There are many Lyme Disease books, DVDs and downloads on Lyme disease and here are a few hot picks! Most of them are written or produced by American authors and sadly, most of the advice shared in the publications isn’t recognised by NHS doctors but they can provide helpful resources for sufferers and can aid patients on their journey to recovery.
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Dr. Neil Spector, one of the nation’s top oncologists, led a charmed life. He was educated at prestigious universities, trained at top medical centers, and had married the woman of his dreams. It seemed too perfect. And it was. In 1994, it all came crashing down. He and his wife lost two unborn children. And a mysterious illness brought him to the brink of death. In his compelling memoir, Gone in a Heartbeat, Dr. Spector describes in great detail how he was misdiagnosed and, despite being a medical insider, was often discounted by his fellow physicians. As he recounts his own unorthodox approach to medicine and physician/patient relationships, Dr. Spector encourages readers to never surrender their power to a third party. He tells of courageous patients who served as role models, he concedes that doctors do a disservice to patients when “we treat them like statistics,” and he advocates for educated patients who can make informed decisions collaboratively and not simply follow instructions. In Dr. Spector’s words: “To recognize that we are in control of our own bodies and destinies can be a powerful step toward true healing.” Readers of Gone in a Heartbeat will never view the medical profession the same again.
How can I Get Better – An Action Plan for Treating Resistant Lyme & Chronic Disease by Richard I. Horowitz, M.D.
Since its release in the fall of 2013, Dr. Horowitz’s groundbreaking text on Lyme and chronic disease Why Can’t I Get Better? Has been an extraordinary success, with more than 20,000 copies sold across formats to date and a media platform that is increasing every day. Now, in this new handbook, Dr. Horowitz takes the incredible research and patient stories behind his comprehensive first text and focuses it into a direct, actionable step-by-step plan for implementing his 16 MSIDS Diagnostic Map in the treatment of Lyme and Multiple Systemic Infectious Disease Syndrome.
‘Author Lisa Dennys took on the role of relentless health care detective and spent over 30 years on a personal search for wellness. Diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, heavy metal toxicity, adrenal fatigue and hypothyroidism, Lisa tried everything to get well. In this process, she was forced by illness to take extended leave from her career paths as an Occupational Therapist, Doctor of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, and Life Coach. She spent several hundred thousand dollars pursuing endless rounds of diverse health care approaches, just trying to maintain function in her day-to-day life.
Continuing to look deeper for medical answers, she was finally diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease and several co-infections in early 2015, and began a targeted treatment program. This book is about helping others do the same.’
Suffered Long Enough: A physician’s journey of overcoming Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, & Lyme by William Rawls, M.D.
‘For patients suffering from chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, or Lyme disease, life can be extremely frustrating. Doctor visits that never yield a clear diagnosis, drug therapy that leaves you feeling weak and exhausted and medical bills that you can never seem to pay off.
Having struggled with fibromyalgia and Lyme disease himself, Dr. Rawls is a physician who understands how to overcome these complex disorders. After defining a path using natural healing to restore his own health, he has dedicated his life to helping others do the same.’
Healing Lyme: Natural Healing of Lyme Borreliosis and the Coinfections Chlamydia and Spotted Fever Rickettsiosis, 2nd Edition by Stephen Harrod Buhner
‘Lyme disease is, in fact, a potent emerging epidemic disease for which technological medicine is only partially effective. The coinfections that accompany Lyme are often as, or more, incapacitating than Lyme itself. Worldwide, hundreds of millions experience infection with babesia, bartonella, ehrlichia, anaplasma, mycoplasma, chlamydia, and the spotted fever rickettsiosis. Healing Lyme examines the leading, scientific research on Lyme infection and its tests and treatments, and outlines the most potent natural medicines that offer help, either alone or in combination with antibiotics, for preventing and healing the disease. The book has been a bestseller for over a decade, and during that time the author has had contact with over 25,000 people who have used some form of these protocols during their healing journey.’
Suffering the Silence: Chronic Lyme Disease in an Age of Denial by Allie Cashel
‘Allie Cashel has suffered from chronic Lyme disease for sixteen years—but much of the medical community refuses to recognize her symptoms as the result of infectious disease. In Suffering the Silence: Chronic Lyme Disease in an Age of Denial, Cashel paints a living portrait of what is often called post-treatment Lyme syndrome, featuring the stories of chronic Lyme patients from around the world and their struggle for recognition and treatment.’
