Lyme Disease

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Lyme disease is a chronic condition, that is a growing epidemic, partly because it is often misdiagnosed. Lyme is known as the great “masquerader” as it is associated with a wide range of symptoms, which often resemble other health conditions, making it difficult to diagnose.

Even the best tests often miss the diagnosis of Lyme. Lyme disease is caused by an immune response to a type of bacteria that is passed through a tick bite, usually a deer tick. These ticks carry a corkscrew-shaped bacterium called Borrelia burgdorferi. Once this bacterium is transmitted into the bloodstream, it triggers an immune response which results in autoimmune-like symptoms within a few weeks to a few months.

Research shows that reducing inflammation is an essential component of healing Lyme disease. Most conventional therapies are primarily focused on addressing the initial infection, rather than dealing with the inflammatory component of this condition. When the immune system is overactive, not only can it cause damage and symptoms, but it can also weaken immune function. This makes it very difficult for the immune system to overcome infections. This leads to a vicious cycle.

“Classic” Lyme symptoms such as chills, fatigue, headache, and joint pain often resemble a wide variety of other conditions. Common conventional medicine often relies on a positive test for Lyme before treatment. Many of the current antibody-based Lyme testing requires a person to be infected for several weeks before it would register a positive test for Lyme disease. Testing issues, combined with the lack of specificity about symptoms, result in a significant number of misdiagnoses.

The traditional course of treatment for Lyme disease is antibiotics, however, the long-term benefits of this approach are questionable. Untreated Lyme disease can cause serious infections and considerable health complications including damage to nerves, and blood vessels, the degeneration of joints resulting in arthritis symptoms, as well as complications with the immune and endocrine systems.

Unlike conventional medicine, our unique approach focuses on diagnosing Lyme based on symptoms, rather than only test results.

Symptoms

  • Joint pain
  • Fatigue
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Occasional, a Lyme “bullseye” rash

However, other symptoms are often harder to explain, including:

  • The feeling of electrical current throughout the body
  • Strange “creepy crawly” sensation
  • Head pressure
  • Dizziness
  • The sensation of “being out of your own body.”

Unfortunately, these symptoms are often disregarded by many doctors, or they do not link them to a possible Lyme infection.

Further, many other health conditions are associated with Lyme disease, such as coinfections, heavy metal toxicity, hypothyroidism, mold, as well as parasites. Low thyroid function could have preceded the Lyme disease, or it could have occurred post-infection. This can further contribute to a depressed immune system, which prevents the body from fending off this infection. Moreover, alterations to the microbiome are another component of both the cause and the effect of Lyme disease. Therefore, a sequential and comprehensive approach to the treatment of Lyme is required to successfully treat and resolve symptoms.

Given Dr. Kellman’s extensive experience treating Lyme patients, he can provide a wide range of therapies and personalized treatment protocols to address all aspects of this condition. His unique approach is individualized for each patient and many of us patients can finally get resolution to their symptoms, even after suffering for years without relief.  Dr. Kellman’s deep understanding of the pathophysiology of Lyme disease and how it wreaks havoc on the immune system, as well as the entire body, addresses the root cause of these symptoms, which is why his approach is so effective.

Treatments may include

  • Peptide therapy utilizes compounds like thymulin (also known as thymosin) and cerebrolysin. Thymulin acts as an immune modulator, fostering immune system equilibrium, and diminishing inflammation, and cell damage. It also bolsters the immune system’s ability to combat infections such as Lyme disease and its co-infections. Cerebrolysin rejuvenates and repairs nerve cells while enhancing brain blood flow. Consequently, it stands as a crucial treatment for alleviating brain fog and cognitive impairment linked with Lyme disease.
  • Methylene Blue, a medicinal dye, proves effective in addressing persistent Bartonella and Lyme disease.
  • In select cases, appropriate antibiotic therapy and other medications may be necessary.
  • Azlocillin emerges as the most potent antibiotic for Lyme disease and its coinfections.
  • Moreover, medications like disulfiram, which demonstrates efficacy against borrelia persister cells and symptom reduction, may aid in achieving remission.
  • IV therapy, incorporating UVB light, encompasses Dr. Kellman’s neuro-Lyme IV protocol. This protocol incorporates various compounds, that mitigate inflammation, enhance brain function, and markedly diminish brain fog — a common symptom in Lyme disease patients. UVB light exhibits antimicrobial properties, assists in immune system balance, and reduces inflammation.

Innovative technologies

  • The Magnesphere: Enhances the autonomic nervous system and alleviates symptoms associated with POTS syndrome (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome). This disorder, which causes lightheadedness and fainting upon standing up is observed in some Lyme disease patients.
  • The NovoThor: can aid in managing fatigue and enhancing energy levels.
  • Medicinal herbs, botanicals, and other natural compounds, that have natural anti-microbial properties, may also be used as part of the treatment protocol.
  • Appropriate treatment of underactive thyroid function.
  • Natural supplements and nutrition/diet protocols to address any gut dysfunction and to successfully rebalance the microbiome.

If you have Lyme disease or suspect you may have Lyme disease, please reach out to the Kellman Wellness Center. If you have had Lyme disease previously but are still experiencing residual symptoms, we can help.