Chronic Lyme Disease - The Necessary TreatmentsBy ENVITA MEDICAL CENTER
If Lyme disease is caught early, it can be treated relatively well with a reasonable course of antibiotics. However, most Lyme disease patients and their physicians do not catch it early on, if at all. For patients who have had Lyme disease for more than a year, significantly more extensive treatment is necessary.
The standard prescription of antibiotics is generally far too insufficient in treating chronic Lyme disease. Antibiotics do not help the body rid itself of the mycotoxins or BLP (bacteria lipoprotein neurotoxins) caused by Borrelia, nor are they effective in treating the various viral, fungal and parasitic coinfections attendant to Lyme disease. It is important these co-infections are found in some combination in virtually every patient.
Understanding the complexity of Lyme Disease that impacts treatments
It is not uncommon to see four or more combinations of infections in chronic Lyme disease patients. Often months, or even years of treatment are necessary to eradicate the stubborn Borrelia from the body. In general, treatment for chronic Lyme disease requires an organized and customized program.
A Misunderstood Disease Many Americans Suffer From
Because Lyme disease is so misunderstood, standard treatment typically lasts only 4-6 weeks, with extensive treatment widely believed unnecessary. As a result, many insurance companies refuse to cover appropriate treatment and residual Borrelia reemerges post-treatment causing patients to often relapse with Lyme. To further obscure matters, most patients diagnosed with Lyme disease are unaware of the full "complex" of co-infections and neurotoxins that linger in their system.
A Deeper Look at Chronic Lyme Disease Complex
Patients who have had the disease for more than a few months may not even notice improvement until they are well into the first 4-6 weeks of treatment. In some cases, symptoms may actually exacerbate during the first few days or weeks of therapy, as toxins are being released from dying Borrelia. Once the immune system begins to respond with immunotherapy, neuroendocrine receptor sites begin to re-balance.
Treatment of Lyme disease must be directed at more than just the infections. Diminishing inflammation, supporting the immune system, detoxification of BLPs and addressing hormone deficiencies are vital to a comprehensive chronic Lyme disease complex plan. If patients are on other medications or painkillers, a delicate approach is needed to transition them to better quality of life.
Beware of Conventional Lyme Disease Therapies
Steroidal therapy that is often administered to patients who suffer from autoimmune diseases can be particularly harmful to Lyme patients. Steroidal therapy can suppress patients' immune systems, allowing the Borrelia and other co-infections to grow, rather than attacking the infections. You may ask why patients are given steroids like prednisone. The answer is because Lyme is often misdiagnosed as autoimmune diseases, such as fibromyalgia.
The Envita Difference is a Matter of Experience
We have worked in the area of Lyme disease for almost a decade and experience has led to faster, more effective progress in Lyme disease treatment. At Envita, we address and examine all factors of the disease, understanding that handling Lyme's co-infections is just as critical as direct treatment of the primary disease. Grasping the concept of co-infections and body's homeostasis imbalances is one of the reasons why we call it chronic Lyme disease complex, rather than chronic Lyme disease.
The Approach Matters
Because Lyme is such a complex disease, extensive and comprehensive treatment is vital. Treatments are not limited to antibiotics, rather they may be administered in conjunction with aggressive natural therapies from around the world.
As part of our Disease Solutions Program®, we take an integrative approach to the treatment of Lyme, utilizing anti-viral, anti-parasitic and anti-fungal treatments, depending on the co-infections and symptoms present in each individual. By addressing all disease factors, we achieve better results.
We implement innovative treatments to help patients achieve a full-grasp of their disease, thereby providing them with the ability to turn it around. Our comprehensive approach to treatment helps speed healing time, raise quality of life and minimize the recurrence of Lyme disease. If you have questions or comments or want to learn more, contact us today.