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FREE Webinar: In For the Long Haul: Lyme & COVID-19

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/in-for-the-long-haul-lyme-covid-19-tickets

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Date And Time

Thu, Jan 21, 2021, 4:30 PM CST

Project Lyme will host Dr. Daniel Cameron, M.D., MPH and Dr. Bill Rawls, M.D. to address issues facing the Lyme community during COVID-19.

About this Event

Project Lyme will host Lyme disease expert Dr. Daniel Cameron, M.D., MPH and integrative health innovator Dr. Bill Rawls, Medical Director of Vital Plan. They will be discussing the challenges that face the Lyme community as we continue to face the pandemic including the similarities between the long-haul patients, and how to stay healthy in these uncertain times.

Noah Johnston, Administrative Director of Project Lyme will moderate the discussion and take live Q&A from the virtual crowd. The event will also feature Jennifer Hoffmann, Program Associate at Project Lyme and Senior Director of the Generation Lyme initiative. Jennifer is a Lyme patient who was dually diagnosed with COVID-19 in March of 2020.

Once you register through Eventbrite you will gain access to the private Zoom link.

Project Lyme is happy to host this educational event for free. We request you donate through https://projectlyme.org/donate/ to help us continue to provide this content.

Dr. Kinderlehrer’s Experience With Tick-borne Illness & His New Book

https://www.lymedisease.org/kinderlehrer-book-intro-excerpt/

“If the cure doesn’t work, it means you don’t have Lyme disease” (NOT!)

Jan. 13, 2021

Lyme Disease Much More Common Than Previously Thought, Study Shows

https://www.consumerreports.org/lyme-disease/lyme-disease-much-more-common-than-previously-thought/

Lyme Disease Much More Common Than Previously Thought, Study Shows

With ticks spreading out across the country, the CDC says there may be nearly half a million cases of Lyme every year
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Between 2010 and 2018, the U.S. had approximately 476,000 cases of Lyme disease every year, according to a study out today from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

That number is substantially higher than the CDC’s previous estimates, of about 300,000 annual Lyme cases, which was based on research from 2010 and earlier that looked at insurance claims and lab test results. The new study used more current information from a large database of commercial insurance claims. 

Despite the large jump, study author Kiersten Kugeler, Ph.D., an epidemiologist with the CDC’s Division of Vector-Borne Diseases, says the growing number of Lyme disease cases isn’t surprising.  (See link for article)

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**Comment**

A few points:

  1. Medical providers use codes for insurance purposes.  If an exact code isn’t used, the patient falls through the cracks.  This has been happening to Lyme/MSIDS patients for over 40 years. Please see:  https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2017/02/10/lyme-patients-denied-care-insurance-coverage-no-codes/  This 2017 article shows Lyme/MSIDS patients have been denied care and insurance coverage because of a lack of codes.  Later in 2017 we see the 1st official report on these code violations:  https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2017/10/13/1st-officially-recognized-report-on-violations-of-lyme-patients-human-rights-is-released-updating-borreliosis-diagnostic-codes/  In 2019 we see improvement in the codes:  https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2019/01/19/ad-hoc-committees-historical-improvement-in-the-icd-codes-for-lyme/  The recognition of Lyme/MSIDS codes is relatively new and certainly not perfect or inclusive.  There must be an exact code to correspond to the symptom or it doesn’t exist in the eyes of mainstream medicine and insurance companies.  Also, tick-borne illness includes far more than just Lyme disease and many of these diseases aren’t reportable to the CDC and probably lack codes as well.  I guarantee you they are STILL missing many, many cases that are falling through the cracks due to a lack of coding.
  2. The article makes a blatant falsehood by stating the “target -shaped” rash may not appear in 20-30% of cases.  Nope.  Hardly anyone I work with has the rash (including myself and my husband) and research shows those getting the EM rash vary widely.  Please see:  https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2019/02/22/why-mainstream-lyme-msids-research-remains-in-the-dark-ages/  The actual number varies anywhere from 25-80%.  Hardly a sure thing!
  3. The article states that doctors are likely to err on the side of treating Lyme if they suspect it.  I don’t know what world these people live in but they certainly don’t live in mine.  I have patients calling me to announce they have tested positive THREE times and were still denied diagnosis and treatment!  Doctors are afraid to treat people for tick-borne infections.  The CDC/IDSA has made it perfectly clear for over 40 years that they will come after doctors who treat this.  What doctor wants to be investigated by the state medical board, have someone go through all their charts with a fine-toothed comb, be possibly fined (they will find something), be required to have medical oversight and even education, and possibly be sanctioned and even lose their license?  Yet, the word is out and every doctor knows this is what happens.  Please see:  https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2020/01/21/dr-jemsek-vindicated/  This particular witch hunt drug on from 2006 – 2020 and caused untold stress on one of the best Lyme doctors we have, and he’s far from alone!
  4. The Tufts faculty member (Dr. Hu) states cases vary from year to year based on tick density, weather patterns, and more.  We need to drop this verbiage like a bad habit.  Ticks laugh at weather and are nearly impervious to it.  They seek out leaf litter and snow when conditions become harsh.  About the only thing that kills them is fire.  I know people pulling live ticks off their dogs in the middle of winter (with snow on the ground) in the most Northern parts of Wisconsin.  The mythology must stop.

