A Doctor’s Personal Experience with Lyme Brings a New Perspective

//A Doctor’s Personal Experience with Lyme Brings a New Perspective

A Doctor’s Personal Experience with Lyme Brings a New Perspective


Despite all that we’ve learned in recent years, a large number of Lyme disease cases continue to go undiagnosed and untreated, for a variety of reasons. And even when correctly diagnosed and treated, many people fail to fully recover.

Recently, Dr. Neil Spector, a cancer researcher and clinical oncologist at Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center, gave a fascinating lecture in which he presented a new way of thinking about Lyme disease, noting the many biological similarities between Lyme disease and cancer, including the presence of co-infections and the varied presentations of the conditions.

Dr. Specter’s perspective on Lyme is a unique one – that of a physician, a patient, and a Lyme disease survivor who almost died after years of failed diagnoses from a host of highly distinguished physicians.

For more on Lyme, read Dr. Kaplan’s 4 Reasons Lyme Disease May Go Undetected

Having been told he did not have the disease by not just one, but a number of physicians, Dr. Spector’s experience is unfortunately one that many Lyme patients can relate to. It is also an unfortunate indictment of the way Lyme disease is regarded by established medical community.

Dr. Spector’s presentation will hopefully mark a turning point in how conventional medicine thinks about and treats people suffering with tick born infections. I strongly encourage you to watch his lecture in which he draws on his personal experience as a patient, along with his professional experience as a cancer researcher, to introduce a new model of thinking about Lyme disease.

– Dr. Gary Kaplan

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About the Author:

Gary Kaplan, DO
Gary Kaplan, D.O. is the founder and medical director of the Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine and author of Total Recovery: A Revolutionary New Approach to Breaking the Cycle of Pain and Depression. A pioneer and leader in the field of integrative medicine, Dr. Kaplan is one of only 19 physicians in the country to be board-certified in both Family Medicine and Pain Medicine. Dr. Kaplan is a Clinical Associate Professor of Family Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine and serves on the Advisory Committee to Health and Human Services for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. To read Dr. Kaplan's complete bio, click here.