‘Bestselling author Bryan Rosner is back with this information-packed sequel to his 2007 book, “The Top 10 Lyme Disease Treatments.” That book, which sold over 15,000 copies, established a foundational treatment plan for Lyme disease based on Rosner’s extensive research and personal experience.
Now, Rosner’s newest book, “Freedom from Lyme Disease,” builds on the principles set forth in the earlier book.
Rosner wrote “Freedom from Lyme Disease” because he observed what he describes as a tipping point in new Lyme disease information and treatment strategies. The tipping point came in 2013, at which time Rosner began working on the new book. Rosner describes this tipping point as a milestone in which there was a fundamental change in how Lyme disease should be approached and treated. “Freedom from Lyme Disease” contains newly discovered treatment modalities and strategies that have the potential to shorten the duration of recovery from Lyme disease.’
‘More than 300,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with Lyme disease every year, and many, many more are suffering from Lyme without knowing it. Katina Makris was one of those undiagnosed individuals who nearly died from the disease. At the peak of her career, classical homeopath and health-care columnist Katina Makris was stricken with a mysterious “flu.” Only after five years of torment—two completely bedridden—and devastating blows to her professional and family life was Katina’s illness finally diagnosed as Lyme disease. Out of the Woods not only shares the brutality of Lyme disease through the telling of Katina’s story, but it also describes her incredible journey back to full recovery, giving thousands of Lyme sufferers hope for their uncertain and frightening futures.’
Healing Is Possible: New Hope for Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Persistent Pain, and Other Chronic Illnesses by Neil Nathan, M.D.
‘A useful and comprehensive resource for anyone who has fallen through the medical cracks, Healing is Possible provides readers with new hope for healing. Through direct, hands-on experience, Dr. Nathan has brought countless people relief from their long-term symptoms and illnesses. Like a top-notch medical detective, Dr. Nathan gathers the facts and uncovers the clues one by one to bring about a steady improvement in his patients’ health.
In Healing is Possible, Dr. Nathan identifies the twelve major imbalances in the body that often contribute to chronic and/or complex illnesses, such as chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia. Unfortunately, these imbalances are often overlooked or ignored by mainstream medicine. By identifiying and treating these imbalances– which he calls the “Big Six” and “Little Six”–symptoms often improve or resolve completely. While further investigation is sometimes necessary for complete healing, when a well-informed and valiant effort is made on the patient’s behalf, Dr. Nathan assures readers that healing really is possible.’
Insights Into Lyme Disease Treatment: 13 Lyme-Literate Health Care Practitioners Share Their Healing Strategies by Connie Strasheim
‘She conducted intensive interviews with thirteen of the world’s most competent Lyme disease healers, asking them thoughtful, important questions, and then spent months compiling their information into organized, user-friendly chapters that contain the core principles upon which they base their medical treatment of chronic Lyme disease. The specific practitioners interviewed represent a variety of medical disciplines, including allopathic, naturopathic, complementary, chiropractic, homeopathic, and energy medicine.’
A Twist of Lyme: Battling a Disease That “Doesn’t Exist” by Andrea H. Caesar
‘When she moved to Barrington, Rhode Island, Andrea Caesar was an active, happy, vivacious ten-year-old who loved to play kickball and hang from the monkey bars. A year later, Andrea had trouble catching her breath while running, was plagued by migraines, and battled constant muscle aches. Andrea had changed as a person; she was the kid who was always missing school. Although she did not know it at the time, she had contracted Borrelia burgdorferi, better known as Lyme disease. Caesar, who was finally diagnosed at age thirty-six, shares a raw and honest look inside the mind of a woman tormented by treatment in her pursuit of wellness. She chronicles her life from age eleven through her diagnosis and subsequent treatment, recalling her emotions as she struggled with Lyme, its symptoms, and multiple related infections-all while attempting to live a normal life. Driven by her determination to help others with the same affliction, Caesar provides details on what worked, what did not work, and why. A Twist of Lyme shares the captivating, heart-wrenching story of a woman’s decades-long battle with Lyme disease as she is led by perseverance, courage, and hope to an eventual diagnosis and treatment.’
