Areas of Focus
Tick Borne Diseases
Dr Brown was diagnosed with Lyme disease and Babesiosis in 2016. Since then she has mentored with a Lyme Literate physician in the Denver area and now treats these illnesses with compassion and understanding. These are complex illnesses that often involve multiple complicating and coexisting abnormal conditions in the body such as:
- Mold toxicity
- Mast Cell Activation Syndrome
- Extreme hypersensitivity
- EMF toxicity
- Severe adrenal fatigue
- POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome)
- Glyphosate toxicity
- SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth)
- Yeast overgrowth
Dr Brown’s approach is cautious and individual. There is no “one size fits all” in the treatment of these illnesses. Everyone’s response to various treatments is unique. She will work with you to find the treatments that support your healing while trying to avoid adverse reactions such as prolonged herxing.
Dr Brown was fortunate to be trained in the Shoemaker protocol for identifying and treating mold toxicity. Although she no longer follows this protocol in detail, it has formed a foundation for understanding this complex illness. She finds that its symptoms are very similar to those of chronic Tick Borne Diseases and often coexists with them. Both conditions must be addressed for wellness to be achieved, and living in a clean environment is essential to recovery.
This condition is seen in a subset of Tick Borne Disease (TBD) patients and is characterized by a propensity to herx easily, and difficulty finding treatments that are well tolerated. These are also patients who can have a long term worsening of symptoms when given some forms of treatment, particularly when treatment is pursued aggressively. The key to working with these patients is to proceed very slowly with very small doses of medications and supplements. Since Dr Brown has hyper-reactivity herself, she has been very motivated to learn all that she can about how to best help these patients.
Mast Cell Activation Syndrome is a common condition in hyper-reactive patients. It is caused by the over-reactivity of a subset of white blood cells called mast cells. These cells excrete substances that are very inflammatory, and when they rupture, they release large amounts of histamine. The resulting inflammation makes all of your symptoms worse. The good news is that treating it makes all of your symptoms better.
Low Dose Immunotherapy is a unique way of interacting with and calming the immune system. For many patients with chronic inflammatory illnesses, the majority of their symptoms actually come from their immune system’s over-reaction to the infections/toxins rather than from the infections or toxins themselves. This over-reactive state becomes a major driver of their illness. Low Dose Immunotherapy is a way to teach your immune system not to overreact. We present very low dilutions of various antigens to your immune system by placing a small amount of fluid under the tongue. At the right dose, we are able to quiet the immune system and therefore reduce symptoms dramatically.
LDI can also be used in the treatment of other chronic inflammatory conditions such as autoimmune disorders, interstitial cystitis, eczema, and even acne.