Q: Is Lyme disease curable? Once you get it, do you always have it?

A: We feel that the Lyme infection, caused by Borrelia burgdorferi, is curable in most cases. However, complete recovery from all symptoms often takes weeks to months after treatment is completed. We can measure Lyme antibodies for years after infection. Antibodies are made in response to infection. Normally, this is a good thing because antibodies can protect us. The persistence of antibodies does not mean that patients still have infection which requires antibiotic treatment. We have found that many people erroneously believe the presence of a positive blood test for Lyme means that infection is still present.

Some individuals strongly believe that Lyme disease can persist as an active infection which requires antibiotic treatment for months or years. We are aware of the varied viewpoints about this concept of chronic Lyme infection, and we are continuously evaluating medical evidence about this. Animal studies showing persistence of Lyme bacteria do not translate into evidence for humans. Our approach is to evaluate each patient and make treatment recommendations that are in the best interest of the patient’s safety, health and well-being.

Q: What precautions can be taken to prevent Lyme disease?

A: First, you need to become aware of the presence of Lyme ticks and cases of Lyme in your area. Your physician or local health department can provide information about Lyme in your locale. Most people get infected from tick bites in their own back yard. Becoming knowledgeable is your best defense.

Check out http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/lyme/ld_prevent.htm.

Q: What is MRSA and can it be eliminated?

A: MRSA is a form of staphylococcal infection that can aggressively attack the skin, bloodstream and internal organs. Commonly it causes boils on the skin. It is requires special antibiotics to treat because it is RESISTANT to the older standard treatments. We have found that proper antibiotic treatment of MRSA infections and removal of the germ from its hiding places can get rid of MRSA once and for all. Eliminating MRSA involves cleaning and disinfecting of the household on an ongoing basis. All infected persons in the household must be treated, including pets. Antibacterial soaps, like Dial and Safeguard are very helpful, in addition to antibiotic ointments which are placed inside the nose.

Check out http://www.cdc.gov/mrsa/