Take our quick assessment. If you have more than a few of the symptoms listed above, you probably need to explore the possibility that a tickborne illness is at the root of your issues
Lyme Diagnosis and Treatment
At Proactive Wellness, our Lyme Disease Treatment Program uses an integrative approach that combines the knowledge-base of ILADS-trained functional medicine practitioners with a complete “toolbox” that allows us to tailor programs to each patient’s unique presentation. Our program is highly individualized as each patient presents with a unique set of symptoms and varied infections. Our program offers a journey to recovery such that a patient is significantly relieved of symptoms, and can regain their sense of well-being.
Say “NO” to long-term antibiotics for chronic Lyme!
While most Lyme treatment focuses on killing the “bugs” typically through the use of IV antibiotics, we have learned that killing bugs alone is not sufficient or even necessary in some cases to restore health due to the vast immune dysregulation that the bugs have caused. We say that killing bugs is not always necessary because even in healthy asymptomatic subjects, the same bugs are present in their bodies as well. But a patient with a healthy immune system can keep the “bugs” balanced in the body’s ecosystem and not reflect illness. Accordingly, much of our treatment focuses on detoxification, correcting mitochondrial function, correcting the immune dysregulation, and strengthening and supporting the patient to achieve a healthy immune system. We never use long-term antibiotics for treatment of chronic Lyme Disease.
Below is a visual overview of our diagnosis and treatment program.
Diagnosing Lyme Disease requires a complex differential diagnosis involving a combination of laboratory testing, detailed history and review of symptom presentation. Diseases with similar etiology have to be confirmed or ruled out. For example, there is much overlap with CIRS/Mold so in most cases, we need to test you for mold toxicity and either confirm it or rule it out. Click here for our mold page for a discussion on diagnosing CIRS/mold illness. For Lyme, the table above shows the primary laboratory tests that we will use to evaluate you for a tickborne illness.
Armed with the conclusion of our differential diagnosis, we are ready to treat you based on our findings. Note that if CIRS is present, we typically need to begin treatment for CIRS first due to the immune dysregulation it causes, plus the binders that we use to begin treatment for CIRS are also helpful for Lyme. If we determined that CIRS was your primary issue, then refer to the CIRS page here for a more detailed understanding of our treatment. If we have determined that tickborne illness is present, then we will follow the treatment outline above. Our years of experience have shown us that this order works best for most cases. Obviously individual cases may require some variation but we do know that we must clear the parasites prior to going after borrelia because borrelia “hides” in the parasites otherwise. The treatment itself consists of any/all of the following elements, again depending on the patient:
- IV Vitamin Therapy
- Detoxification strategies including nutraceuticals as well as physical methods to include infrared sauna and lymphatic drainage
- Precision nutraceuticals
- Transfer factor supplements
- Botanicals and herbs
- Peptides such as Thymosin Alpha 1 and Thymosin Beta4
- Traditional medications
While proceeding through the various phases of treatment, we periodically get updated lab results to verify that the patient is maintaining the benefits of the treatment, and we use these to determine if additional interventions are needed.
Although the protocol is important, our compassionate practitioners make the real difference in the success of our programs. They function like medical detectives that continually seek to find the root causes of the symptoms the patient is experiencing and provide the safest and most effective treatment. This process never stops the entire time you are a patient in any of our treatment programs. Our practitioners have the experience, commitment, leading-edge diagnostics and are constantly learning. Each of them attends an average of 15 days of conferences annually engaged in intensive learning of scientifically-validated medical therapies.
Does our program work? Read here to learn about the success of one of our recent chronic illness patients.
Patient presented with symptoms of mold toxcity and parasites and had history of chronic Lyme Disease with significant cognitive impact. In less than one month, this patient has made remarkable progress. Read on…
A.B. , State College, PA
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Helpful Resources for Lyme/Tickborne illness patients:
Long-term antibiotics for treatment of chronic Lyme not only don’t help, but typically create a whole new series of issues. Read here to learn more, especially if you are either already in the middle of long-term antibiotic treatment or thinking about it.