The Center for Proactive Medicine; Paige Adams, FNP, B-C's Facebook Wall 2013-10-22 21:25:08
Photos from Carol Savage's post in MTHFR Gene MutationWHAT DOCTOR SAVAGE DOES WHEN SOMEONE GETS BITTEN BY A TICK.
What I do is always treat as though it were an infected tick. I take NO CHANCES.
If the tick is brought into the office and the person is only interested in LYME…I will send the tick to the lab to test it to find out if it has Borrelia burgdorferi [the bacteria that causes Lyme].
ANTIBIOTICS [3 to 6 weeks] The individual is given the option to wait to find out if the tick was in fact infected with Borrelia burgdorferi, and/or they are given a script for Rx Doxycycline is given that day for 21 days of treatment with a refill. [or, some other appropriate antibiotic].
I warn patients that if they are taking Doxycycline, to be careful NOT to take Doxy on an empty stomach [as the pharmacy hand out says] because if they do not take enough water with Doxy they could develop gastritis. And, they are NOT to take Doxycycline just before bedtime because then they may reflux the Doxy and get esophagitis.
Then I tell my patients “DO NOT take Doxycycline with minerals” because minerals deactivate Doxy by 80% thereby rendering the antibiotic useless against Lyme.
This means NO:
1. Calcium [no milk, no orange juice]
2. Iron [no spinach or multivitamins]
3. Magnesium [no oral supplements with Mg++ (topical magnesium is OK) just do not swallow magnesium along with Doxyclcline ]
4. Zinc [no zinc lozenges] 5. Aluminum [no anti-antacids] 6. Or other minerals [cations]
While the person is taking antibiotics they are also warned to take in lots of good bacteria and good yeast such as Florastor [brand name]…generic:Saccaromyces boulardii, to protect their gut from the onslaught of being on antibiotics.
From day one, I want my patients to keep a “LYME DIARY”. They are asked to list any and all of their symptoms, no matter how inconsequential they think their symptoms may be. This very important.
If the test result on the tick comes back positive, then the person should take the antibiotics for a minimum of 21 days and for the full 6 weeks if they are smart.
I warn the patient that they must realize that these ticks also possibly contain the following Co-infections:
1. Anaplasmosis [bacteria infects white blood cells] 2. Ehrlichiosis [bacteria infects red blood cells] 3. Babesiosis [Protozoa infects red blood cells] 4. Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
5. Bartonella [bacteria infects skin cells [causing rashes and odd streaks that look like stretch marks] and other cells. Bartonella infections are known to contribute to brain problems such as depression, anxiety, OCD and paranoia] 6. Mycoplasma fermentans [can live inside cells such as the cells that line the bladder causing irritable bladder symptoms and is associated with “Gulf War Syndrome”] 7. Possibly: Protomyxzoa rheumatica [a protozoa recently discovered by Dr Fry of “Fry Laboratories”] 8. Tick born encephalitis
10. Colorado Tick Fever
The labs only test the tick for LYME they do not test the ticks for the co-infecting diseases.
So, just because the tick did not have Borrelia burgdorferi [Bb] LYME, doesn't mean the tick wasn't infected with one of the other Co-infections.
Next, I test the patient’s blood for the early antibody to Lyme called the C6 ANTIBODY about one week or so after they were bitten by the tick. I do not test immediately because it takes the body’s immune system a while to start making antibodies.
If the C6 antibody is present the lab will automatically [Reflexively] do the “LYME WESTERN BLOT”.
OFF ANTIBIOTICS FOR TWO WEEKS
After the person has been treated for 6 weeks on Doxy [or some other appropriate antibiotic] the person remains off all antibiotics for at least TWO WEEKS. The patients are asked to continue taking the PROBIOTICS while off antibiotics for those two weeks.
FOLLOW UP LAB TESTING
After the two weeks off antibiotics I ask my patients go for a series of blood tests looking to find antibodies to all of the Co-infections that I have listed above.
REVIEWING THE LYME DIARY
The patients have been keeping a “LYME DIARY”. They were asked to list any and all of their symptoms, no matter how inconsequential they may have thought their symptoms may have been. Keeping a list of symptoms and recording the sequence and frequency of their signs and symptoms will provide important clues as to the presence of the various Co-infections.
After the patient gets their blood work back, if they have been continuing to have symptoms and or if they tested positive for any of the other Co-infections; then, we treat again for LYME and or specifically aim our treatment at a the Co-INFECTION that they tested positive for, the co-infection presumed present based upon their constellation and timing of their continued symptoms.
Decisions are made in a partnership between the patient and the doctor. The patients are asked to sign a “LYME DISEASE AND CO-INFECTIONS MANAGEMENT AGREEMENT” if they chose to continue treatment.
If people are treated properly when they first get bitten by these ticks, which are cesspools of infecting organisms, then “GOD PRESERVE US” perhaps the person will NOT go on the have to live with …. CHRONIC LYME DISEASE.