Lyme Disease

Lyme disease (LD) (and Chronic Lyme Disease or CLD) is a bacterial illness caused by Borrelia burgdorferi, a bacterium transmitted by hard-bodied ticks (1). The bacteria cause issues to many bodily systems, resulting in fevers, headaches, fatigue, skin rashes, joint and heart pain, and nervous system issues (2,3). Hyperbaric oxygen therapy may provide some benefits to those with persistent (chronic) Lyme disease that is not managed by antibiotics.

 

Extivita Therapies for Lyme Disease:

  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
  • Neurofeedback
  • Nutritional IV Therapy
  • Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy

Lyme Disease

Lyme disease (LD) (and Chronic Lyme Disease or CLD) is a bacterial illness caused by Borrelia burgdorferi, a bacterium transmitted by hard-bodied ticks (1). The bacteria cause issues to many bodily systems, resulting in fevers, headaches, fatigue, skin rashes, joint and heart pain, and nervous system issues (2,3). Hyperbaric oxygen therapy may provide some benefits to those with persistent (chronic) Lyme disease that is not managed by antibiotics.

 

Extivita Therapies for Lyme Disease:

  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
  • Neurofeedback
  • Nutritional IV Therapy
  • Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy

Extivita Therapies Lyme Disease Recovery:

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Neurofeedback

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Supplements

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

IV Therapy

Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy (PEMF)

Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT):

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy - Chapel Hill

The rationale treating Lyme’s Disease with HBOT is that Borrelia burgdorferi cannot survive in oxygen saturated environments, and HBOT may provide strong enough oxygen exposure to damage the bacteria (4). Many case-studies have been conducted with positive results, although the number of larger studies is on the smaller side. In 18 patients treated with 10 days to 4 weeks of HBOT, the symptoms of Lyme seemed to improve significantly until symptoms nearly disappeared (4).

 

One study of 75 individuals found that nearly 90% experienced significant improvement or even cessation of their symptoms that lasted up to 6 years post-HBOT treatment. Such improvements included reduced fatigue, reduced joint pain, and improved cognitive function and memory. These patients remained on their antibiotics throughout the treatment(4).

Effects of HBOT on Lyme Disease & Chronic Lyme Disease:

HBOT is Antibacterial & Antimicrobial

Antibacterial & Antimicrobial

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been shown to target infections and harmful bacteria, both directly and as a supplement to conventional antibiotics.

Increases Stem Cell Production

Increased Stem Cell Activity

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy mobilizes stem progenitor cells (SPCs) from the bone marrow, creating the opportunity for tissue regeneration.

Grows New Blood Vessels

New Blood Vessel Formation

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy stimulates the formation of new blood vessels, healing injured tissues that were unable to get nutrients and oxygen.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy - Chapel Hill

Neurofeedback:

Neurofeedback (NF) has been shown to help decrease symptoms of Lyme disease. NF sessions can help with fight or flight response from LD. These include symptoms like anxiety, mood disturbance, sleep disturbance, fatigue, poor concentration, and brain fog. Although it will not mitigate the disease itself, neurofeedback can help calm the nervous system and restore functions that improve quality of life (5).

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IV Therapy:

Patients with Lyme disease often present with extreme fatigue, brain fog, headache, leaky gut and joint pain. Lyme disease usually has multiple overlapping factors contributing to illness which include infection, immune dysfunction, and inflammation. Detoxification is important in a vast majority of patients with LD. For our patients with LD, we offer Vitamin C (with other vitamins and minerals added), glutathione, and normal saline for hydration (in patients who might also have dysautonomia/POTS)(6).
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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy - Chapel Hill

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy - Chapel Hill

Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy (PEMF):

Micro vessels play a big role in overall course of vascular diseases. Dysfunction to this system has been linked to a multitude of illnesses. The PEMF device has been shown to optimize the microcirculatory system, increasing perfusion to tissues and organs. When used in conjunction with HBOT, oxygen rich blood can be delivered to these areas, where healing can begin (7).
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References
  1. Shapiro, Eugene D. “Borrelia Burgdorferi (Lyme Disease).” Pediatrics in Review, vol. 35, no. 12, Dec. 2014, pp. 500–09.
  2. Huang, Chien-Yu, et al. “Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy as an Effective Adjunctive Treatment for Chronic Lyme Disease.” Journal of the Chinese Medical Association, vol. 77, no. 5, May 2014, pp. 269–71. ScienceDirect, doi:10.1016/j.jcma.2014.02.001.
  3. Chronic Lyme Disease | NIH: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. https://www.niaid.nih.gov/diseases-conditions/chronic-lyme-disease. Accessed 18 Dec. 2019.
  4. Fife, W. P., and R. A. Neubauer. Hyperbaric Oxygenation for Lyme Vasculitis. p. 10. http://www.oceanhbo.com/PDF/HBO_lyme_vasculitis(1).pdf
  5. Valdeane W. Brown PhD (1995) Neurofeedback and Lyme’s Disease:, Journal of Neurotherapy: Investigations in Neuromodulation, Neurofeedback and Applied Neuroscience, 1:2, 60-73, DOI: 10.1300/J184v01n02_05
  6. Fried, Martin; Abel, M; Pietruccha, D.; Bal, A. THE SPECTRUM OF GASTROINTESTINAL MANIFESTATIONS IN LYME DISEASE, Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition: October 1999 – Volume 29 – Issue 4 – p 495
  7. https://www.imin-org.eu/images/science/Haug-Report-Bemer_2016_Englisch.pdf