Radio Interview With Amy Tan And Lyme Specialist Dr Steven Harris 1/22/2014
As part of a multi-part series on Lyme disease, Amy Tan and Bay Area Lyme specialist Dr. Steven Harris As part of a multi-part series on Lyme disease, Amy Tan and Bay Area Lyme specialist Dr. Steven Harris will be interviewed tomorrow at 5pm PST on KPFA radio by Dennis Bernstein.will be interviewed tomorrow at 5pm PST on KPFA radio by Dennis Bernstein.
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About Dr Steven D Harris
Dr. Steven D. Harris is a board certified otolaryngologist that has lived and practiced in Dothan and the tri-state area for over 31 years.
He specializes in the medical diagnosis and treatment of issues related to the ear, nose, and throat in patients of all ages. This includes sinus congestion, allergy, sinus and throat drainage, eustachian tube dysfunction, hearing, and ear blockage. He has a particular interest in the diagnosis and management of chronic balance and vertigo problems.
After medical school and residency, Dr. Harris served in the United States Air Force as an ENT physician and completed training as a flight surgeon flying many hours in various aircraft. At this time he also obtained his private pilots license and began his long time interest in balance and vertigo issues.
Dr. Harris is a faculty member of the United States Army Aerospace Medicine Residency Program, Ft. Rucker, AL. It is one of only five such aerospace residency programs in the U.S. Dr. Harris has a research interest in spatial disorientation, a type of vertigo critical to military aviation.
Ear & Hearing
- Ear BlockageWhen indicated, Dr. Harris personally removes ear blockages using a microscope for optimal visibility resulting in a faster, more comfortable experience.
- Hearing loss
- Evaluation of ringing in the ears
- Ear pain/infections
- Evaluation and treatment of seasonal allergies.
- Aviation and dive related sinus and ear issues
- Hoarseness & related issues
Lyme And Tick Borne Diseases
Dr Steven Harris MD Prominent internist and ILADS educator from the USA
Dr Harris is a medical doctor , board certified in Family Practice. Since 2001 Dr Harris has focused his practice on the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease and other tick-borne co-infections. In 2006 he formed a California medical corporation, Pacific Frontier Medical, Inc.
His approach to Lyme disease incorporates strategies found in conventional, functional and complementary medicine. Dr Harris believes that there are many effective treatments available to those with chronic and persistent Lyme. Dr Harris has taken a leadership role in lymedisease.org , a research and patient advocate group which has been largely responsible for spearheading favourable legislation protecting patients rights, expanding Lyme disease awareness and fostering continued public health education.
Dr Harris is also an active member of ILADS . This is a professional medical society of physicians and scientists which has become the authority on effective treatment for chronic Lyme disease.
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You Shouldconsider Working With Dr Meliif:
- You have chronic undiagnosed health concerns.
- You have, or suspect you might have Lyme Disease
- Your local practitioners are not experienced in tick-borne illnesses.
- You are seeking a customized treatment plan because current treatments have not been effective.
- You’ve recently been bitten by a tick and are unsure how to proceed.
- You’re looking for a second opinion regarding your diagnosis or treatment plan.
Ethics Of Propaganda And Persuasion
In 2005, representatives of the LDA in New Jersey, USA, and CALDA in California, USA, wrote to the Director of the CDC, criticising the information about Lyme disease on the organisations website and its warning about improper diagnostic tests. In December, 2006, a New Jersey congressman complained that it was inappropriate for CDC to highlight IDSAs findingsto the exclusion of others. Lost in these political discussions was the absence of scientific merit in the arguments raised by activists. ILADS leaders claim their practice guidelines are evidence-based and peer-reviewed, but they were not subjected to an external peer-review process by the journal in which they were published as a supplement. Moreover, the support they cite for their guidelines, consisting mainly of anecdotes, studies of animal systems of questionable relevance to human disease, and uncontrolled studies of long-term antibiotic treatment, does not meet accepted criteria for evidence-based medicine.,,, The ILADS guidelines were funded by two activist organisations, the LDA in New Jersey and the Turn The Corner Foundation.
