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ILADEF’s Pioneer Award to be given to a “Ray of Hope” Charles Ray Jones

Dr. Charles ray Jones MD, Pediatric Lyme DiseaseEach year, the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Educational Foundation (ILADEF) hosts a gala charity dinner to raise funds to support its Physician Training Program, Lyme Basics Course and other educational and training programs presented regionally and internationally. As part of the annual event, ILADEF honors a professional for his or her dedication to the advancement of the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme and other tick-borne illnesses.

This year, ILADEF will present the Pioneer Award to Charles “Ray” Jones, MD, the pediatrician who has been a Ray of Hope to thousands of children and their parents who struggle with the consequences of Lyme and other associated diseases. [Read more…]

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Whole Families with Lyme Disease

Elizabeth Large, NDElizabeth Large ND

This summer I spent 10 days in Pennsylvania and Connecticut on a mission to learn how two well known Lyme literate doctors treat pediatric Lyme disease. This preceptorship is made possible by an ILADS scholarship for those wanting to expand their knowledge in treating Lyme disease. The first three days were spent with Dr. Ann Corson (see a slideshow of Dr. Corson’s practice philosophy) who practices in a town barely making the map in rural Pennsylvania. Dr. Corson is an integrative doctor who treats both adults and children. She has incorporated a well rounded natural approach as well as using antibiotics as needed.  I was impressed at her advanced knowledge in natural medicine and her open-mindedness to

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Children at Risk for Lyme Disease

Elizabeth Large, NDBy Elizabeth Large, ND

Children are being misdiagnosed too frequently when they actually have Chronic Lyme Disease (CLD) or Tick Borne Disease (TBD). It is very important that parents, teachers, school administrators, school health professionals, pediatricians, mental health professionals and family members learn to understand the signs and symptoms of Lyme Disease. It is an epidemic and children are at high risk for contracting TBD. We need to identify both acute and chronic, persistent TBD. Acute infection is defined as infection for less than a year and easily treated with 6-12 weeks of antibiotics depending on the symptoms present. If a Bull’s Eye rash does occur then it is diagnostic of LD. Unfortunately only 15-30% of the time a Bull’s Eye rash occurs and other types of rash can present and not only around the tick bite site. The chronic form of CLD can be devastating and difficult to eradicate. It impacts all body systems especially the immune system, hormonal system and nervous system. The body begins to respond inappropriately creating further symptoms that can be painful and debilitating.

The primary take home message with children is that their symptoms can be subtle and easily written off as growing pains or increased emotional sensitivity until there is frank disability. Then they lose their normal childhood of playing with friends, participating in school activities, and other recreation outside of school. They lose the energy to lead normal lives. They become too sick.

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