Updated 8th Sept 2015: have updated our conference section with some more events that may be of interest to alternative practitioners..
Belgium – a look at testing, traditional med & alternative therapies, Antwerp, Sep 12th & 13th: http://lyme-conference.bbow-apso.be/
Lyme Disease Action – focus on persistence, Uni Cambridge, Sep 12th: http://www.lymediseaseaction.org.uk/what-we-are-doing/conferences/
Cowden/Nutramedix Workshop, Copenhagen, Oct 4th Denmark (discounts on up to 5 protocols avail – free admission, reservations needed to secure place): http://www.nutramedix.com/downloads/Flyers/CopenhagenWorkshopInfoFlyer.pdf
Gresham Centre – lab specialists, Lyme docs & patients awareness day & book launch, London, Oct 10th: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/suffering-the-silence-living-experiences-of-lyme-disease-chronic-illness-tickets-17659779877
Assoc Nutritional Medicine – focus on chronic conditions, Nov 15th, London: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lifting-the-veil-part-ii-chronic-disease-whats-really-going-on-tickets-17390619812
Beyond Lyme and Other Chronic Illnesses: Reclaiming our Health and Well-Being with Dr Horowitz author of Why Can’t I Get Better, Massachusetts, Dec 4-6th USA: http://kripalu.org/program/view/BLOI-151/beyond_lyme_and_other_chronic_illnesses_reclaiming
Updated 15th July 2015: please note that a new conference has been added in our conf section (down right hand side) – Judy Rocher from Rio Trading will be presenting on Natural Therapies Lyme Disease and its Associated Infections – covering Cowden/Buhner/Klinghardt & more… (London UK August 2nd 2015)
Also on same day is a workshop on testing for Lyme & co. by lab expert Dr Armin Schwarbach: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/laboratory-testing-lyme-associated-infections-training-workshop-with-dr-armin-schwarzbach-tickets-17439741737?aff=erellivorg (aimed at health professionals).
Updated 21st May 2015: please note that a new conference has been added in our conf section (down right hand side) – Cowden/Nutramedix will be presenting a workshop in Dublin June 3rd 2015 on Lyme disease herbal tinctures, all entry is free & particpants can claim reduced price protocols.
Open to patients & practitioners alike. http://www.nutramedix.com/downloads/Flyers/Dublin%202015%20Flyer.pdf
Updated 9th March 2015: have added a new alternative therapy conferences in our conf section (down right side). For quick link to conference at Univ Klagenfurt in Austria (April 25th) go to..
Feb 2015: Have sent this to some herbalists & naturopathic colleges in Ireland, feel free to pass along!
Lyme disease has been a growing concern in Ireland. Carried by ticks, Lyme disease can range from a mild illness if caught early to severe, life changing symptoms. It can affect the heart, muscles, joints, tissues, endocrine & neurological systems. Ticks can carry a multitude of infections. Studies in Ireland have been very slow since the retirement of Prof Gray; Gray has written scientific articles about Lyme disease in the 90s which we have collated on our site at: https://ticktalkireland.wordpress.com/irish-related-studies/
Treating & testing of Lyme disease patients is fraught with controversy & political battles, the HSPC, IDSI, RCGP prefer to treat patients with short term antibiotics following the inflexible guide of the IDSA (American Infectious Disease Soc) – many patients go abroad to find someone willing to treat them longer under the guidance of ILADS (Intl Lyme & Assoc Diseases Soc). This of course occurs at great expense to the patient. Integrative therapies are being used much more often as Lyme can cause much disruption to the immune system to warrant just antibiotics alone. We feel there is a need for an integrative type clinic in Ireland who would be willing to take on complex patients, so they don’t have to travel abroad.
If any centre or individual practitioner is interested (or even students learning about integrative therapy) I would like to offer some pointers below in the view of upcoming conferences, useful books/protcols & information on testing just to provide some additional background information.