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Dr Jyotsna Shah Joined Igenex In 1997 As The Director Of Research And Development
As scientific research and knowledge of the causative organism of Lyme disease increased at a feverish pace in the late 1990s, it became clear to Dr. Shah that the commonly accepted testing criteria for Lyme disease were both too restrictive and incomplete. As she performed more research into Lyme disease testing it became obvious that the CDC criteria were not adequate to serve the population that was being infected by Lyme. By working in close consultation with top scientists vested in Lyme research, physicians who were treating patients, hands-on development in the lab and years of evidence and validation studies, Dr. Shah and her team have developed their own in-house testing criteria. By using a wider spectrum of both relevant proteins found throughout all the stages of infection and more strains of the organism that are found in a wider distribution in the world, more true positives have been found without sacrificing specificity.
Common Symptomatology Between Lyme And Autism
When speaking with children who are chronically ill, it can be difficult to understand what is causing their symptoms. Children, naturally, might not know how to accurately describe their pains or illness. When there are multiple symptoms, it can be even more challenging as they grow and change so quickly. For children with autism or other language disorder, they may be limited or unable to communicate why they feel the way they feel.
Autism Spectrum Disorder and Lyme disease are examples of what seem to be entirely different diseases, but they share an overlap of symptoms. While autism is usually seen as a developmental disorder and Lyme an infectious disease, the two have more in common than you might think. There are interesting connections between the two, especially when diagnosed in children.
Symptoms Shared by Both Autism and Lyme:
- Neurological symptoms that include difficulty with communication and confusion, disorientation, muscle twitching, sensitivity to light, brain fog, and delayed development.
- Psychological problems that impact behaviors, obsessive-compulsive disorder, an increased sense of doom, anxiety and outbursts.
- Physical health issues such as muscle weakness, arthritis, and rashes.
- Gut health issues including food allergies, bloating, constipation or diarrhea, and abdominal pain.
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Disciplinary Action Against Steven J Harris Md
In 2013, the Medical Board of California charged Steven J. Harris, M.D, with gross negligence, repeated negligent acts, and incompetence in connection with his management of three patients that he had diagnosed with Lyme disease. The accusation stated that Harris prescribed unnecessary courses of treatment with antibiotics and various other products. Ross operates Pacific Frontier Medical, Inc. in Redwood City, California. His clinic Web suites states that since 2001, he has focused his practice on the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease and other tick-borne co-infections and that approach to Lyme disease he incorporates strategies found in conventional, functional and complimentary medicine. The case was settled with a stipulated settlement under which Harris was reprimanded and required to take 40 hours of approved continuing education aimed at areas of deficient practice as identified in the Accusation and shall include, but not be limited to, evidence-based treatment techniques for Holistic/Integrative Medicine as offered by the Scripps Holistic/Integrative Medicine Program, or an equivalent, as well as courses pertaining to informed consent. In 2014, in response to the California actiion, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation placed Harriss license into refuse to renew status.
Book Your Initial Consult With Dr Meli
Initial consultations are typically 60 minutes. To make best use of this time, an extensive intake form will be sent to you after booking your time slot. We recommend all patients send us a copy of all relevant lab testingbefore the consultation. Afterwards, Dr. Meli will prepare a unique plan for your individualized needs that may include testing, lifestyle changes, supplements, herbal therapies or pharmaceutical agents.
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Serious Charges And Horrific
In 2013, the Medical Board of California charged Steven Harris with Gross Negligence and/or Repeated Negligent Acts and/or Incompetence with respect to three patients, T.L., A.P., and L.H.. Most people would consider the alleged treatment of the patients appalling. Also, all these drug cocktails, lab tests, and doctors visits for unsubstantiated diagnoses must have cost a fortune.
These are depressing stories. You have to think that Californias Lyme quack protection law was effective in protecting Steven Harris from receiving more than a slap on the wrist . In the end, L.H.a young girlwas ignored. The Reprimand only applies to the intravenous garlic prescribed to Patients A.P. and T.L.
