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The Hidden Epidemic of Lyme Disease

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Date:   Wednesday, June 11th 

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Basic Topics in Lyme Disease Diagnosis and Treatment

Summary:

Lyme disease is spreading across the country at an alarming rate. Cases are appearing not only in well-known endemic areas like the northeast and upper mid-west, but in California and Florida and throughout the south and the west. The CDC now admits that more than 300,000 new infections occur every year in the U.S. If not treated early and appropriately, these infections can produce chronic diseases that affect almost any organ of the body from the brain to the skin.

  • Lyme is transmitted by ticks that live on deer, yet these ticks are also carried on a wide variety of other small animals.
  • Many people who develop tick-borne illnesses have no knowledge of being bitten by a tick and never develop a rash at the site of the tick bite.
  • The possibility of Lyme disease should be carefully considered in any patient with unexplained fatigue, fever or muscle pain, in people with an acute unexplained change in emotional or cognitive function, and in anyone given a diagnosis of autoimmune or degenerative neurological disease.
  • Most cases of Lyme disease are from the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi (Bb). However, ticks may carry numerous microbes in addition to Bb, making Lyme disease one of the most complex, multi-layered infectious diseases ever described.
  • Deer ticks may carry species of Borrelia other than Bb, which cause chronic illness but are not detected by the standard diagnostic tests for Lyme. They may carry other dangerous bacteria, such as Anaplasma and Bartonella, which cause distinct patterns of illness and suppress immunity. They may also carry bloodborne parasites like Babesia and filaria, which are unresponsive to antibiotics.
Bio:
Leo Galland
Leo Galland, MD, FACP, FACN

Dr. Galland is celebrated as a master clinician who has popularized innovative nutritional therapies for prevention and treatment of chronic conditions, including obesity, metabolic dysfunction, allergies, immune system disorders, gastrointestinal problems and neurological diseases. He maintains a private consulting practice in New York City, where he treats patients from all over the world.

Dr. Galland is the author of more than 40 scientific articles and has contributed chapters and material to numerous textbooks including Integrative Gastroenterology (2011), Textbook of Functional Medicine (2010), ACP Evidence-Based Guide to Complementary and Alternative Medicine (2009), Complementary Medicine in Clinical Practice (2006), Encyclopedia of Human Nutrition (2005), the Textbook of Natural Medicine, (2005) Integrative Medicine, Principles for Practice, (2004), Inside the Minds: The Art & Science of Being a Doctor (2002), Post-Viral Fatigue Syndrome (1991), Workers with Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (1987), He is the coauthor of Gastrointestinal Dysregulation: Connections to Chronic Disease (2008).

Dr. Galland has been honored with the Linus Pauling Award from the Institute of Functional Medicine for developing key concepts of Functional Medicine. He received the Seelig Magnesium Award from the American College of Nutrition, the Clinician of the Year Award from the National Nutritional Foods Association, and the Harold W. Harper Award in Preventive Medicine from the American College for Advancement in Medicine. He has been consistently selected for America’s Top Doctors.

Interviews with Dr. Galland or articles about his work have been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, Reader's Digest, Redbook, Self, Bazaar, Men's Fitness, Allure, Bottom Line, The New York Daily News and many other publications. He has appeared as a medical expert on The Today Show, Good Morning America, PBS, Fox News, CNN, MSNBC and dozens of local affiliates of the major broadcast networks.

Dr. Galland graduated from Harvard University and completed his medical education and training at New York University Medical Center. Board certified in Internal Medicine, he has held faculty appointments at the Rockefeller University, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, the State University of New York at Stony Brook and the University of Connecticut, and served as Director of Medical Research at the renowned Gesell Institute of Human Development in New Haven.

Dr. Galland has created an extensive online resource featuring the wisdom of leading integrated physicians at Pill Advised (http://pilladvised.com) Dr. Galland is the Director of the Foundation for Integrated Medicine (mdheal.org), a non-profit educational organization committed to integrating nutritional therapies into clinical practice.

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Topic : The Hidden Epidemic of Lyme Disease

With : Leo Galland, MD, FACP, FACN

Time & Date : June 11, 2014

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