TOUCHED BY LYME: How other pathogens complicate chronic Lyme treatment
Dr. Christine Green will discuss coinfections at LymeDisease.org’s upcoming conference, “Getting Healthy Again: Using Integrative Medicine to Heal from Lyme Disease,” in San Francisco January 22.
One of the most frustrating aspects of treating chronic Lyme disease is that most patients don’t just have Lyme. A boatload of other pathogens might be causing problems in their bodies, some of which may not show up in standardized tests. Many Lyme-literate doctors are beginning to think of the condition as MCIDS, or Multiple Chronic Infectious Disease Syndrome, a term coined by Dr. Richard Horowitz.
Dr. Christine Green will discuss the role of “coinfections” and “co-existing infections” in treating Lyme at LymeDisease.org’s upcoming patient conference in San Francisco.
“Coinfections” are other pathogens transmitted along with Lyme by a tick-bite, such as babesia and ehrlichia.
“Co-existing infections” are other diseases that may make themselves at home in your body since your immune system has been compromised. These might include such things as chlamydia, heliobacter and herpes.
When you factor in possible mold and other environmental exposures, along with genetic predispositions, well, you have a very complicated medical picture.
Dr. Green practices complementary, integrative and orthomolecular medicine in Los Altos and San Francisco. She has treated Lyme and associated diseases for 24 years. She serves on the board of LymeDisease.org and chairs its research committee. She’s also on the board of ILADS and chairs its medical education committee.
“Getting Healthy Again: Using Integrative Medicine to Heal from Lyme Disease,” will be held Sunday, January 22, 1-4:30 P.M. at the Westin Hotel, San Francisco Airport, 1 Old Bayshore Road, Millbrae. Registration is $40 until Jan. 18, and $45 at the door.
Also speaking at the conference will be Dr. Ann Corson, whose presentation will focus on Lyme disease itself. Click here to read more about Dr. Corson.
Click here for more information about the conference and to register on-line.
TOUCHED BY LYME is written by Dorothy Kupcha Leland, LymeDisease.org’s VP for Education and Outreach. Contact her at email@example.com.