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Why Can't I Get Better?: Solving the Mystery of Lyme and Chronic Disease

Why Can't I Get Better?: Solving the Mystery of Lyme and Chronic Disease

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By (author) Richard I. Horowitz

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  • Publisher: St Martin's Press
  • Format: Hardback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 157mm x 229mm x 46mm | 748g
  • Publication date: 12 November 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1250019400
  • ISBN 13: 9781250019400
  • Edition: 1
  • Illustrations note: includes 5 black & white photographs
  • Sales rank: 28,880

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When Dr. Richard Horowitz moved to the Hudson Valley over a decade ago to start his own medical practice, he didn't know that he would be jumping into the centre of one of the fiercest, most heated medical disputes being waged today. The ongoing debate over Lyme disease as a chronic illness has made it difficult for sufferers to find care, as doctors are in many cases unable or unwilling to diagnose it. This is how once-treatable infections can become chronic, causing disabling conditions that may never be cured. In a field where the number of cases is growing each year and answers remain elusive, Horowitz has made extraordinary progress. His plan represents a paradigm shift, without which, he argues, the suffering will continue. In this book, Horowitz breaks new ground with a 16 Point Differential Diagnostic Map, the basis for his Lyme treatment plan, and an overarching approach to treating all chronic illness. He introduces MSIDS, or Multi-Systemic Infectious Disease Syndrome, a new lens on chronic illness that may prove to be an important missing link. And he covers in detail Lyme's leading symptoms and co-infections, including immune dysfunction, sleep disorders, chronic pain and neurodegenerative disorders. This book is an all-in-one source for patients of Lyme and other chronic illnesses to identify their own symptoms and work with their doctors for the best possible treatment outcome.

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RICHARD I. HOROWITZ is a board-certified MD specializing in Internal Medicine. He and his wife, Lee, founded the Hudson Valley Healing Arts Center in Hyde Park, New York, which has treated over 12,000 patients for tick-borne diseases over the past twenty-six years. Dr. Horowitz is known for his pioneering work with Lyme disease and is recognized to be one of the country's foremost experts on chronic illness.

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"Chronic Lyme disease affects millions, yet few doctors know how to diagnose or treat it, and few get better... Dr. Richard Horowitz provides the first comprehensive explanation of why, and thankfully provides a roadmap to wellness by addressing the root causes of this debilitating illness. His approach reflects the future of health care. Medicine would be much better if all doctors understood and treated illness like Dr. Horowitz. If you have suffered from unexplained, chronic or hard-to-treat illness, this book is your pathway to health." - Mark Hyman, #1 "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Blood Sugar Solution ""Dr. Richard Horowitz brought [my family] back from the brink of Lyme disease hell to true health. In "Why Can't I Get Better," Horowitz discusses...chronic disease and the cascade of problems that may start with infection but ultimately go far beyond it... His provocative insights apply to chronic illness writ large." --Pamela Weintraub, award-winning author of "Cure Unknown: Inside the Lyme Epidemic ""Dr. Horowitz has been, and continues to be, 'in the trenches' in the battle to understand, diagnose and treat people who, like myself, have suffered or are suffering the effects of Lyme... I can think of no one more qualified to write about this subject." --Daryl Hall, musician (Hall & Oates)"This synopsis not only provides a treasure trove of information about Lyme disease to patients and health care providers, it also offers a glimmer of hope for anyone suffering from chronic illness." - "Publishers Weekly ""Well-researched, information-rich content... the book offers matter-of-fact, objective narration" - "Library Journal ""Horowitz is one of the most prominent 'Lyme literate' physicians...patients wait for months to see him, and several told me that he had essentially cured them of a disease that nobody else seemed able to treat." -"The New Yorker"