What is Lyme-MSIDS?
Lyme-MSIDS stands for Multiple Systemic Infectious Disease Syndrome. It is a more accurate way of describing the chronic syndrome or cascade of health issues stemming from the bite of a hard bodied black legged deer or bear tick (Ioxides).
Lyme disease or Lyme syndrome is caused by the spirochete bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi (Bb). There are many species of Borrelia, but historically, it was believed that Bb is the only culprit. We now know that chronically ill people may actually have a multitude of pathogens, more accurately described by the name Lyme-MSIDS.
With the historic controversy around a diagnosis of chronic Lyme disease, it is best to give the name "Lyme" back to both Connecticut and the CDC, and give this syndrome a more appropriate name.
The most common co-infections found in our patients, along with Bb are other species of Borrelia (relapsing fever), Bartonella, Bartonella-like organisms (BLO), Erlichia, Babesia, reactivated viral clusters including Human Herpes Virus (HHV) 4, HHV 6, HHV 7, Human Parvovirus B19 and Cytomegalovirus (CMV).
Depending on the person, how ill they are and what they can tolerate, we may decide to treat for one, two or even more pathogens at one time.
Some pathogens cannot be eradicated, but they can be pushed back to the point they are no longer causing symptoms.
Lyme-MSIDS is treated with combination therapy. This may include long term antibiotics, antimalarials, atypical anti-infectives, anti-virals, medical grade herbs, neutraceuticals, anti-fungals, vitamins, diet...just about any tool in the toolbox!
That is why every treatment plan has to be individualized and re-worked on a continual basis.
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