Tick-borne disease is so easy to catch but very complex to treat in its chronic form. We understand the difficulties facing the patient population and patients are underserved across the country. We know most patients have been to see several doctors before presenting to the clinic leaving them weary. There are a lot of political issues, social stigma, socioeconomic stress, and trauma associated with these diagnoses. Our doctors have years of experience with the complexities of treating patients with complex symptoms, multiple infections, and the flares that can happen with recovery.
At Greenhouse Natural Medicine, we are Lyme Literate Naturopathic Doctors, who are members of the International Lyme and Associated Infections Society (ILADS.org). We listen to the patient history of symptoms which is 95% of the work confirming diagnosis and labs are run to provide confirmation. Symptoms are always the most important piece of information and can help in finding the cause. Testing is very important in validating diagnosis but is not always a perfect system depending on many factors. Repeatedly we hear patients being told there is nothing wrong with them because labs are clear, yet they are feeling very sick. This typically is followed by being told there is nothing that can be done, or offered suppressive treatments for pain, mood, immunity, etc. We treat the symptoms and try our very best to address the cause.
We treat both mold biotoxins and tick-borne disease concurrently with many patients because more times than not there are parallels in the infections that are both present making it very difficult for a patient to recover from chronic illness. Dr. Julia Greenspan and Dr. Miriam Mendelsohn do on-going training specific to mold biotoxin illness to continue to stay current on an evolving science.
Our goal is to be proactive using treatments best suited for the patient. We don’t claim to cure the infections, but the goal is to get patient to optimal health and improved function. We are trying to work ourselves out of a job by getting a patient through the process as efficiently as possible. We also understand these complex illnesses deserve patience and time. The goal is to treat the infection but also the body having the immune response to the microbe. We find that if you build the body up, you will get the best results in the clinic with an integrative approach. We focus on treatments which are anti-inflammatory, detoxifying, anti-microbial, and body balancing.
“New” tick bites are treated with antibiotics immediately, and for at least four weeks. This significantly decreases chance of long-term infection, and with number of infected ticks in the area we feel the most preventative approach is to respond to the bite at the get go. We want to prevent the patient from becoming a chronic disease patient in the clinic.