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ILADS 2011 Conference is Streaming Live

Live Streaming ILADS Conference
ILADS 2011 Conference Is Streaming Live
Join ILADS on Friday October 28th and Saturday October 29th to view streaming video of the The Twelfth Annual ILADS Lyme Disease Conference. The conference is designed to foster collaboration and dialogue between Lyme disease researchers and those who care and advocate for Lyme disease patients in a variety of settings. The conference will provide updates in clinical knowledge, treatment techniques and innovations in care.
Watch ILADS Lyme disease conference LIVE as leading professionals examine the cutting edge research and state-of-the-art clinical applications in the treatment and diagnosis of Lyme disease. Much of this year’s conference, which takes place Friday through Sunday, October 28th-30th, will stream live online.

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Conversations with Eric Gordon, MD – Tracking Treatment, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Lyme

Continuing the phone conversation with Eric Gordon, MD from August 16, 2011.

Dr. Eric GordonDR. GORDON:

Okay.  So, where were we?

Interviewer:

You were talking about having those high inflammation levels and how those impact how to decide what to treat.

DR. GORDON:

Ah, how to decide….yes.  At least for me what makes treatment so difficult is the noise. I mean in the sense of, when you start someone on a therapeutic trial, if you’re moving somewhere with them when they start antibiotics, and they begin to respond partially, and then they have some problems, which you fix, and then there is more partial response, and they have more problems.  After a while you’re doing a lot of fixing the problems, trying to do a lot of symptomatic therapy. [Read more…]

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Stem Cell Treatment for Lyme Disease

Question:

Please comment on stem cells?

Answer from Dr. AzRa MaEl:

Before commenting on stem cells, it must be understood that the FDA has banned the use of stem cell treatments in this country, except in research settings, and for a few specific applications. The prohibition of stem cell treatments in the U.S. is said to be for our safety. Some outspoken proponents of stem cells question FDA motives, because there have never been serious adverse reactions reported, despite tens of thousands of patients having been treated worldwide.  Most of the stem cell treatments currently in use are done with the unneeded umbilical cords and placentas from healthy newborn babies, rather than from eggs fertilized in the lab using IVF technology (“embryonic” stem cells).  Unless they are being saved to gather stem cells, umbilical cords are generally discarded. (As amazing as it seems, most cords are still being put in the trash in this country despite being a very valuable resource.)

Thus, most people who receive stem cells travel abroad to India, Mexico, Panama, and other places for this treatment. There aren 20+ patients with “chronic Lyme” who have received stem cell therapy whose stories have been shared with our practice. Many have reported partial or temporary benefits, and some with sustained benefits.

Some patients are benefitting from a related therapy called “particle rich plasma” that is available in this country.  It seems to work in a similar manner as stem cells, though it is still fairly new and under ongoing development.

It is likely an advantage to thoroughly treat Lyme and co-infections before receiving stem cell or related therapies.

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. He now practices at Gordon Medical Associates in Santa Rosa. In addition to antibiotics and other allopathic treatments, nutritional support, lifestyle, and emotional factors are considered a vital part of recovery for all patients.

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What Can You Do For “Post Lyme Disease”?

Answers from the Gordon Medical Staff

Question: In treating Post Lyme Disease, what strategies do you recommend after long-term oral or IV antibiotics?

The term “Post Lyme Syndrome” (PLS) is most often used by conventional doctors who believe any Lyme symptoms persisting after 4-6 weeks of antibiotics are caused not by lingering infection, but rather by autoimmune-like inflammation that was triggered by the infection. Post Lyme Syndrome does exist, but one must be careful to distinguish it from the more common scenario of partially treated Lyme disease and co-infections. If one has thoroughly treated Lyme AND all co-infections (often co-infections are missed)until there is no further improvement on antibiotics, and no relapse after stopping antibiotics, then one may be dealing with a true PLS.

Some of our patients with PLS have seen improvements with immune modulating therapies (such as low dose naltrexone (LDN), particle rich plasma, etc), detoxification therapies, nutritional therapies and other treatments. And many people who have finished a long course of antibiotics choose to go on herbal medicines or use electromagnetic therapies for months to years afterwards to prevent recurrence of the tick borne infection symptoms. There is no way to know for sure if Lyme disease or other chronic bacterial infections can ever be completely eliminated, so some sort of a maintenance regimen is often used.