Lyme Disease Specialist Portsmouth, NH

Lyme Disease and Tick Borne Infection Treatement in Portsmough NH

It can spread across your whole body. It can hide from and hijack your immune system, just like AIDS does. It can remain dormant, stealthily undermining your health for years.

Lyme Disease has been dubbed “The Great Imitator” for good reason. This insidious disease can disguise itself by mimicking many disorders. Chronic Lyme Disease symptoms can make you feel like you have the flu – causing headaches, muscle aches, joint pains, brain fog, memory loss, nausea, stomach ulcers, constipation or diarrhea, sore throats, rashes, fatigue, neck stiffness, chills, night sweats, shortness of breath, and vague neurologic symptoms among others.

This makes diagnosing and treating it difficult for conventional practitioners. And because it affects each person differently it’s often misdiagnosed and at the root cause of: Fibromyalgia, Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Depression, Dementia/Alzheimer’s, or even menopausal fevers, sweats, and chills.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), nearly 300,000 new cases of Lyme Disease are diagnosed every year – so imagine how many go undiagnosed.

Many patients come to us after struggling for years with symptoms that conventional doctors overlooked or misdiagnosed. They often forget when their tick bite occurred, or don’t recall any tick bite at all, and we test for Lyme Disease years later.

To fully recover, they need to work with practitioners who won’t just hand them antibiotic prescriptions and send them home. Practitioners who take a whole-system approach. Practitioners like Dr. Schertell or Dr. Mauss. For a thorough, integrative assessment of your whole health, call them today at (630) 610-8882 or contact us here.

What causes Lyme Disease?

Lyme disease, or borreliosis, is triggered by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi, or similar newly discovered strains such as Borellia Miyamotoi, or Borellia Recurrentis.

When infected blacklegged deer ticks bite a human they often transmit this bacteria along with other co-infections such as Babesia, Bartonella, Ehrlichia, Anaplasma, Rickittsea (Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever), and Tularemia. That human will react much more intensely to this infection if he or she has:

  • weakened immunity
  • inhibited cellular function and protection
  • systemic bacterial infection
  • high stress lifestyle
  • mold or parasite exposure
  • accumulated heavy metal toxicity (mercury, lead, organophosphates, etc.)

The diagnosis “Post Lyme Disease Syndrome” is given to patients when they continue to have symptoms after 30-60 days of antibiotic treatment. Research shows that at least 30% of patients experience chronic symptoms after being treated. We believe that “Post Lyme Disease Syndrome” can be caused by:

  • inadequate Lyme treatment: effective treatment requires a precise combination of protocols and durations
  • failure to identify and treat co-infections: proper treatment requires accurate testing for each individual co-infection – treatment cannot be determined if the cause is unknown
  • lack of biofilm treatment: this leads to antibiotic resistance, poor herbal penetration, and shielding from the body’s immune defenses
  • lack of detoxification support: detoxing clears residual biotoxins and DNA that triggers a persistent immune response (a “true” case of Post Lyme Disease Syndrome)

How is Lyme Disease diagnosed?

Standard laboratories administer screening tests that fail to detect 51% of Lyme Disease cases. When a trial vaccine was briefly administered in the 1990’s, these facilities omitted important Lyme-specific bands from the Western Blot test. Despite the fact that the Lyme vaccine is no longer available, these bands (numbered 31 and 34) which detect Borrelia burgdorferi exposure, are still not included in standard commercial Lyme tests.

That’s why Dr. Nicole Schertell and Dr. Johanna Mauss use advanced specialty Lyme & co-infection tests, which they outsource to cutting-edge laboratories across the U.S. and Germany to better detect infections and determine which treatment is right for each patient.

As trained and active members of ILADS (International Lyme and Associated Disease Society), these renown naturopaths synergize and innovate natural treatments. They’ve diagnosed and treated thousands of cases with this unique naturopathic approach.

Lyme Disease Treatment

After thorough symptom and history analysis along with testing, our doctors will craft a customized treatment plan to address these critical healing pillars:

  • Prepping the body to receive treatment by restoring detoxification pathways to handle “die off” or “herx reactions”, preventing the creation of a more toxic environment.
  • Improving cellular health to strengthen the body’s own ability to heal – the healthier the body’s terrain, the harder it is for infections to survive.
  • Combating biofilm to enable efficacy of antimicrobials (herbs or antibiotics) and shorten treatment duration.
  • Controlling auto-immunity and inflammation that is activated in chronic infections.
  • Balancing the endocrine system (thyroid and adrenal hormone function) which can be severely impacted by long-term infections.

In addition to antimicrobials (herbal, oral, intramuscular or intravenous antibiotics) used to kill off spirochete bacteria or co-infections, you’ll begin your custom protocol with one of more of these treatments:

Peptide Therapy: We’re among the first clinics to offer these innovative hormone-like signaling molecules that influence specific functions: thymus gland and immune health function, neurologic and brain tissue healing, infection-damaged cartilage regrowth, and so much more.

LDN Therapy: LDN increases the release of Opioid Growth Factor and reduces inflammatory immune cell signaling of your body-wide “look out cells”.

Ozone therapy: This mild prooxidant challenge increases production of glutathione peroxidase, reductase, super oxide dismutase, and catalase, cleansing the blood of bacteria and viruses, balancing immune function, and reducing inflammation.

PEMF therapy: Our high-powered, clinically validated PEMF machine sends magnetic pulses through the tissue to: stimulate cellular repair, open cell membrane passages, allow cells to take up nutrients, improve excretion and waste detoxification, improve circulation (enabling antimicrobial delivery to less accessible sites like joints), disrupt biofilm, reduce inflammation, balance neurotransmitters, speed the healing process, and generally improve cellular health.

Low Dose Immunotherapy: This therapy improves immune tolerance to chronic infections and balances the cytokine storm that causes severe symptoms in chronic tickborne infections (or in true cases of Post Lyme Disease Syndrome).

IV Therapy: This treatment improves fatigue, immune function, and detoxification via common IV drips like: Meyer’s Cocktail, Phosphatidyl Choline, Glutathione, Poly MVA, Anti-Viral cocktail, Vitamin C, and Magnesium.

Homeopathy: Ledum palustre, Aurum arsenicum, and Lyme Nosodes correct root imbalances by mimicking the disease state and stimulating the body to heal itself.

Botanical and Nutritional Therapy: Our doctors are trained in Beyond Balance, Buhner Herbs, and Cowden protocols – highly targeted antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification therapies.

Acupuncture: Naturopath Dr. Johanna Mauss also practices acupuncture, which provides almost immediate pain and stress relief naturally.

Detoxification Diet

Regardless of which therapy they prescribe, Dr. Schertell or Dr. Mauss will also recommend an anti-inflammatory, whole food diet: good fats, healthy proteins, organic leafy greens, non-starchy vegetables, grass-fed dairy, legumes, fermented foods, nuts, and seeds. Low-glycemic fruits, dark chocolate or stevia-sweetened desserts should be enjoyed in moderation.

Book Your Appointment Today

Call Dr. Schertell or Dr. Mauss have been demystifying Lyme Disease for over a decade. They understand that there is no one-size-fits-all solution. For a custom consultation call Vibrant Health Naturopathic Medical Center at (630) 610-8882 or contact us here.

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501 Islington St
Suite 2B
Portsmouth, NH 03801

Contact:
Phone: (603) 610-8882
Fax: (603) 463-0943

Hours:

Monday: 8:30am - 05:00pm
Tuesday: 8:30am - 05:00pm
Wednesday: 9:30am - 05:30pm
Thursday: 8:30am - 05:00pm
Friday: 9:30am - 3:30pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

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