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How Do I Know If It Is Lyme?

December 13, 2017

How Do I Know If I Have Lyme?

(Or: What if it is not arthritis, MS, interstitial cystitis?)

Most likely it is Lyme. If you are thinking about a possible Lyme diagnosis it probably is. And if you have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, MS, or interstitial cystitis there’s a chance that the Lyme bacteria is causing it. Lots of serious, chronic diseases start because of a virus or bacteria. If your illness is caused by a Borrelia burgdorferi strain, then your treatments will only be Band-Aids for symptoms.  If you get tested and narrow the cause down to Lyme, then treating Lyme will get to the root of the problem and begin the healing process.

Many people in my town are being diagnosed with Lyme disease after years of feeling unwell and “mysterious” migrating symptoms. It is an epidemic and therefore makes sense that many people have Lyme, whether they know it or not.

In children, Lyme looks a little different. Sadly Lyme is congenital, and mothers can pass it on to babies if they do not have treatment during pregnancy. It starts out slowly and if untested and untreated, the child will just grow increasingly ill with more symptoms. It usually begins with headaches, bone pain (mistaken sometimes for growing pains), constant sore throat and ear infections, asthma, digestive issues, and/or ADD and anxiety. Some children are developmentally delayed, while others have more physical pain and low immunity.

Here’s how it started for me:

First onset symptoms: A “weird” flu or unexplained “virus” a few months, asthma, chemical sensitivities, fatigue, feeling ‘rundown’, sore throats, annual pneumonia

 

Chronic Lyme disease symptoms: Extreme fatigue, insomnia, pain, poor circulation, brain fog, tinnitus, heart palpitations, heart block, heart murmur, low BP, difficulty breathing/shortness of breath, chronic cough, stiff joints, heightened anxiety, difficulty remembering common words.

 

Diagnosis before Lyme disease: 

 

Working too hard; anxiety; IBS

 

Treatment does not always mean hundreds of thousands of dollars at a special clinic. There are means to managing the disease at home and with the help of various practitioners. It does require patience and research. Some excellent books to start with are:

Dr. Horowitz’s Why Can’t I Get Better?  His symptom checklist is thorough.

Stephen Buhner’s books on Lyme and Coinfections

Dr. William Rawls Suffered Long Enough and Unlocking Lyme

Treatment

Milk Thistle

October 31, 2017

Milk thistle seeds contain silymarin, which provides a gentle, yet effective detox mostly by supporting the liver. In my experience, and many others I have interviewed, milk thistle has not caused a healing crisis, herx, or negative side effects. From measurably reducing liver enzymes to relieving neurotoxicity, to alleviating jaundice to easing digestive disorders, this powerful herb can be of significant support.

Milk thistle will not only help “cleanse,” but will also cause new tissue to grow, thereby restoring a damaged liver. It is considered an important treatment for liver disease. Studies reveal improvements in patients suffering from hepatitis, fatty liver, and cirrhosis when milk thistle is prescribed.

In the chronic illness community, liver damage and toxicity are common problems. Milk thistle is proving to bring the most effective, safe, and affordable means of supporting the liver and spleen, while aiding detox and digestion.

I have myself experienced success while taking milk thistle capsules. Once jaundiced, with spiking liver enzymes, I now have a fully functioning liver and bile flow from the consistent use of this wonderful herb.

Unlike yucca or glutathione pushes, which are great for some but cause neurotoxicity and pain in many, milk thistle does not create side effects while opening detox pathways and interrupting cytokine cascades. It does not interfere with other drugs and herbs. Of course, this opinion is based on my experience and research. Speak with your naturopath or TCM doctor about including milk thistle in your treatment plan. Do some of your own research and readings to determine if milk thistle is something you should try.

Treatment

Why You May Not Want to Get a Lyme Test

May 4, 2017

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…