A diagnosis or suspicion of Lyme disease can be an incredibly stressful and difficult labyrinth to navigate, from mainstream medicine denying the existence of chronic Lyme to holistic practitioners offering countless competing opinions. Richard Mandelbaum has been supporting people with Lyme for over fifteen years in addition to traveling his own health journey with the illness, and has shared his perspective on it in multiple venues including the Remedy online docu-series, and multiple podcasts and health conferences. In this class we will discuss acute vs. chronic Lyme, preventive steps, and how to regain health and wellness when confronting this health challenge, including herbs, supplements, food and diet, and lifestyle changes. Richard will also present some of his unique perspective on the disease, including the importance of addressing emotional and cognitive impacts of Lyme, and how to reframe chronic Lyme in a very different way than is usually discussed. This class is open to anyone but a basic understanding of Lyme (Borreliosis) will be helpful.
Richard Mandelbaum, RH (AHG) is a clinical herbalist with a private practice in Sullivan County NY, occasionally seeing clients in New York City as well. In addition to seeing clients he teaches classes in clinical herbal medicine, medicine making, and field botany, wild edible plants and mushrooms. He is a founding partner, director, and teacher at the ArborVitae School of Traditional Herbalism in New York City, and is also on the faculty at David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies in Washington, NJ. In 2018 Richard was featured in the docu-series Remedy, Ancient Medicine for Modern Illness. Richard has been an avid student of our native flora for over twenty five years. He has been practicing as an herbalist since 1997, blending use of our native medicinal plants with Chinese and Western herbal traditions. He is a graduate of David Winston’s School of Herbal Therapeutics in New Jersey as well as having studied at Rosemary Gladstar’s Sage Mountain Retreat Center in Vermont, and in New York City with herbalist William LeSassier. He has been a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild since 2003, and served on the AHG Council (board of directors) from 2012 to 2018, serving as Secretary and chair of both the AHG Policy Committee and the Committee for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Richard is also active in issues related to fair trade, sustainability, and social justice. He lives in a straw bale home in Forestburgh, NY with his wife Gabrielle and daughter Rose.
Recorded on July 28, 2020