines regularly, according to Dana Ullman, MPH, British Homeopathy Institute. Over 40 percent of British physicians refer patients to homeopathic doctors, and almost half of Dutch physicians consider homeopathic medicines to be effective (Fisher and Ward, 1994). The fact that the British Royal Family has used and supported homeopathy since the 183s reflects its longstanding presence in Britain’s national healthcare system.
Homeopathic medicine also once had a major presence in American medical care and society. IN 1900, there were 22 homeopathic Medical schools in the U.S> including Boston University, University of Michigan, New York Medical College, Hahnemann University, University of Minnesota, and even the University of Iowa. Further, many of America’s cultural elite were homeopathy’s strongest advocates, including Mark Twain, William James, John D. Rockefeller, Susan B. Anthony, Louisa May Alcott, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Henry David Thoreau, and Harriet Beecher Stowe, among others.
The principle is to regulate antibody production, upregulate immune response, repattern the body’s energy pathways, minimize clearing reaction, get better effects with multiple potencies and reverse dilutions, enforced by ultra-high potency follow-up support. One can expect positive outcomes for both chronic and acute infections. This is one of the most powerful homeopathic approaches to infection available.
The first step to determining an individualized protocol is determining what co-infections are also present.
As most Lyme patients already know, Borrelia never seems to come alone. Tick bites can transmit numerous other bacteria and viruses, like Bartonella, Babesia, Mycoplasma, coxackle, Nanobacterium, Parvoviurs, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Valley Fever. In addition one’s system may barbor Brucella, Candida, Cdifficile, Cytomegalovirus, Epstein Barr Virus, H. Pylori, SIBO, Hepatitis, Herpes, Simplex, Herpes oster, Streptococcus, Toxoplasma Gondii, Chlamydia, Condylomata (HPV).
Initial testing via acupuncture points takes about an hour, until satisfactory balance is achieved with Chinese hers and homeopathic remedies. Depending on the length of the illness and number of co-infections, treatment generally takes six to eight months for full recovery.
Lyme Disease Symptoms:
Many Lyme symptoms, such as fatigue, cognitive impairment, joint pain, poor sleep, mood problems, muscle pain, and neurological presentations also occur in other diseases. Hence, the symptoms of Lyme disease significantly overlap those of chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, ALS, depression and Alzheimer’s disease. Many Lyme patients report being misdiagnosed with a different condition before being properly diagnosed with Lyme disease.
- HEAD, FACE, NECK - Headache, facial paralysis (like Bell’s palsy), tingling of nose, cheek, or face, stiff neck, sore throat, swollen glands, heightened allergic sensitiites, twitching of facial/other muscles, jaw pain/stiffness (like TMJ), changes in smell and taste.
- DIGESTIVE/EXCRETRY SYSTEMS - Upset stomach (nausea, vomiting), irritable bladder, unexplained weight loss or gain. Loss of appetite, anorexia.
- RESPIRATORY/CIRCULATORY SYSTEMS - Difficulty breathing, night sweats or unexplained chills, heart palpitations, diminished exercise tolerance, heart block, murmur, arterial fibrillation, Chest pain or rib soreness.
- PSYCHIATRIC SYMPTOMS - Mood swings, irritability, agitation, depression and anxiety, personality changes, ADD/ADHD, malaise, aggressive behavior/impulsiveness, suicidal thoughts, overemotional reactions, crying easily, disturbed sleep; too much, too little, difficulty falling or staying asleep, suspiciousness, paranoia, hallucinations, feeling as though you are losing your mind, obsessive-compulsive behavior, bipolar disorder/manic behavior, schizophrenic like state, including hallucinations.
- COGNITIVE SYMPTOMS - Dementia, forgetfulness, memory loss (short or long term), poor school or work performance, attention deficit problems, distractibility, confusion, difficulty thing, difficulty with concentration, reading, spelling, disorientation; getting or feeling lost, reproduction and sexually.
- FEMALES - Unexplained menstrual pain, irregularity, reproduction problems, miscarriage, premature birth, extreme PMS symptoms.
- MALES - Testicular or pelvic pain, erectile dysfunction.
- EYE, VISION - Decreased hearing ringing or buzzing in ears, sound sensitivity, pain in the ears.
- MUSCULOSKELETAL SYSTEM - Joint pain, swelling, stiffness, shifting joint pains, muscle pain or cramps, poor muscle coordination, loss of reflexes, loss of muscle tone, muscle weakness.
- NEUROLOGIC SYSTEM - Numbness in body, tingling pinpricks, burning/stabbing sensations in the body burning in feet, weakness or paralysis of limbs, tremors or unexplained shaking, seizures, stroke, poor balance, dizziness, difficulty walking, increased motion sickness, , wooziness, lightheadedness, fainting, encephalopathy (cognitive impairment from brain involvement), encephalitis (inflammation of the brain, meningitis (inflammation of the protective membrane around the brain), encephatomyelitis (inflammation of the brain and spinal cord), academic or vocational deadline, difficulty with multitasking. Difficulty with organization and planning, auditory processing problems, word finding problems, slowed speed of processing.
