Those of us who are sick are the ‘canaries in the coal mine’

When Dr Neil Nathan, a specialist in chronic illness, spoke at a conference for Integrative Medicine for the Treatment of Tick-borne Disease in Baltimore, Maryland, he said: “We live in an incredibly toxic world and unless we change things, we could all be sick… those of us who are sick are the canaries in the coal mine.”

With over 44 years of medical practice behind him, Dr Nathan is well-qualified to speak on this subject. He’s spent the past 25 years specialising in treating patients with chronic, complex medical illnesses. As he spoke, he explained there are a number of underlying factors which are often the reason why a particular patient does not respond well to treatment.

“There are a number of patients with tick-borne illnesses who are extremely sensitive to any form of treatment,” he said. “They often don’t respond well to the usual protocols or treatments,” He then went on to explain that the “biggest offenders” to healing include people suffering from Bartonella, Mast Cell Activation Syndrome, mold toxicity, porphyria, and methylation Issues.

Lyme disease now one of the fastest-growing infectious diseases

With Lyme disease now one of the fastest-growing infectious diseases worldwide, Dr Nathan’s insights into the complexity of chronic tick-borne infections proved to be of great interest to the doctors and health practitioners at the conference.

As Dr Nathan said: “Mold is a major factor and although it’s a difficult problem to treat, I’ve seen many patients recover much more quickly when they address it.”

He added it’s often difficult for people to move out or remediate their accommodation because “that’s their home.” However, in his experience, if a patient is suffering from mold exposure, the first thing they need to do is to address this.

“Bartonella and mold are very similar in some ways – they create a similar picture with similar symptoms,” he added. “It’s best to start treating mold because it’s easier than treating Bartonella.”

Dr Nathan said once mold treatment has been carried out, “the immune system will start working” and then you’ll have much more success treating Bartonella.

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This article was written by Lyme Support ( – Your Healing Connection. Lyme Support is a support network for people affected by tick borne illnesses. We are your ally on your healing journey and connect you with resources and education so you can find the healing path that works best for you. Lyme Support can refer you to hospitals in Germany and Mexico offering advanced holistic Lyme protocols. We can also provide personalized health coaching using a functional medicine approach.

For anyone struggling with a Lyme-like illness, a hospital that treats the body as a whole can offer a great deal of help. If you’d like more information about these specialized hospitals, we can help schedule you at a hospital and provide education on treatments. We strive to advocate for tick-borne illness by writing articles and speaking at conferences and support groups. Share you story with Lyme Support, where we understand your journey.

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