While California did little to stop Steven Harris from further preying upon patients, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation refused to renew his license to practice medicine.
According to the Complaint, L.H. was 13 years old when Steven Harris began treating her in 2006. He treated her for years with bizarre drug combinations. Negative tests didnt stop him. There wasnt any good evidence L.H. had Lyme disease or Bartonella. Lyme disease in children is treatable and has an excellent prognosis. Theres no good evidence Bartonella is a tick-borne disease or even requires treatment in most cases.
L.H. suffered life threatening complications from the central line installed to dose her with intravenous drugs:
A large section from the Complaint is excerpted below:
How Does It Work
Step 1: Book Your Initial Appointment here. At this time, appointments are for British Columbia residents only.
Step 2: You will receive an email with an intake form. It must be completely filled out before the consultation. If you have any questions about this form, email the team at .
Step 3: Send a copy of all relevant lab test results to our office: .
Step 4: At the time of your appointment, Dr. Meli will call you at the phone number you’ve provided. Dr. Meli makes every effort to be on time but if he is running late, he will still contact you. Please be patient. Your appointment length will not be cut short due to any delays. Be prepared with your questions and be ready to take notes.
During or after the consult, a treatment plan will be created and emailed to you. If indicated, arrangements must be made with your local practitioner to acquire laboratory testing. Test kits will be mailed to you if required. Supplements, herbal therapies and pharmaceutical prescriptions will be sent directly to your home.
Step 5: Your credit card will be charged for the allotment of time that was spent in consultation with Dr. Meli. Any laboratory tests and treatments will be billed separately. Your receipt will be emailed to you. Note: Direct billing to insurance providers is not available at this time, however you are encouraged to claim the consult under your own extended health care plan.
Step 6. Book your follow-up consultation.
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Treats Lyme Disease Where It Is Rare
Steven Harris, MD is board certified in Family Medicine and has no recognized advanced credentials in infectious diseases. He practices in California, where real Lyme disease is fairly rare.
A 2014 study of ticks in Northern California showed Lyme bacteria in only 3.6% of ticks collected. California had 90 confirmed cases of Lyme disease in 2016.
Dr Meli’s Collaborative Approach
Dr. Meli wishes to work collaboratively with your primary care provider . Customized treatment plans will be created for your unique case. Treatments will be shipped to your home if needed. Ongoing consultation with both your primary physician and Dr. Meli is recommended. For patients who do not have access to a ‘Lyme-literate’ physician, Dr. Meli will be available for on-going follow up and case management until you’ve reached your health goals.
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Experience And Background Checks
Check if Dr. Harris treats your condition or procedure
Dr. Harris’ conditions and procedures:
- Abdominal Pain
- Alcohol Misuse Screening and Counseling
- Alcohol or Substance Misuse Screening and Counseling
- All Headaches
- Anemia and Iron Deficiency Screening
- Dual-Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry Scan
- Dyslexia Assessment
- Evaluation and Treatment of Sleep Disorders
- Fetal Cardiac Screening
- Genetic Screening for Breast Cancer
- Geriatric Assessment
- Limb Swelling Caused by Fluid Overload
- Lipid Disorders
- Prostate Cancer Screening Exam
- Psychiatric Evaluation
- Psychiatric Evaluation – Child and Adolescent
- Psychological Evaluation
- Psychological Evaluations Prior to Bariatric Surgery
- Rapid Flu Test
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Proven Or Alleged Unethical Activities Of Some Llmds
Some LLMDs, advocacy organisations for patients, and certain diagnostic laboratories have interconnections, presenting potential conflicts of interest for these LLMDs in their multiple roles as advisors, personal physicians, and recipients of grants from activist organisations. Many of these physicians are represented by the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society , located in Maryland, USA. Two of the most vocal patient-activist organisations are the Lyme Disease Association in New Jersey, and the California Lyme Disease Association , USA.
