This is a reference and support group for
Lyme (and associated diseases) patients, their care givers,
medical professionals, and anyone else interested in knowing
more about this disease and how to cope with it. We are a
service of the Arizona Lyme Disease Association AZLDA.
Larry and Marie
presenting Dr.Cowden with an appreciation plaque for his
talks on autism
Dr. Jennifer Smith, NMD will be presenting on
topics such as Chronic Inflammatory Response
and the biotoxin pathway and how this relates to
Lyme Disease/MSIDS as well as Mast Cell
Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 1-3pm
Pyle Adult Recreation Center – Prescott Room
655 East Southern Avenue Tempe, AZ
Those suffering from Lyme Disease/MSIDS are
welcome to attend. Feel free to bring your
family and/or friends. Practitioners will be
allowed entrance. This meeting is OPEN TO THE
The suggested donation for admittance is between
$3-$5 dollars per person. Any donation of
$20 dollars or more is a tax write off.
Please refrain from wearing any scents with
respect for our chemically sensitive
Jennifer Smith is a
Naturopathic Physician, who currently practices
at Lifestream Wellness Clinic in Scottsdale, AZ.
She has extensive training in complex chronic
disease, Lyme disease and chronic inflammatory
response syndrome (CIRS). She is a Lyme
literate physician and member of the
International Lyme and Associated Diseases
Society (ILADS). She is certified by Dr Ritchie
Shoemaker for the treatment of biotoxin-mediated
illness and certified in environmental medicine.
She received her Bachelor
of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in
Religious Studies from Arizona State
University. She completed her Doctorate in
Naturopathic Medicine from Southwest College of
Naturopathic Medicine. After graduating she
completed a 6-month internship with Dr Deborah
Ardolf ND in immunology and autoimmune disease,
and then was granted a one-year residency at the
American Center for Biological Medicine with
Dickson Thom, DDS, ND and Jeoffrey Drobot, NMD.
Dr. Smith chose to become
certified by Dr Shoemaker in biotoxin mediated
illness after her best friend became deathly ill
due to an exposure to mold. It took almost 2
years before her friend was able to find a
physician that could help her. This physician,
a certified “Shoemaker” physician, was able to
restore her health.
After hearing Dr.
Shoemaker lecture on CIRS and the biotoxin
pathway, it resonated with her. It felt like
the answer to a missing piece that she was
witnessing in many of her patients and
completely translatable to Lyme disease. Lyme
disease and mold illness tend to go hand in hand
because they both activate the same biotoxin
pathway. With each presenting a similar set of
signs and symptoms, she has learned it is often
necessary to take a step back and look at the
inflammatory response during treatment. With
this approach she has found that many of her
Lyme patients are able to regain their health
without the use of long-term antibiotic
With a blend of
naturopathic approaches and conventional
treatment styles, Dr Smith incorporates
treatment not only to address physical ailments
but also to address the spiritual and emotional
wellbeing of her patients. Her drive and
compassion to get to the underlying cause of
illness is what keeps her constantly searching
for innovative ideas and solutions to help her
patients regain their health.
The first hour is
dedicated to an educational topic,
the second hour is for group and emotional support.
River Center Branch Library. Library is located at 5605
E. River Rd
at the northeast corner of River and Craycroft, on the
ground floor section on the northeast corner of the
area information- Email:
Wellness First located at 3861 N. First Ave., Tucson, AZ
Meeting locations may vary:
Dusenberry River Branch Library
5605 E. River Road
(meetings at Dusenberry Library are 2-4 pm) or
Wellness First 3861 N. First Ave.
(meetings at Wellness First are 3-5 pm)
LOCATING OUR MONTHLY MEETINGS IS EASY
Please check the meeting reminders to find the location
and time of the meeting you plan to attend.
Our meetings generally take place at one of two
1.Dusenberry River Branch Library, 5605 East
River Road, (Northeast Corner of River and Craycroft, on
Ground Floor Section of Whole Foods Strip Mall.)
Meetings at Dusenberry River Branch Library are
scheduled from 2pm til 4pm unless otherwise noted.
2. Wellness First, 3861 N. First Avenue
(the address is the only signage on the building...look
for LARGE NUMBERS on WEST SIDE of road) Location is one
block south of Roger Road on the west side of First
Avenue. There is a large patio wall with address visible
from the street. Also, there is a red mailbox right next
to the driveway.
2-3 pm -
Tiffany Hodges P.T., DPT, OMPT from Agility Spine and Sports
Physical Therapy of Tucson, will speak on the topic of "Dry Needling and
Other Modalities for Pain Control". Trigger Point Dry Needling (TDN)
utilizes thin filament needles to deactivate and desensitize trigger point
knots in muscles. The procedure can result in alleviation of pain and
increased muscle function, along with greater blood flow to promote
healing. TDN has been successful in cases where other soft tissue
techniques are unable to resolve pain issues involving trigger points.
