Madison Nagle Madison Nagle | December 6, 2019 | Interviews
With the rise of the infectious Lyme Disease seen worldwide, Lyme Mexico Clinic offers patients new hope with its wide range of innovative treatment. The application of fundamental scientific intelligence and common sense to a modern complex problem is what sets the clinic apart and the facility’s geographic location in the town of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico allows for slightly more aggressive approaches and international practices that are not yet available in countries, such as the United States, Canada and Australia. In addition, in some cases, patients have even been able to get reimbursed from their insurance policies.
The insect-borne disease victims are faced with extremely limited resources or treatment options in countries such as the United States as very little money is devoted to Lyme research and doctors are told by their affiliate organizations that Lyme Disease can be cured with a quick fix of a two-week course of antibiotics, - which has proven woefully and undisputedly inadequate. Because the disease can manifest in a countless number of ways from gut issues, joint and muscle pain, and hearing and vision problems, and involve the literal “shutdown” of the immune system, it must be treated by “Lyme literate” specialists, such as Lyme Mexico Clinic’s Dr. Omar Morales, who treat the disease with an integrated systemic approach.
Dr. Morales, who is on the Board of Directors of ILADS (International Lyme & Associated Diseases Society), utilized his transfusion medicine background and blood bank resources to implement a novel way of treating patients. He learned that red-blood cell exchanges proved to be successful in eradicating Babesia and this lead him to continue learning and advancing intricate protocols to address Lyme Disease and other co-infections. He strongly believes that with effective medical research and analysis, the healthcare community will agree that a multidisciplinary and integrative approach is the only way to fight the immense challenge of Lyme disease.
“Once I understood that Babesia is a strict intracellular parasite of the red blood cells and that conventional antimicrobials failed to reduce the number of active parasites, it became clear to me that if I could replace the infected red blood cells of a patient for healthy ones of a carefully selected donor, then I would be able to decrease the parasite load in some cases from 20% to less than 1% -- *the remaining parasites would now respond to the antimicrobial therapy and die once and for all. This had to be carefully studied and the technique perfected to avoid transfusion complications. At the end, I was able to establish a pathogen inactivation protocol for all the blood units used in order to secure the wellbeing of the patient from all aspects. To date, this remains the best option for severe cases of Babesia which had been unresponsive to conventional and unconventional approaches, making it the new treatment of choice as the international guidelines have stated,” Dr. Morales said.
Lyme Mexico Clinic offers advanced, effective and ever-evolving treatments in the realm of apheresis techniques, such as photopheresis, red-blood cell exchange, plasmapheresis, dendritic cell vaccines, hyperthermia, intravenous detoxification, immune support, and low dose immunotherapy, in conjunction with methodical application of oxidative therapies, such as high dose ozone, intravenous nano silver and UV light.
“It is important to remember that Lyme is not treated the same by all doctors. You will find that the opinion on diagnosing and treating Lyme is deeply divided within the medical community, especially for Lyme that is not cured by short-term treatment. Doctors are divided on how they view Lyme treatment. Some believe that short-term antibiotic therapy cures Lyme: if you are still sick, then you are suffering from an autoimmune response, you have another on-going infection or an unknown syndrome. Other doctors such as myself believe that if you still have symptoms after initial treatment you most likely are dealing with a persistent and chronic Lyme infection which can progressively affect most if not all the organs and should be treated carefully and individualized depending on each case, for however long is necessary to see improvement. The different views on how to treat Lyme has resulted in these two standards of care,” Dr. Morales said.
For more information on Lyme Disease and the innovative treatments offered at Lyme Mexico clinic, visit www.lymemexico.com.