You may not know that you have Lyme. It can mimic every disease process, including Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, autoimmune conditions like MS, psychiatric conditions like depression and anxiety, and cause significant memory and concentration problems, mimicking early dementia. It is called the "Great Imitator," and inaccurate testing - combined with a fierce, ongoing debate that questions chronic infection - makes it difficult for sufferers to find effective care.
When Dr. Richard Horowitz moved to the Hudson Valley over two decades ago to start his own medical practice, he had no idea that he was jumping into a hotbed of Lyme disease. He would soon realize that many of the chronic disease diagnoses people were receiving were also the result of Lyme - and he would discover how once-treatable infections, in the absence of timely intervention, could cause disabling conditions. In a field where the number of cases is growing exponentially around the world and answers remain elusive, Dr. Horowitz has treated over 12,000 patients and made extraordinary progress. His plan represents a crucial paradigm shift, without which the suffering will continue.
In this audiobook, Dr. Horowitz breaks new ground with a "Sixteen-Point Differential Diagnostic Map," the basis for his revolutionary Lyme treatment plan, and an overarching approach to treating all chronic illness. Introduces MSIDS, or Multiple Systemic Infectious Disease Syndrome, a new lens on chronic illness that may prove to be an important missing link. Covers in detail Lyme's leading symptoms and co-infections, including immune dysfunction, sleep disorders, chronic pain and neurodegenerative disorders - providing a unique functional and integrative health care model, based on the most up-to-date scientific research, for physicians and health care providers to effectively treat Lyme and other chronic illnesses.
Cutting through the frustration, misinformation and endless questions, Dr. Horowitz's enlightening story of medical discovery, science, and politics is an all-in-one source for patients of chronic illness to identify their own symptoms and work with their doctors for the best possible treatment outcome.
©2013 Richard I. Horowitz (P)2013 Tantor
"If you have suffered from unexplained, chronic or hard-to-treat illness, this audiobook is your pathway to health." (Mark Hyman, M.D., author of The Blood Sugar Solution)
Very long medical books like this can be a trial to get through. But let me tell you, this book is amazing. It is mostly about Lyme disease, but even if you do not have Lyme I think you can learn a lot about how the right doctor with the right focus can attack a patient's chronic illness. There are a lot of terms in here that you, and probably most doctors don't even know. The audiobook put me to sleep plenty of times, but it was absolutely a crucial read and they definitely picked the right narrator. Amazing book. Seriously.
This excellent book by Dr. Horowitz's represents a groundbreaking contribution to the emerging science of integrative neuroimmunology and the well being of chronically ill patients everywhere. I am very thankful for having had the opportunity to assimilate the volumes of useful information it readily provides, describing the complex topics of healing the human immune system in plain language. I just gave my favorite MD a copy of it today. My only regret is in having been ill and needing to have read it so earnestly. Why not get better?
Thank You Dr. Horowitz
I am a 27 year old nurse pursuing a nurse practitioner degree. My favorite book genres are: fantasy, science fiction, medicine and sociology
Note that I am a nurse that is studying to be a nurse practitioner.
This book was a big surprise to me. I see chronically ill patients all the time, and I never considered conditions such as Lyme disease or babesia. I was amazed by the wide spectrum of symptoms that often get diagnosed as other conditions. In particular, I was amazed to read stories about patients that, when treated, recovered from chronic pain, disability (going from completely wheelchair bound to walking), and recovery from psychiatric symptoms.
This is a very important read for nurses, doctors, nurse practitioners and the like. Similarly, I highly recommend this book to those that have suffered from chronic conditions and haven't received answers as to why they weren't improving.
geeky book music person
I'm glad I got this audiobook, because it can listen while writing up my clients notes after working with them. It's very detailed; everything is very well explained and examples abound. The case histories are interesting. The only negative I can say is that the narrator's pronunciation is not always correct. Maybe in some parts of the world, things are pronounced the way he says them, but it drives me crazy. The most important thing is, pronunciation aside, the information is very helpful and in my opinion, accurate. True works from the front lines of the Lyme wars!
I've read many books about Lyme and co-infections and this one is unique. Good because it is helpful to the clinician, and understandable for a patient who really wants to know. Most Lyme patients really are very well educated because they have to be. Might as well know the best current information.
Characters were not the problem. It was his pronunciation of certain medical terms that set my teeth on edge.
The general public would never watch a movie made from this book.
If you are a clinician working with Lyme and co-infections, get this book. If you are a Lyme patient who really wants to be informed, get this book!
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