Low Dose Immunotherapy: New Therapy for Lyme Disease Treatment Available at RestorMedicine

Much of Lyme treatment is centered around killing off various microbes with antimicrobials – whether they be herbs, essential oils or antibiotics. While this makes good sense (Lyme is, after all, a bacterial infection that should be overcome by antibiotics whether natural or pharmaceutical), it is often not quite that easy.

Lyme disease is more than an infectious process – it can act more like an autoimmune disease. The presence of the bacteria in the body is one thing, but the bigger issue is that there is constant ongoing immune activation against those organisms – immune activation that fuels inflammation and causes symptoms and damage within the body. This can cause chronic and perpetual symptoms. This would help us to understand why some individuals test positive for the Lyme bacteria, but never develop symptoms; and why other individuals can take antimicrobials for years (to the extent that no single bacteria should possibly still be alive), and yet still be symptomatic. Their immune system is reacting and reacting to the pathogens, much like the immune system would react to foods, inhalants and chemicals. Put simply, the body is not just infected with Lyme; it becomes hypersensitive to Lyme, which ends up causing autoimmunity within the body. To find lasting relief we must turn off the immune system’s constant over activation. We must desensitize the immune system to the bacteria.

immunotherapyThanks to new developments in the world of immunotherapy, there is now a way to do that.

Low Dose Immunotherapy (LDI) is a therapy that combines miniscule amounts of allergens with an enzyme called beta-glucuronidase. It has been developed based on Low Dose Allergen therapy, which has been used for several years to address allergies of all kinds (initially based on Enzyme-Potentiated Desensitization therapy).

The enzyme (beta-glucuronidase) potentiates the antigen allowing for a much greater benefit than with traditional forms of allergy therapy, with much lower concentrations of the antigen itself. The enzyme makes T-cells (a type of immune cell) pay attention to the antigen included with it, down-regulating the immune response to that allergen. It does not completely suppress immune function- we need our immune system to be function well, we just don’t want it to overreact to specific things.

In this therapy, the antigens used in the remedy are taken from multiple strains of Borrelia, Bartonella, Babesia and Ehrlichia – in fact, the Lyme mix contains over 70 strains of these various pathogens. They are dead antigens that are mixed together with sterile water, and then combined with the beta-glucuronidase enzyme just prior to administration. When they are given to the patient, they are in highly diluted concentrations, and different concentrations are given depending on the sensitivity of the patient. To give you a sense of how dilute they are, a typical dilution of 6C would be a 1,000,000,000,000 dilution of the antigen itself. Being dead antigens, they cannot transmit an infection of a pathogen or strain of pathogen to someone who is not infected with it already.

The therapy is given by intradermal injection – an injection just below the skin.  Generally speaking, injections are given every 7 weeks, but can be given more frequently in the beginning (every 7-10 days) until an effective dose is found.

LDI can also be used for yeast, mold, mycoplasma and other more traditional allergens such as foods, chemicals, and environmental allergens. But our focus, at least in the beginning, will be on the Lyme mix as that addresses the majority of our patients.

Dr. Nicola will be starting LDI therapy at RestorMedicine starting in early September. Contact our office to schedule your appointment.

Upcoming Events

Essential Oil Classes

oils picTuesday August 18th at 6pm – Dr. Nicola will host an online class for our out-of-town friends discussing the use of essential oils to support immune health and assist in overcoming chronic infectious processes. This webinar is open to all – but it will be a live webinar only, it will not be recorded or available after the scheduled date.

Email our office at info@restormedicine.com to be added to the webinar list.

Thursday August 27th at 6pm – Dr. Nicola will host a class at the office of RestorMedicine on the use of essential oils to support immune health and assist in overcoming chronic infectious processes. Every participant will receive a complimentary Zyto scan! Dr. Nicola will also be giving a brief introduction to the Low Dose Immunotherapy that she is offering at RestorMedicine, and Dr. Emily will speak on gemstone therapy and AromaTouch, which she offers in combination.

Please RSVP as seating is limited.

Sydney Clinic

Dr. Nicola will be in Sydney over the Christmas/ New Year holiday. She will be conducting a clinic on Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th of December. Scheduling is open online via www.restormedicine.com, and we can assist with scheduling via email too.

All times given for the Sydney clinic are Sydney local time.