There are many books related to Lyme disease, and even a few DVDs and downloads available.
Most of these resources aren’t from the UK and as such the advice shared is often ignored by our healthcare system. However, these resources do provide help and guidance for patients and can aid you on your journey to recovery.
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Specialist Advice on Treating Lyme Disease
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.
Healing Lyme Disease Coinfections: Complementary and Holistic Treatments for Bartonella and Mycoplasma by Stephen Harrod Buhner
Stephen Buhner examines the complex synergy between the co-infections and reveals how all three can go undiagnosed or resurface after antibiotic treatment.
Detailing effective natural holistic methods centered on herbs and supplements, such as the systemic antibacterial herb Sida acuta, Buhner reveals how to treat specific symptoms, and bring the immune system back into balance as well as complement ongoing Lyme disease treatments.
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.
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.
Natural Treatments for Lyme Coinfections by Stephen Harrod Buhner
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 methods centered on herbs and supplements, and explains how these methods can complement conventional Lyme disease treatments.
Bestselling author Bryan Rosner is back with this information-packed sequel to his 2007 book, The Top 10 Lyme Disease Treatments.
Freedom from Lyme Disease contains newly discovered treatment modalities and strategies that have the potential to shorten the duration of recovery from Lyme disease.
When Antibiotics Fail: Lyme Disease and Rife Machines, with Critical Evaluation of Leading Alternative Therapies by Bryan Rosner
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.
In the book you will learn that rife therapy offers numerous advantages over antibiotic therapy, including sustained effectiveness, affordability, convenience, autonomy from the medical establishment, and avoidance of candida complications. 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.
Insights Into Lyme Disease Treatment: 13 Lyme-Literate Health Care Practitioners Share Their Healing Strategies by Connie Strasheim
Connie Strasheim 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.
New Paradigms in Lyme Disease Treatment: 10 Top Doctors Reveal Healing Strategies That Work by Connie Strasheim
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.
Specialist Advice on Healing from Lyme 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.
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.
Lyme Brain: The Impact of Lyme Disease on Your Brain, and How To Reclaim Your Smarts by Nicola McFadzean Ducharme, ND
Lyme Brain: The Impact of Lyme Disease on Your Brain, and How To Reclaim Your Smarts by Nicola McFadzean Ducharme, ND
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.
In this book, Dr. McFadzean takes you on a journey through dozens of supplements, treatments, and strategies to reclaim your smarts and leave Lyme brain behind.
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.
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.
Autoimmune Illness and Lyme Disease Recovery Guide: Mending the Body, Mind, and Spirit by Katina Makris
Katina Makris, veteran natural health-care practitioner and former sufferer of CFS, fibromyalgia, and Lyme, carefully explains the mechanisms at play with autoimmune illness.
“The body is not compartmentalized into illness symptomology, but is integrated and whole; the mind-body-spirit are entwined as one, searching for balance or homeostasis,” she writes. With clear insight into our seven energy chakra centers and the correlation to our bodily systems and specific emotional interplay, Autoimmune Illness and Lyme Disease Recovery Guide is a manual and workbook, educating readers on the role of Integrative Medicine and dietary and lifestyle management for optimizing recovery potentials, as well as how to ignite the mind-body healing pathway.
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.
Personal Stories and Lyme Politics
This Is How I Save My Life: From California to India, a True Story Of Finding Everything When You Are Willing To Try Anything by Amy B. Scher
When Amy B. Scher was struck with undiagnosed late-stage, chronic Lyme disease, the best physicians in America labeled her condition incurable and potentially terminal. Deteriorating rapidly, she went on a search to save her own life--from the top experts in Los Angeles and the world-renowned Mayo Clinic in Minneapolis to a state-of-the-art hospital in Chicago.
After exhausting all of her options in the US, she discovered a possible cure--but it was a highly experimental stem cell treatment, only available in India, and had as much of a probability of killing her as it did of curing her.
Knowing the risks and armed with her self-created motto "when life kicks your ass, kick back," Amy convinced her loving but neurotic Jewish parents, packed her bags, and flew across the world anyway.
Lyme: The First Epidemic of Climate Change by Mary Beth Pfeiffer
Lyme disease is spreading rapidly around the globe as ticks move into places they could not survive before. The first epidemic to emerge in the era of climate change, the disease infects half a million people in the US and Europe each year, and untold multitudes in Canada, China, Russia, and Australia.
Mary Beth Pfeiffer shows how we have contributed to this growing menace, and how modern medicine has underestimated its danger. She tells the heart-rending stories of families destroyed by a single tick bite, of children disabled, and of one woman’s tragic choice after an exhaustive search for a cure.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Neil Spector, led a charmed life. He was educated at prestigious universities, trained at top medical centers, and married to 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.
Readers of Gone in a Heartbeat will never view the medical profession the same again.
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.
