The field of tick-borne disease (TBD) is complex and ever-evolving. With recent research providing measurable evidence of how Naturopathic medical interventions impact the initial infection and progression of TBD, functional medicine clinicians have a tremendous opportunity to change the course of a patient’s journey with Lyme disease and co-infections through individualized care in both the acute and chronic stages of illness. This lecture is an overview of the pathophysiology of Lyme disease causing species of Borrelia as well as Babesia. It includes a deep dive into the biochemical pathways involved in infection, a four-pronged approach to treatment, and naturopathic interventions to support healing at every step. CEU: 1 (OBNM)
MYRIAH HINCHEY, ND BIOGRAPHY Dr. Myriah Hinchey is a Connecticut-licensed naturopathic physician and the founder/medical director of TAO: Center for Vitality, Longevity, & Optimal Health, an integrative medical center for healing located in Hebron, Connecticut. Following graduation from naturopathic medical school, Dr. Hinchey completed a mentorship with renowned functional medicine pediatrician, Nancy O’Hara, MD, MPH, FAAP. During her time with Dr. O’Hara, she became aware of how frequently Lyme and tick-borne disease are underlying issues for children with ASD and PANS/PANDAS. Later, she herself was diagnosed with multiple tick-borne illnesses, and found herself immersed in the work of Master Herbalist Stephen Buhner. His evidence based herbal approach to healing Lyme disease and co-infections inspired her to correspond with him in developing products and treatment protocols, which ultimately led to the protocols that she used to heal herself and her patients. Dr. Hinchey has continued to advance her clinical practice by studying under pioneering Lyme physicians Dr. Tom Moorcroft, Dr. Richard Horowitz, and Dr. Neil Nathan; mycotoxin specialist, Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker; and lifestyle and functional medicine doctors, Dr. Mark Hyman and Dr. Jeffrey Bland. Rooted in functional and naturopathic medicine, Dr. Hinchey shares her unique approach to Lyme and co-infections with other practitioners by lecturing at medical conferences, including the annual meetings of the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS) and the Connecticut Naturopathic Physicians Association, of which she is an active member. In addition to her clinical work at TAO Vitality, Dr. Hinchey is the owner of LymeCore Botanicals™, a tick-borne disease-focused herbal medicine company. LymeCore™ is the proud sponsor of many Lyme-focused continuing education events. In 2019, Dr. Hinchey hosted the first Eastern Connecticut Lyme Conference, which sought to empower patients to take charge of their clinical care and heal from Lyme disease. Since then, that regional movement has evolved into a nationally targeted multimedia company, LymeBytes™. LymeBytes™ endeavors to educate both healthcare providers and the public on effective Lyme diagnosis and treatment, bringing together practitioners and patients for in-person and virtual education and community-building opportunities.
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