Dr. Levin announces his retirement.
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"We had been to other doctors to try to explain that we believed in a natural method to recover from Autism. They did not understand what we wanted and we had to explain it to them. You did the proper testing to find out exactly what individual needs Robbie had and explained in great detail how and why these things needed to be done."
T.W. and C.W. Chantilly, VA
In 1985, Dr. Levin presented scientific research linking chronic systemic yeast with parasites, affecting diseases such as Allergies, Asthma and Chronic Fatigue/ Fibromyalgia. He found that many of these patients have complex problems but can frequently be restored to health when treatment addresses the multiple causes rather than merely giving medication for the symptoms.
Similarily with Asperger’s Syndrome, Autism, Learning Disabilities, and ADD/ADHD-- These conditions are often linked to nutritional deficiencies, various toxins and multiple infections and Dr. Levin is notable for treating patients with non-invasive procedures.
Diabetes is another clear example of the genes interacting with the environment, therefore Diabetes can be modified by correcting diet, exercise, toxins, infections and other influencing factors.
Asthma is marked by the constriction of the airways that become inflamed and are lined with mucus. Allergies, stress, frigid air, common colds, and exertion can trigger asthma.
Typical signs of asthma are: wheezing, coughing, tightness in the chest area, and shortness of breath.
If you or a loved one has a symptom(s) of asthma, you will need to be seen by a medical doctor to identify irritants that may be causing the asthma attacks and present an individualized treatment plan.
Dr. Levin has successfully treated asthmatic patients and welcomes you to schedule an appointment.
Allergic to Life, by Nicole Wise in Connecticut Magazine (PDF)
Allergies and Biodetoxification for the Arthritic, by Warren Levin, M.D., for the Arthritis Trust of America (PDF)
Candida is as real and as overlooked, as under treated and as misunderstood, and maligned as Lyme disease. We were taught in medical school that systemic Candida was a fatal complication of immune sup-pression, as with cancer, chemo-therapy, and eventually AIDS. Today Candida is so common-place that a serious error of logic has occurred-"If everybody has it, then it must be normal!" Yet, it is only one of a multitude of unhealthy contaminants of the intestinal tract that contributes to chronic illness.
"Dr. Levin’s treatment of my allergies and chronic yeast infection has been the only treatment which has worked." - D DeJ JJ
"I was bounced around from specialist to specialist... Thanks to your patience, listening and vast experience and knowledge in so many areas of the medical field, it was determined exactly what was causing my medical issues. I was dying prematurely from the Lyme and Candida and heavy metals exposure. I am grateful for the diagnosis that you made and your treatment is enabling me to start the recovery process and improve the quality of my life for my remaining years. Thanks for going the extra mile to figure out my medical issues and correct them." Barry C., Research Technician
Paper presented to ILADS
Treating Borreliosis with Candida
by Warren M. Levin
Candida is a real, and overlooked, and undertreated, and misunderstood, and maligned as Lyme disease. I recall when I started to practice in Connecticut and ran head-on into the epidemic of Lyme (54% of families in Wilton!) I was getting info from the local docs, and I asked one of the prominent Lyme specialists what he did about Candida. He responded that he never saw it! Over the next few years, I saw several of his patients, and two had vaginitis as a major complaint, for which he had prescribed the standard OTC creams – but he never saw it as a systemic problem, and as far as I know he still doesn’t.
We were taught in Med school that systemic Candida was a fatal complication of immune suppression, as with cancer and chemotherapy, and eventually with AIDS. Otherwise it was a “normal” intestinal flora. Just as the IDSA hasn’t budged on Lyme, they haven’t learned that the relationship with Candida has changed drastically since the advent of the high sugar diet, the antibiotics, the Birth control pills and the steroids, which together have created a monster. Orion Truss, MD wrote a great little book in 1976: The Missing Diagnosis in which he correctly identified the colon as the source of the overgrowth, and with Nystatin and probiotics and a low carb, low yeast diet he could clear not only the GI problems, but also the vaginitis and a host of other symptoms such as fatigue, rashes, migraines and other chronic headaches, myalgia, arthralgia, etc, etc.
However, it didn’t take long to discover that the worst cases had negative stool cultures and negative antibodies, so many doctors discarded the baby with the bath water. I believe that the negative cultures come about after the colony of yeast reaches a critical mass and a consciousness for self preservation (Read a new book – The Biology of Belief by Bruce Lipton, PhD, a cell biologist who supports that notion scientifically) and it sends “roots” into the gut wall to anchor itself against the eventuality of a purge that would leave the colony “out in the cold.” That provides a more reliable source of nutrition, and the colony gradually becomes converted into an “underground” system of fungal filaments with negative cultures of stool. The negative antibodies are characteristic of immune suppression, just as in Lyme. That is a “systemic,” non-fatal Candida infection. Dark field microscopy, now outlawed by CLIA, frequently showed mycelial forms in the blood, which cleared when the absorbable antifungal drugs were used, but not Nystatin, which “cant get to the roots” like a lawnmower removing the dandelions temporarily (it is still very useful to prevent overgrowth, or in early cases, and is very safe because it is not absorbed).