- SKIN PROBLEMS - Benign tumor-like nodules, Erythema Migrans (rash)
- GENERAL WELL-BEING - Decreased interest in play (children), extreme fatigue, tiredness, exhaustion, unexplained fevers ( high or low grade), flu-like symptoms (early in the illness), symptoms seem to change, come and go.
We address Lyme by using a combination of homeopathy and herbs. The homeopathy company that we use it DesBio. To learn more about them click the link below.
How We Test for Lyme Disease: What is the Reflex E-System?
Acupuncture points are points on the skin, usually located on meridians, where the circulation of chi can be manipulated. By stimulating an acupuncture point on the skin through pressure, suction, heat, or needle insertion, the circulation of chi is affected, which in turn affects related internal organs. But this is not the only way to take advantage of the meridian system. The meridian energy flow also carries with it information about internal organs that can be used in diagnosis. This is the basis of the electrodermal screening test (EDST). The device used in the EDST is the electrodermal screening device, or EDSD, which works by measuring electrical resistance and polarization at acupuncture points and meridians. Through these safe, skin-level measurements, it is possible to analyze the bio-energy and bio-information produced by internal organs and systems.
The predecessors to the EDST and EDSD were invented in the 1950's by the German doctor Reinhold Voll whose name is given to another title of this treatment modality, EAV or Electro Acupuncture According to Voll. Dr. Voll originally developed a system of acupuncture point electro-therapeutics, but he soon discovered that when an internal organ's function or structure changes, the performance of the related meridian and acupuncture points also changed, and that this change could be measured using a device. Voll used a device called the Dermatron, but all similar devices can be used for diagnosis and medicine testing. The core of the EDSD is an ohm meter designed to deliver approximately 10-12 microamperes of direct electrical current at 1-1.25 volts, a very small and perfectly safe amount of energy. On the majority of the devices the meter is calibrated to read from 0 to 100 such that the standard skin resistance of 100 kilo-ohms reads 50.
There are two cables coming out of the EDSD, one positive and one negative. The positive lead is attached to a stylus with an electrode tip. The doctor holds the stylus by the insulated handle and presses the tip against one of the patient's acupuncture points. The patient holds a hand electrode in their free hand. During the measurement the patient and the EDSD form a closed circuit, allowing energy and information to flow from the EDSD to the probe, through the patient to the hand electrode, and back to the EDSD. The EDSD reading is a measurement of how much energy makes it through the circuit (the lower the resistance the higher the reading). A reading taken with the EDSD is usually described using two values, the initial reading (generally the highest value) and the indicator drop (ID). An initial reading of approximately 50 followed by little or no indicator drop is considered "good". Initial readings below 45 or above 60 and substantial IDs are all considered bad signs. After the initial stimulus (the initial reading) two things occur: cells become polarized, which increases resistance, and the affected cells work to maintain their natural, unpolarized state. An ID is the result of the polarization of cells that are weakened and can not maintain their own balance.
When a point is located that reads below 50, above 60, or has an ID, various reagents can be tested in a process called medicine testing. In 1945, Reinhold Voll discovered by accident that a medicine placed in contact with a patient's body effects the readings of an electro-dermal screening device (EDSD).
While checking branch points can be used to specify more refined locations of the disturbance, medicine testing serves to specify etiology and selection of medications for treatment. Medicine testing is performed on any abnormal points that are not balanced. The doctor's goal is to find one or a combination of reagents that will balance the point, i.e. cause the point tested to exhibit a "good" reading and to not have an ID.
Reagent samples are usually sealed in glass containers. The medicine or biological compound to be tested is placed in the circuit of the EDSD measurement. This can be done by placing it on an aluminum plate or container attached to the negative lead of the EDSD or simply by having the patient hold the sample. All matter, including medicine, has a vibratory signal which is distinct from all other types of matter. This signal enters the patient with the current and reacts with the signals within the patient, often changing the reading. A reagent that balances the reading will probably have a positive effect and can be considered for use as a medicine or dietary supplement. No response implies that the reagent would have no effect, and a worsening response implies a negative effect. For example, pancreas CMP readings of a person with diabetes will become balanced when the proper dose of insulin is placed within the circuit and will show a larger ID if refined sugar is put there. In this way medicines and dosages can be tried out without the medicine actually being ingested. This process can also be used to test for the presence of contaminants and allergies.
A theoretical model for medicine testing's mechanism of action has been developed by the Physicist Kuo-Gen Chen. All matter has a vibrational signal, including medicines, other biological reagents, and the organs and tissues of the body. When the DC current passes through the potential space of the medicine, it becomes phase modulated, carrying the vibrational signal of the medicine with it into the body. This vibrational information then reacts with vibrational patterns already existing within the body, resulting in quasi phase matching with constructive or destructive resonance, which in turn brings about an instantaneous change in the subtle energetic properties of the point being measured.
Medicine testing can be used to test any medicine or supplement administered to patients, including allopathic, homeopathic, nutritional and herbal medicines. Most physicians use the EDSD as an adjunct to their practice.