Explaining Lyme Disease Testing Techniques
Suffering from Lyme disease is never easy. Treatments can be complicated and coinfections, (such as additional virus, bacteria, fungal and even parasitic …
Speaker 1: Thank you for joining me today.
We�re going to be talking about how do you
monitor success when you�re treating chronic
lyme disease, fibromyalgia and autoimmune
diseases. This is really important because
monitoring success can be a problem.
Before we get started, go ahead and we recommend
stopping and pausing and reading our disclaimer.
We�re going to get started right away. How
do you monitor patient success? What do patients
look for, what the doctor looks for when monitoring
success when treating chronic lyme disease
Defined as we say it, it�s an entirety of
all the infections involved, it can be chemical,
heavy metal infection, exposures, toxicities
that play a role with that.
Let�s take a look here, right on Medscape
which is common journal used by doctors to
review cases. Here, even in Medscape, we�re
looking right into, what does it mean when
you get a zero positive IGG or IGM, and really
particularly, even with IGG being positive,
this test result doesn�t get better. It
represents the response of the immune system,
and they can stay zero positive for many years
after diagnosis. Really, it is not enough.
If you�re going back to IGG and IGM, you
really can�t, because it doesn�t really
tell you the end all and be all. When you�re
working with patients and you�re looking
at their immunoassays, western blots, chronic
viral panel, heavy metal toxicities, GI analysis
and immune markers like CD-57, you�re really
looking at the totality of what we call chronic
lyme disease complex. Going back to IGG, that�s
just not accurate.
What we are finding is the key is the symptom.
I want you to take a look at this. Over time,
the bottom line is the symptoms that are improving,
the frequency of those symptoms getting better,
the patient improving. That�s really what
you�re looking for. You�re looking for
�How are you feeling?� There are so many
symptoms, everybody is different so you want
to keep a symptom diary.
During the course of treatment, what can happen
a lot of times is patient can get a worsening
of symptoms before they improve. That�s
really important as we look at the overall
patient response or improvement to care. I�m
going to show you this really quick. We�re
going to take a peak here.
I�m going to go right into something called
the �Herxheimer�. If you�re a patient,
or you�ve been a patient with chronic lyme
disease or autoimmune disease being treated
for infections, you�ll see that Herxheimer.
What is to find as is really is it resembles
sepsis, but it�s really the dying off of
the spirochete or bacteria. Typically, the
death of these bacteria, as you can see here,
associated with the endotoxins or the lipoproteins
occurs faster than the body can remove or
detoxify those substances, so you can get
all kinds of symptoms; fever, chills, raising
heartbeat, hyperventilation, myalgia, muscle
pain, skin lesions, on and on are hurting
reactions. These are not uncommon to see.
When you�re working with patients, you�ll
get a hurting. What will happen with the hurting
is you�ll start to see that the patient
will get a return of old symptoms many times,
or symptoms might be worsening. It�s like
a window they�re going to go through, and
they might even get their visitation of old
symptoms, but they�ll be getting the old
symptoms because we die off the bacteria,
the lipoproteins, the spirochete, neurotoxins
that are dying.
According to Dr. Hering who was one of the
top American homeopaths in the world in the
1900s, he basically talks about the law of
how the direction of improvement goes, and
it�s from the inside out, top to bottom,
skin lesions can leave � these are all symptoms
of patients improving. In fact, Samuel Hahnemann,
the Founder of Homeopathy believed that many
chronic diseases came from infections, and
in fact that�s what we see too. Many years
later we believe that these infections and
chemical toxicities, and heavy metal toxicities
play a role in the patient�s improving.
If they�ve been on suppressant medication
like steroids and others, you�re going to
have worse hurting, worse symptoms before
you start seeing improvement. I want to show
you � this is a great slide to talk about
the window that you�ll experience. If you�re
improving, you might say, �This is typical,�
patient begins care, they�re under care,
they�re feeling worse, they�ve never felt
this, they felt this years ago, and it�s
some of the worst symptoms, and then it starts
to improve, and then they start to say, �You
haven�t felt this good in years, then I�ve
had a really good day or really good window
a few hours.� As that window opens of having
better and better improvement in the symptoms,
for longer periods of time, this is how you
clinically know really beyond all measure
that the patient is improving. If that holds,
you know you�re getting better and better.
It�s defined like a window where things
like fatigue and brain fog, and energy, and
all these other symptoms; neurological and
specific symptoms that you�re dealing with
are improving, that�s a great, great measure.
