What is Babesia

Babesia is a parasite and one of the infections transmitted by a tic along with Lyme disease, bartonella and mycoplasma infections. Symptoms of babesiosis are similar to those of Lyme disease but it more often starts with a high fever and chills. As the infection progresses, patients may develop fatigue, headache, sweats, muscle aches, nausea, and vomiting. Babesiosis is often so mild it is not noticed but can be life-threatening to people with no spleen, the elderly, and people with weak immune systems. Complications include very low blood pressure, liver problems, severe hemolytic anemia (a breakdown of red blood cells), .Babesia-Giemsa-stain-CDChere is a picture of the parasite (blue) infecting the red blood cells. There is a blood antibody test that can detect Babesia, and treatment involves antibiotics and antiparasite medication.


MTHFR gene and its associated conditions

I am a physician in central NJ knowledgeable in MtHFR and treating patients with Crohn’s, autism, epilepsy, attention defecit, depression,  Heart attacks, stroke, blood clots, hardening of the arteries, schizophrenia, alzheimer’s, bipolar, parkinson’s, insomnia, irritability, forgetfulness, and restless leg syndrome, and autoimmune diseases  such as multiple sclerosis, ulcerative colitis, pernicious anemia, celiac, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic fatigue, lupus, fibromyalgia have in common?  Any of these conditions may be associated with a methylene tetrahydrolfolate reductase (MTHFR) deficiency. Miscarriages, neural tube defects and birth defects, anxiety, panic, generalized muscle pain and tenderness or even chronic headaches, or tremors, numbing and tingling in an area of the body may be related to the folic acid cycle and enzymes working at less than their optimal activity. Giving supplemental folate or folic acid may not be the answer if the body is unable to convert the folic acid due to an enzyme problem. The reduced enzyme activity of one or more of over 30 enzymes (MTHFR C677T. MTHFR A1298C, MTHFR P39P, SHMT C1420T, CBS C699T, CBS A360A, CBS N212N, AHCY 01, AHCY 02, AHCY 19, VDR Bsm, VDR Taq, VDR Fok, MAO A R297R, COMT V158M, COMT H62H, COMT -61 P199P, ACAT 1-02, MTRR S257T, MTRR A66G, NOS 3 D298E, MTRR H595Y, MTRR K350A, MTRR R415T, MTRR A664A, MTR A2756G, SUOX S370S, BHMT 01, BHMT 02, BHMT 04, BHMT 08) may account for any or a combination of the above symptoms – See more at: http://www.healthydays.info/mthfr.html#sthash.xGkYDQnt.dpuf

Update on Celiac

Celiac is an autoimmune disease cause by a permanent sensitivity to gluten found in wheat, rye, barley in people with a genetic predisposition to the disease. There is both a genetic part and an environmental trigger necessary for celiac.

Stomach and intestinal presentations of celiac include belly pain, not wanting to eat, constipation, diarrhea, poor weight gain, weight loss and vomiting.

Other ways in which celiac may present include: anemia from lack of iron, mouth sores, swollen tender joints, behavioral problems, teeth enamel problems, depression, skin rashes, headaches, poor muscle tone, poor bone density, delay in puberty,

Celiac is associated with autoimmune liver disease, diabetes, down syndrome, Immunoglobulin A deficiency, inflamed thyroid, and turner syndrome.

For routine blood testing a tissue transglutaminase IgA level and total serum IgA level is recommended

For those who have low levels of IgA, additional tissue transglutaminase IgG should be ordered

A gluten free diet consists of eliminating foods that contain gluten and also includes avoiding barley or malt extract, bran, bulgar, coucous, durum, farina, graham flour, kamut, matzo flour or meal, orzo, panko, rye, semolina, spelt, triticale, wheat, wheat bran, wheat germ, wheat starch.

