New Research On An Old Foe -
Lyme disease was first recognized in 1975, when a mysterious
outbreak of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis occurred around Lyme, Connecticut. In
1982, Willy Burgdorfer discovered the causative agent of Lyme disease. It
turned out to be a spirochete (spiral-shaped bacterium) from the genus Borrelia,
subsequently named Borrelia burgdorferi (Bb).
As Lyme disease expert Jo Anne Whitaker, M.D., notes: “Lyme
disease is called the ‘New Great Imitator’ because, like syphilis [the original
‘Great Imitator’], it attacks multiple organ systems and mimics many diseases.
Both diseases are caused by spirochetes.” Originally believed to be spread only
through bites by the tiny deer tick (Ixodes dammini), it is now known to be
potentially spread by many tick species, as well as bot flies, mosquitoes and
And in a recent article with 224 references, physicians W.T.
Harvey and P. Salvato have offered persuasive evidence that Lyme disease is
transmitted sexually and congenitally (by birth from an infected mother), as
well as through breastfeeding. They also provide evidence that Lyme disease may
be a hidden epidemic, affecting as much as one-sixth of the human race, if not
more. By 1994, Lyme disease experts Brian Fallon and Jenifer Nields could
already state: “Now the most common vector-borne [spread by ticks and insects]
infection in the United States, Lyme disease is increasing in incidence and
Lyme disease is believed to cause, mimic, manifest as, be
misdiagnosed as, or contribute to more than 300 conditions and diseases (see
complete list at www.drgarysnyder.com). About 60 percent of those bitten by
Bb-infected ticks or insects will develop a characteristic “bulls-eye” rash (erythema
migrans), yet many confirmed Lyme disease patients never develop such a rash.
There may be few initial symptoms other than a flu-like
syndrome, yet within weeks to years a diversity of symptoms may occur. These may
include fatigue, low grade fevers, night sweats, migrating joint pains or
arthritis, muscle pains, sleep disturbances, frequent and/or severe headaches,
numbness or tingling in hands or feet, nerve pains, brain fog, hypersensitivity
to lights, sounds, tastes or smells, memory and concentration problems, speech
difficulties, depression, irritability, mood swings, heart, eye, respiratory and
gastrointestinal problems, to name just a few. Symptoms may come and go, varying
in intensity. The Bb spirochete may penetrate into the brain as early as three
weeks after infection.
Lyme disease has become a surprisingly controversial disease.
Even famed novelist Amy Tan has been drawn into the controversy, after a belated
Lyme disease diagnosis in her own case. She complained about being tested even
for syphilis and ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) before anyone thought to test her
for Lyme disease.
Why the controversy? The controversy involves two of the more
recent breakthroughs, testing (laboratory confirmation) and treatment. First the
standard laboratory procedures ELISA and/or Western blot antibody testing, is
flawed with only about 50% accuracy. Dr. Jo Anne Whitaker M.D., has developed a
new “quantitative-rapid identification of Borrelia burdorferi” test (QRIBb).
This is the Lyme test used exclusively at Alternative Medicine Center. Using a
florescent antibody technique, Whitaker has confirmed Lyme disease in over 3,500
blood specimens from chronically ill patients.
She has found many patients were given a false diagnosis
(e.g. ALS, MS, Parkinson’s, CFS, Candidiasis, etc.) who, turned out to have Lyme
disease, and in many cases recovered from “incurable” ailments after appropriate
This brings us to the next breakthrough, “appropriate
treatment”. Lyme disease is very difficult to treat and over the past 30 years
has shown to be resistant to standard antibiotic therapy. Antibiotics always
cause suppression of bacterial organisms, which means they literally run and
hide, boring deeper into tissues and even cells. Even intravenous antibiotic
care costing tens of thousands of dollars may kill 85% of the bacteria at best,
leaving 15% alive and now antibiotic resistant.
Failure to treat Lyme disease early in its course or for a
sufficiently long duration may lead to a chronic illness characterized by
persistent waxing and waning neuropsychiatric disturbances, arthralgias [joint
pains], myalgias [muscle pains], sensory-hyperacuities, and severe fatigue.
Given the recognized difficulty of successfully treating Lyme
disease with standard antibiotic therapy, an alternative treatment that is
natural, nontoxic, well-tolerated, effective, and can be taken orally for as
many months or years as needed, would be a welcome remedy in the Lyme war.
Fortunately such a remedy is now available in our clinic. It
is an herbal extract called “Samento,” made from a Peruvian vine called “Uncaria
tomentosa,” also known as “cat’s claw,” “una de gato,” and “Vilcacora.” Samento
is made from a rare chemo type of U. tomentosa that is rich in penticyclic
oxindole alkaloids (POA) and is guaranteed free of tetracyclic oxindole
alkaloids (TOA). It is the TOA-free nature of Samento, combined with its POA
potency that gives Samento its unique effectiveness.
John Kule M.D., began using Samento in his practice in March
2002. After treating 60 patients with it, he wrote a report for the British
Naturopathic Journal. He used it to treat a broad range of conditions,
including chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, hypertension, irritable bowel syndrome,
candidiasis, gastritis, rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, Lyme disease and benign
prostatic hypertrophy. Fifty-nine out of 60 showed distinct clinical
Frequent findings were increased energy, enhanced sense of
well-being, lifting of “brain fog,” decreased inflammation, decreased blood
pressure in hypertensives, decreased fasting blood sugar in diabetics, reduced
fluid retention, and reduced blood pressure medication in hypertensives. He
found only few, mild and transient side effects.
The clinical feedback here at the Alternative Medicine Center
has been very similar with over 90% of our Lyme patients showing positive
responses to a wide variety of chronic health conditions.
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Dr. Gary Snyder
5333 N. Dixie Highway, Suite 209
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33334 USA
Phone: (954) 486-4000
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