About Daniel Newman, MD, ND, MSOM
Dr. Daniel I Newman, M.D., N.D., M.S.O.M. is a cum laude (with honors) graduate of
the State University of New York Downstate Medical College, where he was elected to
the Alpha Omega Alpha National Honor Medical Society in 1981. He then completed a
residency in Internal Medicine at U.C.L.A. affiliated hospitals, and has been board
certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine since 1984. After a period of
private practice, he completed a Pain Fellowship at the Sierra Pain Institute in Reno,
Nevada, and has been board certified by the American Board of Pain Medicine since
Dr. Newman is a 1998 graduate of the U.C.L.A. Physician Acupuncture Program, and
earned a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine at the National College of
Naturopathic Medicine in June 2008. He completed a Doctorate of Naturopathic
Medicine at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2002, and is board
certified by the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners.
Dr. Newman logged over 10,000 hours of emergency medicine experience. He has
held certifications in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support,
and Advanced Trauma Life Support. He previously served as both an Advanced Cardiac
Life Support Instructor and a member of the El Dorado-Sacramento Medical Society
Emergency Care Committee.
03:15 Dr. Newman’s Shift from Allopathic to Alternative Medicine: It occurred over the course of a few years. He had had good experience with acupuncture while he was in medical school. As an MD, he began to see the limitations of conventional medicine. He studied acupuncture, then studied herbalism and naturopathic medicine.
04:07 Introduction to Lyme Disease: Over the years he saw more patients with chronic conditions and chronic conditions that were misdiagnosed, and eventually learned that those patients had Lyme disease.
04:54 Why Is Lyme Disease Controversial? In the 1970’s Lyme disease was identified by a rheumatologist in patients with arthritic symptoms. It was not until several years later that it was discovered that it was an infectious disease. Change is slow. There is still resistance to the breadth of symptoms and that chronic Lyme disease is still an infectious condition.
07:06 Diagnostic Misconceptions of Lyme Disease: The biggest misconception is that one must meet CDC criteria to diagnose Lyme disease. The CDC does not hold practitioners to those criteria, but they do it anyway. At contention also is diagnostic testing of Lyme disease. The CDC recommends a 2 tier testing, using an ELISA test followed by a western blot. The ELISA is not very sensitive. Six times out of 10, patients can have Lyme disease and test negative on an ELISA. The western blot test does not include those antibodies/bands which the CDC used in a failed vaccine, to eliminate the false positives when testing those who have received a vaccine. The vaccine was problematic and pulled from the shelves over a decade ago. Two of the most important bands/antibodies to test Lyme disease, the 31 and 34 kilodalton bands, are not used in the criteria for diagnostics. Two labs, State University of New York, Stonybrook Lab and IGeneX lab in Palo Alto include those bands. IGeneX labs are more accurate at diagnosing Lyme disease than the CDC’s lab. Incorrect rumor says that they are less accurate, so doctor’s shy from IGeneX.
11:43 The Complication of Lyme Coinfections: Coinfections are infections that are transmitted at the same time that Lyme is transmitted, frequently with the tick bite. The most common coinfections are Babesia, Bartonella, and anaplasma/ehrlichia. There are many different species of each. Each species must be tested and the labs test of antibodies against them in certain concentrations. Very sick patients with suppressed immune systems may not produce enough antibodies to trigger a positive test. Lyme and the constellation of coinfections are very complicated.
15:13 Classic Signs and Symptoms: There is no classic sign or symptom for Lyme Borrelia Complex. In the 1800s, syphilis was called the great masquerader. As it progressed, it could look like any other disease. Lyme is like that. It can present as many different kinds of diseases and it is bacteriologically related to syphilis. You have to look at the whole picture. Eighty-five percent of people with well documented Lyme disease have no recollection of a tick bite or classic rash. Many patients with Lyme disease have been sick for years and their condition is not responding to conventional treatment and worsening. With Lyme disease, you either treat it or it gets worse. Dr. Newman looks for a combination of multi-system symptoms. Central nervous system symptoms of Lyme disease could include memory, strange sensations, issues with thinking or symptoms could be what appears to be established neurologic diseases, and emotional regulation. Look for joint and muscle pain. Some of us with Lyme have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia or myofascial pain syndrome. Look for continuously or cyclically fatigued. There could also be digestive issues.
22:04 Foundational Lyme Treatment: When treating Lyme Borrelia Complex, Dr. Newman uses a 3 tiered hierarchy. After testing, he looks at them holistically: hormones, basic lab testing, digestive function, allergies, environmental chemical toxic burden, and psycho-emotional issues. He addresses these before treating Lyme, unless the case is advanced and worrisome. In the second tier, Dr. Newman uses non-pharmaceutical treatment: herbs, supplements, homeopathics, immune-boosting procedures, and detoxification procedures to try to strengthen their immune system and their body’s response against the Lyme. He tries to kill the Lyme without using antibiotics, because of the side effects of antibiotic use. If this is unsuccessful, he prescribes oral antibiotics or, if necessary, intravenous antibiotics. Dr. Newman has had many patients go into remission without the use of antibiotics.
25:53 What Does Lyme Do? Lyme has various strategies for evading this host immune system response. It is the most complicated bacterial pathogen that affects humans. Because spirochetes are corkscrew organisms, they bore their way into different tissues. Within two weeks after infection, Lyme is in the central nervous system of most patients. It tends to infest parts of the body that do not have as much blood flow, like joint capsules, tendon sheaths, and ligaments. Lyme also uses different forms. The spirochete form is a cell wall form bacteria. They can shed their cell wall and go inside the cells themselves. They can roll into balls and put membranes around themselves. Killing them in these different forms requires different approaches. When you go after them, Lyme can produce blebs, which are copies of their genetic material pods of themselves to reproduce elsewhere. They also use antigenic shifting, changing its identity to your immune system. Evidence suggests that Lyme has been around for tens of millions of years.
30:28 Lyme Disease Prevention: Most Lyme is thought to be transmitted by tick bite. Avoid areas with ticks. Avoid hiking/walking through grasses, brush and shrubs in an area where deer, grey squirrels, western fence lizards or other critters that host these ticks live. Some people seem to be tick magnets and others who don’t seem to be bit. Wear light colored clothing. Tuck your pants inside your socks. If in a high risk area, you should consider spraying your clothing with DEET. Natural tick repellants may or may not be effective. Lyme can be transmitted from mother to fetus. It may possibly be transmitted sexually.
35:28 If You Suspect a Tick Bite: Try not to panic. Remove the tick as quickly as possible. Grab as close to the skin as possible with tweezers. Save the tick in a plastic bag and send it for analysis. If it looks like the small ticks that transmit Lyme, do prophylactic Lyme treatment. In standard treatment, adults would take 3 weeks of Doxycycline or for children possibly azithromycin, ceftinere, or amoxicillin. Dr. Newman treats for 6 weeks rather than 3 weeks, in higher dosages. With the antibiotic, he has his patients take a replacement probiotic along with saccharomyces boulardii. An additional 3 weeks of antibiotics is less dangerous than Lyme disease.
37:34 Dr. Newman’s Favorite Nutrient: He says that the multi-vitamin that he designed called Vital Detox Nutrients. His second favorite is fermented cod liver oil from Green Pastures. It uses low temperature fermentation to preserve the natural vitamin A.
38:44 One Lifestyle Tip: Be honest about how happy you are with your life. If you are not happy, change what you need to change.