NEWS: 13 Lyme-literate practitioners reveal treatment strategies in new book

2nd September 2009


Press release about new book, "Insights into Lyme Disease Treatment: Thirteen Lyme-literate Health Care Practitioners Share Their Healing Strategies."








Thirteen Lyme-Literate Health Care Practitioners Reveal Their Treatment
Strategies for Chronic Lyme Disease in New Book

Denver, CO, August 30, 2009 –(– A new book, Insights Into Lyme Disease Treatment: Thirteen Lyme-Literate Health Care Practitioners Share Their Healing Strategies, provides people with Lyme disease and their physicians with current, cutting-edge information on the treatment of chronic Lyme disease and the corollary conditions that it causes.

It is a comprehensive resource, written from the perspective of thirteen Lyme disease experts, including eight Lyme-literate medical doctors (MD’s), two naturopathic doctors (ND’s), a “heilpraktiker” (or healing practitioner, as the German title translates into English) and one chiropractor and nutritionist. The training and education of the experts encompasses a broad range of disciplines, but most use a combination of allopathic, naturopathic, complementary and alternative medicine in their practices. Whatever their background, however, all are experienced in treating chronic Lyme disease.

The book includes each practitioner’s anti-microbial and detoxification protocols, as well as their recommended supportive treatments for the body. It also provides their perspectives on the challenges and roadblocks to healing.

According to the CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Lyme disease is the fastest-growing infectious disease in the US, with more than 20,000 new cases reported each year. The CDC estimates, however, that only one in ten cases is reported, which means that there could be at least 200,000 new cases each year, and perhaps even many more than that.

Lyme disease can be treated successfully with antibiotics when – and if – it is caught early, while the Lyme spirochetes are still in the patient’s bloodstream and can be reached by antibiotics. If the disease goes undiagnosed, the spirochetes, (which are related to those that cause syphilis), can infiltrate the non-blood areas of the body, such as the nervous system, brain, heart, joints, and cartilage. The disease then becomes a multi-symptom, multi-system illness that wreaks havoc upon nearly all of the person’s tissues and organs.

Once this happens, Lyme disease becomes chronic and difficult to diagnose. It may masquerade as a variety of other illnesses. Many physicians do not know how to effectively treat it. It devastates nearly every aspect of a person’s existence. ILADS, the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society, estimates that most chronic Lyme disease sufferers experience a level of disability equivalent to that of a person who has suffered from a recent heart attack. As chronicled in the recently released documentary, "Under Our Skin: There’s No Medicine For Someone Like You," those with chronic Lyme experience so much neurological and cognitive dysfunction that they end up losing their jobs, homes, mobility, and, in some cases, their lives.

For those who have been recently diagnosed with Lyme disease or who haven’t received adequate treatment help through the means that have been available to them, Insights Into Lyme Disease Treatment provides a comprehensive variety of effective, in-depth solutions. For the practitioner, it provides cutting-edge information on treatments that has not been published elsewhere.

The information in this book was obtained through interviews with the following thirteen health care practitioners:

Steve Harris, MD
Steven Bock, MD
Susan Marra, ND, MS
Ginger Savely, DNP
Lee Cowden, MD, MD (H)
Ingo Woitzel, MD
Ronald Whitmont, MD
Deborah Metzger, MD, PhD
Pete Muran, MD, MBA
Nicola McFadzean, ND
Marlene Kunold, “Heilpraktiker” (Healing Practitioner, Germany)
Elizabeth Hesse-Sheehan, DC, CCN
Jeffrey Morrison, MD

These practitioners were chosen on the basis of their expertise and experience in treating chronic Lyme disease. After the interviews, Ms. Strasheim wrote the book’s chapters, collaborating with the practitioners in the editing process, to make sure that all of the information from the interviews was accurately represented. Each chapter is devoted to the treatment approach of a particular practitioner, and covers, to a greater or lesser degree, the following:

1) Anti-microbial treatments for Lyme disease and associated infections, including antibiotics, herbs, homeopathic remedies, plant stem cells and biophotons

2) Information on how to support the body’s systems, which is an integral component to healing from chronic Lyme disease. Particular attention is given to the immune, endocrine, neurological, digestive and musculoskeletal systems

3) Treatments for symptomatic relief. Solutions for fatigue, pain, brain fog, depression, anxiety and insomnia are offered, as well as others

4) Detoxifying Lyme biotoxins, mold, candida, heavy metals and other environmental toxins

5) Treating food and environmental allergies

6) Lifestyle and dietary recommendations for faster healing

7) Strategies for healing emotional trauma

8) Patient and practitioner challenges to healing

9) Factors that influence healing

10) Suggestions for how family and friends can help the sick

11) Which anti-microbial treatments work and which don’t

12) How to discern whether Lyme disease is primary in patients’ overall symptom picture

The Author

"Insights Into Lyme Disease Treatment" was written by Connie Strasheim, a Lyme disease sufferer and health care researcher. She is the author of "The Lyme Disease Survival Guide: Physical, Lifestyle and Emotional Strategies for Healing," a book that describes Lyme disease treatment strategies, as well as practical solutions for coping with the difficulties of chronic illness. Ms. Strasheim wrote "Insights Into Lyme Disease Treatment" when she realized that more information on how to treat chronic Lyme was sorely needed from the experts who treat Lyme patients. Prior to becoming ill from chronic Lyme disease, Ms. Strasheim worked as a Spanish instructor, medical interpreter and flight attendant. Ms. Strasheim lives in Denver, Colorado and is available for phone, on-line, and in-person interviews. She can be reached at: 303-949-3347 or via email at:


The book retails for USD $39.95 and is available at:, or via Ms. Strasheim’s blog at: It is published by BioMed Publishing Group.


3 thoughts on “NEWS: 13 Lyme-literate practitioners reveal treatment strategies in new book

  1. I bought this book 4 times already and gave each copy away as a gift.
    Dr. Susan Marra was the doctor who saved my life in 2009 after over 20 yrs of suffering in the dark.
    I went to her office in Seattle and the minute she opened the door I knew, this was the doctor I had been looking for half my life. It was like a bright yellow gold was beaming all around her.
    She was brilliant, funny and very direct and in my opinion, top in the area of tick born disease. She also is a "Survivor".
    As I was leaving her office that first visit she handed me this book and said very modestly, "I have a paragraph in here but make sure you read the whole book."
    She also said."This is going to be the hardest thing you ever had to do, Elaine but I promise you will make it through."
    After 26 tubes of blood between 3 different labs came back she gave me the complete diagnosis with all the coinfections and sent me back to NY and referred me to another doctor there. She said, "I can not treat you here. You need to be with your family now. This is like having cancer. I can't treat you while you are staying in a hotel room alone. This will take over 2 and 1/2 years." She also warned me .."Be careful, there are a lot of doctors throwing darts at the wall."
    This book is my favorite lyme book. All the doctors in it are seriously "on it" and taking all the risks of treating lyme no matter what the cost.
    These are the doctors that won't back down.
    Buy a this book and pass it on. Every family should have one.

    • Please help me! Sounds like you got referred to a lyme doctor in NY/ Can you please give me their name?
      I am desperate in finding a good doctor. my number is 732.299.7895 Thank you so much!

  2. The NHS will not recognise US testing even though it own testing is poor and the American version slightly better.
    It does not except the American version.
    We have a undiagnosed epidemic on our hands.

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