Naturopathic Medicine for Lyme Disease and Complex Chronic Illnesses
Dr. Sal Meli ND treats the following conditions:
- Acute Tick Bites
- Chronic Lyme Disease
- Tick-borne Co-Infections
- Chronic Viral Infections
- Mold Toxicity
- Environmental & Heavy Metal Toxicities
- Histamine Intolerance / MCAS
- Chronic Digestive Concerns
- Chronic Neurological Disorders
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Chronic Pain Syndromes or 'Fibromyalgia'
- Joint Pain due to Injury
*Telemedicine consultations are only available to individuals in British Columbia.
You should consider working with Dr. Meli if:
What You'll Receive:
Personalized Treatment Plans
Dr. Meli creates unique treatment plans for each patient. You will receive clear instructions on how to take the recommended treatments as well as referrals for therapies that can be administered by local practitioners. You will gain access to professional-brand supplements, tinctures and homeopathic medicines. All recommendations will be written out and emailed to you after your appointment.
Dr. Meli can help provide access to the very best testing laboratories in the world including ArminLabs, Igenex, Galaxy and others. For urine tests, including those used for mold toxins, heavy metals and hormone assessment, the test kits can be easily mailed to your home. For blood tests, requisitions will be provided to a blood draw at your local LifeLabs facility.
Dr. Meli is a strong proponent of using the best available testing to guide his treatment plans. Testing for various infections, mold toxins, heavy metals, genetic SNPs, food sensitivities, immune markers and many others elements are available and commonly recommended to undercover the root causes of chronic illness.
Dr. Meli has a strong preference for botanical medicine. Over 150 herbs are available in his dispensary in the form of alcohol-based tinctures. Tinctures are often formulated into a customized blend for your unique needs. Dr. Meli regularly incorporates the protocol's outlined by Stephen Buhner, Dr. Cowden, Dr. Klinghardt and others.
Dr. Meli uses a wide variety of professional supplement and homeopathic brands to ensure that his patients are receiving the very best therapies available. Brands include: Researched Nutritionals, DesBio, Designs for Health, Argentyn23, BioPure, BodyBio, Enzyme Science, Host Defense, Lauricidin, Pekana, Xymogen and others. Dr. Meli's recommended protocol can be mailed directly to you if you do not have access locally.
Dr. Meli is a licensed Naturopathic doctor in BC, with full prescriptive authority, which includes most antibiotics, anti-fungals, bio-identical hormones and many other useful medications. Prescriptions will only be written when safety has been established, which commonly requires laboratory findings, physical exam findings and a detailed medical history.
Book your initial consult with Dr. Meli
Initial consultations are typically 60 minutes. To make best use of this time, an extensive intake form will be sent to you after booking your time slot. We recommend all patients send us a copy of all relevant lab testing before the consultation. Afterwards, Dr. Meli will prepare a unique plan for your individualized needs that may include testing, lifestyle changes, supplements, herbal therapies or pharmaceutical agents.
About Dr. Sal Meli ND
Dr. Meli is an 'outside-the-box' thinker, avid reader and permaculturalist. He believes that many complex chronic ailments are driven by a multitude of factors, all of them needing to be assessed. Commonly patients are deficient, toxic, over-worked and inflamed. Defence against the burden of infections, chemicals and parasites is lost.
Dr. Meli's approach to healing involves deep exploration of the various inflammatory triggers via lab testing. Treatments are always individualized to address these findings.
Dr. Meli has recently moved to Nelson, BC! Stay tuned for updates about his new clinic location, coming very soon.
Dr. Meli's Experience
Dr. Meli has been practicing Naturopathic Medicine since 2012. He shifted is clinical focus to Lyme Disease after attending several ILADS conferences. He has trained with Dr. Steven Harris MD through the ILADEF physician training program and continues to refine his knowledge through medical conferences and continuing education courses.
Dr. Meli's Collaborative Approach
Dr. Meli wishes to work collaboratively with your primary care provider (MD or ND). Customized treatment plans will be created for your unique case. Treatments (supplements, herbals, pharmaceutics) will be shipped to your home if needed. Ongoing consultation with both your primary physician and Dr. Meli is recommended. For patients who do not have access to a 'Lyme-literate' physician, Dr. Meli will be available for on-going follow up and case management until you've reached your health goals.
Dr. Meli's Accreditations
Dr Meli is a member of the College of Naturopathic Physicians of BC and is licensed to prescribe pharmaceutical medicines. He has additional training in IV Therapy, Chelation, Ozone, Prolotherapy and PRP. Although these therapies are not available to telemedicine clients, Dr. Meli would be able to recommend and refer to a local practitioner when indicated.
Dr. Meli's Unique Approach Using Genetics
The NutriGenetic Research Institute explores how various environmental factors (ie. toxins, infections) and our individual genetics interact to create bio-chemical vulnerabilities, which invariably lead to disease. Having completed this extensive genetics course, Dr. Meli analyzes his patients' genetic profile to best address their individual needs. Often, the exploration of your unique genetics nuances greatly accelerates the therapeutic process.
How does it work?
Step 1: Book Your Initial Appointment here. At this time, appointments are for British Columbia residents only.
Step 2: You will receive an email with an intake form. It must be completely filled out before the consultation. If you have any questions about this form, email the team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step 3: Send a copy of all relevant lab test results to our office: email@example.com.
Step 4: At the time of your appointment, Dr. Meli will call you at the phone number you've provided. Dr. Meli makes every effort to be on time but if he is running late, he will still contact you. Please be patient. Your appointment length will not be cut short due to any delays. Be prepared with your questions and be ready to take notes.
During or after the consult, a treatment plan will be created and emailed to you. If indicated, arrangements must be made with your local practitioner to acquire laboratory testing. Test kits will be mailed to you if required. Supplements, herbal therapies and pharmaceutical prescriptions will be sent directly to your home.
Step 5: Your credit card will be charged for the allotment of time that was spent in consultation with Dr. Meli. Any laboratory tests and treatments will be billed separately. Your receipt will be emailed to you. Note: Direct billing to insurance providers is not available at this time, however you are encouraged to claim the consult under your own extended health care plan.
Step 6. Book your follow-up consultation.
*Due to the limitations of telemedicine, any concerns that require a physical exam or blood draw will be referred to your local MD or ND for assessment. Dr. Meli will be available for in-office consultations in Nelson, BC shortly.
Initial Visit (60 minutes)
Follow up (90 minutes)
Follow up (75 minutes)
Follow up (45 minutes)
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Follow up (15 minutes)
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*All information provided will be kept strictly confidential.