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Lyme Disease: Treatment Guide

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Dr. Burrascano, a graduate of New York University School of Medicine, practiced Internal Medicine with a strong interest in Tick-borne diseases for over 20 years. During that period, he became known as one of the worlds leading experts on diagnosing and treating Lyme and associated tick-borne diseases. He wrote 16 editions of a Lyme Disease treatment guide, most recently published in 2008.  Here is a link to download the PDF:

pdfDiagnostic Hints and Treatment Guidelines for Lyme Disease


pdfCardiac Manifestations of Tick-Born Diseases


Presently, the general consensus among medical professionals for anyone who tests positive for Lyme is to take a 3-week Doxycycline course.  If you have been bitten by a tick, try to save the tick for testing.  Some doctors will prescribe a short Doxycycline treatment just for a tick bite, as a precaution.  


Nutritional Supplements for Lyme

Based on pdfDr. Burrascano’s guide (page 27), the following supplements may be helpful in treating (managing) Lyme disease:

  • Vitamin C
  • Probiotics (Kefir, Pharmanex Pro Bio)
  • Multi-Vitamin (Pharmanex LifePak)
  • CoQ-10 (Researched Nutritionals, take with food)
  • Alpha lipoic acid (facilitates entry of CoQ-10)
  • Vitamin B (complex)
  • Essential Fatty Acids (Krill oil, plant oil)
  • Magnesium (with potassium, MgK)
  • Vitamin D
  • Milk thistle
  • Cranberry
  • Ginkgo biloba

Please be sure to read the guide in its entirety, as Dr. Burrascano goes into many details about how and why you should be taking each of these.

Physical Fitness

Yoga and meditation are possibly the most helpful techniques when dealing with Lyme.  

You may also consider Chi Gong / Tai Chi (Qi Gong) exercises:

Affected Area


Tick Removal

How to Properly Remove a Tick:

Improper removal of ticks greatly increases the risk of acquiring tick-borne infections. Squeezing the tick or putting substances on the tick to try to make it "back out" may aggravate it enough that it injects into you whatever disease organisms are inside it.

  • Do not burn or use any substance on tick
  • Do not grasp, squeeze, or twist body of tick
  • Grasp tick close to the skin with tweezers
  • Pull tick straight out
  • Use antiseptic on skin
  • Disinfect tweezers
  • Wash hands thoroughly
  • Always see a physician for possible diagnosis, testing, and treatment
  • If desired, can save tick for testing, preferably alive, in a zippered plastic bag or a closed container with a moist cotton ball.

Lyme Rash Identification

Examples of Lyme Rashes:


More Photos:


List of Symptoms

Lyme disease is a Multi-Systemic Disease caused by the bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi (Bb) which normally is a bacterial spirochete (spiral) shape. Lyme Disease Symptoms

General Early Lyme disease Symptoms & Signs :
The Erythema Migrans (EM) rash is only found in 50% of patients at the site of the bite. The classic bulls eye rash is a type of EM rash that has a central clearing and is found in about 9% of cases. Some patients have no rash at all. Other types of rashes anywhere on the body - signals disseminated disease. Fever & Flu like Symptoms/Illness.

Musculoskeletal: joint pain or swelling or stiffness, muscle pain, shin splints, neck or back stiffness, migrating muscle pain or cramps, TMJ, neck creaks & cracks, tender soles.

Reproductive: testicular pain/pelvic pain, menstrual irregularity, unexplained milk production (lactation), sexual dysfunction or loss of libido.

pdfCardiac/Pulmonary: Chest pain or rib soreness, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, pulse skips, slow pulse, heart block, heart murmur, valve prolapse.

Neurological: muscle twitching, headache, tingling, numbness, burning or stabbing sensations, facial paralysis (that looks like Bell’s palsy), dizziness, poor balance, increased motion sickness, light-headedness, wooziness, difficulty walking, tremor, confusion, difficulty thinking/concentrating/ reading, forgetfulness, poor short term memory, disorientation (getting lost, going to wrong place), difficulty with speech, double or blurry vision, eye pain, blindness, increased floaters, increased sensitivity to light or sound or smell, buzzing or ringing in ears, ear pain, decreased hearing or deafness, difficulty swallowing, seizure activity, white matter lesions, low blood pressure.

Neuropsychiatric: mood swings, irritability, depression, disturbed sleep (too much, too little, early awakening), personality changes, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), violent outbursts, paranoia, panic/anxiety attacks, hallucinations.

