Friday, March 30, 2018

Meryl Nass, M.D.'s Integrative Internal Medicine Practice

My Bio:

I am a board-certified internal medicine doctor.  I was a National Merit Scholar, left high school early to attend MIT, where I graduated with a degree in biology. I attended NJ Medical School and transferred to the University of Mississippi Medical School in 1978, when my then-husband became a professor there.  I returned to New England in 1985, and Maine has been my home since 1997.

I am passionate about improving the lives of my patients.  I treat chronic pain disorders without narcotics. I try to find the least toxic methods of treatment for each individual.  I spend hours with each new, complex patient, until I understand how to explain their symptoms and develop a comprehensive treatment plan.  I use medicines, supplements, diets, and other healing modalities, as needed, for tough clinical problems like chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic lyme disease and fibromyalgia.  I get great joy in finding solutions that work for patient problems that have lasted years, and sometimes decades.

I believe in First, Do No Harm. I have been on the front lines of vaccine controversies, lecturing around the US and testifying to 6 Congressional committees about the problems with anthrax vaccine, and sometimes other vaccines. My goal is to use a minimum of medications and avoid iatrogenic (doctor-caused) harms.

I have consulted for the US Director of National Intelligence, the World Bank and the Cuban Ministry of Health.  I have done path-breaking research to understand Zimbabwe's anthrax epidemic, Cuba's neuropathy epidemic, Gulf War Syndrome, the US anthrax outbreak and the Ebola epidemic.  And while doing this research, I worked full time taking care of patients, and raised two sons.  One is now a professor of computer science and the other a cardiologist.

I opened a new medical practice because there were no local physicians treating chronic, complex disorders like Lyme--despite the large number of affected patients.  (According to the CDC, Maine has the highest rate of reported Lyme cases (per person) in the US.  Hancock County, where I practice, has the highest rate of Lyme in Maine.)

In order to make this practice work, I cannot accept any insurance plans, and patients must pay for my services when services are rendered. While some insurance plans will reimburse patients for the cost of visits, other (including Medicare) do not.

I hope to see patients with challenging disorders, those who wish to reduce their medications and/or use diet and lifestyle changes to improve health, and those with illnesses occurring after tick bites, fibromyalgia-related, or occurring as a consequence of military service or anthrax vaccine.  In my opinion, Lyme and tick-borne diseases should be considered in every patient with an undiagnosed illness.  Tick-borne diseases have taken a large and varied toll on our community. 

I also treat the range of illnesses seen in primary care internal medicine.  Help choosing a better diet (specific to each individual) can be an important part of my care.  Sometimes I offer free classes on food and simplified approaches to cooking, and share books that help patients manage food allergies or intolerances.

The office phone number is (207) 610-5885.  The fax number is 610-5886.
The office address is 210 Main Street, Ellsworth, Maine, 04605.  My cell (for emergencies) is (207) 522-5229.  My email address is  I do see patients evenings and weekends, if needed for acute illnesses, and can be reached by email or cell phone any time.  

* Remember to use tick protection when off the asphalt in coastal Maine.  There were over 1800 reported Lyme cases last year, but several other tick-borne diseases are also commonly found in our ticks, including Anaplasma (nearly 700 cases in 2017) and Babesia (over 100 cases in 2017).