Integrative Medicine Blog
The Lyme Disease Treatment Guidelines, authored by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), are currently undergoing review. While there are multiple perspectives regarding the best treatment protocols for Lyme disease, and two professional medical societies that specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease, the CDC and the nation's insurance companies have historically selected the guidelines authored by the IDSA to be the sole voice for treatment advice for this highly complex and insufficiently understood illness. This has laid the groundwork for a lack of adequate treatment for hundreds of thousands of Lyme disease patients who have endured, and will continue to endure serious, persistent illness.Read More
As often happens in medicine, scientific evidence evolves; the continual flux of new patients with symptoms suggestive of Lyme disease is growing and new research has proven that Lyme disease is more complex and prevalent than we thought. The time has come to move beyond the divisiveness of the past, listen to the suffering of our patients and their families and move forward with all sides of the discussion into an evidenced-based paradigm for research, education, and patient care. The question is no longer whether Lyme is a complicated disease, or whether the current testing is adequate or whether the Lyme bacteria can survive a single antibiotic challenge in order to become a persistent infection. High quality studies show not only that it happens, but they also show how it happens, and why we should not be surprised that it happens. Our objective now is to determine which patients suffer from acute and or persistent LD, and to keep pressing for evidence-based wisdom to guide physicians and allied health care providers called upon to treat them.
The following is a transcript of “Treatment of Lyme Disease is Like Climbing Monkey Bars” an introduction by Dr. Ron Stram at the Tick Borne Disease Alliance Walk/Run to Fight Tick-Borne Diseases: BITE BACK FOR A CURE on Saturday, October 20, 2012 at the Crossing of Colonie, in Albany NY:Read More
What’s going on here?
On Monday, I attended a forum hosted by Honorary Chairman Congressman Chris Gibson and the LymeNext Organizing Committee at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs. I was struck by the association one of the speakers made between the current treatment denial by insurance companies for LYME Disease and the government sponsored Tuskegee research performed from 1932 to the 1970′s which looked at the long term effects of syphilis in the black population.Read More
Dr. Ron Stram shows his continued support for Lyme Disease treatment by attending the first annual Tick-Borne Disease Alliance (TBDA) Benefit Gala in New York City on May 16, 2012. Learn more about Dr. Stram’s whole body approach to Chronic Lyme Disease treatment.
Having attended the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS) conference last month in Toronto, we came home both reassured about the treatment options we offer and with additional therapies to improve our treatment options for our growing number of lyme patients at the Stram Center for Integrative Medicine, Delmar office. One of many interesting developments was discussed by Dr. Richard Horowitz on the topic of Babesiosis diagnosis and treatment, for example: usage for an herbal supplement used in Ethiopia to treat malaria, cryptolepis, has been shown to be effective in this co-infection.Read More
This has been a bumper year for ticks and that has resulted in as big a year for Lyme disease here in the Northeast. While craniosacral therapy can’t treat or cure Lyme disease, it can definitely make a big difference in the amount of pain and discomfort you find yourself in and helps speed the healing process.Read More