| Lyme Disease
A 48 year old accountant was diagnosed with Lyme disease 4 months
earlier during a hospitalization, with symptoms of confusion, memory
loss and fatigue. He remembered a tick bite with a rash on the leg. A
head CT scan was negative. A 6 week course of antibiotic doxycycline (a
tetracycline) was given by the primary care physician, after a brief
course of IV antibiotics. His symptoms improved but returned after the
doxycycline was stopped. Serologic testing failed to detect Lyme
co-infections. Patient consulted several other conventional and
alternative health practitioners with little benefit. Because of
continued symptoms, patient sought our advice. At this point a
multifaceted approach was initiated by “Lyme literate” physician Dr.
Arthur Gertler, using IV colloidal silver infusions and a 3 component
herbal formula for Lyme disease (LD Support). Vitamin C infusions were
added to energize the immune system. Multiple supplements were added
for immune, liver, energy and anti-oxidant support with an
anti-inflammatory diet. Herxheimer reactions (die off reaction to
bacterial breakdown products) were managed, and disappeared. By 2
months symptoms cleared with return of normal energy and mental
function. He was able to return to work. Four months later, treatment
was stopped, when an advanced serologic test for Lyme disease was
A 37 year old housewife complained of chronic fatigue, headaches, mood
swings, brain fog and sugar craving intermittently for 2 years, during
which time she gained 20 lbs. Diet was high in refined sugar.
Previously, she had been given antibiotics for treatment of urinary
tract infections with vaginal discharge. A serologic test for candida
(yeast) was positive 8 months earlier. The patient was seen by Dr.
Gertler after a 3 month course of Diflucan given by her physician
provided only partial improvement. At this time a comprehensive
holistic program for eradication of candida (yeast) was begun
focusing on low carbohydrate diet without refined sugar, and
elimination of risk factors (antibiotics). An anti-candida herbal
formulation, probiotics, and herbs for liver and adrenal support were
started. Multivitamins, minerals and supplements for energy support
were added. Electrodermal testing confirmed yeast overgrowth and showed
a “congested liver” and weakened immune system. Homeopathic remedies
were identified to treat these deficiencies to promote more rapid
clearance of the candida. Whole body vibration was introduced twice
weekly as a tool to accelerate healing, to promote higher energy levels
and afford a measure of detoxification.
Symptoms gradually improved after 3 months of this combined approach.
Energy levels returned to normal with a sense of well being. By 7
months carbohydrate craving stopped and she tolerated an increase in
dietary carbohydrate with limited refined sugars. She was felt to have
cleared the candida (yeast) at this point. Because of continued
susceptibility, probiotics and some dietary restriction were continued.
A 76-year-old gentleman, with a six-week history of angina chest pain,
began a course of Chelation Therapy infusions on a weekly basis for the
treatment of heart disease. Recommendations for lifestyle and dietary
changes were made along with the addition of vitamins and antioxidants.
After 14 infusions, he became aware of early signs of improvement in
cardiac function earmarked by improvement in energy and less fatigue
while at work in a restaurant. He was able to climb stairs more easily.
At 20 treatments, there was further improvement, with complete
disappearance of the angina chest pain. More modest gamins continued
for the next few months while he continued to be free of angina. His
cardiologist was able to reduce his heart medications. He continued the
use of supplements and dietary recommendations, and as a result of the
stabilization of his cardiac condition, his cardiologist recommended
resumption of his exercise program of walking two miles a day.
A 56-year-old office worker suffering from painful arthritis of her
lumbar spine and right great tow, underwent a series of IonCleanse
footbath treatments to treat the arthritis through the removal of toxic
metals from the body. Toxic metals are felt to be a potent source of
free radicals which may cause inflammation of the joints. There was a
history of lumbar disc surgery. After 15 treatments, she noted
improvement in back pain and less pain climbing stairs. There was a
greater sense of well-being and significant improvement in energy. A
program of anti-inflammatory herbs was started, including fermented
turmeric, Boswellia, Omega 3 fish oil, and glucosamine.
Anti-inflammatory dietary therapy was begun. A stool pathogen found on
culture indicated that a state of imbalance existed in the bacterial
populations of her intestine which was felt to be contributing to the
inflammatory arthritis condition. Eradication of the overgrowth was
effected by using a series of herbs (Oregon grape extract, goldenseal)
for a two-month course along with dietary therapy. An intestinal
permeability study revealed the presence of leaky gut syndrome (porous
intestinal lining) felt to be yet another contributing factor in the
arthritis. The leaky gut syndrome was felt to gradually heal as a
result of eradicating the intestinal pathogen and using dietary
therapy. This eliminated a major causative factor driving her
arthritis. After three months of the multifaceted approach involving
dietary therapy, footbath and herbs, she improved to the point of being
able to resume an exercise program at a health club without
exacerbating arthritis symptoms.
A 38-year-old pharmaceutical representative was seen for treatment of
longstanding symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in association
with fibromyalgia, which was now in remission. IBS symptoms consisted
of periods of diarrhea, constipation and abdominal cramping, often
disturbing a busy work schedule. In search of therapeutic options other
than the conventional treatment with Metamucil and a high-fiber diet,
food allergy testing was performed showing a low-grade reaction to
dairy, wheat and several spices. Upon elimination of these, she noted
partial improvement in symptoms of diarrhea and cramping within three
weeks. High potency plant-based digestive enzymes were given along with
betaine to restore stomach acid. The combination of these two natural
agents provided more symptomatic relief, but periods of urgent diarrhea
were still present. Once 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HTP) was added to the
regimen, more complete control of symptoms was achieved resulting in
formed stools and only infrequent periods of non-urgent diarrhea. The
use of 5-HTP, as a serotonin precursor, likely restored
gastrointestinal serotonin levels to a more healthy range, resulting in
a more balanced functioning of the gastrointestinal tract and a return
to normal peristalsis.
A 35-year-old hairdresser diagnosed with fibromyalgia and endometriosis
of 10 years duration was partially disabled because of low abdominal
pain, low back pain and pain in the neck, shoulders and wrists. She
required narcotic medication daily. For approximately two months, she
underwent a course of weekly SCENAR and Quantum Touch sessions.
Subsequently she was able to stop narcotic medication because of a
longlasting reduction in pain and was able to work full time for the
first time in several years.
pain and thyroid nodule
A 39-year-old receptionist complained of chronic neck pain of three
years duration. She was also diagnosed with a benign thyroid nodule.
Following a single session of both Quantum Touch and SCENAR, the neck
pain disappeared. Upon routine follow-up with her endocrinologist one
week later, the thyroid nodule was no longer detectable, which her
doctor felt was remarkable and likely due to the holistic intervention.
A 52-year-old woman with a history of breast cancer and ovarian cyst
was placed on 30 mg progesterone cream for treatment of symptoms of
menopause consisting of fatigue, mood swings, hot flashes, panic
attacks, insomnia and osteoporosis. Saliva, urine and blood spot
testing showed low progesterone and estriol. After progressive
increases in the dose of progesterone cream failed to completely
contain her menopausal symptoms, low dose estriol cream and oral DHEA
were added. Six weeks later menopausal symptoms had almost
completely disappeared however, urine and saliva testing showed a
suboptimal pattern of estrogen metabolism. Both DIM
(di-indolylmethane) and Myo-min were recommended to correct this.
Dietary recommendations were made to address the signs of estrogen
dominance. Three months later estrogen metabolism displayed a
normal pattern on further testing and patient was advised to return in
six months, then yearly, to monitor hormone levels.