Are My Anxiety and Depression Due to Lyme Disease?

-Dr Richard Horowitz

Tick-borne illnesses imitate common disorders and worsen psychological symptoms.

Lyme disease is known as “the great imitator” and is now spreading worldwide in epidemic proportions, mimicking every known medical condition seen in a doctor’s office. I have seen over 12,000 chronic Lyme disease patients come through my medical center in the last 26 years, and often they tell me the same story: “Doctor, I’ve been to 10-20 physicians in the last several years, always complaining of the same symptoms and no one is able to tell me what is wrong with me. I’m tired. I have aches and pains as well as tingling, numbness and burning sensations all over my body that come and go and migrate. I have headaches and a stiff neck. The light bothers my eyes, and I’m sensitive to sound. I’m often dizzy. My memorydoesn’t work and I can’t concentrate. I have chest pain, palpitations and shortness of breath. I have sleep problems where I can’t fall asleep or frequently wake up in the middle of the night, often with associated sweats and chills. I’m depressed and anxious. The doctors have tried to find a reason for my symptoms, but all of my blood tests are negative. They’ve told me that I have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS/Myalgic encephalomyelitis), Fibromyalgia, an autoimmune disorder like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, or MS, or that it’s all in my head. I’m now on medicine for my anxiety and depression, and I’m still not feeling well. Is there anything else that I can do?”

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Low-Carbohydrate Diet Superior to Antipsychotic Medications

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At a Cutting-Edge Conference this summer, I was fortunate to participate in the groundbreakingInternational Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research(ISNPR) conference held in Bethesda, Maryland. The meeting was truly inspiring and exciting to those of us who believe that nutritional approaches are the way forward in the treatment of mental healthdisorders. While the majority of the presentations at this conference were focused on omega-3 fatty acids, microbiome research, micronutrients, and the Mediterranean diet, there were a few small breakout sessions exploring the potential benefits of ketogenic diets. Ketogenic diets are special low-carbohydrate diets that have been used to treat epilepsy for almost 100 years and show great promise in the management of a wide variety of other brain disorders.  Read More

Epigenetics: How You Can Change Your Genes And Change Your Life

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Epigenetics is a relatively new branch of genetics that has been heralded as the most important biological discovery since DNA. Until recently, it was believed you were stuck with the genes you were born with. But now it’s known that your genes get turned on and off and are expressed to greater or lesser degrees depending on lifestyle factors. Let’s take a look at what epigenetics is, how it works, and what you can do to improve your chances in the health lottery. Read More