Lyme disease was first recognized in 1975. after several children developed juvenile arthritis in the small town of Lyme, Connecticut.
Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. This bacterial infection is transmitted by a tick. The most common infected animals are deer, field mice, raccoons, opossums, skunks, weasels, foxes and squirrels. Ticks, fleas and mosquitos transmit the disease. Unfortunately, this disease is difficult to diagnose. Many people do not remember being bitten by a tick or other carrier, and the rash “erythema migrans” only occurs in about 50% of cases. Some lab tests may not be positive until six weeks post incident therefore some patients treated early with antibiotics may never test positive. Lyme disease left untreated, can lead to arthritis, neurological symptoms and heart problems. The number of reported cases in Northern Virginia is on the rise.
At The Lee Clinic, we offer antibody testing and laboratories which can test specifically for borrelia. Dr. Lee has extensive experience in treating patients with Lyme disease.
He looks at the underlying health of the individual, applying the concept of biofilm as well as the use of low dose naltrexone in order to avoid long term antibiotic use.
Biofilm and its importance in the treatment of Chronic Diseases (such as Lyme Disease)
We all have a history of previous infections, both acute and chronic. These infections may be viral (mononucleosis), yeast (candida), or bacterial (strep and staph). We can also have a history of parasites (tape worms) and/or sprirochetes (Lyme disease). We can have 10 times more microbial cells (from previous infections) in our body than human cells. Some of us have more microbial cells than others others , depending on our medical history.
This infection of microbial cells in our system communicate with one another and develop a protective defense which makes it difficult for anitbiotics to treat some of these difficult diseases. This protective film is a biofilm. It is a community of microbes that exist and adapt to remain alive. An example of biofilm in our bodies is the yellow plaque that can develop on our teeth.
With the presence of biofilm, it is 100 to 1000 times harder to treat an infection. The cells communicate and adapt to resist antibiotics and other treatments. If one microbe is killed, another microbe in the biofilm can rise up to take its place. This biofilm blocks the transfer of oxygen through the capillaries and can cause fatigue.
The anti -biofilm protocol offered at the Lee Clinic, has been developed in conjunction with Garry Gordon, MD. Dr. Gordon is an expert in integrative medicine and is a practicing physician. The anti-biofilm protocol must be individually based.
The purpose of the anti-biofilm protocol is to break down the biofilm over a period of three to four months to allow antibiotic or other treatements to become more effective. It is believed that after the biofilm is eliminated antibiotics have a better chance to be effective. Researchers have also found that antibiotics often don’t work well in the presence of lead and mercury. The biofilm protocol addresses this issue.
Evaluations can be done with a combination of blood tests (Coagulation studies) Heavy Metal and Environmental Toxin Urine tests and GI comprehensive stool tests. After testing the program is individualized to meet each patients needs.
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