I dove into becoming a Lyme Literate Doctor in 2009 when I began to see more patients in my clinic with chronic illness who were not improving with traditional treatments - naturopathic or conventional. In this I worked to understand the cause, discovering that there now was an infectious source to their ailments.
In my journey of helping patients with Lyme disease, I have begun to understand that cure is multifaceted. Definitely, patients who took longer to get an initial diagnosis, have a more difficult time of returning to their state of health. But also, treatment needs to have many layers addressed to achieve balanced health.
Lyme disease is also known as 'the Great Imitator', mimicking a variety of diseases. It is a difficult disease to diagnose, especially in late disseminated stages. Many patients are not even aware that they have had a history of a tick bite, few patients develop a bull's eye rash.
I base my diagnosis of Lyme disease on clinical and laboratory findings. I use the following labs to test for Lyme disease and co-infections. Click on the Lab names to go directly to their sites to learn more about their individual tests.
As mentioned above, treatment plans for addressing Lyme disease does not only address the infectious nature of the illness, but also the whole body's systems. To bring balance, I use a variety of other testing procedures -- included are, but not limited to, blood chemistry, hormone panels, genetic analysis, digestive and stool analysis and mitochondrial/cell function.
Here is a video clip of a speech I gave in Penticton in May 2017. You can learn about my approach to the treatment of Lyme disease
If you think that you have Lyme disease, a good place to start would be filling out the following questionnaire:
I have uploaded where I start with many patients. The true basics. What I want all of my patients to be doing and taking, to create the foundations of health.