Notes from the Autoimmune Summit
This is not a transcript but my cliff notes from listening to the interviews. The speakers are doctors, nutritionists and specialists in their field of health that practice functional medicine. These are not your normal health and diet tips but the medical reasons you may be experiencing problems and how to fix it. For additional information see links below.
Richard Horowitz MD Lyme Disease
Dr. Horowitz has treated over 12,000 Lyme patients.
Lyme is another epidemic with over one million cases a year and the elisa test misses 50% of people. There are over 100 strains of Lyme in the U.S. and 300 in the world and they only test for one. The western blot test is what he uses.
Pains that move around the body in joints and muscles, tingling, numbness, hormonal swings, memory problems and tired. It’s a multi-systemic disorder. The preliminary chain reaction DNA test is 10-20% effective, spinal tap 7% effective and cultures advanced lab 94% sensitivity. Clinical diagnosis is a must because testing is so bad, you must rule out other diseases it’s the great mimicker. Most with Lyme have mold toxins, parasites or viruses and multiple diseases. Infections and toxins are at the root of most diseases today, autoimmune is multi factoral.
For Lyme we check hormones, heavy metals , toxins, infections, antibody testing plus PCR (DNA) plus RNA blood count. We also do a check for inflammation, immunoglobulin levels for food allergies and sensitivities. A low IGM is a marker for Lyme. We do an ION, DHEA, cortisol and glutathione tests.
6% of China has Lyme, it’s a worldwide epidemic mimicking everything.
A large percentage of these people have leaky gut and food sensitivities. They also have difficulty detoxing and must clear detox pathways. Lyme is the only thing that comes and goes with good days bad days. Where the pain moves from one place to another, effecting memory concentration, waking you up in the middle of the night, light sensitivity, nerve pain, tingling, tired, achy, joint pain, can’t fall asleep, depressed, palpitations, dizzy, anxious, shortness of breath or sound sensitivity. Parasites play the largest roll of co-infection to Lyme. There are some found to be infected with no symptoms because their immune system was healthy enough to fight it off.
Steps to heal – oral antibiotics, co-infection testing, check detox pathway, check hormones, raise glutathione levels and herbs. A huge piece of the puzzle to wellness is the infections, parasites, molds, fungus and overgrowth of bad bacteria. For these we use infrared saunas, clay, activated charcoal, oral glutathione and butyrate.
Lyme is a chronic infection that relapses 99% of the time if not caught early, after the antibiotics stop you still stay on the herbs. A must is to clean up the diet, manage stress, exercise and detox toxins. He said he knows of some people who have had some good success with ozone, hypothermia and hydrogen peroxide.
Bugs don’t persist at 104 degrees for two hours plus antibiotics on a pulse basis. This was discovered in the 1930’s with a study done found published in JAMA. This might work with ozone therapy we are starting a study using this therapy.
Patients are loving glutathione.
Bacteria is causing autoimmune diseases you need to detox the heavy metals, lower inflammation and correct nutritional deficiencies. Go on a yeast free, sugar free diet plus a large does of probiotics. Additionally oregano oil, grapefruit seed extract, garlic, olive leaf extract and fermented vegetables for some.
Dr. Horowitz web page
A page of informative video interviews of the doctor Lyme Disease.org
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M. Scherker medical researcher.