The Treatment of Tick-borne Illnesses

Clinical Observations and Recommendations during 20 years in Neuropsychiatric/Functional Medicine

“Disease is very old and nothing about it has changed. It is we who change as we learn to recognize what was formerly imperceptible.” – Jean Martin Charcot.

Twenty years ago my practice was devoted to Integrative Medicine (with an emphasis on orthomolecular psychiatry and clinical ecology.)  I could not predict at that time, the far-reaching consequences of my decision to treat several patients with TBD (a school teacher with panic attacks, joint pain, and memory loss, a hunter with exhaustion, insomnia, and severe depression).

I had no idea that I had, indeed joined a small group of like-minded physicians,  (quite by accident), who also dealt with the same medical complexities ( across medical specialties ). They encountered a insect borne disease, stemming from a reservoir of warm-blooded mammals. These animals particularly (the white–footed mouse), harbored pathogenic spirochete bacteria and (other co-infections) that had reached alarming endemic levels in many local affluent communities.

Later I was to discover that this complex microbiological synergy of coexisting infections extended far beyond the Connecticut borders (where it had first been diagnosed as “Lyme disease”). In reality it was not only prevalent in the State of Connecticut, but it had a national and international distribution. In addition, it had had a long European history which had been observed and described almost a hundred years earlier than in America.

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