Catching Up with Dr. Elizabeth Large, N.D.

By Carolyn B. Welcome, PA-C

Dr. Elizabeth Large divides her time between GMA’s main office in Santa Rosa and its new waterfront location in San Rafael. Among the many tools in her toolbox, this naturopathic physician offers expertise in Methyl Genetic Nutrition Analysis (MGNA), a program that provides in-depth interpretation of data from 23andMe genetic testing. This method has allowed her to home in on her patients’ individual needs.  Dr. Large’s toolbox also includes Chinese and Western plant-based treatments, Low Dose Immunotherapy (LDI),* oral and intravenous antibiotics, IV therapy and hormones.

“Natural medicine is not one size fits all,” she notes.

Eric Gordon, MD and Elizabeth Large, ND at GMA - Maggie Perkins 2017

Eric Gordon, MD and Elizabeth Large, ND at GMA – Maggie Perkins 2017

Thanks to the information given by MGNA, Dr. Large is seeing fast and quite amazing results in patients who have had health problems for most of their lives.

“When you see a lot of variants in one area – histamines, for example,” she explains, “it might help to explain unresolved issues.” [Read more…]


ILADS Statement on CMS Proposed Rule Concerning Antibiotic Stewardship

August 26, 2016

Statement attributed to:
Board of Directors, International Lyme and Associate Diseases Society

The International Lyme and Associate Diseases Society (ILADS) has commented on the Proposed Rule of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, CMS-3295-P: “Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Hospital and Critical Access Hospital Changes to Promote Innovation, Flexibility, and Improvement in Patient Care” which appeared in the Federal Register (0938-AS21, June 16, 2016). Without further clarification, these regulations could limit or eliminate antibiotic treatment for the many patients who suffer from Lyme disease and other tick-borne infections. [Read more…]


Low Dose Immunotherapy (LDI)

What is LDI?

LDI is a form of immune desensitization that works by restoring the tolerance for toxins or other foreign substances that induce an immune response in the body (antigens). This can be done for literally thousands of antigens at once to help your immune system better tolerate certain therapies.

How does LDI work?

Lab Services 200LDI’s effect is accomplished by combining beta glucuronidase with extremely miniscule doses of various allergens.  The enzyme (beta-glucuronidase) potentiates the antigen, allowing for a much greater benefit with much lower concentrations of the antigen itself. The enzyme makes [tipsy content=”A T cell or T lymphocyte is a type of lymphocyte (a subtype of white blood cell) that plays a central role in cell-mediated immunity. They are called T cells because they mature in the thymus.” group=”0″ use_oembed=”false” ]T-cells [/tipsy](a type of immune cell) pay attention to the antigen included with it, down-regulating the immune response to  the specific antigens your provider feels are relevant to your particular medical issues. The tolerance is actively learned by your immune system, and helps make your other treatments easier to tolerate, as well as potentially directly improving your condition. [Read more…]


The Healing Power of Plants & Herbs: A Discussion with Stephen Buhner

The Cutting Edge of Health and Wellness Today
Friday, February 20, at 2 PM Pacific

The Healing Power of Plants & Herbs: A Discussion with Stephen Buhner

Today I have the great pleasure of talking with Stephen Harrod Buhner, internationally respected as an authority on the healing capacities of plants and herbs. Stephen has long been known for his classic book: “Healing Lyme” which he is currently revising, and his in-depth description of working with plants in several volumes including “The Secret Teachings of Plants.” In the past several years he has expanded his explorations, writing about Bartonella, Mycoplasma, Viruses, Babesia and Ehrlichia. His grasp of the natural world and our relationship to it is unparalleled so I anticipate a remarkable discussion.

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Review of Lyme Altar Documentary by Dorothy Leland


Telling the stories of people with Lyme disease

By Dorothy Kupcha Leland,
10 September 2014

The Lyme Altar : Documentary of Chronic lyme Disease

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The Lyme Altar: A People’s History of Symptoms, Sacrifice and Hope,” a new documentary, focuses on Lyme patients and the doctors who treat them.

In the beginning of this film, we see what appears to be a sacred shrine. Upon closer examination, we find it is decorated with dozens of containers holding medications and supplements. Meanwhile, in the opening credits, the title The Lyme Altar (with an “ar”) transforms into The Lyme Alter (with an “er”).

It’s an intriguing juxtaposition. Is Lyme disease a holy experience? Are people with Lyme being seen as sacrificial lambs? Do people worship the medications they hope will heal them?

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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.


The Lyme Altar Documentary Now Available in the GMA Offices

While there are no magic bullets, there is much power in understanding that there is a community of people with shared experiences. We are not alone. Not only are we not alone, but there is great hope in knowing that open-minded practitioners and healers are working hard to advance treatment options and to improve the quality of life in those recovering from chronic illness. Here’s to your health….

Scott Forsgren in reviewing The Lyme Altar

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The Lyme Altar

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You can now purchase The Lyme Altar for $20.00 plus tax in the Gordon Medical offices. You can pick it up while you are in the office and save shipping costs, or contact our shipping department and they will ship it directly to you for approximately $6.00.

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Review of the Lyme Altar Documentary

Scott ForsgrenReview By Scott Forsgren from BetterHealthGuy

The Lyme Altar is a new documentary with a focus on the struggles of Lyme disease. The film was released in August 2014 and is available on A trailer of the film can be viewed below. It is a collaboration between Gordon Medical Associates (GMA) and Touchable Stories Productions. I personally enjoyed the powerhouse healers that shared their insights in the film. They included Joseph Burrascano MD, Eric Gordon MD, Neil Nathan MD, Wayne Anderson ND, Elizabeth Large ND and more.

The complexities of diagnosing and treating Lyme disease are described in the film including a review of some of the newest laboratory tests available. Given that only 17% of patients remember a tick bite and as low as 36% may have a classic bull’s-eye rash, newer diagnostic tools are critically needed. Patients are clearly not losing their minds, depressed, or lying, and yet, without definitive testing, this is often what they are told. Fortunately, we have practitioners and healers like those at GMA that view things very differently, believe patients, and recognize that it is the “richness of the story that sometimes gives us the clues”. [Read more…]


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…]