Natural Lyme Disease Treatments in California
Battling an Undiagnosed Chronic Illness?
Though often misdiagnosed as other illnesses, Lyme disease is more common and debilitating than many realize.
Lyme Disease Symptoms are Complex and Confusing
Lyme disease can cause a myriad of symptoms that are complex, often involving many areas of the body. Interestingly, due to the ability of Lyme Disease to affect many organ systems and resemble many illnesses, it has been called the “great imitator”.
Many of the patients we have seen with this condition have been searching for answers for years, hoping to heal their bodies. This is why Lyme disease can be one of the most frustrating conditions and can create a great deal of discomfort for patients.
More than 300,000 Americans and 65,000 Europeans are affected every year by this epidemic – and these numbers appear to be rising every year. Furthermore, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that up to 10% of people with acute Lyme disease will go on to develop chronic Lyme disease or Post-Lyme Syndrome; however, many Lyme-literate physicians feel this number is grossly underreported.
Integrative and Naturopathic Therapies that Work Together with Conventional Lyme Disease Treatments
Antibiotics are generally the mainstay of conventional medical approaches to managing Lyme disease. While this can be very effective when the condition is caught early and acted on quickly, the chronic problems associated with Lyme are more difficult and complex to manage.
Lyme disease is characterized by the involvement of multiple organ systems. It can affect many of the body’s systems. Furthermore, it can cause the immune system to be significantly compromised.
In these more chronic cases, integrative and naturopathic medical management is vital in the process of restoring your health. That's why our doctors, like Lyme disease specialist Dr. Cochran, do a thorough consultation and recommend any necessary lab work to identify any undiagnosed cases of Lyme disease that could be impacting your health.
Working with you, your doctor will develop a treatment plan targeted at addressing the many infections that can be associated with Lyme while helping to strengthen your immune system and inherent defenses.
Lyme Disease FAQ
Our naturopathic doctors use every tool available to us, including conventional Western medicine and holistic medicine to help you achieve your health goals.
Lyme Disease is Becoming Increasingly More Common
There are more than 10,000 new cases each year as reported by the CDC. It is thought that this number is actually much higher due to the volume of cases that are undiagnosed, misdiagnosed as well as those that are underreported. The complex nature of Lyme disease can be worsened by other bacteria or “co-infections” from pathogenic organisms that are also transmitted by tick bites.
It is Possible to be Infected with Lyme Disease in California
While it is a widely held belief that Lyme disease only affects those living on the East Coast, Lyme disease is very common across the entire United States as well as the rest of the world.
In California, the coastal counties are at the highest risk of infection, including Trinity, Humboldt and Mendocino. Similarly, anyone traveling to those counties are at much higher risk of getting a tick bite and contracting Lyme disease as well any other tick-borne illnesses (co-infections). We also are seeing more and more cases of Lyme disease in the neighboring counties, such as Sonoma, Marin, and Napa.
Diagnosing Lyme Disease Often Requires an In-Depth Clinical Evaluation
Diagnosing Lyme disease is often made by our doctors through an in-depth clinical evaluation, thorough health history, risk assessment of past tick exposures, as well as physical examination and supportive lab work. Currently, there is no definitive testing available that can exclude the diagnosis of Lyme disease.