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By: Restoration Healthcare 

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month, so for this week’s post, we’re sticking with that theme. As you may recall, we looked at the latest Lyme disease news and research last week, pointing out that symptoms are typically broken down into early stage (three to 30 days after being bitten by an infected tick) and late stage (which can persist for months or even years after the initial infection).

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The reason that symptoms differ is that Lyme disease changes over time. Two theories have been proposed to explain why:

  • According on one theory, initial treatment with antibiotics kills the bacteria that causes Lyme disease (Borrelia burgdorferi). However, while the disease starts as a simple bacterial infection, that infection can trigger an autoimmune condition, which is responsible for later symptoms. Proponents of this theory attribute the lingering symptoms to a condition they call Post Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome (PTLDS).
  • The other theory is that the antibiotics fail to eradicate the bacteria, which then enter a different growth phase, during which they’re much more resistant to the antibiotics typically used to kill them. Proponents of this theory attribute the lingering symptoms to a condition they call Chronic Lyme Disease (CLD).

Here at Restoration Healthcare, we think that both theories are valid, which explains our reasoning for testing patients who suffer from Lyme disease for signs of the bacteria and for autoimmunity. That’s because our treatment plans are personalized to address all underlying and contributing factors.

What’s interesting and most relevant to this post is that antibiotics that are effective in killing the bacteria in their early growth phase aren’t especially effective in killing them in their late growth phase.

Fortunately, methylene blue has been proven in some studies to be very effective in killing the bacteria in their late phase of growth, and that’s the focus of this post. But first, we need to address the biological progression of bacteria.

The Four Phases of Bacterial Growth

Below are the phases through which bacteria develop: Continue reading…

By: Restoration Healthcare 

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month, and here at the Restoration Healthcare, this is a special month for us. Our medical director, Dr. Raleigh, is widely recognized by patients and referring physicians from across the country as among the top Lyme doctors in Southern California.

Dr. Raleigh keeps abreast of the latest news and research on a broad scope of health issues, but she has a special interest in Lyme disease. So, we’re kicking off the month of May with the latest Lyme disease news and research that we find most intriguing.

But first, for anyone who believes they may have been bitten by a tick, we present a brief introduction to Lyme disease.

Lyme Disease Awareness Month

What Is Lyme Disease?

Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne disease in the United States. A vector is an organism, such as an insect, that transmits an infectious virus, bacteria, or parasite. In the case of Lyme disease, the vector is the notorious black-legged deer tick, and the infectious bacteria are Borrelia burgdorferi.

Symptoms of Lyme disease are typically broken down into early signs (three to 30 days after being bitten) and longer term (days to months after being bitten):

Early symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle and joint aches
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Erythema migrans (EM) “bulls-eye” rash around the site of the bite, in about 70 to 80 percent of cases

Late symptoms:

  • Severe headaches
  • Stiff neck
  • EM rashes on other areas of the body
  • Facial palsy
  • Fatigue
  • Arthritis with severe joint pain and swelling, particularly the knees and other large joints
  • Intermittent pain in tendons, muscles, joints, and bones
  • Heart palpitations or an irregular heartbeat (Lyme carditis)
  • Episodes of dizziness or shortness of breath
  • Inflammation of the brain and spinal cord
  • Nerve pain
  • Shooting pains, numbness, or tingling in the hands or feet

Traditional treatment for Lyme disease typically calls for antibiotics over the course of at least 30 days, but even after the initial infection clears, symptoms can linger for years. Here at Restoration Healthcare, we offer personalized treatment plans that can give your body what it needs to win the battle against this tenacious and often debilitating disease.

With that as our backdrop, here are six Lyme disease-related updates that are worth noting as we enter Lyme Disease Awareness Month: Continue reading…

By: Restoration Healthcare 

National Lyme Disease Awareness Month is just around the corner (May), providing us with the opportunity and inspiration to reveal more about what we know about this mysterious, persistent, and often debilitating illness.

As you may already know, Lyme disease is transmitted by bites from ticks that carry a species of bacteria called bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi or (rarely) Borrelia mayonii. So, it should come as no surprise that the first-line treatment for Lyme disease involves the use of antibiotics over the course of several weeks. That’s the conventional approach, it sometimes works, and it makes sense — at least at first glance.

Unfortunately, blasting away at the bacteria with antibiotics isn’t always enough, and may cause or contribute to the onset of long-term Lyme symptoms, such as the following:

  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle and joint aches
  • Facial palsy (loss of muscle tone or droop on one or both sides of the face)
  • Arthritis with severe joint pain and swelling, particularly the knees and other large joints
  • Intermittent pain in tendons, muscles, joints, and bones
  • Heart palpitations or irregular heartbeat
  • Episodes of dizziness or shortness of breath
  • Inflammation of the brain and spinal cord
  • Nerve pain
  • Shooting pains, numbness, or tingling in the hands or feet
  • Digestive and bowel disorders

Here at Restoration Healthcare, we use a combination of treatments, including prescription antibiotics when called for, in order to eradicate the bacteria, and also strengthen the body’s immune system, dial down the inflammatory response, and restore overall health and vitality.

The truth is that bacterial infection is only the beginning of Lyme disease. Over time, it can become much more complex, involving multiple systems of the body, including the nervous and digestive systems. A functional, integrative approach is often required to eliminate the infection and restore health. This approach often involves toning the vagus nerve.

What Is the Vagus Nerve?

The vagus nerve, also known as the 10th cranial nerve (CN X) is a long  Continue reading…

By: Restoration Healthcare 

Does this sound familiar? One day, your child is happy and easy-going, playing with friends, and excelling at school. The next day, he wakes up acting possessed — crying, yelling, throwing tantrums.