How to diagnose? Rectal brushings can be stained for the fungal elements. (In a study that I reported in 1985, 55% of patients that I had clinically diagnosed as having Candida were found to have parasites on the same specimens! That was in NYC – I am not finding it that high in Phoenix.) In patients who do make antibodies, the presence of antigen/antibody complexes is diagnostic of invasion. Some patients even have + PCR. (I don’t know why others do not, but absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.) The reaction to Candida antigen by skin test is both diagnostic and useful therapeutically to treat the enormous allergy that most of these patients develop, and which frequently leads to spreading allergies to foods and chemicals. One of the big breakthroughs in indirect diagnosis is by finding yeast metabolites in the urine – Tartaric Acid and Arabinose are pathognomonic. (Dr. William Shaw at Great Plains Labs discovered this while doing his Organic Acid test. Other dysbiotic organisms can also be recognized by their specific products, which are not part of human metabolism.) Diflucan, Sporonox, Nizoral, and Lamisil were all effective, but Diflucan has been castrated by the FDA’s ill-advised decision to allow treatment of chronic vaginitis by a one day course of therapy, which has allowed the rapid emergence of resistant strains – most patients need a month of intensive diet, probiotics and systemic antifungals. Occasionally IV Amphotericin has been necessary. Some newer agents (IV Capsofungins) are now out long enough to be used in refractory cases, in my opinion.
Since the recent reports from Germany, I have been using Diflucan again, from the gitgo, as part of an intensive program to restore healthy colonic flora, while waiting for the results of Lyme workup. It will cause a Herx from heavy Candida alone, so it can’t be relied on as being indicative of the Lyme Herx.
If you have read this far, I thank you for your perseverance.
Warren M. Levin, MD.
Candida Related Complex: A Complicating Factor in Lyme Disease, Interview with Dr. Levin by Scott Forsgren for Public Health Alert, 2008 (PDF)
Mastering Food Allergies, interview with Dr. Levin by Marjorie Hurt Jones, R.N. on two tests that help diagnose yeast infections, March/April 1995 (PDF)
Neurosis or Hypoglycemia?, (PDF) by Dr. Levin
Hypoglycemia and Stress, (PDF) by Dr. Levin, The Journal of the International Academy of Nutritional Consultants
Dr. Levin has been treating Lyme disease since the mid-1990s. Dr. Levin himself has had Lyme disease twice but successfully treated it early on both occasions. This makes three important points:
"Dr. Levin through time, patience , various testing, and tons of blood work, vitamins, some minerals, and medications has healed me both physically and mentally. He has corrected the deficiencies and balanced my system. I can honestly state that Dr. Warren Levin is the very best of the best. He truly cares about his patients and he goes the “whole nine yards” for them. Thank you Dr. Levin for giving me back my life." – SSL
"My name is K. Jacobs. Over the last six years I have suffered from Lyme disease which has caused me memory loss, super-ventricular tachycardia, joint pain, swollen glands, and has weakened me. I have not been able to return to work. In short, Lyme Disease has simply robbed me of my life. In my ongoing struggle with this disease is where I found comfort and hope, when I met Dr. Warren Levin."
"Dr. Levin is known as one of the foremost experts in the treatment of Lyme Disease as well as a pioneer in the field of integrative and alternative Medicine. He is thorough and detail oriented and does not leave a stone unturned in his search for answers for his patients. However, to me he is so much more than that - he is a compassionate man who treats his patients as human beings rather than just medical cases. I have spent many hours having treatment in his office, in New York watching him dance around, sitting next to his patients and bringing them hope like a medical life jacket. He brings each person safely home with kind words and lots of love. How often do you find such a doctor?" – K J, NYC, NY
Interview on Lyme Part 1 - Public Health Alert (PDF) Dr. Levin on the difficulties in diagnosing Lyme, by Sue Vogen, April 2007
Interview on Lyme Part 2 - Public Health Alert (PDF), Part 2 of why physicians are leery about diagnosing Lyme, by Sue Vogen, Mayl 2007
Diagnosing and Treating Lyme (PDF) Dr. Warren Levin blends conventional and alternative philosophies in treating Lyme.
Lyme Undiagnosed by Lois Alcosser (PDF)