Author Ken Singleton, M.D.
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In this chapter, I want to build on the treatment measures I discussed in chapters 4 and 5 for improving immune function and reducing chronic inflammation. I will share with you the core principles of effective therapy for Lyme disease (LD) and the other tick-borne diseases (TBDs). In addition to the Lyme Inflammation Diet, the other two components of Lyme treatment include the proper use of antibiotics and the use of alternative and complementary therapies such as herbal and nutritional supplements.
The treatments discussed in this chapter can be considered as the basic essentials of my approach to Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases. Depending on each patient’s specific problems and/or needs, additional therapies may also be necessary. I will be discussing those therapies with you in the remaining chapters of this book.
Beginning Treatment—Making the Diagnosis
There are two important elements that you need to consider at the beginning of treatment. They are helping your doctor to acquire an excellent patient history, along with a detailed physical examination, and obtaining accurate diagnostic laboratory testing.
The Importance of a Medical History and Physical Examination
To make an accurate diagnosis of an illness, a doctor is trained to follow certain systematic steps. The first, and by far the most important, step in that diagnostic process is the doctor’s obtaining a good patient “history.” A good history is a patient’s complete story of his or her illness told from onset to its current status. The skilled doctor will listen carefully to the patient as the story is being told and will then ask leading questions that prompt the patient to reveal important additional details of the story.
When the patient’s entire story is completed, the doctor will then perform a careful physical examination as the next step. When both steps are complete, the doctor can then match that patient’s historical and physical information with the information in the doctor’s knowledge database to come up with a list of diagnostic possibilities. If the pattern of the patient’s story and exam matches a recognizable pattern in the doctor’s knowledge database, then the doctor is likely to head down the proper pathway of “making the correct diagnosis.”
Vitamin D is a nutrient that in recent years has become increasingly recognized for its health properties. Additionally, recent research suggests that a high percentage of people in the United States are deficient in vitamin D, especially those who usually receive little to no exposure to natural sunlight on a daily basis. Additionally, vitamin D levels in the body typically diminish after the age of 40. A study published in June 2007 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that supplementation of vitamin D in older women reduced their risk of cancer by an amazing 60 percent.
Among its many important roles, vitamin D helps support the body’s endocrine system, especially the adrenal and thyroid glands. Studies in recent years have shown that vitamin D plays a major role in the regulation (not mere suppression) of the immune system. It has been shown that low vitamin D levels are associated with increased levels of inflammatory markers such as IL-6, TNF-alpha, and CRP. As I discussed in chapter 4, vitamin D plays an important role in the reduction of autoimmunity by helping the body to control excessive Th1 responses. Its immune-regulatory function is vital to good health.
Treatment with vitamin D can reduce musculoskeletal pain in a certain percentage of Lyme patients. For this reason, I believe that Lyme patients with chronic inflammatory problems should be assessed for vitamin D deficiency with a blood test called “25-hydroxy vitamin D.”
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of Contents • Introduction
and Diagnosis • Natural
Killer (NK) Cells
Diet • Medical
History and Physical Exam
Dose Naltrexone (LDN) • Food,
Diet, and Omega Fatty Acids
and Positive Outlook • Index
"What I have accomplished with this 500+ page book, The Lyme Disease Solution, is to share my everyday knowledge and practical experience of 10 years as a Lyme-enlightened practitioner (who also is himself a Lyme-survivor). Although I hesitate to use the “cure” word in relation to chronic Lyme, the principles in this book have resulted in a greater than 90% response rate in my patients. At least 60% of my patients achieve long-term improvement that allows them to get off of antibiotics completely."
— Ken Singleton, M.D.
THE LYME DISEASE SOLUTION
By Ken Singleton, M.D.
Foreword by James A. Duke, Ph.D.
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