Tiffany holds a Doctorate in Physical Therapy, along with certifications
both in Orthopedic Manipulative Physical Therapy, and Trigger Point Dry
Needling. She has also undergone training qualifying her to work with
Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction, lymphedema and women's pelvic floor
issues. She has interest in orthopedics, sports injuries, women's health and
neuromuscular movement/balance retraining.
For more information on Dry Needling or other pain modalities offered
2 -3 pm Tibetan Singing Bowls. Experience the power of ancient
3-4 pm Support and Sharing
April 14, Saturday
2 -3 pm Low Dose Naltrexone (LDA): Discussion of the benefits
for those with chronic Lyme Disease on the Immune system, for Pain and
3-4 pm Support and Sharing
May 12, Saturday
Location and topic TBA
LYME IN THE NEWS AND VIEWS
1. Watch/listen to Dr. Christine Green's 37 minute talk on Lyme Stealth Pathogens presented at the recent MyLymeData California conference www.lymedisease.org LYMEPOLICYWONK: Video of Dr. Christine Green’s MyLymeData talk. Go to lymedisease.org and scroll, down to Dr. Christine’s talk.
2. On June 29, 2017, Lord Astor of Hever gave a speech about Lyme in the Queens Speech debate in Parliament in the UK. Lord Astor called for mandatory training of doctors in Lyme disease and castigated the IDSA guidelines that British health officals follow. Lord Astor of Hever's daughter suffers with Lyme. The speech gained international coverage as US charity lymedisease.org reported on the speech as did Dr. Richard Horowitz, a noted Lyme Literate physician and author from the United States.
3. www.ilads.org Offers basic information about Lyme, ILADS position paper, officers and directors, events, articles and presentations, related sites and membership application.
4. MyLymeData.org needs your involvement. Help collect valuable data on Lyme disease. Your confidential input will help to make a huge contribution towards finding a cure. Our goal is 500 Lyme patients from Arizona be registered by the end of the year. This research is expected to gather more data about Lyme disease than any previously published research study. Its goal is to build a patient-centered research community. That’s what patient-powered research is about! For an example on the survey's outcome relating to the frequency of misdiagnosis with other neurological conditions see a blog written by Lorraine Johnston https://www.lymedisease.org/lymepolicywonk-antibiotics-ms/
*MyLymeData.org needs your involvement. Help collect valuable data on Lyme disease. Your confidential input will help to make a huge contribution towards finding a cure. Currently we have approximately 80 participants from Arizona. Our goal is 500 from Arizona by the end of the year. There are well over 7,000 participants nationally and growing. MyLymeData (www.mylymedate.org) uses big data research tools that allow patients to quickly and privately pool their data to determine which treatments work best. This research is expected to gather more data about Lyme disease than any previously published research study. Its goal is to build a patient-centered research community. That’s what patient-powered research is about!For an example on the survey's outcome relating to the frequency of misdiagnosis with other neurological conditions see a blog written by Lorraine Johnston https://www.lymedisease.org/lymepolicywonk-antibiotics-ms/ *The Lyme Disease Association announces that Richard Horowitz, MD, has released his second book, “How Can I Get Better? An Action Plan for Treating Resistant Lyme and Chronic Disease”. This edition contains important scientific updates on Lyme, other borrelia species, associated co-infections (such as Babesia, Bartonella, rickettsia infections, and Tularemia) with a new chapter on pulsing and “persisters.”
*The Lyme Disease Association announces that its 18th Annual Lyme & Tick-Borne Diseases Scientific Conference will be held September 23 & 24, 2017 in Philadelphia, PA at the Hilton Penn’s Landing. This series of past conferences held in cities across the US have included the top researchers in the US and the world on topics that include Lyme disease testing, the mechanisms of disease persistence, Lyme disease treatment and antibiotics, biomarkers, neurologic and cardiac Lyme, case studies, other tick-borne diseases, epidemiology, and tick control.
CURRENT VIDEOS YOU MAY WANT TO VIEW:
Watch/listen to Dr. Christine Green's 37 minute talk on Lyme Stealth Pathogens presented at the the recent MyLymeData California conference www.lymedisease.org LYMEPOLICYWONK: Video of Dr. Christine Green’s MyLymeData talk. Go to lymedisease.org and scroll,down to Dr. Christine’s talk.
Watch: Lord Astor of Hever: British House of Lords speech today - UK 29-06-2017Lord Astor called for mandatory training of doctors in Lyme disease, and castigated the IDSA guidelines…
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