This can be a tricky topic – most commonly antibody tests are used however test too soon & the body may not be creating enough antibodies, tests can also be affected by the strain of bacteria, immune response of the patient or affected by use of antibiotics early in treatment (as it may abrogate immune response). Some patients & lyme specialists use alternative tests abroad such as LTT (T cell tests), CD57 NK (whilst not diagnostic it can show a depleted immune system) & sometimes Igenex testing is used which uses a different set of bands in a Western Blot (WB is a secondary test however lyme specialists prefer to skip the first tier Elisa or C6 Elisa test & go straight to the more specific test).
For more info on testing head to our section on ‘suspect lyme’ http://www.ticktalkireland.org/suspectlyme.html
For a summary on testing, treatment, history, structure of bacteria etc go to: https://ticktalkireland.wordpress.com/newcomers-guide/
Coming up are 3 conferences that may be of interest:
1. Lifting the Veil – Infectious Pathogens & Their Role in Chronic Disease
Academy of Nutritional Medicine, Sunday, 8 March 2015 from 09:30 to 18:00 (GMT) London
ME, FMS, Autism & Lyme Disease.. (Lab specialist Armin Schwarzbach will be present. He runs the newly opened Armin Labs / prev worked at Infectolabs in Germany.) He may be able to help with any questions on lyme disease testing.
2. Natural Therapies for Lyme Disease, March 28th 2015
Half-day workshop at Holiday Inn, Regents Park,
Carbuton Street, London W1W 5EE, from 9.30 am – 1.00 pm.
Judy Rocher, therapist and education manager of Rio Trading, will be discussing Lyme Disease and natural therapies such as the Cowden protocol (condensed and full). This course is hosted by AONM.
Course fee: £12/goodie bags with products above and beyond this will be distributed. The event is CPD accredited. To register, please go to http://tinyurl.com/Therapies-for-Lyme
3. Integrative Therapies for Lyme disease – April 10-11 2015 (Netherlands)
With a focus on Beyond Balance herbals – speakers inc Gedroic, Schwarzbach & Klinghardt (speakers are well known in the Lyme arena; we have no experience of Beyond Bal herbs)
4. ILADS International Lyme Conf Germany 8-9 May 2015
ILADS always has wonderful & very knowledgable speakers, discussed will be testing & treatment covering various tick-borne diseases & inc paediatric health care. Often exhibiting is Cowden, a supplier of herbal tinctures for Lyme & co.
Over the years many protocols have been developed to help treat a complex disease such as Lyme disease, the ones most commonly used are Buhner herbs (we highly recommend his book Healing Lyme Disease, a new version is due out this Spring). This website is useful to get an idea of the core protocol although the book covers much much more. http://www.buhnerhealinglyme.com/
Cowden is a protocol made by Nutramedix, they can be used individually or full monthly protocols are available. Some practitioners/herbalists are able to apply for a reduced price protocol for one patient per practice for those who are eligible (on low income). Cowden also hold workshops at conferences around Europe where they offer reduced protocols for any practitioner/therapist that attends. These protocols cover heavy metals as well as immune support, detox & protection against multiple infections (viral, bacterial etc). More information available at: http://www.nutramedix.ec/ns/lyme-protocol
Byron White is another herbal program that patients use, it is very strong going by feedback from patients & only available via a practitioner.. http://www.byronwhiteformulas.com/
There is a whole wealth of alternative med information out there & I have selected the top 3 most regularly used by patients as a guide. More info on alternative medicine is available on our site at: https://ticktalkireland.wordpress.com/lyme-links/alternative-treatment/
I would also highly recommend Dr Horowitz’ new book released last year on ‘Why Can’t I Get Better’ – an integrative doctor with a wealth of experience & a regular speaker at conferences. The book contains a checklist of symptoms to help in diagnosis of patients: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Why-Cant-I-Get-Better/dp/1250019400/
Finally I’d like to offer you an excellent presentation by highly esteemed lyme specialist Dr Harris who compiled this extensive review of herbal protocols in relation to Lyme & other tick-borne infections.. http://www.acimconnect.com/Portals/0/Events/Dallas%202013/Presentations/Harris-%20DFW%20June%202013.pdf
NB: we have a wealth of information also in our links section on this site at: https://ticktalkireland.wordpress.com/lyme-links/
Or check out our downloadable leaflet.