The Lyme Disease Solution
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121 of 124 found the following review helpful:
Best Book on Lyme Treatment Apr 24, 2009
By Maryann V. Arrien
I actually bought this book from Amazon after reading about 100 reviews for it right here - but I see none of those reviews here anymore for some reason. Anyway, earlier this year I had read ALL the reviews for this book and many other books on Lyme treatment on Amazon and I concluded that was the best one to get. So I ordered it, and it was delivered in just a couple of days.
I started antibiotic treatment for neurological Lyme in December 2008 and this book has helped me tremendously. It turns out I have had Lyme since 1996, and I had not realized how it had insidiously stole my quality of life for a decade or so.
This book explained the symptoms of Lyme as well as symptoms of all the other co-infections like Babesia, Erlichia, Bartonella, etc. Then it even explained which antibiotics fight each co-infection! I really appreciated that. From reading the book, I realized I also probably had Babesia as well because of the symptoms at onset. I am on a medication for that, too which has really helped.
Also, crucial to the understanding of my present Lyme treatment, it explained which antibiotics attacked the three forms of Lyme: spirochete, L form, and cystic form. It was partially as a result of this knowledge that I decided to take on an additional regimen of Bicillin-LA IM injections which has accelerated my progress immensely. I may have been too scared to do the injections if I hadn't understood this important point about eventually attacking the three forms simultaneously. All the antibiotic explanations served to increase my confidence in my treatment because it also confirmed the use of other drugs to break up the cystic form, etc.
Lastly, this book really explained the true importance of taking the probiotics, because gut health is extremely important to be able to get the full benefit from the antibiotics and the immune system. Dr. Singleton's book outlined a "Lyme Inflammation Diet" which, while I didn't follow religiously, I have more or less adhered to, and it really mitigated my Herxheimer reactions. That diet is a bit similar to the famous Core Plan of the Weight Watchers diet, with special attention to certain beneficial spices often found in Indian food, which I love anyway. It explains other beneficial supplements and herbs, and while I have not got into many of them yet, it's good to have that as a reference when I get to that point.
If you think you have Lyme, and that you may have had it for a long time, I seriously counsel you to get this book, get a good 'Lyme Literate' doctor, and check out the new film about Lyme at www.underourskin.com. I think that this book and that film are your best bet in making the decision to get your health and your life back. There's a lot of resources in the back of the book too as well as on the internet that you can find.
I can't believe how many symptoms I had that I put down to 'normal aging.' If you live in an area that has high populations of ticks, this book should probably be in your local library in the interests of public health. There appears to be a revolution about how Lyme is treated, and this book by Dr. Ken Singelton is at the very heart of it.
If you can only afford one Lyme book right now, this would be the one to get.
a resident of
Putnam Valley, NY
49 of 49 found the following review helpful:
A Lyme book worth reading Oct 15, 2009
By Wilderness Guy
Review of "The Lyme Disease Solution", a book
by Kenneth B. Singleton M.D., M.P.H. (C) 2008.
To give a little background about where this reviewer (that's me) is coming from, I had Lyme in 2005 and was treated by a doctor at the Mayo Clinic. I wasn't entirely satisfied with the results because I had to argue with the doctor(s) about how long the treatment should last. After the treatment was over and I still didn't feel well, I read the "Healing Lyme" book by Stephen Harrod Buhner. Following Buhner's protocol for another 5 months, I finally felt better. In May of 2009, I was bitten by another deer tick and began experiencing symptoms of Lyme again. A different doctor in a different state gave me a 2 week prescription for doxycycline -- even after I argued that 2 weeks wasn't enough. I was feeling better after 2 weeks, but not cured. Naturally the symptoms got worse again after the 2 week prescription ran out.
I wish I had had "The Lyme Disease Solution" book by Kenneth B. Singleton M.D. when dealing with the doctors on both occasions.
First of all, Dr. Singleton has had Lyme himself and knows what people like me have been going through in dealing with doctors. Secondly, he is an M.D. himself, so what he has written carries more weight than Buhner with the medical establishment. Nevertheless, Singleton acknowledges Buhner's work and refers the reader to Buhner's book.
Yes, as someone else pointed out in a separate review, Singleton does repeat himself a lot, but that's mostly due to the style and format of the book where each chapter often contains an introductory paragraph saying what will be covered in that chapter, followed by the details of that chapter, followed by a summary of what was covered in that chapter. I could have done without the trailing summary, but that's just my opinion.
The best part is that most of the book not only fully describes the symptoms of Lyme, the problems with diagnosis, and the problems with treatment, but also goes into detail about each of several currently established allopathic treatments for Lyme, explaining the advantages and disadvantages of each.
Then it goes into detail about many alternative treatments, explaining in detail why and how it works. It even suggests dosage and, in some cases, how to select a supplement that is more effective than others.
I've been using several of the alternative treatments and I've noticed a definite improvement over the last 3 weeks. I wanted to defer giving this review until I could see if his recommendations did indeed make a difference. I'm not out of the woods yet by a long shot -- pun intended -- but I feel that I'm on a path to a more complete recovery. And yes, I'll see another doctor who will probably run the same old defective and worthless tests that will falsely indicate that I no longer have Lyme. But this time I'll have the tick that bit me in a baggie, a photograph of my bulls-eye rash, and this book by an M.D. to educate the doctor that I see.
Wish me luck. No wait! Better yet, wish that I find one of those "Lyme Literate Doctors" that Singleton writes about.
