How to find an LLMD (Lyme Literate Medical Doctor)

How to find an LLMD (Lyme Literate Medical Doctor)
By Bryan Rosner, author of The Top 10 Lyme Disease Treatments

Due to political controversy and legal challenges facing Lyme doctors, most of them prefer to keep a low profile. For this reason, they can be difficult to find. Additionally, good etiquette in the Lyme disease community dictates that when discussing doctors in public (including public internet discussion groups), their names should be kept private. If your doctor tells you that he or she is okay with his or her name being public, then you may be able to ignore this etiquette. However, when in doubt, assume that the above is true. Many people expect to find a list of Lyme doctors on the internet, where they can just grab a name and a phone number. However, as a result of the political and legal climate, this is not possible. Instead, you must contact one of the below Lyme disease organizations and request a doctor referral. With these caveats in mind, here are the instructions for how to get a Lyme-literate physician referral in your geographic area:

  1. Lymenet.org “Seeking a Physician” Forum: You can get a custom referral to an LLMD from www.lymenet.org. When you reach the homepage, click on “Flash Discussion,” and then click on “Seeking a Doctor.” You will be asked to provide your city, state, and contact information, and a Lymenet.org forum member will contact you with a physician referral.

  2. Lyme Disease Association Doctor Referral Service: Visit www.lymediseaseassociation.org and click on “Doctor Referral.” You will be asked for your contact information and a doctor referral will be provided.

  3. International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS). Contacting ILADS is also a method for getting a physician referral. Use their website: www.ilads.org or call them at 301-263-1080. ILADS is the “gatekeeper” for most Lyme-literate physicians in the USA.

  4. Another helpful tool is to understand how Lyme doctors are treating Lyme disease before you even have your doctor’s appointment. We recommend you purchase our newly published book on how 13 LLMDs currently treat Lyme disease in their practices. Read More…



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