Quick Action Steps for Lyme Disease
- To help determine if you have Lyme Disease, go to Dr. Burrascano’s symptom checklist (a.k.a. Risk Profile) using the following link: www2.lymenet.org/domino/file.nsf/UID/guidelines (You will need to scroll down.)
- Prevention is the most effective step you can take. Print out and review the Prevention Guidelines.
- Seek immediate medical attention. When detected early, Lyme disease can often be successfully dealt with using antibiotics.
- Avoid all alcohol and sugars, all processed and fried foods, all refined flour products, commercial fruit and vegetable juices, artificial sweeteners, and foods that contain hydrogenated oils and trans-fatty acids. Dairy products, caffeine, and non-herbal teas should be consumed sparingly, if at all.
- Emphasize a diet of organic, whole foods, with plenty of fresh fruits, complex whole grains, organic free-range meats, poultry, and wild caught fish, and drink an abundance of pure, filtered water.
- Also be sure to be tested for food allergies and sensitivities and eliminate all foods for which you test positive.
- Useful nutrients include vitamin A, beta-carotene, vitamin B1, biotin, inositol, B-complex vitamins, vitamin C, omega-3 oils, calcium pantothenate, magnesium, and zinc, as well as CoQ10, acidophilus, the amino acid L-carnitine, and thymus gland extract.
- Helpful herbs include astragalus, gingko biloba, ginseng, and maitake and reishi mushrooms, as well as cordyceps and Laryx.
- Get plenty of rest and learn how to effectively minimize and manage stress.
- To ensure full recovery, also seek out the help of support groups and organizations dedicated to providing information about Lyme disease. The following doctors and organizations are a good place to start:
- Joseph J. Burrascano, Jr., M.D., 139 Springs Fireplace Road, East Hampton, NY 11937; (631) 324-7337
- Lida Mattman, Ph.D., Nelson Medical Research Institute, 11664 Martin Road, Warren, MI 48093; (810)755-6430
- JoAnne Whitaker, M.D., Bowen Research and Training Institute, Inc., P.O. Box 627, Palm Harbor, Florida 34682; (727) 937-9077. Website: www.bowen.org
The following organizations provide further resources and information about Lyme disease:
- International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society. P.O. Box 341461, Bethesda, MD 20827: (301) 263-1080. Website: www.ilads.org
- Lyme Disease Foundation, Inc. One Financial Plaza, Hartford, CT 06103; (860) 525-2000. 24-hour Hotline: (800) 866-LYME. Websites: www.lyme.org, www.jstd.org
- The Lyme Disease Network. 43 Winton Road East Brunswick, NJ 08816. Website: www.lymenet.org
- Vonner Health Services. 500 Spring Street, Suite 104, Gainesville, GA 30506; (770) 654-9400. Website: www.vonner.com