Testing is a changing field in lyme disease, with the advent of increased awareness about the condition in general and recently the more ready availability of different testing methodologies from a variety of labs.
The basics of testing that I wrote about many many years ago here still apply, but for many patients there is a basic relatively cost-effective approach that can be utilized. First and foremost, if lyme disease is suspected, other conditions should be evaluated for and ruled out, and in this type of setting, if other tests are negative, we should remember that if lyme is highly suspected we do not have to rely on testing for therapy.
Many naturopathic practices are filled with patients with chronic diseases, in which allergies and senstivities play a large role. Often there are patients who have been suffering for years without relief, or even a diagnosis that explains their suffering. In many cases, the conventional assessment has been chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia, if there is persistent fatigue and/or muscle pain.
Less commonly there are naturopathic patients who's allergies are not strictly limited to the common environmental and seasonal allergies that plague Vancouver and Richmond patients. There is a subgroup of allergic patients who seem to have severe, persistent, and debilitating allergies to multiple chemicals, usually synthetic. These naturopathic patients can react to things like detergents, perfumes, dyes, VOC (volatile organic compounds), foods, inhalants, even electromagnetic fields. The diagnosis of multiple chemical sensitivity usually applies when the patient is sensitive to low doses of these compounds which non-chemically sensitive patients would have no problem with...
Dr Eric Chan, ND
Dr. Chan has a special focus on chronic lyme disease, pain, and chronic fatigue. He has post-graduate training and certifications in chelation therapy, acupuncture, oxidative medicine, and prescription drug authority. Because of his patient population, he has developed a strong special interest in infectious causes of chronic illness, including lyme and related illnesses. He is a member of the International Lyme and Associated Illnesses Society (ILADS).
Dr Tawnya Ward, ND
Dr. Ward has a general practice with a special interest in using detoxification and environmental medicine in treating difficult cases. Dr. Ward's practice focuses on the treatment of allergies, chemical sensitivies, women's hormonal balancing. She has advanced training from the American Academy of Environmental Medicine. Dr Ward has attained through post-graduate training certifications in chelation therapy/heavy metal detoxification, acupuncture, prescription drug authority, and oxidative medicine.
The Pangaea Clinic is located in the scenic Steveston Village of Richmond, BC. It is at #120 - 12011 Second Ave, with the cross road at Chatham Ave.
Our mission is to intervene with safe, powerful, and rapid natural therapies in order to enable the body to overcome obstacles to cure. In this way our patients will feel, live, and be healthier.
In order to achieve this, our practice is not based solely on "pathological" diagnoses of disease. Underlying causes are sought, with due weight given to functional disturbances.
No matter what the diagnosis or the treatment plan, our one and only goal is to have the patient overcome obstacles to cure in order to feel, live, and be healthier.