Over coming Lyme - Dr. David Minkoff MD


Dr. David Minkoff M.D. Founder and Medical Director of LifeWorks Wellness Center.

David Minkoff MD graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1974. He then completed both a Pediatric Residency and Fellowship in Infectious Disease at the University of California at San Diego. He worked at the University of California and Children's Hospitals in San Diego as an attending physician in infectious disease while conducting original research on Ribaviron, a broad spectrum anti-viral agent to fight disease. He also co-directed a neo-natal intensive care unit and worked in emergency medicine.His wife suddenly became very ill after having her amalgam fillings removed improperly. So after seeking many different options, he got good direction from a natural dentist. She was referred to a specialized dentist in Seattle, that does proper mercury amalgam removal and detoxification. I think this may be the same dentist that I went to to get my amalgams removed! She gradually got better and better and the docs’ eyes were now open to natural healing. David then went on to become a functional medicine doctor. His practice grew and grew and then went on to open the LifeWorks Wellness Center in 1997, in Clear Water Florida.

Here’s my notes from his interview from the Immune Defense Summit.

  • Lyme is not new. Lyme has been around for a long, long time and we have co-exsisted with it. So what is different? Why is everyone getting lyme? Well, the population is immune deficient. Simply put our immune system is overloaded with too many jobs to do at once. Conventional treatment rarely cures, and can actually leave the patient in worse condition, due to antibiotic use.

  • Lyme often leads to dementia type symptoms. There is the toxic load from all the bugs, viruses and pathogens which inflames the central nervous system. This can also lead to an auto immune type of reaction. Therefore, the brain can not regulate itself as it is overloaded from toxic waste excreted by pathogens.

  • Lyme avoids the immune system. It triggers an inflammatory immune response and can change or morphs into different plasmids. Apparently this is one smart bacteria, it can change into 23 different ones. Another part of it’s defense mechanism is to create a biofilm. These biofilms or slime are created as a protective coating where antibiotics can’t get at it.

  • Immune attacks. The toxins given off by lyme bacteria actually kill our own cells. It poisions our lymphocytes and causes a reduction of immune cells in an already compromised body. He sees it most reduced in the sickest patients.

  • Deer ticks as vectors. Tick bite is not necessary for lyme. Apparently, you can also get it from mosquitos and bed bugs etc.

  • Oral Health. Wow, he really stressed the importance of oral health as a contributing factor of suppressed immune function. Most of his patients had infected root canals or cavitations that they didn’t know. This constant on slought of bacteria was a huge drain on the immune system and couldn’t fight off the lyme. He has certain dentists that he works with to get the proper type of x-ray that can see these areas. It is called a CBCT - cone beam CT scan. Often times he has seen remarkable recoveries just by getting infections out of the mouth. So it is essentially removing the root cause.

  • Lyme & Gut Health. If you have poor gut health, you are more susceptible to organisms. He sees this in 100% of his patients! 70% of the immune system is in the intestines and has a surface area of 2 tennis courts. So focusing on cleaning up the gut and rebuilding good immunity is essential.

  • Importance of Food. Lifestyle modification is absolutely necessary for anyone dealing with lyme. Our bodies are overwhelmed by chemicals and toxins in our environment. Cleaning up the diet and removing even more burden, while detoxing by eating fresh, organic food and clean pure water is important.

  • Rebuilding Immune System. To rebuild the immune system, you need to eliminate any dental problems and systemic illnesses. Nurturing foods to eat are a paleo or keto diet, with lots of vegetables. Also, eliminate and infections in the gut, by not feeding the bad bugs junk food and sugar. Also, there are many natural remedies for cleaning out parasites, and bad bacteria.

  • Multiple organism overload. We often contract many viruses out in our everyday life like Epstein Barr, CMV, herpes, etc. It just becomes too many for the immune to fight. Antibiotics just don’t work for multiple infections. Also, there are probably nutritional deficiencies that aren’t supporting the immune function as well.

  • The Mental Connection. Dr. Minkoff expresses the importance to not leave out, the emotional- mental connection as well. Chronic stress, depression and anxiety take a toll on our immune function. I would like to add, that sometimes these symptoms are a result of the toxins as well, and could clear as most of the infections clear. But also to take care to eliminate as much stress as possible during your healing journey.

  • In Closing. As you can see, lyme disease is really lifestyle disease. It is all of these factors combined to the point of the immune system is being overwhelmed. In mostly all cases the doc has seen the patients have like 15 of these things going on. So you just have to take care of them one by one and eliminate all these causes and viruses, meanwhile cleaning up your diet and lifestyle and rebuild your system. Get out in the sunshine, and also avoid negativity. You can over come this. There are alternatives and doctors that are getting results, you just have to find them. You can contact Dr. Minkoff at his website:


    I hope you found this helpful and be well.