Friday, March 15, 2013

Steven Harris, MD shares Lyme Treatment Strategy

Below is an excerpt from a book about Lyme disease entitled: 

Insights Into Lyme Disease Treatment: 13 Lyme-Literate Health Care Practitioners Share Their Healing Strategies

by Maureen Mcshane M.D., Thirteen Lyme-Literate Doctors, Connie Strasheim
(You can easily find this book on Amazon or elsewhere.)

The first chapter of this book is written by Steve Harris. He is a Lyme-literate doctor in the Redwood City California area, which is near San Francisco. They have very graciously reprinted the entire first chapter of the book for your reading pleasure. I have been a patient of Dr. Harris, and I highly recommend him. He is a wide grasp of Lyme disease and its various complications. Here is his concise diagnosis and treatment plan, all in one fairly quick read. 

Redwood City, California


Steven J. Harris, M.D. has been in private practice since 2001. Dr. Harris is a medical doctor (MD), board certified in Family Practice. His private practice was operated as a sole proprietorship until 2006, after which time he formed a California medical corporation, Pacific Frontier Medical, Inc.

Since 2001, Dr. Harris has focused his practice on the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease and other tick-borne co-infections. He believes that chronic, persistent Lyme is an epidemic in the United States, but that there are many effective treatments available to those infected. His approach to Lyme disease incorporates strategies found in conventional, functional and complementary medicine.

Dr. Harris has taken a leadership role in CALDA (The California Lyme Disease Association), a research, patient advocate and education group which has been largely responsible for spearheading favorable legislation protecting patients' rights, expanding Lyme disease awareness and fostering continued public health education.

Dr. Harris is also an active member of ILADS, (The International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society). This is a professional medical society of physicians and scientists which has become the de facto authority on effective treatment for chronic Lyme disease and is a rational counterbalance to the prevailing opinions of the IDSA (Infectious Disease Society of America), which refutes the existence of chronic Lyme disease. ILADS has focused its efforts on global physician education in order to increase the number of treating physicians available to those with Lyme.

There is currently a huge shortage of treating physicians for those with chronic Lyme disease, particularly on the West Coast. As a result, over the past three years, Dr. Harris has maintained three operating practices in various cities (Malibu, Redwood City and in Dr. Tod Thoring's practice in Arroyo Grande) in order to provide maximum geographic coverage for patients in California, Oregon and Washington. In June 2007, two new practitioners were recruited in order to increase operating efficiency and the size of the practice. Dr. Harris projects that the practice will now have more resources, with the capacity to receive twice as many patients as before.

Read the rest of the chapter here:

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