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I was diagnosed with LD in 2009 when I was 20 years old. Last month I graduated from the University of Michigan after a delayed start in my education and am planning to go to a four-year naturopathic medicine program in the fall (I already accepted the offer and paid the deposit).

My goal is to learn all that I can of how to treat this disease, naturally. The particular school I chose offers an infectious disease specialty in the 3rd and 4th years which I plan to do. My mom just made a gofundme page which has more of my story. If you visit the website and search "Luke Lyme" you will see my picture with a University of Michigan yellow block "M" flag in the background. Thanks for reading~

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Good for you for getting thru this! And thx for wanting to treat people eventually!

We have a lot of naturopathic Lyme doctors. One idea is to check out their websites. PM me if interested.

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moss, that is wonderful. I hope it will be a really good journey for you.

Hey, you might want to keep in mind as some point through your graduate naturopathic studies that you might be able to arrange course credit at your naturopathic collage for the ILADS Physician Training Program.

There are several NDs around the country to have completed that and are now "LL ND" -- you might want to connect with some of them now, and at various points along in your studies, too.

See the LAST LINK BELOW. Other links here are just in case you might not have seen them -- or if you want to share them with others.

Best of luck and strength and adventure in your studies.

For anyone new to all this, some of the best patient education and advocacy information can be found in the many tabs & links at these top three organizations:


Lyme -

a top patient education organization, help finding a doctor, etc.


ILADS - International Lyme & Associated Diseases Society

ILADS is a nonprofit, international, multi-disciplinary medical society, dedicated to the diagnosis and appropriate treatment of Lyme and its associated diseases.

ILADS promotes understanding of Lyme through research and education

and strongly supports physicians and other health care professionals dedicated to advancing the standard of care for Lyme and its associated diseases.

Patient education & treatment information; conferences; research, and much more . . . .

ILADEF - International Lyme & Associated Diseases Educational Foundation

ILADEF Physician Training Program

[Poster's note: Ideally, any one new to lyme or other tick borne disease would do well to have a doctor who has completed such a course.]

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And, again, you have likely seen then and incorporated various protocols or items listed here in your healing journey. Yet, you might find something here worth revisiting, especially the books by

Stephen H. Buhner, a master herbalist who is exceptional in his knowledge of lyme, other tick-borne infections and various chronic stealth infections.

You might see if you could get complimentary copies of various books by some LLMDs and LL NDs or other kinds of LL professionals. They may have such help or at least reduced rates for medical students like you.

Your public library / Inter-library loan, too, might have some books.

The whole area of "chronic stealth infections" is something that many LLMDs and most LL NDs consider.

And the work of Garth Nicholson, PhD in the field of Mycoplasmas - various strains of what can be to some a stealth pathogen. His work is not listed in this group, I don't think, though it's easy to find with Google.

He's also presented many times at ILADS conferences.

Oh, and you might also be able to attend some of the ILADS conferences along the way - they might offer scholarships to medical students whether in the MD or ND course of study.

Connect with ILADS for the most current list of LL NDs so you can learn who they are and start connections with them, too.

See if any will MENTOR a medical student, specifically, yourself. Just start asking if anyone knows of a MENTORSHIP PROGRAM, whether formal or informal.

Be comfortable with asking, I hope.

They may also have suggestions for how to stay strong and balanced during the school terms. Again, the very best wishes for a good experience.

And thank you for putting forth the effort so that you may help others.

How to find an ILADS-educated LL:

N.D. (Naturopathic Doctor);

L.Ac. (Acupuncturist);

D.Ay. (Doctor of Ayurvedic Medicine);

D.O.M. (Doctor of Oriental Medicine);

D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathy);

D.C. (Doctor of Chiropractic);

Integrative / Holistic M.D., etc.

Be aware that integrative doctors can have various levels of formal herbal &/or nutritional education.

Every patient deserves to have someone with a deep knowledge base, although even doctors who have has short courses can still have their strong suites and be helpful.

Do ask first so you know their knowledge base. Some have learned on their own from experts in the field.

There are many ways to acquire knowledge and most are eager to share basic details about their training and range of knowledge so you know if it will be a good match.

Some of the specialties above may not actually treat lyme yet, for things such as physical adjustments, it is just good that they are also LL, at least to some degree (to know never to suddenly twist the neck or spine).

Links to many articles and books by holistic-minded LL doctors of various degrees who all have this basic approach in common:

Understanding of the importance of addressing the infection(s) fully head-on with specific measures from all corners of medicine;

knowing which supplements have direct impact, which are only support and which are both.

You can compare and contrast many approaches.

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