Lyme Disease & Associated Tick-borne Illnesses in New England

Tick-borne disease is so easy to catch but very complex to treat in its chronic form. We understand the difficulties facing the patient population and patients are underserved across the country. We know most patients have been to see several doctors before presenting to the clinic leaving them weary. There are a lot of political issues, social stigma, socioeconomic stress, and trauma associated with these diagnoses. Our doctors have years of experience with the complexities of treating patients with complex symptoms, multiple infections, and the flares that can happen with recovery.

At Greenhouse Natural Medicine, we are Lyme Literate Naturopathic Doctors, who are members of the International Lyme and Associated Infections Society ( We listen to the patient history of symptoms which is 95% of the work confirming diagnosis and labs are run to provide confirmation. Symptoms are always the most important piece of information and can help in finding the cause. Testing is very important in validating diagnosis but is not always a perfect system depending on many factors. Repeatedly we hear patients being told there is nothing wrong with them because labs are clear, yet they are feeling very sick. This typically is followed by being told there is nothing that can be done, or offered suppressive treatments for pain, mood, immunity, etc. We treat the symptoms and try our very best to address the cause.

If you have a new tick bite:

  • Send out to a lab for testing
  • Call the office to make a new tick bite appointment with one of our doctors
  • Document any symptoms in a diary format with timeline
  • Take pictures of any rash or skin abnormality that is related

Testing Labs

Common Symptoms of Tick-borne Disease

  • Migrating joint pain
  • Floaters in field of vision
  • Headaches
  • Creepy sensation on the skin
  • Dizziness
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Nausea or abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea/Constipation that is amplified – new onset IBS
  • Unexplained rashes
  • Intolerance to foods, smells, light, sound
  • Foggy brain
  • Hormone imbalances
  • Inability to lose weight or weight loss that is unexplained
  • New Onset of Hair loss
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sweats during the day or night
  • Foot pain
  • Sudden onset of sensitivities or allergies
  • Loss of sensation throughout the body, tingling or burning
  • Mood changes (OCD, anger, weeping, anxiety)
  • Muscle pain and bone pain
  • Reoccurring fevers
  • Debilitating fatigue
  • Insomnia

Testing commonly done with our patient during first visit:

  • Tick-borne disease antibody testing (Lyme disease, Tick borne relapsing fever, Bartonella, Babesia, Anaplasmosis, Ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and others as needed)
  • Chronic sinus and respiratory infections reducing immunity
  • Viral infections stressing immunity and causing symptoms
  • Hormone testing as needed (commonly thyroid, female/male hormones, adrenal hormones)
  • Inflammation markers associated with tissue destruction associated with autoimmune disease. Patients can often have simultaneous infection and autoimmune process triggered.
  • Other tests are ordered based on what is most clinically significant such as heavy metals, mold biotoxins, food intolerances

Our goal is to be proactive using treatments best suited for the patient. We don’t claim to cure the infections, but the goal is to get patient to optimal health and improved function. We are trying to work ourselves out of a job by getting a patient through the process as efficiently as possible. We also understand these complex illnesses deserve patience and time. The goal is to treat the infection but also the body having the immune response to the microbe. We find that if you build the body up, you will get the best results in the clinic with an integrative approach. We focus on treatments which are anti-inflammatory, detoxifying, anti-microbial, and body balancing.

“New” tick bites are treated with antibiotics immediately, and for at least four weeks. This significantly decreases chance of long-term infection, and with number of infected ticks in the area we feel the most preventative approach is to respond to the bite at the get go. We want to prevent the patient from becoming a chronic disease patient in the clinic.

Our Hours

Monday 8AM - 4PM
Tuesday 8AM - 4PM
Wednesday 8AM - 4PM
Thursday 8AM - 4PM
Friday by appointment only
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed