Question: How do you treat patients with highly sensitive bodies, I.E., people who may develop impairment due to high or even normal dosage of medication?
Highly sensitive patients often fall through the cracks in the medical system, even amongst Lyme literate doctors. Sensitive patients need treatment regimens tailored specifically to them, and doctors who are sensitive to these issues. Here are some general treatment principles that work for people.
1. You must build up and support their systems, with specific nutritional support and hormone support if needed.
2. You must pay attention to the function of their detox system – i.e. the Gastrointestional tract, liver, kidneys, lymphatics, etc – because many sensitive patients accumulate toxins due to genetic impairments in detoxification.
3. You must detect and eliminate toxic environmental exposures, which could include mold, heavy metals, organic toxins, food allergies, etc.
4. You must treat the dominant infection first, which is often a co-infection of Lyme disease.
5. Often you must start with gentle treatments that could include herbs, homeopathics, etc.
Once all these issues are dealt with, sensitive patients often become a lot less sensitive.
AzRa MaEl, MD was educated at Duke University School of Medicine and the University of California San Francisco Family Medicine Residency in Santa Rosa. He specializes in innovative treatment strategies for persistent complex illness. In addition to antibiotics and other allopathic treatments, nutritional support, lifestyle, and emotional factors are considered a vital part of recovery for all patients.