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Treating Lyme Disease with Disulfiram - A Toronto Integrative Functional Medicine Clinic’s Guide

September 25, 2020
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Dr. Amauri Wellness Centre, based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, has announced that they have recently published a blog post that serves as a guide to treating Lyme disease with disulfiram. Disulfiram is a potential new drug candidate against Borrelia burgdorferi, which is the bacteria behind Lyme disease. Disulfiram is known to be an anti-alcoholism drug because it causes unpleasant symptoms in people who take it while drinking alcohol, and therefore serves to discourage drinking of alcohol.

It is believed that disulfiram may also function as an antimicrobial agent against Lyme persister cells, spirochetes, and babesia. Spirochetes are corkscrew-shaped bacteria that cause Lyme disease. Studies have shown that disulfiram has a high affinity to metal ions and may therefore inhibit the metabolism of B. burgdorferi, which requires the metal ions manganese and zinc for its metabolism and survival in the human body. The effectiveness of disulfiram has not yet been evaluated in large clinical trials, but scientists have observed that it may reduce the symptoms of Lyme disease in some of the patients receiving it as treatment for the disease, but not in all.

Treating Lyme Disease With Disulfiram

Disulfiram is regarded as a generally safe drug with common side effects including headaches, nausea, and fatigue. It may also cause some adverse effects, such as convulsions, encephalopathy, cranial neuropathy, toxic optic neuropathy, peripheral neuropathy, hypertension, and psychosis.

Anecdotally, disulfiram has been reported by some patients being treated by a Lyme-literate doctor to have improved their symptoms but more clinical trials are needed. For those who want to know whether disulfiram is right for them, the article suggests that they consult with their health care practitioner.

At Dr. Amauri Wellness Centre, Dr. Amauri Caversan, ND is working with Arv Buttar, NP in offering an integrative Lyme disease program. Specifically, they are offering integrative functional medicine, in which they take into account each patient’s lifestyle and biology when determining possible treatments for medical issues. The Lyme disease integrative treatment program being offered at their Toronto clinic consists of a conventional medical approach combined with a personalized naturopathic care therapy.

Dr Amauri wellness clinic has partnered with two third-party testing facilities to test for Lyme disease and co-infections. The treatment program being offered by Dr. Amauri Caversan ND and Arv Buttar, NP, makes use of protocols that have been designed to eliminate infection, boost detoxification, and enhance the immune system. As such, their integrative functional medicine treatments may help in alleviating symptoms of Lyme disease, such as joint pains, fatigues, brain fog, aches, and neurologic symptoms.

A possible treatment for Lyme disease provided at Dr. Amauri Wellness Centre may include: antibiotics and herbs (note: antibiotics are prescribed by Arv Buttar, NP, while herbal treatments are offered by Dr. Caversan, ND); intravenous (IV) therapy by Dr. Caversan, ND; guidance on implementing the Paleo Autoimmune Diet Protocol, which may help alleviate some symptoms of Lyme disease; and gut microbiome support, which may help strengthen the patient’s immune system.

The Lyme disease integrative treatment offered by Dr. Amauri Caversan, ND, and Arv Buttar, NP, involves eating foods and herbs that have anti-inflammatory effects. These include wild-caught fish high in omega-3 essential fatty acids; leafy greens; grass-fed and organic animal proteins; turmeric; cloves; berries; and healthy fats, such as those that are present in avocados, olive oil, seeds, and coconut oil.

The ketogenic diet, which is a high-fat, adequate-protein, low-carbohydrate diet may also help some patients who have severe neurological Lyme disease. This is due to the metabolic changes in the body of Lyme disease patients, such that neuron resilience and cells are being damaged. Meanwhile, the ketone molecules that are produced in the body of people who consume a ketogenic diet may provide an alternative source of energy and enhance mitochondrial profiles, which, in turn, may help the neurons in resisting the metabolic stress caused by Lyme disease. The ketogenic diet may also counter neurological and body inflammation.

People who are interested in knowing more about Lyme disease treatment may want to check out the Dr. Amauri Wellness Centre website, or contact them on the phone or through email.

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Dr. Amauri Wellness Centre is consist of wellness practitioners that are committed to helping you achieve optimum health, well-being, and over-all quality of life. Our team is lead by a Naturopathic Practitioner in Toronto, Dr. Amauri Caversan, ND.

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