I don't have personal experience using ALA specifically for detox/chelating...when I was on it a few years ago, it didn't seem to do anything obvious for me but I may have been on a really low dose so wouldn't necessarily have noticed anything...this was prior to being diagnosed with Lyme also.
Haven't heard of "earth clinic" - do you have their website address?
I've heard that salt is supposed to kill Lyme. Bloodroot has a lot of uses (mostly with Cancer) but suspect it would also be helpful for Lyme. Boron for Lyme - haven't heard of that either...I know boron is good for the bones...
Don't know how to help with the doctor recommendations other than to suggest contacting ILADS.org...most LLMD's are not usually covered with standard insurance, but you may get partial coverage (i.e., office visits covered but certain tests & meds not covered or only partially covered) depending on your specific insurance plan.
I wasn't diagnosed with Lyme until November 2007, although I've had symptoms for over 30 years. Started with Buhner's Core Lyme Protocol (Andrographis, Cat's Claw, Resveritrol) in 2008 and my gut freaked out and stopped working by the end of June '08 - most likely due to die-off from the herbs. Took a break from Lyme treatment then, but was put on other antibiotics due to other infections begining in early 2009, and have basically been on one abx or another ever since. I wasn't on Doxycycline until earlier this year, but recently had to stop that because my gut was shutting down again. So now I'm back on Cipro. My doctor says he thinks I'll need another couple more years of abx. at a minimum, since I have had Lyme for so long.
Chronic Lyme Disease, Bartonella (clinical dx only), Gluten & Sulfite Sensitivity, Many Food/Inhalant/Medication/Chemical Allergies & Intolerances, Asthma, Gut issues (dysmotility, non-specific inflammation), UCTD ("Secondary Lupus-Like Syndrome"), Osteoporosis, etc.; G-Tube; TPN via PICC (trying again to wean off the TPN).
Meds: IV Cipro, Heparin (to flush PICC line), Singulair, Claritin, Domperidone, Colloidal Silver, probiotics, digestive enzymes, Milk Thistle, Magnesium, homeopathy.