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36 / What Is Lyme Disease & How To Overcome The Symptoms w/ Dr. Darin Ingels

Lyme disease is both common and debilitating. I’ve seen the way it has affected some of my own patients. It’s a scary diagnosis that doctors are still working to fully understand. However, there is hope. On today’s episode, I talk with one of the doctors, Dr. Darin Ingels, who is working hard to find natural solutions to living with Lyme.

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Dr. Ingels specializes in treating Lyme disease at his practice in Irvine, CA. A clinical microbiologist and a naturopathic doctor by training, Dr. Ingels’ broad background in infectious diseases have given him the insight needed to tackle Lyme. He certainly knows a lot about it having been infected with Lyme himself. He has since written The Lyme Solution and treated patients from all around the country.

Dr. Ingels and I sit down to discuss how Lyme disease can affect your life in many ways. He tells us what the classic and more obscure symptoms are and how to get it properly diagnosed. He also breaks down the typical treatment for this disease and its shortcomings.

We’re always learning more about Lyme disease. It’s more prevalent than many think and can be transmitted in many ways. Throughout our conversation, Dr. Ingels clearly and expertly explains just what we should watch out for and what to do to stay safe from Lyme. As a naturopath, Dr. Ingels explains some great steps you can take to regain control of your health after a Lyme infection.

Do you or someone you know have Lyme? What are some useful solutions that you or they use to manage this disease? Tell me about it in the comments below!

In this episode:

  • What Lyme disease is and the different ways that people can catch it
  • What to tell your doctor if you suspect you may have Lyme disease
  • What the standard treatment for Lyme is and why it may not be adequate
  • Why you are still at risk for Lyme even if you don’t live in areas where it’s traditionally found
  • Solutions to take when the traditional treatments don’t work
  • How improving your gut health can be a necessary measure to take to overcome the effects of Lyme disease
  • The best diet and lifestyle you can have if you suffer from Lyme


“Once you get this organism in your body it can really trigger a myriad of symptoms. There’s upward of one hundred different symptoms associated with Lyme. I think one of the biggest problems we see with Lyme is that people often get misdiagnosed or underdiagnosed because their symptoms look like something else.” [4:10]

“Those of us who treat a lot of Lyme realize that 21 days is just not adequate for people to treat the infection. It’s usually a minimum of six weeks if not longer. A lot of us really will base it on your symptoms. We treat you until you start to feel better.” [11:06]

“Aside from the physical things that happen with Lyme, it’s really important for people to understand that their a huge neuro-psychiatric thing that happens with Lyme as well.” [16:39]

“Ticks like to go to the dark moist areas of the body. So they like behind the knees, under the armpit, in the groin and the hairline, behind the ears. So look at all the nooks and crannies of the body that we don’t typically think about because that’s where the ticks like to go.” [28:10]


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