The Adventures of Luna & Dips by Jenny O’Dea
‘Educational children’s story & picture book on the adventures of Luna & Dips (tick). Follow Luna from her birth as a young larva, as she finds her way through the trials & tribulations of growing up. She learns many things from her friend Dips, but has to undertake her quest alone.
She yearns to be grown up and look just like Fantaz, a nymphal tick who gives her more advice, but will Luna grow up to be the tick she desires?
This story aims to encourage readers, young and old, to learn about the life cycle of ticks, how they feed and where they live. Awareness can lead to prevention of the diseases they may carry (such as Lyme disease). Some tips on protection are also included.’
Cure Unknown: Inside the Lyme Epidemic by Pamela Weintraub
‘Pamela Weintraub paints a nuanced picture of the intense controversy and crippling uncertainty surrounding Lyme disease. She also reveals her personal struggle with Lyme after she and her family became seriously ill with the disease. From the microbe causing the infection, to the type of treatment, Lyme is a hotbed of contention. Lyme is one of the fastest-spreading infectious disease in the U.S. Yet in many cases, because Lyme often eludes blood tests and not all patients exhibit the classic ‘bull’s-eye’ rash, doctors are woefully unable to diagnose the disease. The most comprehensive book written about the past, present and future of Lyme disease, “Cure Unknown” exposes the ticking clock of a raging epidemic and the vulnerability we share when faced with the havoc caused by this devastating disease.’
Nature’s Dirty Needle: What You Need to Know About Chronic Lyme Disease and How to Get the Help To Feel Better by Mara Williams
‘Nature’s Dirty Needle describes Chronic Lyme Disease, the different co-infections, what the symptoms are, how to recognize them, and, finally, how best to get help. Personal stories of those who have dealt with these infections tell the tale of finding the right provider, getting the correct diagnosis, and then treatment. The politics surrounding the infections and the lack of support and poor information from the current health care system are described. In Nature’s Dirty Needle you will find a symptom check list. You will understand that Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia are syndromes, not diagnoses, and that, if you are having odd symptoms, they are not all in your head. You are not crazy, but may have been bitten by a tick! With over 30 years as a health care provider, Mara Williams has been helping people to achieve a greater level of health and well-being.’
‘Ally was seven years old when she was bitten by a tick and contracted Lyme disease, but she didn’t know it for eleven years. For the next decade, she suffered from constant joint and muscle pain, chronic fatigue, brain fog, recurrent strep throat and headaches. Eventually worn out from the mysterious maladies plaguing her body, tired of her own forms of self medication–pot, alcohol–and drained from the notoriety she gained by producing and starring on her own reality show, Rich Girls, Ally ended up in a psych ward where she began her journey to diagnosis and recovery.
BITE ME is Ally’s story, but its themes will be familiar to the 300,000 Americans diagnosed with Lyme disease each year, many of whom, like Ally, wondered for years what was wrong with them. Ally also offers readers hope and ideas for how they can transition from victim to survivor.’
Healing Lyme Disease Coinfections: Complementary and Holistic Treatments for Bartonella and Mycoplasma by Stephen Harrod Buhner
‘Each year Harvard researchers estimate there are nearly 250,000 new Lyme disease infections–only 10 percent of which will be accurately diagnosed. One of the largest factors in misdiagnosis of Lyme is the presence of other tick-borne infections, which mask or aggravate the symptoms of Lyme disease as well as complicate treatment. Two of the most common and damaging Lyme coinfections are Bartonella and Mycoplasma. Nearly 35 million people in the United States are asymptomatically infected with each of these pathogens, and at least 10 percent will become symptomatic every year–with symptoms ranging from arthritis to severe brain dysfunction. Distilling hundreds of peer-reviewed journal articles on the latest scientific research on Bartonella, Mycoplasma, and Lyme disease, Stephen Buhner examines the complex synergy between these infections and reveals how all three can go undiagnosed or resurface after antibiotic treatment. He explains how these coinfections create cytokine cascades in the body–essentially sending the immune system into an overblown, uncontrolled response in much the same way that rheumatoid arthritis or cancer can. Detailing effective natural holistic methods centered on herbs and supplements, such as the systemic antibacterial herb Sida acuta, which acts to protect blood cells from invading organisms, he reveals how to treat specific symptoms, interrupt the cytokine cascades, and bring the immune system back into balance as well as complement ongoing Lyme disease treatments.’
