Lyme Disease is a bacterial illness caused by the spirochete, Borrelia burgdorferi. The prevalence of this illness has increased in the last ten years. Over 30,000 new cases of Lyme are reported to the CDC each year, however, studies suggest that the actual number of people diagnosed is closer to 300,000 annually. While Lyme Disease was once endemic only on the East Coast, CDC-positive cases are now found in the Pacific Northwest and the distribution of the illness is now nationwide. Other species of Borrelia are also found in other parts of the world and can be contracted during international travel.
Accurate diagnosis of Lyme Disease is extremely difficult as the bacteria is evades most detection methods by hiding out deep in tissues. Our practitioners have extensive training in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of Lyme Disease and co-infections. Patients suffering from Stage II or Stage III Lyme Disease, or Post-Lyme Treatment Syndrome often have many comorbidities that our practitioners are skilled at properly identifying and treating.
At Alder Family Medicine, our treatment philosophy is to first establish a foundation of health to create stability in our patients. This is achieved by supporting the physiology and the nervous system, balancing the hormones, and treating the gastrointestinal system. Then, heavy metal or chemical toxins are identified with lab work and exposure history. Appropriate detoxification strategies are employed to stimulate the organs of elimination to release toxins. Immune modulation therapies are also used to support the function of a healthy immune system, augment its response to infections and toxins, and to minimize or treat any autoimmunity. Antimicrobial treatments including herbs, antibiotics, or other pharmaceutical agents may be recommended, depending on the individual case.
Our practitioners also work with a large referral network of practitioners and specialists to assure our patients are appropriately supported on their journey to health.