Episode #44: Psychotherapist Debra Sloss is joined by Judith Ain and Family Medicine Physician Assistant and Integrative Medicine Specialist Dr. Cynthia Quattro to discuss the tick-borne illness Lyme Disease and the mental health effects associated with this disease. Judith shares her personal story of deteriorating health until she was diagnosed with Lyme Disease and how she’s learned to live with long-term symptoms. She talks about the impact that discouragement and fatigue have had on her life, how she continues to find ways to care for herself, manage her symptoms, and contribute to her community. Dr. Quattro offers information about the bacterium that causes Lyme Disease, how to access diagnosis and treatment from Lyme-Literate providers who are doctors with extensive experience with Lyme disease, and common co-infections. She also offers information about integrative treatment approaches.
Special thanks to Jeanne Baldzikowski for audio production, Jennifer Young for underwriting outreach, Lisa Herendeen for research, Leslie Nielsen for In Your Voice Coordination and Izzy Weisz for marketing. And thanks to acoustic guitarist Adrian Legg for composing, performing, and donating the use of our theme music.
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Article About Preventive Measures – ‘Officials urge caution as tick season begins: Western black-legged ticks, common in winter, can transmit Lyme.’ (online) Santa Cruz Sentinel, 22 December, 2019.
Five Branches University – A clinic in Santa Cruz that provides Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and integrative healthcare since 1984.
Dr. Warren Klausner’s website – local doctor who treats Lyme Disease. Page also includes a link to a tool that can help people assess the likelihood that they might have Lyme and or other tick-borne diseases.
IGeneX – Well respected lab that tests for Lyme and other tick-borne diseases
The International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society – Resource to find Lyme-literate doctors
Bay Area Lyme Foundation – Free tick testing www.bayarealyme.org
Lyme Disease.org – Education and information, research & advocacy. Publisher of the Lyme Times.
Global Lyme Alliance – Offering education to patients and professionals including information about Lyme Disease prevention.
MyLymeData – Patient data base. MyLymeData uses big data research tools that allow patients to quickly and privately pool their data to determine which treatments work best.
Multiple Systemic Infectious Diseases Syndrome (MSIDS) QUESTIONAIRE – “MSIDS is a symptom complex of Lyme disease and multiple associated tick-borne co- infections that encompasses not only infections with Borrelia burgdorferi, the etiological agent of Lyme Disease, but also other bacterial infections, viral infections, parasitic infections, and fungal infections.”
Psychiatric Lyme Disease Brochure – For Mental Health Professionals by ILADS. What every mental health specialist should know about Lyme and tick-borne illness.
The California Department of Public Health – Some helpful information on prevention of tick-borne diseases
Why Can’t I Get Better? Solving the Mystery of Lyme and Chronic Disease by Richard Horowitz
Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence by Rick Hanson
Under Your Skin –- Powerful documentary about Lyme Disease
Mindfulness & Other Resources
Mindfulness Meditation for Pain Relief – Guided Practices for Reclaiming Your Body and Your Life with Jon Kabat-Zinn
Kaiser Permanente –Guided Meditations – Free guided meditations for various health conditions and wellness topics
Good Medicine – How to Turn Pain into Compassion with Tonglen – A talk by Pema Chodron
Capacitar Emergency Response Tool Kit
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Cynthia Quattro – A Physician Assistant and Doctor of Acupuncture, practices Integrative Health Medicine. She offers a nutrition based medical practice promoting a healthy lifestyle and gentle Japanese style acupuncture. Her practice focuses on a health care plan designed to promote wellness and prevent chronic diseases. She treats chronic diseases, including Lyme disease, metabolism and hormone imbalances, and cognitive changes.
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