Posted 2/7/2009 8:33 PM (GMT -7)
I had forgotten that you were a fellow PA Lyme family, Tickbattler.
If you would like to email me, I will be glad to share with you an ILAD referral that you could address your question to.
Integrative LLMDs, particularly ILAD trained LLMDs who treat integratively use combination antibiotic treatment where merited, but they also treat the core body by testing for deficiencies and supplementing the patient where these are identified and then work to rebuild the immune system or stimulate it naturally so that the body begins to make the antibodies needed to also fight the bacteria.
Hormonal imbalances seem to be quite common and under a trained specialist for Lyme, can be treated with supplementation, diet, medication or bio-identical hormones depending on the patient and the identified need. These doctors will also look at adrenals and cortisol levels as well as perform routine testing to monitor blood levels. They can help rule in or out differential diagnosis, as well.
Integrative medicine addresses detoxification, heavy metals, mineral deficiencies and beyond.
Co-infections are identified and addressed as well.
I am sorry that your little one is not well. He sure is going through alot.
Heather is slowly seeing results of a natural approach to thyroid. In her case, we did begin with convention but she is drug resistant and this has taught us other ways to treat. It is a slower method but natural to what her body needs. She has come a long way; but, we know she has a ways to go.
I pray that your answers are just ahead of you and for peace in your heart, as mom and as you search for the right direction to go for his well being. Those of us who are moms truly understand.