This week we explore Lyme Disease and how often it is misdiagnosed as an autoimmune condition. As our guest, Dr. Julia Greenspan knows all too well, having recovered from Lyme herself.
One surprise she shares is, ‘you don’t have to see a tick on you or the circular, outwardly expanding rash common with infection to have contracted Lyme.’ She also shares her expert insights on:
• How many symptoms are misunderstood in determining is it a microbe or autoimmune.
• How to get beyond the label of ‘trend disease’ and get help.
• The relationship between Lyme disease, other tick-borne infections to autoimmune disease.
• Ways one can decrease inflammation in the body to avoid the autoimmune response.
Plus much more…
Dr. Julia Greenspan is a naturopathic doctor and author of the book “Rising Above Lyme Disease.” Dr. Greenspan is a Lyme Literate Doctor with a majority of her patients having some form of the tick-borne disease. Her focus in this area of medicine stems from living in New England, one of the most infected and infested areas in the country for Lyme disease and her struggles to recover from Lyme.
She has been listed in the Top Doctor’s Reader’s Poll with New Hampshire Magazine several times and interviewed as an expert on tick-borne illnesses on TV, radio, podcasts and in print media. Dr. Greenspan’s website is www.greenhousemedicine.com.
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This episode’s guest, Dr. Julia Greenspan, recovered from Lyme. So this is all about Lyme, a topic which has not been covered yet. Dr. Julia discusses in depth how she discovered she had Lyme, its symptoms of which roaming joint pain is very common. They talked about how difficult it is to diagnose Lyme.
0:09:56.7 At this point, Sharon asks Dr. Julia how to avoid getting Lyme disease: products one can use on the body and on the clothes and organic formulations to treat your yard.
0:14:20.7 Sharon asks this question ─ “Is Lyme disease a true autoimmune or is it a precursor to autoimmune? Does it create autoimmune?”─ to which Dr. Julia narrows down the discussion specifically to spirochetes.
They continue to discuss its treatment, including diet and nutrition, and the possibility of getting re-infected. Dr. Julia typically does a combination of antibiotic therapy along with natural medications.
0:20:26.6 Here, they talk about the different stages of Lyme and how spirochetes can be transferable to another person.
0:26:11.9 Since it’s always mistaken for an autoimmune condition, Dr. Julia shares how it can often be misunderstood which results to it being labeled as “psychosomatic” which creates a feeling of isolation for the patient.