01 Jan 2014 No Comments
Review: Why Can’t I Get Better?: Solving the Mystery of Lyme and Chronic Disease by Dr. Richard Horowitz
From one of the country’s foremost doctors comes a ground-breaking book about diagnosing, treating and healing Lyme, and peeling away the layers that lead to chronic disease.
You may not know that you have Lyme. It can mimic every disease process including Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, autoimmune conditions like MS, psychiatric conditions like depression and anxiety, and cause significant memory and concentration problems, mimicking early dementia. It is called the “Great Imitator,” and inaccurate testing—combined with a fierce, ongoing debate that questions chronic infection—makes it difficult for sufferers to find effective care.
When Dr. Richard Horowitz moved to the Hudson Valley over two decades ago to start his own medical practice, he had no idea that he was jumping into a hotbed of Lyme disease. He would soon realize that many of the chronic disease diagnoses people were receiving were also the result of Lyme—and he would discover how once-treatable infections, in the absence of timely intervention, could cause disabling conditions. In a field where the number of cases is growing exponentially around the world and answers remain elusive, Dr. Horowitz has treated over 12,000 patients and made extraordinary progress. His plan represents a crucial paradigm shift, without which the suffering will continue.
In this book, Dr. Horowitz:
• Breaks new ground with a 16 Point Differential Diagnostic Map, the basis for his revolutionary Lyme treatment plan, and an overarching approach to treating all chronic illness.
• Introduces MSIDS, or Multiple Systemic Infectious Disease Syndrome, a new lens on chronic illness that may prove to be an important missing link.
• Covers in detail Lyme’s leading symptoms and co-infections, including immune dysfunction, sleep disorders, chronic pain and neurodegenerative disorders – providing a unique functional and integrative health care model, based on the most up-to-date scientific research, for physicians and health care providers to effectively treat Lyme and other chronic illnesses.
Cutting through the frustration, misinformation and endless questions, Dr. Horowitz’s enlightening story of medical discovery, science and politics is an all-in-one source for patients of chronic illness to identify their own symptoms and work with their doctors for the best possible treatment outcome.
First, I want to emphasize that this is not easy reading material. While, Dr. Horowitz does his best to break the information down into easy to understand chunks, the content is comprehensive and highly scientific. For the average person, this is the type of book requiring time and concentration. For those in the medical profession, this is an absolute must read.
I’ve had a lifetime of health problems and have a list of diagnoses containing words like ‘chronic’ and ‘idiopathic’. Finally, five years ago, I was diagnosed with chronic, late-stage Lyme disease. Even with that knowledge, my doctors have been at a loss as to how to help me. Various treatments have buried me financially while doing very little (if anything) to improve my health. This book explains everything I’ve gone through, connecting all the seemingly random symptoms and complications I’ve experienced throughout the years.
Unfortunately, traveling to see Dr. Horowitz for treatment isn’t an option for me at this time. Also, the average person simply cannot afford all the recommended supplements and medications. Many of us who have faced years of chronic health problems will not be able to afford his recommended protocol, particularly since insurance companies are given so much power in deciding what we do and do not need for treatment. I am lucky to have a doctor who is totally open to alternative treatments, and I plan to bring her this book. With luck, we’ll happen about the right combination of treatment and affordability.
Dr. Horowitz offers tremendous insight into many chronic health problems, from Lyme disease to fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, MS, and much more. He has risked his career and reputation in order to help those of us the medical system has failed so miserably. For that alone, he has my eternal gratitude.
Thanks for reading.