Natural Treatments for Lyme Coinfections by Stephen Harrod Buhner
‘Harvard researchers estimate there are nearly 250,000 new Lyme disease infections each year–only 10 percent of which will be accurately diagnosed. One of the largest factors in misdiagnosis of Lyme is the presence of other tick-borne infections, which mask or aggravate the symptoms of Lyme disease as well as complicate treatment. Three newly emergent Lyme coinfections are Babesia, Ehrlichia, and Anaplasma. Tens of thousands of people are known to be asymptomatically infected and at least ten percent will become symptomatic this year–with symptoms ranging from chronic headache and arthritis to seizures.
Distilling the latest scientific research on Babesia, Ehrlichia, Anaplasma, and Lyme disease, Stephen Buhner examines the complex synergy between these infections and reveals how they can go undiagnosed or resurface after antibiotic treatment. He explains how these organisms create cytokine cascades in the body–essentially sending the immune system into an overblown, uncontrolled inflammatory response in much the same way rheumatoid arthritis or cancer can.
Providing an in-depth guide for those suffering from Babesia, Ehrlichia, or Anaplasma infection as well as for clinicians who work with those infected by these organisms, Buhner details effective natural holistic methods centered on herbs and supplements, such as Ashwaganda and Chinese Skullcap, and reveals how to treat specific symptoms, interrupt the cytokine cascades, reduce inflammation, and bring the immune system back into balance. He explains how these natural methods not only complement conventional Lyme disease treatments involving antibiotics and other pharmaceuticals but also provide relief when other forms of treatment have failed.’
‘This book is about how experimental frequency devices known as “rife machines” have been used for over 15 years in private homes to successfully fight Lyme Disease. Many Lyme Disease sufferers have heard of rife machines, some have used them. But until now there has not been a concise and reliable source to explain how and why they work, and how and why other therapies fail. In the book you will learn that rife machine therapy offers numerous advantages over antibiotic therapy, including sustained effectiveness, affordability, convenience, autonomy from the medical establishment, and avoidance of candida complications.
The Foreword for the book is by Richard Loyd, Ph.D., one of the nation s leading rife machine researchers and coordinator of the annual Rife International Health Conference. Rife machine expert Marc Fett and Coil Machine inventor Doug MacLean contribute their knowledge and experience in the book, as do several other prominent rife machine experts and Lyme Disease researchers. Throughout the book you will find stories of Lyme Disease sufferers who have used rife machines. You’ll learn how they did it, what they would have done differently, and their experiences with other therapies. This book is user-friendly for people who have no prior knowledge of rife machines, but advanced enough to encompass documented scientific research and Lyme Disease pathology.’
Mold and Mycotoxins: Current Evaluation and Treatment 2016 by Neil Nathan M.D.
‘This book is intended to help both medical practitioners and patients to understand our growing understanding of how mold toxicity and mycotoxins can profoundly affect health. It provides an overview of how mycotoxins create an unrelenting inflammatory process that influences the immune system, nervous system, endocrine system, gastrointestinal system, emotions and pain. It reviews the current approaches to diagnosis and treatment.’
“Connie Strasheim’s book is a MUST-READ for anyone who has Lyme disease; for those who suspect that they might have it or who are concerned about exposure to it, and for those who have friends or family members with it. It is packed with plenty of NEW, useful and easy-to- understand information about Lyme, its coinfections and various co-conditions. For this book, Connie interviewed ten leading Lyme specialists, including one from Germany, one from Canada and eight from the USA –all of which have an integrative approach to treatment. The experts all agree that certain treatment steps are essential for recovery, but all have a unique treatment approach and provide their own pearls of wisdom. I congratulate Connie for a job VERY well done!” -W. Lee Cowden, MD, MD(H) Chairman, Scientific Advisory Board Academy of Comprehensive Integrative Medicine
Lyme Brain: The Impact of Lyme Disease on Your Brain, and How To Reclaim Your Smarts by Nicola McFadzean Ducharme, ND
Lyme Brain. Most people with Lyme have experienced it. It’s the most intrusive symptom that comes with the disease, and also one of the most difficult to alleviate. The brain is a very delicate organ, and is often the last organ to experience relief from the effects of Borrelia, co-infections, and co-conditions. In this cutting-edge book, Naturopathic Doctor Nicola McFadzean Ducharme opens up her vault of experience, wisdom, and practical tools, to bring you the most comprehensive protocol for Lyme brain that’s ever been written. Dr. Nicola’s training in natural medicine makes her the perfect doctor to write this book. While she isn’t afraid to use pharmaceuticals when necessary, she prefers more gentle, holistic supplements and strategies to heal the delicate and sensitive brain. In this book, she takes you on a journey through dozens of supplements, treatments, and strategies to reclaim your smarts and leave Lyme brain behind. Dr. McFadzean is also the author of several other Lyme disease books, including The Lyme Diet, The Beginner’s Guide to Lyme Disease, and Lyme Disease in Australia.
