One of Dr. Maiella’s specialties and passions is the treatment of Lyme disease. She has been a member of the International Lyme and Associated Disease Society (ILADS) for the past 5 years, and subscribes to the school of thought that Lyme Disease can indeed be a very chronic and debilitating disease. Although Dr. Maiella is a naturopathic physician, she does advocate the use of antibiotic therapy, though, she realizes the importance of treating the whole body.
Dr. Maiella’s approach is multi-leveled and integrates herbal medicine with conventional pharmaceuticals. The whole body is strengthened first, as it needs to be strong to endure the treatment for Lyme disease. For many patients, Dr. Maiella will suggest a 4-6 week detox period, at which time other organic diseases and biological toxins, such as parasites, candida spp., molds and heavy metals are are evaluated for and treated. Depending on the individual, dietary restrictions/additions are suggested, and are often times, rather crucial to the healing process.
Modalities used in the treatment of Lyme disease include antibiotics, herbal medicines, diet and various other supplements, which are individualized to meet the needs of the particular patient. Dr. Maiella’s integrative approach assists the body in healing itself, as opposed to simply using antibiotics to destroy the organism that causes Lyme disease.
Lyme disease can often lead a person down a spiritual path of healing as well. So much of the medicine and healing is from listening and true validation alone. I encourage (and sometimes require) that my patients have a therapist or a spiritual teacher/guide, to help them grow from the suffering of chronic illness.
Many of Dr. Maiella’s patients are very pleased because the treatment protocol is not expensive, and is relatively easy to follow. The success rate has been very high using this integrative approach.
Dr. Maiella not only treats patients with Lyme disease, but lectures around New England on the topic of Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses. To book Dr. Maiella for your venue, please contact 413.367.9350 and ask for Paula.
Also, please ask us about “Tic-Kits,” which are pre-paid kits that allow you to test a suspect tick for a number of tick borne illnesses, including:
Borrelia Burgdorferi , B. afzelii, B.garinii, B. sensu stricto
Babesia species: B. divergens, B.microti, B. sp. EU1
Bartonella species: B. henselae, B. quintana
Ehrlichia species: E. chaffeensi, E. ewengii, Anaplasma phagocytophilum