I just finished reading The Lyme Solution, by Darin Ingels, ND, FAAEM. This is a 5-part plan to fight the inflammatory auto-immune response and beat Lyme Disease.
Over the past decade, I’ve read a multitude of books, blogs and news articles about Lyme disease and tick-borne infections. I’ve been following Dr. Ingels for over a year on Instagram and I’ve been watching the types of information he is sharing and I was really looking forward to reading his book. In full disclosure, I was sent a copy of his book free of charge for an honest review.
What I Liked
Dr. Ingels uses his knowledge as a Naturopathic Physician and gives the reader a clear understanding of how Lyme acts as an auto-immune disease as well as an infection. His experience as someone who contracted Lyme disease, suffered it’s symptoms and had to learn how to overcome the disease gives him expertise as both physician and patient.
Dr. Ingels gives detailed directions on how to treat an early tick bite as well as how to approach a chronic infection using 3 healing protocols; The Zhang Protocol, Buhner’s Protocol and a protocol using Beyond Balance. He is very clear that we are each unique and what works for one person might not work for the next. He recommends trying one protocol for a specific length of time but suggests moving along to another protocol if it’s not working.
Like most in the natural healing circle, Dr. Ingels stresses the importance of gut health and gives clear and concise information about why it’s so important and how to approach a lifestyle that is conducive to healing the gut and maintaining that gut health.
There are a few references to CDC guidelines regarding antibiotic treatment that Dr. Ingels uses as a guide. I completely disagreed and my momma-bear side came out when I read the references. I messaged Dr. Ingels and received a very quick response regarding the inclusion of these guidelines in his book. He told me that at the time his manuscript was completed this was the CDC recommendation and while he no longer believes this is the way to treat an early infection or tick bite, it was too late to retract it.
My Final Thoughts
Regardless of the few references to the CDC and their faulty guidelines, this is an excellent and easy to read book. In all honesty, it’s probably the only Lyme book I’ve ever read where the author expresses his ideas in such a compassionate and balanced way. As I read through The Lyme Solution I could tell that Dr. Ingel’s is a compassionate physician who really cares about the Lyme community.
If what you’re doing to treat your Lyme disease is not working or you would like to have a book with clear simple guidelines for diet, gut health, building the immune system and treating early and late stage Lyme infections, I highly recommend this book. One thing to note, you will not get instructions for treating co-infections, so you’ll need to seek out a different source for those details.
I hope you enjoyed my review. If you’ve read this book, drop your comments down below.