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Functional Medicine & Nutrition

Lyme Disease

girl with tissue over noseLyme Literate Medical Doctors (LLMDs) are hard to find. This tickborne disease is on the increase, and most tests within the UK will miss up to 50% of the diagnoses. This is because they only test for antibody immunity and infection rather than cell mediated immunity.

Here we use a European lab to help with the diagnosis, also, where possible, checking for some of the co-infections that are injected into the body along with Lyme disease, such as Bartonella, Babesia, Yersinia and many others.

Dr Piper has trained in association with ILADS which is the international Lyme disease Association and associated infections. Her most recent conferences have been in Antwerp at the International conference on chronic pathologies in September; again in London on December 1, 2017. She works in association with and with the support of the current European President of ILADS, based in Belgium and the Netherlands.

It is important to consider the treatment of all three forms of Lyme disease. This is an organism that occupies different forms in the body and can change from one form to another. It is very intelligent in its bid to live on us and with the medical route, high doses, enough to kill the organism, are required, with three different kinds of antibiotics. Treatment needs to be long-term as the main life-cycle of Lyme lasts about four weeks. Treatment in some cases may need to be for up to 6 months in women and three months in men.

As Dr Piper is GMC trained, she always uses antibiotics as soon as possible in the illness. For patients who decline antibiotics, we can give you the protocols and support required to treat with other forms of support. In cases where the Lyme disease and symptoms have been present for a long time, it is important not to treat too aggressively all at once and so we will often support with other methods to optimise bodily systems, before using antibiotics.

Unfortunately, all systems of the body are affected by Lyme disease and it has a strong capacity to develop into a chronic illness. It is therefore very important that you see someone who is trained in and well read in Lyme disease and functional medicine.

The functional medical approach allows us to deal with optimising gut health within the body including attention to SIBO; the presence of active infections of Helicobacter pylori and gut permeability. Mitochondrial function is critical as this is where we produce our energy or ATP.

We use natural methods to calm the inflammatory process in the body by not only dealing with the gut but allowing the immune system to rebalance itself with the use of many supplements that are well researched and evidence-based. This also includes transfer factors and low dose naltrexone.

We know how to support detoxification systems in the body to allow bio toxins to be properly excreted.

Hormonal support is key as these systems become very exhausted in the body’s bid to cope with the infections. This can include support not only with HRT in men or women, but also knowledge of how to support the adrenal and thyroid gland.

Please remember that Lyme disease is a great mimicker. We will therefore ensure that there is no other disease that may be causing your symptoms.

A tick bite needs immediate cover with antibiotics. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Ticks are natures dirty needle and immediately infect us with many illnesses at once. Nature does not just deliver infections one at a time through such a delivery system as a tick.

Please also remember that in many patients with Lyme disease, there is no history of a tick bite at all. There is some uncertainty about exactly how the disease is transmitted and therefore if you are in doubt, you must ask for a test but bear in mind that with antibody tests, the diagnosis can be easily missed. You therefore may need to request referral to a tropical diseases or infectious diseases expert team.

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