Three Harmonies in Ashland, Oregon has opened their practice to include hard to treat and controversial diseases such as chronic Lyme disease, celiac disease, and Alzheimer’s. The clinic brings eastern and western medicine together using antibiotics and chinese herbs along with acupuncture, massage and stress reduction training.
Lyme disease is the result of a spirochetal infection (Boerrelia burgdorferi) transmitted to humans by deer ticks (mainly Ixodes scapularis, though a relative, I. pacificus is the carrier in the Western U.S.). The infection sometimes results in a serious disease pattern, most often characterized by progressively worsening arthralgia, though a central nervous system disorder or even a heart disorder may arise (1, 2, 3, 10). The disease is named for the town (Old Lyme, Connecticut) where, in 1975, a number of children presenting symptoms similar to juvenile rheumatoid arthritis were eventually found to have acquired this Boerrelia infection. Continue reading