Maybe you also notice he has an aversion to certain fabrics he wears, or foods that he used to enjoy. Then you discover that, seemingly overnight he has developed a learning disability and is struggling in school. And nothing you say or do has any effect; he’s just not as communicative as he once was.

What happened?

Here at Restoration Healthcare, we are hearing from more parents asking that question and telling us very similar stories of their child’s sudden and inexplicable transformation. Most have already taken their child to several doctors, none of whom has given them a satisfactory explanation for their child’s condition, or for that matter, presented any treatment options that help. Some families have suffered for months and even years without an answer.

So, what’s going on? In many cases, the child is suffering from a condition referred to as Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcal Infections (PANDAS) or, more generally, Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS).

What Are PANS and PANDAS?

PANS and PANDAS are autoimmune conditions that impact the body’s central nervous system and disrupt normal neurological function. Autoimmunity occurs when the immune system mistakenly identifies the body’s own cells as pathogens (harmful bacteria and viruses) and then attacks them. In the case of PANS and PANDAS, the immune system attacks brain and nerve cells.

PANS is caused by a bacterial or viral infection that triggers an immune response. The immune system should respond, but in the course of its attack on the virus or bacteria, brain and nerve cells suffer collateral damage.

Theoretically, any infection can trigger an immune response resulting in PANS, but the following infections are thought to be primarily responsible: Continue reading…

By: Restoration Healthcare 

Have you heard the news? Aside from healthcare settings (like Restoration Healthcare), public transportation, and a few other locations, most of California’s indoor COVID-related face covering mandates are about to be lifted. And while this doesn’t signal the end of the health pandemic, it certainly is cause for celebration!

With that news in mind, you may be wondering if now is a good time for a detox. The simple answer is, if it’s recommended by your healthcare provider, then yes. Which is why we’re excited to tell you about our medically supervised Spring 2022 Detox Challenge, which runs from March 21 to April 3 (with an online orientation offered on Monday, March 14).

Think of Our Spring 2022 Detox as Spring Cleaning for Your Body

Spring cleaning is an annual ritual that began centuries ago. Every year at this time, people from around the world declutter and deep-clean their entire homes from top to bottom, inside and out. We open our windows to greet the sunshine and fresh air and scour our homes to eliminate the dirt, dust, and cobwebs that have accumulated over the winter months.

Now is also a great time to treat your body to an annual spring cleaning. Just as your home gathers dust and becomes cluttered over the course of a year, toxins accumulate in your body over time. They’re in our food, water, and air and in seemingly harmless products — everything from cleaning products to medications and cosmetics.

Our bodies are equipped to filter out and eliminate most toxins. In fact, several internal organs are dedicated to performing this invaluable service — the kidneys, liver, and intestines, to name the key players. However, our environment has become so toxic, that our bodies often can’t keep up. As a result, toxins accumulate and start to degrade our health.

Symptoms of Chronic Toxicity

People who suffer from chronic toxicity are often totally unaware of it until they begin to experience symptoms, such as the following: Continue reading…

By: Restoration Healthcare 

Many of us aren’t so much afraid of dying as we are afraid of aging. We fear losing our youthful vigor and appearance, our mental acuity, and our freedom as we gradually rely more and more on others.

In a perfect world, we would all age gracefully — body and mind intact, healthy, fit, and energetic until the day we die — hopefully in our sleep. We know it’s possible. We’ve seen it happen — people living to 100 and beyond and living well. They’re not winning marathons or competing in the Olympics, yet they are maintaining both hope and quality of life.

We often attribute the ability to age gracefully to “good genes,” and genes certainly play a role in health, fitness, and the aging process. Unfortunately, we can’t replace the genes we inherited — but what if we could support the genes we have and reverse the damage to those genes that typically occurs over time? If we could do that, we may be able to restore health at the cellular level, essentially turning back the clock on the aging process.

This may sound like a pipe dream. After all, human beings have been searching for the Fountain of Youth at least as far back as Alexander the Great (356 to 323 BCE). We have yet to discover a place of healing water or a magic elixir, but we are getting closer as we Continue reading…

By: Restoration Healthcare 

Mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS) is a medical condition that causes a person to have repeating bouts of severe allergy symptoms including hives, swelling, low blood pressure, shortness of breath, severe diarrhea, and in extreme cases, loss of consciousness or death.

Symptoms may be triggered by anything ranging from sudden temperature changes and exercise to physical or emotional stress, insect bites or stings, exposure to sunlight, certain foods and beverages, or something as mundane as clothing rubbing against the skin.

Because the triggers and symptoms can be so wide ranging, people with mast cell activation syndrome may suffer for many years — even decades — without receiving an accurate diagnosis or effective treatment.

Mast Cell Illustration

This post explains what mast cells are, the common symptoms of mast cell activation syndrome, and how we diagnose and treat mast cell activation syndrome here at Restoration Healthcare.

What Are Mast Cells?

We all have mast cells in our bodies — they start their lives as white blood cells produced by bone marrow. They’re then released into the blood stream and travel to various tissues throughout the body where they fully mature. You have them in your skin, connective tissue, intestinal lining, cardiovascular and nervous systems, and even in your reproductive organs — mostly in tissues that come into contact with anything from the outside world.

When you’re injured or when a pathogen such as a potentially harmful bacteria, virus or parasite enters your body, the event triggers a chain reaction in your immune system that causes the mast cells to release chemical substances that promote healing or the eradication of the pathogen. For example, histamine increases blood vessel permeability to deliver healing agents to an injured site. What you experience are inflammation (due to increased permeability of blood vessels) or stomach cramps and heart palpitations (from muscle contractions) or congestion and sneezing (from increased mucous production). These symptoms are positive signs that your body is healing itself.

That’s what happens when mast cells behave as they should.

Mast cell activation syndrome is the result of  Continue reading…