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Treatment Considerations

Question: What do you do for someone who cannot tolerate antibiotics due to severe allergic reactions to several drugs?

Since we tend to work with people who are sensitive, we are used to people who can’t tolerate antibiotics. It might be due to allergy or it might be also a severe die-off that looks like allergy. Either way, the patient must begin with gentler herbal remedies that treat that particular infection. This will lower the infectious load on the system and possibly calm the immune system making it less reactive. If the reaction wasn’t allergic in nature, then the patient has toxicity issues and the reaction is due to an overload on their detoxification system. When you add in antibiotics, the download is too great on detox pathways that are already overloaded and the body reacts by becoming more toxic and inflamed. [Read more…]

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Fungus Allergy and Hypersensitivity

Fungus Allergy and Hypersensitivity
Notes from the Biotoxin Conference

Introduction:

Some molds release toxins, as certain snakes are poisonous.  These mold toxins activate our innate immune system and provoke disabling chronic inflammation and many hormonal disturbances.  This is quite distinct from the hay fever-allergic reaction molds can provoke.  There is a third way fungi (mold, yeast, etc) can make us sick.  This is generally neglected because of scientific orthodoxy and institutional dogma.

Fungus hypersensitivity can create inflammation that mimics infection

Case 1: Doc’s oldest son AP got fungal ringworm.  [Read more…]

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Report on the Biotoxin Conference by Scott Forsgren

Scott Forsgren, of BetterHealthGuy.com, posted an excellent blog on his site regarding the Biotoxin Illness Conference hosted by Gordon Medical Associates in Santa Rosa, CA.  Thank you Scott for your hard work in educating patients and doctors regarding this most important health issue.bhg

Biotoxin Illness Conference 2011 – by Scott ForsgrenGordon Medical Associates hosted the “Biotoxin Illness: The Science Behind Accurate Diagnosis and Effective Treatment” October 22-23, 2011 in Santa Rosa, CA.

While this blog post will not cover all of the details of the event, further information can be learned from either the recordings of this event available through Gordon Medical Associates or via several learning opportunities at SurvivingMold.com.

I continue to spend time learning more about Dr. Shoemaker’s work as I have not yet entirely addressed all of the biotoxin illness markers, especially C4a, and am interested in Dr. Shoemaker’s work as I think he’s a rare genius in the field. [Read more…]

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Red Tide and Neurotoxins

Eric Gordon MDBy  Dr. Eric Gordon, MD

This article was originally published in the October issue of the Sonoma County Gazette.

 The consumption of larger fish from tropical waters can impact the quality of our health if those fish consumed smaller fish that grew in red tide (algal bloom) areas. The recent red tide that wreaked havoc on local abalone is an example of this. People can get sick when an algal bloom occurs in tropical waters or eastern shore estuaries. Ciguatera is the name of one neurotoxin that Dinoflagellate (algae) produces. The neurotoxins, concentrated in the food chain, are not destroyed by heating, so cooking is no protection. Most people affected by this illness develop acute gastro-intestinal symptoms like abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting. These toxins are fat soluble and in some cases not recognized by the immune system. The toxins can recycle and affect the nervous system for years.

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More Ideas for Highly Sensitive Patients

Question: How do you treat patients with highly sensitive bodies, I.E., people who develop impairment due to high or normal dosage of medication?

Treatment must be designed  according to the specific presentations of each person, but what we see most commonly is as follows.

1) Poor adrenal function – Sensitive people tend to have sensitive nervous systems. They tend to react more to their surroundings, have a lower threshold for stress, and therefore are more anxious, stressed  and  prone to insomnia in general. Over time, this takes a toll on their adrenals, which are the glands that deal with daily stress. Often this is present in childhood, and so by adulthood, the adrenal gland function is compromised, resulting in lower energy and little reserve. Gradually stressors require longer recovery time. Because adrenal glands contribute to production of progesterone, estrogen and testosterone, low adrenal function might also create other hormone deficiencies. We can test adrenal function by measuring your cortisol levels. [Read more…]

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Treatment Fatigue

Answers from the Gordon Medical Staff

Question:

Please talk about treatment fatigue in general, in particular, what are your options if your body cannot tolerate antibiotics, maybe the liver function is limited?

By “treatment fatigue” I assume you mean that a specific patient cannot tolerate ongoing standard doses of antibiotics. I would like to address a broader view of this problem, since what it is really addressing is how capable the individual is of mobilizing their immune system (with the aid of antibiotics) to kill the infecting organisms (Lyme, Bartonella, Babesia, Ehrlichia, Mycoplasma, etc.), and then how capable it is to remove those dead organisms and toxins from the body. This requires the coordinated workings of the organs of detoxification: the liver, intestines, lymphatic system, kidneys, skin, lungs, and spleen, along with the immune system, to do this properly. [Read more…]

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Treatment: Antibiotics or Herbs?

