Dr. Jaquel Patterson



Meet The Speaker

Dr. Jaquel Patterson is a nationally recognized naturopathic physician, success coach, 3x Amazon best-selling author (including Women and Lyme and Long COVID and Beyond), and Forbes contributor. She owns a successful multidisciplinary medical practice, Fairfield Family Health, in Connecticut. She has over 16 years of clinical experience with a focus on Lyme disease, autoimmune conditions, integrative psychiatry, and environmental medicine. She is a sought-after speaker and published in places like USA Today, New York Magazine, Forbes, CBS, Fox, NBC and ABC. She is a frequent lecturer on Lyme disease for practitioners, most recently for Rupa University on Lyme Disease completing several, 6-week bootcamps. She is the Past President for the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and currently serves on the board of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine. She is a certified practitioner through the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) and completed a two-year fellowship in functional medicine for psychiatry and ADD/ADHD. In addition to her naturopathic medical degree, she has her MBA in Healthcare Management from Quinnipiac University and has her undergraduate degree from Cornell University.

Tick Borne Diseases, Neuroinflammation and Impact on Psychiatric Conditions

The presentation will review the relationship between tick-borne diseases (TBD), neuroinflammation, and its role in psychiatric conditions. The presentation will begin with an overview of the body's response to inflammation and complex cascade of interactions. A comprehensive review of Lyme disease, Bartonella and Babesia will be provided, their impact on various organ systems and their role in neuroinflammation and immune tolerance. The presentation will review TBD's and it's role in initiation or exacerbation of psychiatric conditions, most notably anxiety, depression and schizophrenia. There will also be a deep dive into inflammation's impact on psychiatric conditions and all related factors including but not limited to genetic predisposition, T-cell activation and cytokine production, ROS, ion channel leaking, epigenetic and environmental factors, amongst others. We will then review treatment approaches including diet and lifestyle, antioxidants, fatty acids, herbs and nutrients. There will also be some information on conventional treatments.

The presentation will additionally include the relation to infections like Lyme disease and possible initiating autoimmunity like multiple sclerosis and how to appropriately consider all infections in treatment. Autoimmunity will be discussed as it pertains to molecular mimicry, bystander activation and epitope spreading. It will discuss role of infections like Lyme, EBV, and Strep can initiate autoimmunity in future. In fact, those with autoimmune conditions are likely to have at least two infections. The presentation will demonstrate how improving the infections causes or may cause improvements in autoimmunity serological testing and clinical symptom picture.

The presentation will also cover persistent, chronic Lyme disease and dysregulation in immune function. It will discuss what is persistent chronic lyme disease, impact of antibiotic treatment long term and biologics. Case studies will be provided and reviewed for Lyme disease, other tick-borne infections like Bartonella and Babesia including cases of patients who have Lyme disease plus an autoimmune condition.

There will be review of appropriate testing for assessment and evaluation purposes and use of integrative medicine via herbal and nutritional supplementation to support Lyme disease with additional context including co-infections and demographics. There will also be a review of conventional medicine approaches to care and long-term care.

Key Learning Onjectives/Takeaways

  1. Understanding the relationship between inflammation, immune tolerance and psychiatric conditions.
  2. Understanding role of tick-borne diseases and their impact on neuroinflammation and psychiatric conditions
  3. Knowledge of appropriate treatment interventions for TBD’s and psychiatric conditions.

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