38 of 40 found the following review helpful:
The best book of its kind Feb 27, 2008
By Larry Trivieri
"Author, Health on the Edge"
Lyme disease in one of the most pernicious health conditions and is far more pervasive than most people realize. In The Lyme Disease Solution, Dr Singleton has created the best and most comprehensive resource on the subject that I have ever read. This is a "must-read" book that needs to be in the homes of every person who suffers from Lyme and other tick-borne diseases, as well as all people who are experiencing chronic and debilitating syptoms that their doctors aren't able to help them with. Chances are good that such people may have undiagnosed Lyme disease and this book explains why. More importantly, it also provides you with the information and medical advice you need to restore your health.
As a someone who suffered with undiagnosed Lyme disease for many years and then discovered how to heal himself, it is obvious on every page of this book that Dr. Singleton knows what he is talking about. The medical advice he shares, along with a wealth of self-care solutions, will empower all who read this book to dramatically improve their health over time, just as it has the many chronic Lyme patients that Dr. Singleton sees in his practice.
Moreover, this book is essential reading for anyone suffering from chronic low-grade inflammation (potentially the majority of all Americans due to the standard American diet and other factors), which is now known to be a primary risk factor for a wide variety of diseases, including arthritis, heart disease and cancer. The information Dr. Singleton provides on how to prevent and reverse chronic inflammation, including his proprietary Lyme Inflammation Diet program is by itself well-worth the price of this book.
It is for these reasons that I give The Lyme Disease Solution my highest recommendation.
Larry Trivieri, editor/co-author Alternative Medicine: The Definitive Guide, co-author Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia & Lyme Disease
35 of 38 found the following review helpful:
Excellent Resource on Lyme's May 07, 2009
"Helping others w/Lymes"
I've been suffering from Lyme's disease for about 1 year now. It took the best hospital and doctors 2 months to do every test in the world, EKG,MRI,EMG,Blood Tests, Spinal Taps, Thyroid Check,blood work and ruled out every disease that I didn't have: ALS, MS, Malaria, West Nile Virus. I was told I had post virul infectious disease syndrome that is untreatable and should go away within 6 months. Well the docs were wrong because I continued to debilitate by the week. I did research on line and by reading books offered on Amazon. It took a Lyme specialist and a clinical diagnosis to find out I have Lyme's disease and began my treatment with antibiotics. I'm out of a wheel chair now, I can drive and work again after being set back for 4 or more months. I'm still tired and fighting the symptoms through strong antibiotics that are slowly killing off Lymes. It is still a long road for me as I suffer from Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue with the Lyme. This book helped me to better understand all that I'm going through and that its possible to get "herx" or flare ups of feeling worse before you get better that last from a week to months. It was also helpful to learn how your diet and other natural things can compliment the antibiotics for a faster cure. The CDC does not seem to be paying attention to people with Lymes (20,000 confirmed new cases a year). That's much worse than the Swine Flu and look at the publicity it gets. Thank you to the author for putting this book together for people like me!
18 of 18 found the following review helpful:
Most Valuable Lyme Disease Book for My Patients Dec 13, 2009
By Christopher S. Vogelmann
"Chiropractor & Natural Pain Relief Expert"
As a human energy expert working with a wide variety of patients with back pain, joint pain, headaches, general fatigue, chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia, I have discovered that many of my patients with these conditions are actually suffering from Lyme Disease. That is why I was so pleased to find this book by Dr. Kenneth Singleton.
This book is a great introduction to one of the most pervasive disease conditions that is affecting a very large population in this country. It is one of the hidden health conditions that is responsible for tremendous fatigue and loss of productivity. Dr. Singleton's book is also a great resource for those seeking additional information as well as constructive action steps to a cure. It is also a good way to get your current doctor to consider alternative treatments.
In this book, Dr Singleton illustrates the various shortcomings of traditional medical screening tests that often miss Lyme Disease. He clearly points out that many cases of Lyme simply fail to be recognized due to `false negative' test results. With the more sensitive lab tests, patients can benefit from obtaining a far clearer picture of their actual condition. Proper diagnosis is always the key to effective treatment.
I particularly like Dr Singleton's "Lyme Inflammation Diet" which parallels the type of nutritional advice that I give my patients for both their acute and chronic musculoskeletal inflammatory conditions. Elimination of food that stress the systems of the body is a wonderful addition to traditional treatment regimens. Dr. Singleton also presents a very thorough list of nutritional supplements that may reduce a patient's symptoms while helping to increase their energy. He clearly has a truly integrated approach to the practice of medicine.
Dr. Singleton's use of low-dose Naltrexone (LDN) is a valuable treatment alternative to more traditional Lyme Disease courses of care. Patients frequently report a fairly rapid reduction of brain fog and increased energy. It's that increase in energy that particularly impresses me, particularly when fatigue is so rampant in our society today.
I have recommended Dr. Singleton's book to many of my patients and have even gifted a copy now and then. For those of you who may be suffering from unexplained chronic fatigue or a vague constellation of symptoms, I would highly recommend that you obtain a copy of this book and read it. Better yet, if you know of someone who might be suffering from chronic fatigue, consider giving it to them as a gift. Dr. Singleton's book provides clear explanations of the problem and concise action steps that you can take to reclaim your healthy life. I am very pleased to have found this valuable resource.
Dr. Christopher S. Vogelmann
Human Energy Expert, Author, Chiropractor and Nutritionist
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