The first annual Lyme Disease Symposium on Mount Desert Island will be held at College of the Atlantic’s Gates Auditorium on June 1st from 10am until 5pm.
It is free and open to the public.
Organizers Sarah Tewhey and Blake Rosso have assembled an experienced panel of Lyme Literate health care providers who will discuss current integrative treatment options for Lyme Disease and its associated co-infections.
The panel represents a spectrum of practitioners with experience in integrating herbs, chiropractic, acupuncture, nutrition, and antibiotics that can help heal an individual with Lyme Disease.
Herbalist and keynote speaker Chris Marano of Clearpath Herbals in Wendell, Massachusetts, who has successfully treated Lyme Disease for ten years will talk about the benefits of including herbal medicine in the treatment of Lyme in both acute and chronic stages. Marano brings with him decades of experience in Western, Chinese and Native American herbal traditions.
Beatrice Szantyr, M.D. is the Medical Advisor to MaineLyme, a non-profit dedicated to decreasing the prevalence of Lyme Disease and other tick-borne illnesses in the State of Maine through awareness, prevention, education and advocacy. Szantyr will present her highly informative “Tick Talk” which covers the basics of prevention, transmission, and treatment.
Dr. Szantyr is one of Maine’s most prominent voices in Lyme awareness and education since 1994.
Blake Rosso, D.C. practices integrative, holistic care options for Lyme disease patients with individualized, system-based support, medicinal herbs and nutritional guidance. Rosso will discuss the role of Chiropractic and Craniosacral Therapy in treating disorders of the nervous system and the importance of adopting a team-based approach to the treatment of Lyme disease and it’s co infections.
Penelope Houghton, N.D. (Naturopathic Doctor) of Ellsworth blends conventional approaches, naturopathic approaches and alternative treatments to offer innovative, personalized medical care for patients. She has been treating Lyme Disease in Hancock county for four years and diagnosing it for even longer. Houghton will discuss how to “clear obstacles on the path to wellness”. The major obstacles she sees are diagnosis, nutrition, lifestyle changes, finding the medicines that are most conducive to healing, detoxification, and mental health.
Marc Fine D.V.M. from the Acadia Veterinary Hospital in Bar Harbor will discuss signs, symptoms, treatment, and prevention of Lyme Disease in our household pets.
Emily Bracale, an artist, writer, teacher, and healer who lives in Bar Harbor, Maine, who will share her story of healing from Lyme disease in the spirit of helping other people find the understanding, advocacy, encouragement, and support they need for their own healing. Emily will read from her newly revised and updated book, In the Lyme-Light ll : Portraits of Illness and Healing, published in May 2014. Bracale’s artwork will be on exhibit in Gates during the symposium.
Meryl Nass, M.D., recently retired from MDI Hospital, has spent the last few years pursuing research on Lyme disease and chronic inflammation. She will discuss her practice of integrating natural approaches with conventional medicine. Nass is also well known for uncovering the use of anthrax as a biological weapon in Rhodesia.
The Southwest Harbor Medical Center Clinic Committee and College of the Atlantic have come together in sponsorship of this event.
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