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Elizabeth Large Featured in Press Democrat Article on Lyme Disease

Lucia Montiel, 9, uses a wheelchair to move around her Sonoma coast home since being diagnosed with Lyme disease (John Burgess/The Press Democrat)

Lucia Montiel, 9, uses a wheelchair to move around her Sonoma coast home since being diagnosed with Lyme disease (John Burgess/The Press Democrat)

Lyme disease leaves victims frustrated, searching for answers

Excerpted from an article by MARTIN ESPINOZA
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT | May 18, 2017

Treating these infections is like working in the dark,” said Large, adding that ticks can cause multiple infections. “You’re looking to find the light switch. Hopefully, the more you treat, you start to get a clearer picture of the infections the patient has.

Although tick activity is high in the spring and early summer, ticks are active yearlong, [Read more…]

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Talk on Lyme Disease in Gualala, September 25

Gualala Arts Lecture Series presents:

Ticks and Lyme Disease

with Paula Power

Thursday, September 25, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Admission is $5

Dr. Nathan will present an overview of Lyme disease, after which Paula and other residents will tell their stories.

Ticks and Lyme Disease

Ticks in CaliforniaMany local hikers worry about mountain lions, but the subject of the Thursday, September 25, Gualala Arts lecture will leave you fearing a much smaller predator. Lyme disease and the co-infections carried by deer ticks pose a much greater health hazard to outdoor adventurers and gardeners here on the coast than most people think.

Coordinator Paula Power has assembled a panel of local health experts and advocates to discuss the health implications of Lyme and other tick-born illnesses and what preventative measures anyone who gardens or even steps outside should take to protect themselves.

For Power the issue is personal. Her son, Henry, has contracted Lyme disease and his story illustrates the multiple complications associated with infections from tick bites. Neither Henry, now a high school senior, nor his parents know for sure when he contracted the infection, possibly in kindergarten, but his diagnosis did not occur until just over two years ago.

Because tick bite infections may not present symptoms for several years and the symptoms are often confused with other possible causes, many victims are unaware of the reasons they have health issues. Others may even dismiss a victim’s complaints as hypochondria. One day in a high school biology class discussion about Lyme disease, Henry realized his teacher was discussing symptoms that he himself experienced.

After testing positive for Lyme infection, Henry began treatments two and a half years ago that still continue. While he sometimes goes weeks or even months without symptoms, when the spirochetes start to party it takes a cyclical series of homeopathic and antibacterial treatments much like chemotherapy to beat them back down. The tests, tinctures and antibiotics are expensive and insurance does not cover all the costs.

Tick bites that indicate Lyme may create a rash and flu-like sypmtoms within seven days, but not in every case. Left untreated, Lyme and the co-infections such as Bartonella may affect the joints, heart, central nervous system and cognitive thinking. Symptoms can appear in a matter of days or remain dormant for years. Lyme disease, which consists of at least three different bacteria, was not identified until 1971 in Lyme, Connecticut, and the cause not found until 1981.

To alert listeners about this issue, Power has compiled a panel of health professionals and advocates for drawing attention to the dangers of tick bites and the importance of protecting yourself and locally available remedies for sufferers. Panelists and Lyme survivors Jennifer Arana and Glenn McPhee, who was instrumental in getting Henry get diagnosed, both suffer from tick bite infections.

This discussion promises to be a most informative evening with information on a very timely topic. There will be time for audience questions and comments. The presentation begins at 7:00 p.m. A $5.00 admission will be collected at the door.

 The Gualala Arts Center, located at 46501 Old State Highway in Gualala, CA,
is open weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and weekends from noon to 4:00 p.m.
Please call (707) 884-1138 for more information, or email
[slash_mailto address=”info@gualalaarts.org“].

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Lyme Disease: Controversies Surrounding a New Epidemic

The Cutting Edge of Health and Wellness Today
Friday, September 12, 2014 at 2:00 PM
With guest Wayne Anderson, ND

Lyme Disease:

I will be joined today by Dr. Wayne Anderson, at Gordon Medical Associates, as we discuss the growing awareness of the Lyme disease epidemic. Last August the CDC finally acknowledged that over 300,000 new cases of Lyme disease occur every year in this country, finally bringing a diagnosis and medial help to millions of Americans who had not been aware of this possible diagnosis. We will review the current symptoms, diagnostic tests and treatment options for our listeners.

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Lyme, Neurotoxins, and Hormonal Factors

Originally published in the Townsend Letter
July 2014

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Wayne Anderson, ND, and Robert Gitlin, DO
An interview with Nancy Faass, MSW, MPH

Wayne Anderson, ND: It is my privilege to be here with Robert Gitlin, DO, an experienced Lyme-disease practitioner, trained in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, with expertise in the endocrine system and hormones. We would like to offer our perspectives on how guiding hormone therapy in the Lyme patient differs from treating other patients, given that intracellular infections have their own unique effects on the endocrine system.

I think that currently one of the problems in medicine is an excessive focus specifically on Lyme disease. What sometimes gets missed is the fact that this is a constellation of toxic influences that all have the same mechanism of action. Our patients may be struggling with infectious processes caused by borrelia or co-infections like babesia, bartonella, ehrlichia, or mycoplasma, as well as toxins such as mold species, petro-based chemicals, and heavy metals. All of those infections and toxins affect the regulatory systems of our body: the brain and nervous system, and the immune and endocrine systems. [Read more…]