Complex Chronic Disease & Auto-Immune Disease

A significant percentage of Dr Grodski’s practice is focused on complex chronic disease – including, Chronic Fatigue, and Fibromyalgia. These conditions respond best to an integrative approach that combines the best of conventional medicine as well as that of naturopathic and Chinese medicine. Dr Grodski’s approach is individualized, meaning that while the many varied approaches to these conditions are discussed with individual patients, their needs and abilities are taken into consideration when tailoring their particular treatment regimen. Approaches are holistic, as found in that of Dr Tietelbaum’s and Dr Bested’s approaches, and include conventional, hormonal, Naturopathic, Chinese therapeutic approaches, along with LDI Therapy (Low Dose Immunotherapy), depending on the individualized circumstances and etiology.

Auto Immune Diseases that have responded to LDI treatment:

Inflammatory Bowel Disorders (Crohn’s & Ulcerative Colitis), Inflammatory Arthritis, Reactive Arthritis, Ankylosing spondylitis, ITP, Interstitial cystitis, Auto-immune thyroiditis (Hashimotos), SLE (lupus), Psoriasis, Lyme Disease, Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

For more information please see our page on Low Dose Immunotherapy (here).

One of the most recent paradigm shifts in the treatment of Lyme Disease has come in a growing recognition that while the condition has been treated as though it were an infection, it does not in fact behave as such. The real problem, and cause of illness symptoms in Lyme disease, is not the presence of these bacteria in the patient’s body, but rather the chronic immune activation against those organisms. As that is what makes the person ill.

People will become infected with these organisms (Borellia, Bartonella, Babesia, and possibly others) often long before chronic symptoms develop. It is only after the immune system decides to attack the bacteria that the symptoms and inflammation begin. There is often some inciting event that agitates the immune system and sets off this reaction; common examples include pregnancy and delivery, injury, illness, or great psychosocial stress.

LDI for Lyme disease offers an extremely effective, nontoxic, safe, inexpensive, and user-friendly means of treating this condition. The change in thinking involves switching from an “infection” model of Lyme disease to an “autoimmune disease” model. Through the use of LDI in this context, we are stopping the immune system from making auto antibodies against the tissues of the body and causing chronic Lyme symptoms.

While it is much more typical if dosing is accurate and appropriate for an individual, that symptoms will begin to improve the next day, or possibly several days or weeks after the treatment, clinicians have had also observed improvements literally within minutes. Nerve pain, tremors, and limb dysfunction have objectively improved before patients left the office.

If the dose given is too strong, the symptoms (whatever the individual symptoms of Lyme disease are) will typically flare up within 24-48 hours. These flares sometimes last just a few days, followed by dramatic improvement from their baseline or possibly just a return to their baseline. In other cases they have persisted greater than two weeks. Flare-ups are managed with anti-inflammatories and an adjustment of the subsequent dose to a lower concentration.