Gastrointestinal: Nausea or vomiting, difficulty eating, change in bowel function. Constipation, diarrhea, gastritis, abdominal cramping, irritable bladder or bladder dysfunction, cystitis.

Other: fever, sweats, or chills, weight change (loss or gain), fatigue, tiredness, hair loss, swollen glands, sore throat, difficulty swallowing, swelling around the eyes, & swelling in feet.


"The Great Imitator"

Lyme disease mimics other disorders, including:

  • Lupus
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Depression
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Panic Disorder
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis


Doctor Referrals

Finding a "lyme literate" doctor can be challenging.  Here are two online directories that may be of help:

Presently, the nearest doctor (using the above search methods) is located in Bangor, PA.   

Lyme Support Groups

We are in the process of forming a Lyme Support Group for the Poconos (Northeast PA).  Stay tuned for details.

Stress Management

Stress Fitness: Keys to Stress Mastery
Date: 07/20/2000

It is important to recognize the effects of stress and our reactions to stress in our daily life, and more importantly, in our overall health and well-being. We must not under estimate the role of stress in all aspects of our existence. We live in a time of unprecedented stressors and they indeed are taking their toll upon mankind.

The purpose of this monograph is to learn how your body reacts to stress internally and then learn how to use self-help techniques to change how stress affects you. By understanding what stress is, where it comes from and what relieves it, you can develop the ability to avoid stress overload and actually harness the energy of stress to improve your performance, maximize your sense of joy and fulfillment, increase your health and guarantee success in your life. This is the key to Stress Mastery!

[Full Article on Stress Management]

Food Suggestions for Lyme Management

Foods to Eat:
* Citric Acids
* Lemon
* Grapefruit
* Cayenne Pepper
* Green Tea
* Pineapple

Foods to Avoid:
* Starches
* Carbs
* White Sugars
* Caffeine
* Alcohol
* Honey? (further research required, raw local honey might be okay)

Further Reading:


Lyme Disease in Dogs: Supplements

The general diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease in dogs is similar to humans.  Dogs get the same antibiotic, Doxycycline.  And they show similar symptoms, including lethargy, joint pain (limping, particularly if the dog limps on the right leg on one day, and the left leg another), fever…
In compiling this treatment guide, we also asked a reputable veterinarian about giving vitamins & supplements to canines.  Here is what they said:
They make almost all of these in “dog products” so look for those.
  • Vitamin C: Yes
  • Probiotics: Yes (no Xylitol)
  • Multi-Vitamin: Yes (use a dog-specific)
  • CoQ-10: Yes
  • Alpha lipoic acid: Yes
  • Vitamin B (complex): Yes
  • Essential Fatty Acids: Yes (use the Omega True Benefits for purity and dog safety)
  • Magnesium: Yes (included in multivitamin)
  • Vitamin D: Yes (included in multivitamin, careful not to over supplement)
  • Milk Thistle: Yes
  • Cranberry: In Moderation
  • Ginkgo Biloba: Yes (use dog specific)

UV Light Therapy

Some patients have reported positive results from using UV light to clean their blood.  Further reading:

Video: Interview with Dr. Joseph Burrascano

ILADS President Daniel Cameron, MD, interviews Dr. Joseph Burrascano during a live streaming show at the 14th Annual ILADS Conference in San Diego in 2013.

Video: Dr. Joseph Burrascano Jr. Senate Committee Meeting 1993

Advanced Topics

pdfConflicts of Interest in Lyme Disease: Laboratory Testing, Vaccination, and Treatment Guidelines

Further Reading:
The following is a list of over 700 peer-reviewed articles that support the evidence of persistence of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. It is organized into different categories—general, neuropsychiatric, dementia and congenital transmission:
pdfPeer-Reviewed Evidence of Persistence of Lyme Disease Spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi and Tick-Borne Diseases

You Are the Placebo: Making Your Mind Matter

The History of Lyme Disease

Research on the History of Lyme Disease generally leads to Plum Island.  Plum Island Animal Disease Center of New York (PIADCNY) is a United States federal research facility dedicated to the study of animal diseases.  

What Is Lyme Disease? New Findings Deepen the Mystery

"One theory—compelling but controversial—about the sudden emergence of the disease in Connecticut blames the accidental release of infected ticks during experiments at Plum Island Animal Disease Center, on Long Island Sound about eight miles south of Lyme."

Further Reading:

LDA Responds to CDC Limiting Lyme Disease Treatment

US Government Admits Lyme Disease Is A Bioweapon

Plum Island, Lyme Disease And Operation Paperclip - A Deadly Triangle

Lyme Disease - A Biological Weapon?



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