Chronic Lyme disease is a complicated, confusing, and terrifying abyss—a black hole of human suffering, conflicting views, widespread corruption, and unrelenting medical navigation. Lyme Madness chronicles the author’s and adult son’s medical odyssey while capturing the current landscape of immeasurable suffering, twisted politics and medical madness that ensues worldwide. It provides a platform for the many voices of chronic Lyme sufferers, caregivers, and activists, along with the very few doctors and politicians all fighting for awareness, support and justice around the globe. It is a bold testament to the undeniable existence of this medical nightmare where millions are suffering and few are listening. The voices and pleas for medical acknowledgement of this widely negated disease are powerful, compelling, and a clarion call-to-action for those in power to put an end to the political roadblocks that have kept chronic Lyme disease in the shadows for more than forty years.
Videos and DVDs
Diagnosis and Treatment of Mold Toxicity 2016 by Dr Neil Nathan M.D. and guest lecturer, John Banta
‘Bestselling author and medical doctor, Dr. Neil Nathan, presents the Diagnosis and treatment of Mold Toxicity 2016 Conference. The conference is the accompaniment to his bestselling book, “Mold & Mycotoxins: Current Evaluation and Treatment 2016.”
If you are a medical doctor or a patient, and have been presented with unclear symptoms that are as yet undiagnosed or not responding to treatment, this presentation will provide insights and information about how to diagnose and treat mold toxicity. This presentation includes an overview of Dr. Shoemaker’s Biotoxin Pathway and how to utilize it in diagnosis and treatment. It also includes a review of Dr. Brewer’s recent research publications on diagnosis and treatment of mold toxicity with additional comments and experiential reports. This presentation also features John Banta, CIH, co-author of “Prescriptions for a Healthy House” who brings forth his 20+ years of experience with evaluating moldy buildings to help both patients and health care providers to understand how to evaluate those buildings and to understand the principles of remediation.’ Watch trailer here. Buy here.
‘A chilling tale of microbes, medicine and money, this Oscar shortlisted film has changed the landscape of the Lyme epidemic, bringing unprecedented awareness in an engaging and accessible way. The definitive record of the Lyme controversy, UNDER OUR SKIN exposes a hidden story of medical and scientific malfeasance and neglect. As official case numbers explode and hundreds of thousands of people around the world go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, the film is as relevant and timely as ever.’ Watch trailer here. Available to rent or buy.
‘Academy Award semifinalist UNDER OUR SKIN brought unprecedented awareness to the shocking story of Lyme disease, an often-chronic condition many doctors claim is “all in your head.” Since then, and in response to the pressure the film brought, the CDC upped its estimate of annual cases by ten times, making Lyme disease in the U.S. more prevalent than HIV and breast cancer combined. Screened to millions worldwide, the film has saved lives and livelihoods of both Lyme patients and the physicians treating them. Scientific hypotheses, such as Lyme biofilms, first introduced in UNDER OUR SKIN, are now widely accepted. This highly-anticipated sequel investigates the deepening Lyme disease crisis and follows its casualties and controversies around the world. As the Lyme epidemic explodes globally, medical collusion and conflicts of interest incriminate the very healthcare systems meant to protect us. Despite the obstacles that researchers, physicians and patients continue to face, promising new findings are emerging. And when we revisit the unforgettable characters from UNDER OUR SKIN, we see that they have moved from horror to hope, arriving at better health and reclaiming their lives.’ Watch trailer here. Available to rent or buy.