Tag: Lyme disease

Lyme Disease Guidelines for 2023

Lyme Disease Kingston

Up to 50% of the black-legged ticks in the KFL&A region carry Borrelia, the bacteria associated with Lyme disease.1 Ticks also carry an incredible number of other infections – many of which we’re just starting to understand. Treat every tick bite with immune-supportive measures and know when to request antibiotics from your doctor. Review these updated 2023 guidelines and reach out if you’re uncertain or need additional support.

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Photobiomodulation Therapy at KIHC

Photobiomodulation TherapyWe’re pleased to introduce a versatile technology to our clients and patients that we believe aligns with the body’s ability to heal: a “Photobiomodulation” device by Inlight Therapy.

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It’s not Lyme: It’s Mold Illness

Mold IllnessMany of my patients think it’s their Lyme symptoms returning when in fact, it’s a developing mycotoxin or mold illness.

Fungus is a healthy part of our bodies and microbiome. However, some molds in our environment generate toxic chemicals (mycotoxins and volatile organic compounds) that trigger allergic reactions, toxic responses, and immune system dysfunction. It’s a somewhat common condition for people who are also susceptible to stealth infections and chronic fatigue.

Symptoms of mold illness can mimic many other illnesses. Use this questionnaire to help you decide whether further testing is warranted.

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Are you sensitive to electromagnetic fields?

Electromagnetic FieldsMany people still assume that electromagnetic fields (EMFs) emitted by their devices (cell phones, computers and ipads, etc.) are completely harmless. This conventional believe persists despite thousands of research studies that identify EMFs as an obstacle to the body’s natural repair mechanisms.[1] If preventive health is a priority for you or if you have chronic illness of any kind, then EMFs should concern you. If you think you might have symptoms that are caused by EMFs, please continue reading!

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Lyme Disease: Defining the Controversy, Part I

Lyme Disease ControversyWhat is Lyme Disease? This question seems simple enough, and perhaps for the people who successfully recover on their own or with an antibiotic, the answer is simple. But for the 5% to 20% of individuals who develop persistent, debilitating symptoms for months to years after the initial infection, the definition is anything but simple. Depending on the circle you run in, the illness is called Chronic Immune Dysfunction (CID), Multi-Systemic Infectious Disease Syndrome (MSIDS), Post-Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome (PTLDS), Chronic Lyme Disease, Persistent Lyme Disease, or it plain just doesn’t exist.

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Did Climate Change Cause Lyme Disease?

Where did this Lyme epidemic come from? “Tick-checks” weren’t a thing when we were kids. Now, ticks not only swarm our conservation areas, but also our gardens and children’s playgrounds. More than 1/3 of them in our area are infected with Borrelia, the bacteria believed to cause Lyme Disease, and an unknown number are infected with Lyme “co-infections” such as Bartonella and Anaplasma. Our instinctual response to this threat is to kill tick populations as quickly as possible… But history, ecological principles, integrative medicine and current research all teach us that this approach doesn’t work. A more sophisticated approach, one that acknowledges underlying causes of this epidemic, is urgently required.

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Why Botanical Treatments for Chronic Lyme Symptoms Work!

Lyme Disease ResearchIn medicine, when an infection becomes chronic, we generally consider that either the immune system is failing to control the infection, such as in HIV and AIDs, or that the infection is able to hide from the immune system, such as with the herpes virus that causes cold sores. Evidence suggests that chronic infection with any of the microbes associated with Lyme disease falls into both categories, which is one reason why persistent symptoms are so difficult to treat. [1] This is also one important reason why we turn to botanicals for help.

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