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Dr Meli’s Unique Approach Using Genetics
The NutriGenetic Research Institute explores how various environmental factors and our individual genetics interact to create bio-chemical vulnerabilities, which invariably lead to disease. Having completed this extensive genetics course, Dr. Meli analyzes his patients’ genetic profile to best address their individual needs. Often, the exploration of your unique genetics nuances greatly accelerates the therapeutic process.
Lda Advisory Board Biographies
Brian A. Fallon, MD, MPH
Professor of PsychiatryDirector, Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases Research CenterColumbia University Medical CenterDirector, Center for the Study of Neuroinflammatory Disorders & Biobehavioral Medicine, New York State Psychiatric InstituteNew York, NY
Dr. Fallon serves on the editorial and review board of three journals, has lectured and published widely, and most recently has led an international team for the American Psychiatric Associations revision of DSM-5 to clarify the prevalence of illness anxiety in the general population.
Nick Harris, PhDImmunology Past President, IGeneX Reference Labs Board of Directors, ILADS Board of Directors, LymeDisease.org Diplomate, American Board of Medical Laboratory ImmunologyPalo Alto, CA
Executive director, LymeDisease.org Los Angeles, CA
Lorraine Johnson, JD, MBA, is the Chief Executive Officer of LymeDisease.org, a nationwide non-profit that publishes the only print journal dedicated to Lyme disease, maintains a national network of state-based internet groups, and funds research. LymeDisease.org also engages the patient community in patient-participatory research through broad scale surveys. LymeDisease.orgs survey of Lyme patients regarding access to care and burden of illness drew over 4,000 responses and was published in Health Policy.
Internal & Critical Care Medicine, Private PracticePawling, NY
Alfred C. Tagliabue, MEd Special Education, MEd School Administration
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At Igenex It Is Our Mission To Continue This Research And Work Closely With Physicians And Scientists To Improve Testing For Tick
As we have learned more about B. burgdorferi, other Borrelia, and the co-infecting organisms throughout the years that cause Lyme disease, we have continued to increase our menu of tests for tick-borne related diseases. We were the first group to identify Borrelia burgdorferi in ticks in California. We were also the first to identify Babesia microti in New York, Switzerland, and Australia, using our exclusive patented FISH technology. Now we are the first to introduce Relapsing Fever Western Blot testing.
Relapsing Fever mimics symptoms of Lyme disease. This issue has become a challenge for physicians finding suspected Lyme patients negative on standard tests. We now know that there are two groups of Borrelia known to cause disease in humans, including B. burgdorferi sensu lato that causes Lyme disease and the Relapsing Fever Borrelia group that causes tick-borne Relapsing Fever. Through commitment and steadfastness, IGeneX is the only lab today that accurately differentiates between the two.
At IGeneX, we excel in research and development. We spend an industry leading excess of 15 to 20 percent of our net profits on research and development to continuously improve our diagnostic testing. We look for more and detect more without a corresponding loss in specificity, no matter when patients were exposed to the tick-borne pathogen.
Here Is The Interview:
Dr Harris, tell us a bit about your background and why you became interested in the complex, chronic illnesses. I was critical care nurse for 20 years and Ive worked with all kinds of doctors and Ive found doctors that work with chronic illness are almost like investigative scientists. You have to be patient and really listen to the patients and its a really unique and very precious skill. So how did you get into that line of work?
Well, I spent quite a bit of time during residency in my medical training actually doing surgery and was very involved and interested in trauma surgery and wartime medical assistance. So, I expect that I was going to be, after working in the United States for a couple years, spending most of my time whether it was with Doctors without Borders or another organisation or on my own internationally. I had really planned on doing jungle medicine as it were. And so, after training I started working with Dr Therese Yang in San Diego just to get my feet wet, and she was one of the clients actually of my fathers lab at the time. He started the lab, IGeneX, and so I knew quite a bit about Lyme disease and about the plight of patients and I was very interested in Lyme disease but didnt expect that I would actually be practicing in it until I started working with Dr Yang and realised in East San Diego County, that it was essentially jungle medicine.
So you came from a social justice and humans right drive from the very beginning?
Thank you very much.
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