For patients who are battling Lyme disease, or co-infections associated with Lyme disease, the debilitating symptoms, coupled with the challenge of an accurate diagnosis, can make life extremely challenging. Gentle Wellness Centers and our Lyme disease treatment centers offer hope to patients struggling with this difficult chronic illness, giving them a chance to enjoy life and health again. By treating Lyme disease, our patients are able to take steps toward better health.

What Is Lyme Disease?

Lyme disease is a disease commonly associated with ticks, but the ticks themselves do not actually cause the disease. Classic Lyme disease is an infection linked to the bacterial spirochete, Borrelia burgdorferi. This organism can be transmitted by ticks, and the deer tick more specifically, but it can also be transmitted by flies, spiders, mosquitoes and fluid exchange with an individual with the condition.

How Is Lyme Disease Identified?

Lyme disease can sometimes be challenging for doctors to diagnose. Typically, the symptoms of the condition lead doctors to test for Lyme disease, but misdiagnosis is common because the symptoms can mimic other disorders. Symptoms may include:

  • Arthritis
  • Depression
  • Mental illness
  • Chronic pain
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Hypochondria
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Lou Gehrig’s disease
  • Attention problems

Patients may develop a fever and the characteristic bull’s eye rash near the site where they were bitten, but the rash does not have to be present for someone to have Lyme disease.

Doctors often use antibody testing to determine if a patient is infected with Lyme disease. If the disease has compromised the immune system, these tests may not be accurate — leading to a false negative diagnosis because the body does not make the antibodies. Other detection methods include:

  • Autonomic Response Testing
  • Western Blot
  • PCR
  • IGENEX or co-infection testing

Unfortunately, each testing methods has its drawbacks that can lead to false negative results. Often a look at the other symptoms, such as thyroid disease, elevated cholesterol levels, insulin resistance, hormone imbalances and adrenal failure, can point to a Lyme disease diagnosis.

Our Lyme disease treatment centers focuses on treating the entire body, not just the Lyme disease infection itself, to restore overall health. Because Lyme disease affects most areas of the body, our holistic, integrative treatments for Lyme disease have a greater chance of helping our patients take back their health.

At Gentle Wellness Centers, we advocate treating Lyme disease naturally whenever possible. Our integrative treatments for Lyme disease include:

  • Improving gut health
  • Detoxification of heavy metals
  • Adding trace minerals to the body
  • Strengthening the immune system
  • Binding neurotoxins in the gut to avoid reabsorption
  • Identifying and eliminating food allergies and intolerances
  • Detecting hidden toxins and microbes
  • Restoration of damaged organs or tissues
  • Antibiotics and antifungal treatments

Lyme disease and the co-infections it causes are complex and challenging to treat. Our approach gives patients the best chance at overall health, but it still takes time and work to recover fully. If you are interested in more information about our Lyme disease treatment options, call us or contact us online today. We look forward to helping you regain your health and move toward effective recovery.