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Apr 28, 2020

Why You Should Listen:

In this episode, you will learn strategies for Preventing Lyme and Other Tick-Borne Diseases.

About My Guest:

My guest for this episode is Dr. Alexis Chesney. Alexis Chesney MS, ND, LAc is a naturopathic physician and acupuncturist specializing in Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. Originally from New York, Dr. Chesney received a BA from Holy Cross College in Worcester, Massachusetts. She earned a Masters in Science in acupuncture from the University of Bridgeport Acupuncture Institute and a doctorate in naturopathic medicine from the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine in Connecticut. She is one of the first naturopathic students to complete a hospital-based medical rotation. With five of her colleagues from across the nation, she founded the Naturopathic Medical Student Association, which is a recipient of the AANP President's Award. Naturopathic residency brought her to Vermont, where she has continued to work with a team of integrative practitioners at Sojourns Community Health Clinic in Westminster. She also has a private practice in Northampton, Massachusetts. She has dedicated her practices to the treatment of Lyme and tick-borne diseases. She is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP), Vermont Association of Naturopathic Physicians (VANP), the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS) and a founding full member of International Society for Environmentally Acquired Illness (ISEAI). Dr. Chesney serves on the Board of Directors and as the Naturopathic Medicine Committee Chair for ILADS. She has been featured as an expert on tick-borne illness at an ILADS conference, at other professional and patient-focused conferences, on local talk radio, and in various news publications.

Key Takeaways:

  • Why does the incidence of Lyme disease continue to rise?
  • Are co-infections the rule or the exception?
  • What is the difference between hard and soft ticks?
  • What times of year have the highest risk for tick exposures?
  • How common is a bulls-eye rash?
  • What is the role of Tick-Borne Relapsing Fever in Lyme-like illnesses?
  • What is alpha-gal?
  • How can tick populations be reduced?
  • What should be considered when spending time in nature to reduce the possibility of a tick bite?
  • What treatment options might be considered for prophylaxis?
  • When should one contact a doctor to discuss acute treatment strategies?
  • What testing options may be helpful early on?

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Interview Date:

April 27, 2020


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The content of this show is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any illness or medical condition. Nothing in today's discussion is meant to serve as medical advice or as information to facilitate self-treatment. As always, please discuss any potential health-related decisions with your own personal medical authority.