Question:

Is it possible to effectively treat Lyme disease and co-infections without antibiotics?  Is the immune system able to wipe it out if given the right support?

Dr. Eric GordonAnswer from Dr. Eric Gordon:

I would say unequivocally, maybe. The difficulty goes to the heart of the Lyme war between ILADS  and the IDSA. Since active Lyme is a clinical diagnosis, which means it is determined by the patient’s history and current symptoms, we can’t really say how many people diagnosed with Lyme have Lyme, or other infectious or toxin caused diseases.  If you look at symptom lists, the overlap with other illnesses is huge.

My answer is yes, I have read reports of people treated with herbs, and their symptoms and their CD57 tests have normalized. In my practice,  I often start with herbal treatments, but almost always use antibiotics at some point in the therapy. The biggest issue is not drugs vs. herbs, but rather the underlying toxicity of the person, and whether or not their immune system can manage inflammation.  I have had several patients who had severe “Herx’s” to herbs and yet did well on antibiotics. [Read more…]

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What Is the Methylation Protocol?

Many of the doctor’s responses to questions have referenced the methylation protocol. The following is an article explaining the simple methylation protocol. While this original article addresses Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia, this protocol can be used in people with Lyme disease and other chronic illness as well. Some people may find they need a more complex methylation protocol to see improvement. As stated, even though this is a very simple protocol using over the counter supplements, the results can be very strong, so we recommend you do this protocol under the supervision of a physician.

A Simplified Methylation Protocol is Effective for the Treatment of Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia

Neil Nathan MD

I suspect that the words “methylation protocol” are, at first glance, intimidating. But if you will hang in with me for a few paragraphs, I would like to make this both understandable and useful.

First of all, what is most important is that we have recently shown that the use of tiny doses of very specific combinations of vitamin B-12 and folic acid, has resulted in significant improvement in patients with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. That’s the bottom line.

So, if you are suffering with chronic fatigue and/or fibromyalgia, you may be interested in learning more about our research, and what we learned. [Read more…]

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Can Treatment Damage Hearing?

Question:

Could you speak to Ototoxicity (toxicity to the auditory nerves) of the antibiotics used to treat Lyme?  My neurologist cannot tell if hearing loss is caused by Lyme or antibiotic use.

Dr. Eric GordonAnswer from Dr. Eric Gordon:

If ototoxicity is present, I do not know how to be sure if it is due to antibiotics versus infection of the 8th cranial nerve.  Not all antibiotics are considered ototoxic, and even those that are will not cause problems for every patient. The toxicity from antibiotics is probably mediated by oxidant stress, and this may also be the cause of some of the damage by infection, as well.  Individuals have varying ability to manage oxidative stress. With that in mind, checking glutathione adequacy, methylation pathway tests  from Vitamin Diagnostics Labs (special testing, have your physician contact the lab), as well as evaluating the other detox pathways and your heavy metal burden would be helpful.  All of these problems will make ototoxicity more likely whatever the stressor of the system.  Treatment of these metabolic problems will often improve ototoxicity.

I would also get a good evaluation by a cranial osteopath.  Occasionally osteopathic cranial manipulation will mitigate some of the tinnitus.

Consult your physician for a more complete workup of your toxic load in order to support your ability to deal with any toxicity, as well as the infection.

Dr. Eric Gordon is the founder of  Gordon Medical Associates. What Dr. Gordon emphasizes is listening to his patients. “I believe my patients. Their description of what is going on in their body is the most accurate way we have to assess what is going on with them. I interpret the information they present, and blend it with laboratory results and imaging and other tests to determine a protocol that is customized to their condition.”

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When Treatment Doesn’t Work

Question:  What if you see no response from numerous treatments?  NO Herz, no increase or decrease of symptoms at all.   I have tested positive for Lyme and 4 co-infections.

Dr. Eric GordonAnswer from Dr. Eric Gordon:

If you have tested positive for Lyme disease and multiple coinfections, and have had no response to antibiotic therapy, there are several possibilities.  The first is that the key infection may not have been treated aggressively enough, or perhaps right on the border.  Sometimes we find that the order in which the infections are treated will affect the outcome of treatment.  Other possibilities include a viral infection, or mold or other toxins that are affecting your immune response—or in fact creating your symptoms.

Many times we see antibodies to multiple tick-borne infections; also to multiple viruses; as well as to mycoplasma and chlamydia and pneumonia.  When we see this pattern, the question is:  Which is the important infection?—or are we just dealing with an up-regulated immune response caused by multiple infections that the body has seen, and perhaps even dealt with?  This is an issue that Dr. Karen Newell is investigating. Hopefully soon we will have more information, and the ability to treat the situation where these immune cells—these are the cells that produce antibody—are continuously being stimulated.  When there is a lot of B-cell activity, there will also be activity of the rest of the immune system, and production of cytokines, which can produce symptoms that mimic the tick-borne illnesses. Read more about Dr. Newell’s research here. [Read more…]