What we also want to do is understand that
some of the more difficult symptoms to see
improvement on are particularly viruses. I�ll
show you this here in a minute so you can
see it for yourself.
Chronic fatigue syndrome is one of those areas
where people will experience fatigue with
chronic lyme disease complex or fibromyalgia,
or have a previous diagnosis of CFS, Chronic
Fatigue Syndrome, but I want you to see here
herpes virus six which is very common co-infection.
Many people are born with this infection,
it can become reactivated if you have barilla
or other infections. You can see that this,
and Epstein-Barr and others cause a lot of
the fatigue symptoms, and it usually takes
longer to clear this.
I�m going to show you something here. Dr.
Jose Montoya from Stanford University took
12 patients. You can see this here, on this
12 patients that all had chronic fatigue syndrome
for 10 or more years with herpes virus six
or Epstein-Barr. What he found was, and he
said including problems with cognitive dysfunction,
hard time like brain fog or memory thing.
When he treated the viruses for this fatigue,
he found that nine out of the 12 improved
dramatically. We see this time and time again.
This is a great indicator for patients because
this is where we see those symptoms become
some of the most difficult to clear, the viral.
If you look again, here we�re looking at
conditions associated with HHV-6, as you can
see up here. Here�s a big list of them.
You�ll start seeing everything from flowing
in the brain to rushes, seizures, cognitive
problems, immune system dysfunction, risk
for cancers, fatigue and on and on.
Viruses play a big role. I�m just using
one here to give an example. This can take
the longest for patients to clear. When you�re
dealing with symptoms such as fatigue, the
viral component is a little difficult to clear
and they can hide in the nervous system, and
when we become or go under stress, or we have
a weaken immune system or a trigger, an emotional
trigger or stress, we can have a reoccurrence
of those symptoms of fatigue, and that�s
really important that even after we finish
care, we want to keep the immune system strong,
reduce the stress, help patients improve their
lifestyle so that they continue to do well.
Another maker we use, and this is an assessment,
not as a diagnostic, it�s looking at biofeedback.
Biofeedback is quite interesting because it
helps you look at physiological responses
that are connected to the way we deal with
stress, to how we deal with different things
in our body. Since 1991, there�s been a
lot written in, and today, it�s something
like over three decade, you have 3,000 articles,
a hundred books published on biofeedback and
helping people with connecting their symptoms
with the mental and emotional stress, also
connecting that with things like a raynaud
phenomenon which is an autoimmune disease,
irritable bowel syndrome, depression, anxiety,
menopause, hot flashes and many, many symptoms,
side-effects from chemotherapy.
Biofeedback can become really an important
measure of looking at things even deeper,
how they�re connected to your, if you will
mental and emotional component because the
body isn�t just isolated. You don�t just
have one or another infection, you have the
connection of things.
Here�s another study on electoral dermal
screening analysis is what exactly we use
at our center. There�s a study here done,
an electoral dermal analysis using an acupuncture
points for testing, about a hundred patients
were tested, and they were basically looking
at the patients with physicians doing the
intake, and then testing them on the machine
to look at their accuracy of their symptoms.
Here, I�m just going to move it to the summary.
What we saw was in those hundred patients
that had clinical laboratory diagnosis, we
had about 99.5% accuracy when we were looking
at those patients and for that criteria of
chronic inflammatory, demyelinating polyneuropathy.
It�s very interesting that it had a strong
accuracy, and it connects the physiological
symptoms with the total health of the patient,
which in the bottom line the key. You can
see that at the end of the day is what we
want is people to improve and get well.
Here�s what you do. You really need to get
a good picture of how you�re doing in improving
with chronic lyme disease complex, fibromalgia,
autoimmune disease � you want to see the
decreasing of symptoms, increasing those frequencies
of feeling better, those windows are opening
up over the length of time, and that equaling
If you are getting well and let�s say when
feeling two days of being well, great, that
turns into a week, a month, six months, a
year, and that it continues to improve, that
windows shows up. If the immune system is
strong, the infections are under control,
that your ability to deal with stress is improved,
your nutrition is imbalance, and this is how
you return quality of life working with chronic
disease and particularly when we talked about
chronic lyme disease complex, fibromyalgia,
and autoimmune disease.
Thank you for joining me today. God bless
you. I wish you the best of health as you�re
improving. If you need help with learning
more about the treatments and approaches that
we use to help patients, don�t hesitate
to contact us. We�re here to help you. If
you need any information about how we approach
these conditions, we�re happy to help you.
I want to wish you the best of health and
God bless you.