Believe Me by Yolanda Hadid
In this moving, behind-the-scenes memoir, Yolanda opens up in a way she has never been able to in the media. Struck by an illness more epidemic than people know and more debilitating than anyone realises, Yolanda had to fight with everything she had to hold onto her life. While her struggle was lived publicly, it impacted her privately in every aspect of her existence: her family, friends, and professional prospects. Her perfect marriage became strained and led to divorce; but the strong bond with her children Gigi, Bella and Anwar was her motivation to fight through the darkest days of her life. Hers is an emotional narrative, and an all-important read for anyone unseated by an unexpected catastrophe. In those moments, we all have to find the courage to go on. With candour, authenticity and an unwavering inner strength, Yolanda shares intimate details of her journey to uncover the source of her many symptoms, as well has how her children, two of whom also suffer from Lyme, have been her shining light in her darkest moments.
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.
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,
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 to do the same.
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.
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.
The Kiss of Lyme: Reclaiming our lives from Lyme disease by Ian McCartney
The Kiss of Lyme features eight personal stories from Lyme disease victims across the world, who hope that sharing their experiences can help others to recover.
When Ian McCartney’s life was turned upside down following a tick bite in 2008, he struggled to find people who’d been through similar experiences and won. This is a book about hope - and what he wanted to read when he first became ill.
The book highlights the struggles Lyme disease victims go through and the many different routes they explore in order to regain their health but it deliberately avoids promoting specific clinics, doctors, books and drugs because as you will discover, everyone's Lyme is different.
It's all in your head ! - Seriously ?: A life with Lyme Kindle Edition by Christie Cambridge
An honest, hard-hitting, but often quirky and humorous account of my late husband's battle against neurological Lyme Disease that was left undetected for a decade.
I kept a diary during that first year as I just could not believe the change in my darling husband's personality that was usually larger than life, fun-loving, extremely romantic and totally adorable. During the first year, however, he became withdrawn, extremely sleepy and very confused and not at all the husband I had adored for over 25 years.
Fiction Based on Lyme Disease
Anatomised by A. F. McGuinness
For Jack and Alice Mann moving from the city to the coast is a dream come true, but when comedian Jack is struck down by a mysterious illness a Kafkaesque nightmare unfolds. As they navigate the maze of a healthcare system in crisis, their humour turns to despair and their lives and relationships begin to disintegrate.
Inspired by true events, Anatomised, dives deep into the heart and soul of Lyme disease – one of the fastest spreading tick-borne illnesses in the world – through the eyes of Jack and Alice. From life-changing symptoms to terrifying misdiagnoses, from conflicts over treatment to the psychological fallout of abandonment, they are certain of one thing: once bitten, you might die.
With the clock ticking, the Manns must find their own answers and brace themselves for the biggest battle of their lives – the fight for Jack’s life…
Everyone has their tipping point. What’s yours?
Finding Joy by Morven-May MacCallum
This is a fictional novel based on Morven-May's experience with Lyme disease.
Joyce is only sixteen when she's torn from the life she loves. Two years pass, but Joyce, her family, and her best friend Logan, are no closer to learning what's causing her dizzying array of symptoms. As Joyce tried to come to terms with her increasing limitations those around her struggle to understand what she is going through. Baffled and unsure, the doctors eventually diagnose Joyce with ME and CFS. But when Joyce and her family refuse to accept this diagnosis, her mental stability is called into question. Desperate for the truth and scared for Joyce's life, their only hope lies in a private hospital where she is finally diagnosed with Lyme Disease. Can Joyce survive a treatment as brutal as her illness? Can she find her way in a world she no longer recognises?
In the 'Lyme' Light by Sophie Ward
My name is Sophie Ward.. for many years, I was lost with no home. My body was my enemy and my mind was my demon. I felt so poorly, so weak but no doctor or consultant could offer me an answer for my pain. Only that I was crazy. My health continued to decline and I feared death, in fact there were a few brushes with death and times when I felt it was and could be the end. It took nine long years but I was finally diagnosed with Lyme Disease. A disease I had never really heard of before. I did my research and realised the scary reality that it was a long road ahead and a lifetime battle. At this point you can allow yourself to give up or be positive and fight back. Not just for your own good health and wellbeing but for others too. I wanted to protect and save lives from the hell I go through everyday. I want to be a positive role model, to inspire people to fight chronic disease and illness head on and to always chase your dreams. We deserve them and so we should never give up on ourselves and our goals. You have to learn to make friends with your enemies so you can understand and work with them more effectively and this takes some time. Our lives don't always go to plan and we aren't immune from tragedy and pain but we do have a choice about how we take on the fight. This is the beginning of my story.
Living in the Lymelight by Jenny Hodges
Jenny's life as she knew it was quickly turned upside down with what would turn out to be a seven year long battle fighting Lyme disease and other health conditions. This book documents her journey navigating life with a chronic illness, taking her down paths she never expected to take. Determination and willpower has pushed her through the fight for a diagnosis and the gruelling treatment programme that followed. Always looking for the positives in every situation, being defeated was never an option for her. Written from the point of view of a survivor, she hopes to raise awareness about Lyme disease and bring some hope to other fighters.
Books for Children
Spot the Tick in.... England Children's educational book on tick awareness.
Spot The Tick... In England has an educational element as well as a fun element. Children can ‘spot the tick’ on each page while they explore iconic London and the UK countryside; all the time learning about these tiny creatures that can cause a potentially fatal disease. Children will see how to identify a tick, where they are usually found and what precautions they should take to avoid being bitten. There is advice on the correct removal of a tick and a guide to what to do in the event of being bitten.
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 and 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.
Lyme on Film
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.
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