Potentially hidden sources of gluten may be found in ales, beers and lagers, breading, brown rice syrup, coating mix, communion wafers, croutons, candy, luncheon meats, broth, pasta, sauces, soup base, stuffing, self- basting poultry, imitation bacon or seafood, soy sauce, marinades, supplements, prescription medicines, over the counter medicines, vitamins and mineral supplements, lipstick, gloss and balms. Consult with the manufacturer to get all the ingredients

Gluten free grains and starches include amaranth, arrowroot, buckwheat, corn, flax, nuts, beans and seed flour, millet, potato starch, potato flour, quinoa, rice, rice bran, sago, soy, tapoica


Lyme disease according to WEB MD

The information in this slide show is way too basic. It makes it sound like Lyme disease is a diagnosis based on a lab test to confirm your suspicion. This is not true. Lyme disease is a clinical diagnosis based on symptoms even in the absence of a bullseye rash. Unfortunately many of the ELISA And WESTERN BLOT tests are accurate if 50% at best and a negative test does not exclude the disease.

Also the slide show neglects to mention that the ticks are now carrying other infections such as Bartonella, Mycoplasma, Erhlichia, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Anaplasma and Babesia. It complicates the clinical picture because there are multiple organisms involved.

Just testing for lyme disease is a big mistake because you may be missing all these other serious infections.


1) Walking is mans best medicine- even 30 minutes of walking a day lowers your risk for diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, and certain cancers. 

2) Know what person the disease has rather than what disease the person has. This means we should take a total approach to the patient including the personality, the home environment, relationships, diet, facial expressions even before diagnosing and treating someone. Its impossible to understand the illness without understanding the whole person. 

For example- many obese patients are in toxic relationships, have a stressful job, and poor sleep. Its hard to fix the obesity if the underlying cause is not fixed. Today a woman called who had gastric bypass 10 years ago at weight 300lbs. She went down to 130 and now is back at 200. Its important to analyze diet as well as job, stress, exercise- factors that contribute to rebound in weight gain.

3) Let food be thy medicine-

No matter what eating style you follow, if its based on unprocessed foods, colorful plants, and little added sugar, and unsaturated fats in moderation- you are likely to be healthier and live longer. 

Less stroke, or heart attack occurs in people who live a healthier lifestyle, whereas processed foods, sugar, animal fats, and artificial chemicals, can activate disease causing genes – they also lack the healthy nutrients that activate protective genes.

4) everything in moderation-Even water, exercise supplements and sleep can be damaging if taken to extreme. Too much VItamin A or Vitamin D can lead to headaches and increased pressure on the brain. Even too much kale can be harmful because it can prevent your thyroid from absorbing the iodine it needs

5) To Do nothing is also a good remedy

Todays medicine seems to tend towards ordering tests and doing procedures rather than listening to patients to make a diagnosis and treatment plan- even if some of the tests and procedures are unnecessary. Sometimes the best diagnostic tool we have is time. 

For example- Giving antibiotics for a cold- the antibiotics wont help and it could an allergic reaction, a yeast infection or dangerous diarrhea, not even to mention the development of resistant bacteria.

If your doctor wants to prescribe high blood pressure medicine or cholesterol lowering medicine at the first sign of a high number- consider that you can change your diet and exercise routine first.

Stress, Health and Emotions

Stress is everywhere in our lives. It is the wear and tear on the mind and the body in response to everyday tensions and hassles. When left unchecked, it can be detrimental to health and well being. Stress affects people physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Its not the stressful events themselves that do the harm, its how people perceive and respond to them. Chronic health conditions often evolve from persistent stress  and may be made worse by stress.

Emotions and feelings have a powerful impact on the human body. Negative emotions can cause undesirable changes or create a variety of health problems including headaches, hypertension, stroke, depression, sleep disorders. Positive emotions such as appreciation, care, love and compassion not only feel good, They are good for one’s health. Positive emotions improve health, increase longevity, creativity, problem solving, promote helpfulness, generosity and effective cooperation.

By learning and mastering self regulation techniques, you can manage stress as they become active and empowered participants in directing your own health and wellness while moving toward symptom resolution and recovery.

Visit Dr Martin Fried’s website and make an appointment today for a full evaluation of stressors in your life and begin to take action to reduce the stress in your life. www.healthydays.info