Dr. Berndtson’s strength is the evaluation and management of chronic health problems that persist despite usual medical care. Many patients see Dr. Berndtson for help sorting out whether their symptoms could be related to Lyme disease or mold toxicity.
When you present with concerns about Lyme disease, our task is to assess the likelihood that your symptoms can reasonably be explained as being due to:
- Untreated Lyme disease
- Inadequately treated Lyme disease
- Post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome
- Other tick-borne infections
- Non-responsive chronic medical conditions other than Lyme or other tick-borne diseases
The commonly used term, mold toxicity, belies the true complexity of what is formally known as Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome acquired by exposure to water-damaged buildings, or CIRS-WDB. In cases of CIRS-WDB, symptoms develop when genetically susceptible individuals are recurrently exposed to airborne and dust-settled biocontaminants produced by molds and bacteria growing on damp building materials.
These biopollutants likely include small amounts of mold and bacterial toxins and large amounts of nano-sized, microbe-associated molecular patterns that, once inhaled, move into the blood and lymph circulatory systems, and are distributed into varied tissues on a quasi-random basis.
In the genetically susceptible, such exposures trigger prolonged, high intensity, innate immune responses in addition to cellular ribosomal toxicity and mitochondrial toxicity effects as identified by peer-reviewed genomics research. In addition to the toxicity effects, an admixture of nano-sized inflammatory particulates is likely to be present in buildings where water damage was not dried, remediated, and/or cleaned of small particles quickly enough. In some buildings, moisture control problems go undetected for long periods of time, or detected but but not acted upon. Either way, the genetically susceptible will develop multiple symptoms involving multiple systems within a few months of chronic or recurring exposures the inevitable indoor clouds of biopollutants found in such buildings, which include homes, schools, and workplaces. Common sources of water damage include, but are not limited to, water intrusion from floods, seepage, sloppy construction, roof leaks, slow plumbing leaks, or chronic condensation related to poor construction or ventilation.
Click on the hyperlinks below for in-depth perspective on a range of chronic conditions that we commonly address:
- Lyme disease
- Mold toxicity
- Gluten sensitivity
- Mast cell disorders
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Intestinal hyperpermeability
- Chronic sinusitis
What We Don’t Treat
We are not a primary care practice. Dr. Berndtson’s background is in family medicine and primary care, but his strength lies in applying peer-reviewed medical evidence and systems medicine methods to complex chronic health problems. He may complement but cannot and will not replace your current primary care physician.
Most of the patients he sees already have a primary care physician. If you do not, he will advise that you establish a relationship with a physician whose practice is able to meet primary care needs for conditions that are well-defined and whose treatment methods are well established.
For minor acute or urgent care needs, you should work through your source of primary care. If this is not available to you, call a local pharmacy-based clinic to see if their staff can help you. For emergencies, get yourself to the nearest emergency room or dial 911.
For patients with later stage heart, lung, liver, kidney, or neurological disease, our conventional health care system offers the high level skills that you need.
Most of our new patients are referred to us by word of mouth. Some schedule a visit as a result of something they learned on our website. Others get referrals from local or distant health professionals.
In almost all cases, our new patients already know about what we treat and what makes us different. While Dr. Berndtson’s practice is currently closed to new patients, patients who want to be seen can join the waiting list and will be contacted when cancellations create openings.
Consumer demand for our kind of approach is growing at a rapid pace. Should such unmet demand drive changes in practice policies, or changes in the need for patient-centered care when it comes to medically unexplained forms of chronic illness, then such changes will be posted on the home page of this website.