Carsten Nicolaus, MD, PhD
Medical Advisory Board
BCA-Clinic Augsburg, Germany
Morgellons disease is a chronic disease process that can present patients and doctors with major challenges in terms of diagnosis and therapy. Although the etiology of the disease has not yet been clearly clarified, there is growing evidence that it could be a special cutaneous form of chronic Borrelia infection. Lyme disease and its co-infections are among the most common vector-borne diseases in North America and Europe. Some studies have shown that the following co-pathogens are very common in Morgellon’s patients alongside Borrelia: Bartonella, Chlamydia pneumoniae, Treponema denticola and Helicobacter pylori. Aetiologically, one can therefore assume a chronic multi-infection syndrome. In our clinic in Augsburg / Germany we currently treat about 2500 patients annually who suffer from tick-borne diseases. Since 2007 we have seen and treated more than 1000 Morgellons patients. According to our experience, some patients with tick-borne diseases require very long care and treatment times. Long-term therapies with antibiotics and supportive medication are part of everyday life. With Morgellons patients these treatment times are rather still longer. They also frequently need other drugs, such as anthelmintics, antifungals and antiparasitics, to achieve sufficient treatment results. In the presentation the current diagnostics possibilities and different treatment paths for patients with Morgellons Disease are presented. In addition to holistic, conventional treatment options, integrative herbal therapy protocols, which have been successfully used in our clinic for years, will also be presented.
After finishing his academic education at two German Universities (Regensburg and Munich) and medical training, Dr. Carsten Nicolaus opened his own GP practice in Augsburg in the South of Germany. Only a few weeks after the opening of the practice, he was confronted with problems of tick-borne diseases, particularly Lyme disease.
During 17 years of his career as a GP, tick-borne diseases started to be of great and increasing importance to him and his patients. As a result of this, he decided to found the first German treatment centre which exclusively treats tick-borne diseases. The BCA-clinic was established on 1st October 2006 and specialises in diagnostics and treatment of tick-borne diseases and patient rehabilitation.
Dr. Nicolaus has been an active member of the German Borreliosis Society and ILADS for many years. Since 2012 he has been one of Board directors of ILADEF
Topic: Diagnostic and Testing, Conventional and Alternative / Integrative Treatment Approaches in the BCA-clinic Augsburg / Germany