For more on tick prevention:  https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2019/04/12/tick-prevention-2019/

https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2019/07/18/frequent-prescribed-fires-can-reduce-risk-of-tick-borne-diseases/

https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2018/05/27/study-conforms-permethrin-causes-ticks-to-drop-off-clothing/

https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2016/05/31/fry-and-die/

https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2019/05/08/upstate-ny-disease-expert-prevention-really-works-do-it/

https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2020/08/11/nootkatone-registered-by-epa-insect-repellent-products-could-be-available-by-2022/

Lyme & Gut Dysfunction Webinar

https://rawlsmd.com/webinars/lyme-gut-dysfunction/

6365b76d-title_10e70a9000000000000028Lyme + Gut Dysfunction with Dr. Bill Rawls

Digestive issues like abdominal cramps, heartburn, nausea, and diarrhea often plague Lyme disease patients. The symptoms can be life-disrupting and tough to treat, and combined with the underlying causes, they can actually inhibit your ability to overcome Lyme.

What’s going on, and how can you heal your gut to jumpstart your Lyme recovery?

Join a live webinar with Dr. Bill Rawls, author of the best-selling book Unlocking Lyme, who knows firsthand what it’s like to live with chronic Lyme disease and gastrointestinal symptoms. He’ll reveal what’s to blame for Lyme-related gut dysfunction, and the holistic approach that helped him and thousands of others restore gut and overall health.

PLUS: Don’t miss an exclusive giveaway for webinar attendees, and have your questions ready for a LIVE Q&A on Lyme disease and gut health with Dr. Rawls.

  • Why digestive distress is a common and major complaint for people with chronic Lyme disease
  • How gut bacteria and other microbes trigger a range of symptoms from GI issues like nausea, abdominal pain, and reflux to systemic ones like fatigue, joint pain, and brain fog 
  • The foods, medications, and lifestyle factors that prevent healing and make symptoms worse 
  • The best diet, habits, and natural remedies for restoring a gut health 
  • Numerous insights during the live Q&A with Dr. Rawls

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IV Ozone – What it is and What Are the Benefits

https://holtorfmed.com/articles/lyme-disease/iv-ozone-what-is-it-and-what-are-the-benefits

IV OZONE – What it is and What Are the Benefits

By Holtdorf Medical Group

1/5/21

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Ozone Therapy is a unique and integrative treatment that is used to increase the amount of oxygen in the body through the introduction of ozone. Ozone Therapy can provide many powerful and healing benefits with little or no side effects. Ozone suppresses infections by killing viruses, bacteria, and yeast, especially those hard-to-treat, resistant pathogens that can be found in chronic conditions, such as Lyme disease. Ozone therapy is also helpful in preventative healthcare. In preventative care, ozone may help strengthen the body’s natural defenses. Lastly, it improves circulation by enhancing the flow of blood.

