Reprinted with the kind permission of Paula at: http://www.thelymemaze.blogspot.ca
Find a Lyme-Literate Doctor
It may take a bit of research and digging, but it IS possible to find a Lyme-literate medical doctor (LLMD). It is unlikely that you will find one in Canada, however. Most Canadian physicians will not treat Lyme with long-term antibiotics. If there still are a few who will, then they are keeping a low profile, and it may be very difficult to find them.
In the U.S., like in Canada, most family doctors and infectious disease specialists side with the IDSA (Infectious Diseases Society of America), and stick with the extremely flawed and outdated guidelines set out by this organization.
You need to find a physician who belongs to ILADS, the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society. This physician will evaluate your situation and make a clinical diagnosis of your condition. He/she will devise a treatment plan that is best for YOU, depending on how you respond to the medication.
So where do you find one of these physicians? My suggestion is that you contact a Lyme support group in a nearby state in the U.S. The individuals running the support groups have names of doctors that they can share with you.
You can also contact the following organizations for physician referral:
Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation (CanLyme)
International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS)
Tick-Borne Disease Alliance
Lyme Disease Network (LymeNet)
Lyme Disease Association
Lyme Disease Association of Ontario
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Here are some other good resources:
Dr. Ernie Murakami is a retired physician from B.C. who treated Lyme patients for many years. Unfortunately, because he used long-term antibiotics which is not the protocol in Canada, the College of Physicians and Surgeons refused to renew his licence and left him with no choice but to retire. He has a wealth of information, continues to give presentations at Lyme conferences, and is willing to talk to physicians to help them come up with appropriate treatment plans for Lyme patients. (However, there are few Canadian physicians who would stray from the current conservative protocol.) There is a phone number on his website, and if you leave a message, he will call you back to give you assistance (free of charge).
Dr. E. Murakami Centre for Lyme
Dr. Angela Lee is a Lyme-literate naturopath located in Richmond Hill, Ontario. While she will be unable to prescribe antibiotics, she will be able to help you in other ways which would include diet, herbals, acupuncture, etc. Tel: 905-237-7031
The Ontario Lyme Disease Clinic deals in complementary medicine and is located in Uxbridge, Ontario. The individual who runs the clinic is trained in traditional Chinese medicine, and can offer help through the use of various supplements and treatments. He will be unable to provide prescription medication, however.
Ontario Lyme Disease Clinic
Dr. Marty Ross, a Lyme-literate medical doctor (LLMD) from Seattle, Washington, has an EXCELLENT website. There are many resources to be found there, including a treatment manual that can be downloaded for free. He also hosts a free webinar every week in which you can ask questions related to your condition. The webinars are now recorded, so you can watch them after the fact, as well. See Treat Lyme and Associated Diseases.
You can also find Dr. Ross on Facebook under the same name, Treat Lyme and Associated Diseases. He really is providing some valuable resources to those afflicted with Lyme Disease.
LymeMD is a great blog with a wealth of information written by an LLMD from Maryland, U.S.A. He describes many of the Lyme cases he deals with daily.
Paula is a Lyme survivor and blogger from Canada who wants to share her experiences to help others. You can read more about her work at: http://www.thelymemaze.blogspot.ca/.