Getting tested for Lyme disease is not as simple as visiting your family physician and then taking a blood draw requisition form to the local lab. Unfortunately the power of and confidence in doctors has been stripped away, preventing them from making a clinical diagnosis. Even when a physician has studied Lyme and researched treatments, the College of Physicians and Surgeons insists a patient test positive on bloodwork before allowing the knowledgable and well-versed doctor to treat. They are to use an inaccurate two-tiered blood test system to determine when patients have Lyme. Rarely is the test accurate and therefore rarely can physicians provide a diagnosis and treatment plan. There are a few reasons why it is difficult to determine a Lyme diagnosis through testing. If you suspect Lyme disease and tested negative on a Lyme test, you may want to continue reading. A negative result does not mean you are free of Lyme. Too many people say, “I was tested for Lyme, it was negative. I was diagnosed with Lupus or MS.” Lyme is the great imitator, and sadly, many people are misdiagnosed with other diseases when they have bacterial infections like Borrelia burgdorferi (Lyme bacteria) causing the symptoms. So what is up with the testing? What can you do to rule out Lyme or determine if you suffer from tick-bourne infections? How should you get tested? Continue Reading…
I live in the badlands. The word bentonite is oft-spoke. The clay is generated by the alteration of volcanic ash. The coulees I love are filled with it. The steep walls become slippery and dangerous to climb after a rain. Many a time have I slid down a hill, covered in the slimy mud. Until I became really ill, bentonite was just some “dirt” and an annoying aspect of the hills to be avoided after snowmelt or rainstorm. Now I eat the stuff (not straight from the coulee mind you).
From undetected MTHFR genetic mutations to infections like Lyme bacteria, women have much to consider when planning to have a family. When I went to the US for treatments years ago part of the routine blood work included screening for the MTHFR genetic mutation. For treatments this information was valuable because it explained my inability to detox properly, led to coagulation testing (which I ended up having), and provided insight as to why I was deficient in some nutrients. I was focused on Lyme treatment but what I learned relates to any woman trying to conceive. Continue reading to discover what I have learned about common but little known reasons for miscarriage, infertility, and transmission of infections to babies. Continue Reading…
Below is a list of the combinations of pharmaceuticals and herbals I have taken, continue to take, or researched. I am not suggesting a cure. Chronic Lyme is just that. But I’ve found ways to reduce the infections and symptoms to the point I have good days consistently.
Scroll through to find the infections you are dealing with (I cover babesia, bartonella, Lyme, and others).
I AM NOT A DOCTOR. I RESEARCH FOR FUN. I KEEP TRACK OF MEDICAL JOURNALS AND ADVANCEMENTS TO STAY ORGANIZED AND IN CHARGE OF MY HEALTH. DO NOT USE MY GUIDELINES AS THE GOSPEL. I just want to provide some guidance for my Lymie friends who are stuck and do not know what to try next. I suggest reading the works of Dr. Horowitz, Dr. Burrascano, Dr. Cameron, and Stephen Buhner.
Text in purple are the treatments I had the most success with.