Below are some of the benefits that can be obtained through Ozone therapy treatment:

  • Effective treatment of resistant pathogens found in chronic conditions
  • Improvement of circulation by enhancing blood flow
  • Stimulation of mitochondria to give your cells’ “powerhouse” energy
  • Improvement of immune function as Ozone IV therapy is a potent immune booster
  • Increasing antioxidant protection and capabilities by stimulating enzyme system
  • Decreasing the immune “overtime” response in autoimmune disease
  • Detoxification by neutralizing toxins processed in liver and kidneys

Who Can Benefit?

IV Ozone therapy is a very effective treatment modality yet should not be thought of as a magic bullet. The treatment can be an indispensable addition to any protocol’s success and is most effective when it is used as part of an integrative treatment plan. The number of treatments needed for therapeutic results are unique to each individual and should be discussed with your practitioner. Individuals experiencing success using Ozone IV therapy treatments:

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic hepatitis
  • Herpes
  • Chemical sensitivities
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Chronic bladder conditions Colitis
  • Crohn’s disease

Ozone therapy has been studied and used in treating patients for centuries. It is extremely safe when performed properly and under the proper care. Talk with your doctor regarding this treatment to see if it is a good fit for you.

Holtorf Medical GroupThe Holtorf Medical Group specializes in optimizing quality of life and being medical detectives to uncover the underlying cause of symptoms, rather than just prescribing medications to cover-up the symptoms. We are experts in natural, prescription bioidentical hormone replacement and optimization, complex endocrine dysfunction, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and Lyme disease. We’ve dedicated our practice to providing you the best in evidenced-based, integrative medicine that’s not only safe and effective, but provides measurable results.

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**Comment**

Ozone is a powerful oxidant and something you should learn about and consider, either as a primary treatment or an adjunctive therapy.  

That said, in my experience it has NOT proven to be curative for Lyme/MSIDS.  While people have improved, they need “tune-ups” or further treatments.

Both my husband and I used blood IV ozone for 2.5 months done weekly under UV light.  I must say neither of us noticed anything.  We were probably at our sickest and desperate to get help.  That’s not to say it wouldn’t make a noticeable difference in someone else OR that it did something positive in us we didn’t feel.

Like any other treatment, one must consider cost – both in time and in money.  Blood ozone requires you to use a practitioner which means travel to and fro and time for treatment.  It is also recommended to be done weekly or even biweekly.  Costs vary, but are approximately $150-$200 per treatment.  Another variable is the machine being used as well as the dosage (type of ozone and amount).  Ozonating a single pint of blood is called “Single pass” vs 10 pints of blood being called “10-pass” or even the “dialysis” type of ozone which makes a complete circuit and allowing blood to ozonated for an hour (strongest form).  We used the single-pass.  After talking with others, I believe the “dialysis” type to be the most effective for Lyme/MSIDS, but obviously costs more ($900-$1,000 per treatment) and takes longer.

One patient’s experience:  https://www.robertraeder.com/blog/2020/1/19/intravenous-ozone-therapy  This patient also received Prolo-ozone – an injection with ozone & dextrose– typically for pain.  My husband has had this in numerous joints with success.  Not only does it help pain, but it puts the ozone in hard to reach areas where antibiotics have difficulty getting into.  Please also see:  https://www.watersbiomed.com/prolotherapy.html

For more on 10-pass:

https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2017/12/04/ozone-ten-pass-lyme-msids-treatment-in-ca/

https://www.youtube.com/user/RobertRowenMD  Patient stories of ozone on all kinds of conditions.

Ozone research:  https://www.zotero.org/groups/46074/isco3_ozone