Lyme Literate Medical Doctor (LLMD), Dr. Marty Ross shared his insights on Lyme disease, co-infections, and the importance of treating the whole person with Tick Boot Camp. In the blog post, we’ll explore the topics discussed and highlight some key takeaways to help you better understand Lyme disease and improve your health.
Dr. Marty Ross: Background and Lyme Journey
Dr. Marty Ross, originally from Fort Wayne, Indiana, worked in political science before switching to medicine. After attending the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS) annual meetings, he began treating Lyme disease in his practice. Dr. Ross noticed that 30% of his patients initially diagnosed with fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome tested positive for Lyme disease. He has since dedicated his career to helping those suffering from Lyme and associated infections.
Cytokine Storm: Lyme and Mold
Dr. Ross explains that Lyme disease and mold exposure can both trigger a cytokine storm in the body. Cytokines are proteins released by immune cells that cause inflammation and symptoms of Lyme disease. By addressing the underlying causes of cytokine production, such as Lyme bacteria, mold, or yeast overgrowth, patients can experience significant improvements in their health.
Role of Yeast and Mold in Lyme Disease
In some cases, Dr. Ross found that treating yeast overgrowth or mold exposure was enough to resolve a patient’s symptoms, even if they tested positive for Lyme disease. This highlights the importance of addressing all potential factors contributing to a patient’s illness, including environmental factors, co-infections, and imbalances in the gut microbiome.
Babesia and Bartonella: Common Co-Infections
Dr. Ross discusses common co-infections, including Babesia and Bartonella. Symptoms of Babesia include frequent drenching night sweats, air hunger, and panic attacks. Bartonella symptoms can manifest as anxiety, insomnia, and cognitive difficulties. Accurate diagnosis and treatment of these co-infections are crucial for recovery from Lyme disease.
The Lyme Disease Treatment Protocol
Dr. Ross emphasizes the importance of a comprehensive Lyme disease treatment protocol, which can include herbal or prescription antibiotics, probiotics, and immune system support. He also mentions the role of persister cells, hibernating forms of Lyme bacteria that are resistant to standard antibiotics. Targeting these cells with alternative treatments like disulfiram can improve treatment outcomes.
Dr. Ross’s Online Resources
Dr. Ross’s website, TreatLyme.net, offers valuable resources for patients and healthcare practitioners, including articles, webinars, and a Lyme disease treatment protocol. His online supplement store provides carefully curated supplements to support various aspects of Lyme treatment.
Listen to the Podcast Interview
Don’t miss Episode 354 of the Tick Boot Camp Podcast, featuring an insightful discussion with LLMD Marty Ross on “Hacking Lyme Disease” with hosts Matt Sabatello and Jenny Buttaccio. Tune in to uncover valuable tips and strategies that can assist you on your journey to healing from Lyme disease.
Dr. Marty Ross’s extensive knowledge and experience in treating Lyme disease make this Tick Boot Camp Podcast episode a must-listen for those suffering from Lyme and associated infections. By addressing the root causes of symptoms, including co-infections, mold exposure, and gut imbalances, patients can experience significant improvements in their health and well-being. Stay informed and take charge of your health with insights from Dr. Ross and other experts in the Lyme disease community.