‘Lyme’ Is More than Lyme Alone
In the recently released book Why Can’t I Get Better?: Solving the Mystery of Lyme and Chronic Disease by Richard Horowitz, MD, a compelling argument is made that there is much more to chronic Lyme disease than Lyme alone. In fact, Horowitz unveils his “16-Point Differential Diagnostic Map,” which suggests numerous “nails” in the foot that must be explored in order to regain wellness. He further expands the concept of “chronic Lyme disease” by suggesting MSIDS, or multiple systemic infectious disease syndrome, as a more encompassing term for the multiple underlying factors involved in chronic illness.
In my personal experience recovering from Lyme disease after a tick bite in 1996 in Northern California, the journey has been one of uncovering many stones and addressing numerous layers of issues that were affecting my health. While borrelia, bartonella, babesia, ehrlichia, and many other microbial factors did play a role, it was not until I read the book Mold Warriors, by Ritchie C. Shoemaker, MD, in 2006 that I considered the possibility of mold as another key part of the systemic body burden that had without my awareness made me ill for so many years.
Upon further evaluation, it was determined that I had been living in an apartment for nearly 10 years that was contaminated with numerous molds, including Stachybotrys, better known as “toxic black mold.” Removing myself from this constant, daily exposure to an environment that was not conducive to my recovery was an important step to take. Moving to a safer setting was one of the best things that I did as part of my journey back to health. I do not think I would be where I am today if I had not discovered and addressed this ongoing, toxic environmental factor that was contributing to my then poor state of health. The connection between those struggling with chronic Lyme disease and ongoing exposure to toxic molds and mycotoxins is quite clear. [Read more…]