Lyme disease is a complex and multi-factorial illness, and subsequently there is no straight-forward, one-size-fits-all approach to treating it.
Dr Nicola adopts a comprehensive approach, blending western medicine with traditional naturopathic therapies. She is not opposed to the use of long-term antibiotic regimens in many cases, and in fact, supports and manages these protocols for many of her patients. However, Dr. Nicola goes further to incorporate natural therapies such as immune support, detoxification support, hormone balancing, preventive anti-fungal regimens, digestive support etc. She uses dietary changes, nutritional supplements, herbal medicines, homeopathics and adjunct therapies such as neurofeedback to optimize the health of her patients. She also uses natural antimicrobials where possible, either in place of, or alongside, prescription antibiotics.
In some cases Dr. Nicola will treat exclusively with natural therapies. This may be the best path for individuals who have not responded well to antibiotic therapy, have experienced unwanted side effects, or simply believe that their body responds better to more natural approaches. Choices about the best therapeutic approaches are made on a case-by-case basis by both Dr. Nicola and the patient together, working as a team.