Episode #26: Beyond Lyme Disease with Dr. Raj Patel, MD
- Last Updated: 10 May 2017 10 May 2017
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In this episode, you will learn about the various factors that may be roadblocks to recovering from Lyme disease including mold, parasites, dental issues, and more.
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My guest for this episode is Dr. Raj Patel, MD. Dr Raj Patel has extensive experience with, various natural therapies including nutritional medicine, homeopathy, herbs and mind-body medicine. Integrating these diverse therapies with allopathic medicine has enabled Dr. Patel to offer a highly refined approach to healthcare that produces lasting results. Since 1993, Dr. Patel has specialized in helping patients struggling with "Chronic Fatigue" (CFIDS), Candidiasis, food sensitivities, thyroid and other hormonal imbalances, chronic infections, and heavy metals. Over the years, Dr. Patel has specialized in treating patients with Autistim Spectrum Disorders (ASD) as well as Lyme and other vector-borne diseases. He began working with autistic children in 1999 and to date has helped over 500 children on their road to recovery. Another area that Dr. Patel specializes in is treating Lyme disease. It is well documented that patients with chronic Lyme disease also suffer from Candidiasis, food sensitivities, accumulation of heavy metals, and hormonal imbalances. With his background in treating these conditions, Dr. Patel has been able to create a comprehensive program for treating those struggling with chronic Lyme disease. He has found incredible success in treating individuals with chronic Lyme disease by combining antimicrobial treatment with heavy metal detoxification, food allergy desensitization and hormonal support. Dr. Patel is an active member of the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS). He has also completed advanced training in pediatric Lyme disease. Dr. Patel first began looking into Dr. Shoemaker’s incredible work on chronic inflammation resulting from exposure to water damaged buildings (WDB) in 2010. He found that many of his “Lyme patients” who had experienced only partial improvement, turned out to be simultaneously struggling with toxic exposure to water-damaged buildings. When they began responding dramatically to simply getting out of their home and taking cholestyramine, Dr. Patel’s interest was piqued to learn more about Dr. Shoemaker’s treatment approach to this illness. Dr. Patel today integrates the findings from Dr. Shoemaker as well as other doctors working with mold illness to see patients making impressive recoveries from this debilitating illness.
- When mold and Lyme are both factors, what is the proper treatment order?
- What is the impact of HLA-DR in recovery?
- What do elevated C4a and TGFb1 mean?
- Is an ERMI helpful for testing your living environment?
- How is MARCoNS approached?
- Does VIP help?
- How is Lyme treatment approached?
- Is the goal to eradicate every microbe? Is that required to get well?
- Are parasites an issue in chronic Lyme disease?
- What works for detoxification?
- What is UVB therapy and how is it used?
- How can ozone be helpful?
- What is Biomagnetism and when might it be helpful?
- Does mental/emotional health matter?
- What diet is most helpful?
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The narrow-band UVB light box that Dr. Patel mentions in this show is from Solarc Systems at https://solarcsystems.com. It is the 530UVB-NB device. If you do not get this device, the additional information below will need to be adjusted as each of their devices is different. The unit delivers 108 watts.
His patients generally start with 3-5 seconds every 4 days. That seems like a very small amount, but people do have detoxification reactions even with small exposures. Drainage and binder support is often critical.
There are five main areas that the light is exposed in rotation to minimize any downsides from repeated exposure to the same area of the skin. They are face and hands, upper front, lower front, upper back, and lower back. These five areas make one cycle which takes almost 3 weeks. With each full cycle of all five places, the exposure is increased by one second. The target is 12-15 seconds total and then maintaining with that level long-term. Getting to that level takes several months, and increasing too quickly could lead to feeling worse. Some people may need to go even slower than what is outlined here.
Vitamin D levels should be monitored as the light may result in lowered need for supplementation of Vitamin D. Additionally, methylation may be enhanced through use of the light. Your doctor will need to closely monitor your protocol for adjustments which may be required with exposure to the light.
For those in the United States, a prescription from your doctor is required to purchase the light box. Consult your doctor before exploring this therapy. This information is not a recommendation for self-treatment.
May 9, 2017
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