Course Description

Lyme-Ed For Practitioners that is compliant for CEU/CPD status in Australia. *US accreditation pending.*

Nicola Ducharme, ND

Nicola Ducharme is a Naturopathic Doctor who has been committed to helping people achieve better health for the past 20 years. Having trained as a naturopath in her home country of Australia, she went on to get her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from the prestigious Bastyr University in Seattle, moving to San Diego in 2003 to start her private practice. As founder and medical director of RestorMedicine, she specializes in working with children on the autism spectrum and individuals with chronic Lyme disease. Dr. Nicola has written four books on the subject of Lyme disease - The Lyme Diet, The Beginners Guide to Lyme Disease, Lyme Disease in Australia and Lyme Brain, and has been featured as a Lyme expert in Connie Strasheim's books on Lyme disease. She loves to write health and nutrition-related articles on her blog, The Naturopathic Mama.Dr. Nicola is driven to help people find and understand the underlying cause of their health issues, rather than just addressing the symptoms. She is committed to helping individuals and families attain higher levels of health through empowering and educating them.Dr. Nicola lives in San Diego with her husband Dave, their daughter Valentina, two dogs and four bunnies.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to Lyme-Ed

    • Welcome to Lyme-Ed for Practitioners

  • 2

    Module 1: Understanding Lyme Disease

    • Introduction

    • Lesson 1 - Defining Lyme Disease

    • Lesson 2 - History and Epidemiology of Lyme Disease

    • Lesson 3 - Political Issues In Lyme Disease

    • Lesson 4 - How Is Lyme Disease Transmitted?

    • Lesson 5 - Complicating Factors in Lyme Disease

    • Module 1 Notes

    • Burrascano's Guidelines

    • ILADS Guidelines

  • 3

    Module 2: Diagnosing Lyme Disease

    • Introduction

    • Lesson 1 - Stages of Lyme Disease

    • Lesson 2 - Differential Diagnosis/ Is Lyme Auto-immune?

    • Lesson 3 - Signs and Symptoms

    • Lesson 4 - Testing for Lyme Disease

    • Lesson 5 - Testing for Co-infections

    • Lesson 6 - Knowing Which Tests to Run and Optimizing Results

    • Lesson 7 - Other Tests to Consider

    • Module 2 Notes

    • Burrascano's Symptom Checklist

  • 4

    Module 3: Allopathic Treatment of Lyme Disease

    • Introduction

    • Lesson 1 - General Considerations of Antibiotic Therapy

    • Lesson 2 - Antibiotic Therapy For Acute Lyme

    • Lesson 3 - Antibiotic Therapy For Chronic Lyme

    • Lesson 4 - Antibiotic Therapy For Co-infections

    • Lesson 5 - Antibiotic Therapy For Pregnancy and Children

    • Lesson 6 - Pros and Cons of IVs and Injectable Medications

    • Lesson 7 - Pulsing Medications

    • Lesson 8 - Medication Interactions

    • Lesson 9 - What To Do When Antibiotics Stop Working

    • Module 3 Notes

    • Medication Dosing Summary Chart

    • Mepron Food Guide

  • 5

    Module 4: The Importance of Detoxification in Lyme Disease (and how to do it)

    • Introduction

    • Lesson 1 - Why Is Detox So Important in Lyme; Fundamentals of Detoxification

    • Lesson 2 - Reducing Incoming Toxins

    • Lesson 3 - Supporting Detoxification Through Nutrition

    • Lesson 4 - Supporting Detoxification Through Supplementation

    • Lesson 5 - Supporting Elimination of Toxins From the Body

    • Lesson 6 - Home Therapies to Support Detoxification

    • Lesson 7 - Where to Start

    • Module 4 Notes

    • Herxheimer Guidelines Handout

    • Home Therapies How-To Guide

  • 6

    Module 5: Naturopathic Treatment of Lyme Disease

    • Introduction

    • Lesson 1 - Supporting Immune Function and Managing Inflammation

    • Lesson 2 - Herbal Antimicrobials

    • Lesson 3 - Biofilm Agents

    • Lesson 4 - Addressing Opportunistic Infections

    • Lesson 5 - Managing Symptoms: Pain and Mood

    • Lesson 6 - Managing Symptoms: Cognition and Sleep

    • Lesson 7 - Managing Symptoms: Energy

    • Lesson 8 - Important Micronutrients in Lyme Disease

    • Lesson 9 - Frequency-based Therapies, IV Nutrient Therapy, Oxygen Therapies

    • Lesson 10 - Getting Kids To Take Medications, Herbs and Supplements

    • Module 5 Notes

    • LDN Handout

    • Getting Kids To Take Herbs and Supplements

  • 7

    Module 6: Hormone Regulation in Lyme Disease

    • Introduction

    • Lesson 1 - Introduction To Hormone Regulation in Lyme Disease

    • Lesson 2 - Balancing Adrenal Hormones

    • Lesson 3 - Balancing Thyroid Hormones

    • Lesson 4 - Balancing Reproductive Hormones

    • Module 6 Notes

  • 8

    Module 7: Digestive Issues in Lyme Disease

    • Introduction

    • Lesson 1 - Side Effects of Medications, GI Infections

    • Lesson 2 - Inflammation, Candida, SIBO, Leaky Gut

    • Module 7 Notes

    • Dr. Klinghardt's Parasite Protocol

  • 9

    Module 8: Nutritional Approaches to Lyme Disease

    • Introduction

    • Lesson 1 - Why Dietary Modifications Are Crucial In Lyme Disease; How To Not Get Overwhelmed

    • Lesson 2 - Nutrition For Reducing Inflammation

    • Lesson 3 - Nutrition For Supporting Immune Function

    • Lesson 4 - Nutrition For Digestive Support

    • Lesson 5 - Nutrition For Hormonal Support

    • Lesson 6 - Nutrition For Supporting Detoxification and Elimination

    • Lesson 7 - Nutrition to Offset Side Effects of Medications

    • Lesson 8 - Other Diets to Consider

    • Module 8 Notes

    • The Lyme Diet Action Plan - Guide For Patients

  • 10

    Module 9: 10 Things That Can Hold Back Recovery

    • Introduction

    • Lesson 1 - Co-infections, Biofilm, Heavy Metals, Methylation, Pyrroluria

    • Lesson 2 - Parasites, Mold Toxicity, Toxic Environment, Thought Patterns, High-stress Lifestyle

    • Module 9 Notes

    • Dr. Klinghardt's Parasite Protocol

  • 11

    Module 10: Living with Lyme Long Term

    • Introduction

    • Lesson 1 - Addressing the Psycho-emotional Aspects of Lyme Disease

    • Lesson 2 - What Does Recovery From Lyme Look Like?

    • Module 10 Notes

  • 12

    Module 11: Putting It All Together

    • Lesson 1 - Where To Start With Complex Patients

    • Lesson 2 - Practice Management Considerations

    • Appointment Summary Sheet

    • Herx Handout

    • Sample Informed Consent

    • Module 11 Notes

  • 13

    Bonus Lecture: Using Essential Oils to Strengthen the Body's Defense Against Chronic Infections

    • Using Essential Oils to Strengthen the Body's Defenses Against Chronic Infections

  • 14

    Bonus Lecture: The Benefits of CBD in Lyme Disease

    • The Benefits of CBD in Lyme Disease

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