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Today’s interview is with a fellow Naturopathic Doctor, Marie Matheson. Marie practices in Ottawa and the almost exclusive focus of her practice is Lyme disease and associated chronic infections. While you may at first glance think that this doesn’t apply to you, I couldn’t disagree more. You see, at the end of the day, when we back up and try to understand where disease comes from, it usually comes from two sources: infections and exposures. We don’t just talk about Lyme, we talk about this notion of stealth infections, the idea that we gain exposures at times that we don’t even recognize; and those organisms lie dormant in our systems until we are tired, until we go through trauma, until our immune systems can no longer keep them at bay. If you are a citizen of the world, then this interview is for you.
[2:35] When Dr. Matheson’s niece was bitten by a tick it made her realize that she didn’t have the adequate knowledge to treat Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses.
[4:40] What is a stealth infection?
[6:13] What is Lyme disease and how does an acute manifestation differ from a chronic manifestation?
[9:20] Other insects besides ticks can carry Lyme, and it can also be sexually transmitted.
[10:55] How can you prevent these infections? Are certain people more susceptible?
[15:40] Dr. Matheson treats a lot of truck drivers. Here’s why.
[16:39] Due to lack of education, there are some controversies about Lyme and its treatment.
[20:47] Naturopathic doctors look at illness holistically. Most conventionally trained doctors won’t do that.
[24:03] How should you test for Lyme?
[26:00] A vaccine for Lyme would not be effective at preventing the illness.
[28:24] What is a spirochete? What is a biofilm?
[30:32] Lyme is a much more imminent threat than Zika.
[32:32] If you feel you have been misdiagnosed or your treatment isn’t working, you should consider that you may be dealing with Lyme.
[36:39] Treatment for acute Lyme is totally different than that for chronic Lyme.
[40:43] Prevention is the best cure for Lyme.
[42:34] How should you remove a tick?
[45:00] Health is physical, emotional, and spiritual balance.
[47:33] Dr. Matheson wants her legacy to be that she helped to reduce suffering from chronic illness.
[54:08] Let’s look at Dr. Matheson’s key performance indicators!
[1:00:47] Here’s how to follow Dr. Matheson.
Mentioned in This Episode:
“You can eat really well and be a stressed-out person and you’ll be sick all the time.”
“A stealth infection is persistent and is resistant to a lot of treatments.”
“We’re talking about a real epidemic here. I think this exceeds the seriousness of HIV.”
“It’s not the bug, it’s the terrain.”
“The absence of proof is not proof of absence.”
“There is hope for all of us with chronic illness, we can get better.”
MORE ABOUT DR. MARIE MATHESON
Dr. Matheson has a professional interest in infectious causes of chronic and complex autoimmune illnesses. She has a specialization in Lyme Disease and other tick-borne illnesses caused by co-infections. Her family practice focuses on patients with Chronic Parasitic/Fungal/Viral Infections, PANDA’s/PANS, Autism (ASD), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, SIBO, desensitizing to severe environmental and food allergies and other severe digestive disorders.
Dr. Matheson believes in preventative medicine and the importance of determining the causal chain of illness by addressing toxicities at a cellular level. Using her assessment tool of Auricular Medicine, Dr. Matheson uncovers blockages and underlying imbalances that have created symptoms, to allow the body to self-heal and auto-regulate.
Dr. Matheson is a licensed ND in the province of Ontario. After completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Kinetics from the University of Ottawa in 1998, Dr. Matheson completed her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine in 2005 at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in B.C. and was honoured with the Award for Acupuncture Excellence.
She is registered with the College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO), the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND), the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND), and the Canadian Society of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture (CSCMA). She is also a member of the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS), and completed their Physicians Training Program with Dr. Charles Ray Jones, MD in Connecticut, who is arguably one of the top Lyme Disease practitioners in the US.
Learn more about Dr. Matheson here.
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