Episode 388: Irish Lyme Insights – an interview with Doctor John Lambert


Background of Dr. John Lambert:

  • Dr. John Lambert was born in Scotland, parents immigrated to America, thus obtaining an American education.
  • Returned to the UK in 1999 before settling in Dublin, Ireland shortly after.
  • Working as an infectious disease and Lyme specialist for 18 years.

Education & Professional Journey:

  • College in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
  • Attended University of Sterling in Scotland.
  • Expressed the challenges of transitioning between countries.
  • Always had an inclination towards medical school, initially interested in tropical medicine.
  • Work experience in Haiti at a Mission Hospital.

Infectious Disease Conferences & Updates:

  • Attended a recent Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) conference in Boston.
  • Updates on Lyme, coronavirus, HIV/AIDS, tropical medicine, and vaccine developments.

Intricacies of Infectious Diseases:

  • The dual excitement of diagnosing and treating infectious diseases, like Lyme disease.
  • The significance of monitoring patients.
  • Emphasis on evidence-based treatments and results.

Publications and Expertise:

  • Dr. Lambert’s 25+ publications.
  • The importance of verifying experts through PubMed searches.
  • The challenges of diagnostics in the Lyme community.

Defining Lyme Disease:

  • Tick Boot Camp provides Tick Boot Camp’s definition of Lyme disease.
  • Dr. Lambert’s perspective on the definition and the polymicrobial nature of Lyme.

Treatment Guidelines and Controversies:

  • Irish guidelines on Lyme treatment.
  • The debate on chronic Lyme and the skepticism surrounding it.

Immune System Implications:

  • Lyme disease’s dual impact on the immune system: immune suppression and potential autoimmune reactions.
  • Discussion on the potential similarities and differences between Lyme disease and other conditions like long COVID.

Diagnostic Tools and Collaborations:

  • Collaboration with Dr. Samiy from the University of North Carolina State.
  • Newer diagnostic tools and their significance.

Treatment Modalities and Approaches:

  • The utilization of LDN (Low Dose Naltrexone) and NAC (N-acetyl cysteine).
  • The importance of maintaining a healthy microbiome.
  • Dr. Lambert’s collaborative approach, working alongside herbalists.

Final Thoughts:

  • Emphasizing the bacterial nature of Lyme disease.
  • The importance of timely diagnosis and appropriate treatment.