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LYME DISEASE

Lyme disease is the fastest-growing epidemic in the world.  The Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia affirms that “there is considerable under-reporting” of Lyme disease, maintaining that the actual infection rate may be 1.8 million, 10 times higher than the 180,000 cases currently reported. Nick Harris, Ph.D., Director of the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS), states “Lyme is grossly under-reported. In the U.S. we probably have about 200,000 cases per year.

Lee Cowden, M.D., states that there are very few symptoms where one should not consider Lyme, especially given that a quarter of the U.S. population may be infected. It is estimated that Lyme disease may be a contributing factor in more than 50% chronically ill people.

 

The Lyme bacteria Borreliaburgdorferi (Bb) a spirochete baceria is not just passed by an arthropod, or tick bite. In addition to tick bites, published research indicates Bb may be carried by fleas, mosquitos, and mites. New research indicates it can be passed from mother through the placenta and mothers milk.
Borrelia burgdorferi
This scanning electron micrograph shows spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi, causative agent of Lyme disease. While only 0.2-0.3 micrometers wide, the cell length may exceed 15 to 20 micrometers.

 

University of Wisconsin researchers state that dairy cattle and other food animals can be infected with the JB. Burgdorferi and hence some raw foods of animal origin might be contaminated with the pathogen. Recent findings indicate that the pathogen may be transmitted orally to laboratory animals, without an arthropod vector. Thus, the possibility exists that Lyme disease can be a food infection.

Compelling evidence supports horizontal (sexual) and vertical (congenital) human to human transfer. It also has the possibility of being transferred through blood transfusions.

As you can see the spirochete bacteria (Lyme disease) should be seriously considered when chronic symptoms are diagnosed as Chronic Fatigue, Fibromylagia, ALS, Alzheimers Disease, IBS, Lupus, MS, Scleroderma and a host of other diagnosis.

Now for the diagnosis:  The test you get a physician’s office is only 40% accurate. The bacteria gets into the body tissue and travels around. Destroying tissue in muscle, organs, eyes, and even the brain.

Here is a list of symptoms that should make people suspect Lyme disease:

Brain fog, Insomnia or excessive sleep, Memory loss (short and long term), Joint pain/swelling/stiffness, Poor coordination/ataxia, Difficulty reading, Slow or slurred speech, Unexplained chills and fevers, Rash, Sudden abrupt mood swings, Continual infections, Poor concentration, Decreased ability to spell correctly, Tremors, Disorientation, Burning/stabbing pain (I find this symptom especially in my clients feet), Facial paralysis(Bell’s Palsy), GI distress/abdominal pain, Poor word retrieval/Aphasia, Shortness of breath, Anxiety, Heart palpitations/chest pain, Difficulty swallowing, Sore throat, Swollen glands, Nausea/vomiting, Anorexia, Cough, Vasculitis, Muscle pain or cramps, Loss of muscle tone, Changes in taste or smell, Twitching of muscles (face or other), Obsessive-compulsive symptoms, Panic attacks, Changes in cerebral blood flow/brain waves, Peripheral neuropathy/tingling/numbness, Number reversal, lightheadedness, Headaches/migraines, Light sensitivity, Menstrual irregularities, Change in hearing/bussing/tinnitus, Trigeminal neuralgia(TMJ), Unexplained hair loss, Dilated cardiomyopathy, Visual disturbance, Loss of temperature control.

If a person has any of these symptoms and their physician cannot find a reason for their symptoms suspect the Bb spirochete bacteria.

Here is a list the diagnoses people have received instead of Lyme disease:

AcrodermatitisChronicaAtrophicans ACA, Acute Transitory Atrioventricular Block, Allergies, Arrhythmia, Arthralgias, Demyelinating Disorders, Depression, Encephalopathy, ErythemaChronicumMigrans, Fibromyalgia, Meningitis, Arthritis, ADD, ADHD, Autoimmune Disorders, Bells Palsy, Chronic Encephalitis and Encephalomyelitis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Cognitive Dysfunction, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), Meningoencephalomyelitis, Multiple Sclerosis, Myoperjcarditis, Parkinson’s Disease, Progressive Visual Deterioration, Reversible Dementia, Sensory or Motor Radiculoneuropathies, Sleeping disorders, Cranial Polyneuritis, Alzheimer’s Disease, ALS Lou Gehrig’s Disease (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Lupus, Polymyalgiasrheumatica, Reflex sympathetic dystrophy, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Syphilis.

All rheumatological diseases and many connective tissue diseases may be Lyme related. Please get a live cell analysis from a qualified technician trained in recognizing the spirochete bacteria [Borrelia burgdorferi (Bb)] to rule out Lyme disease.

The following information may be of interest to those exposed to Lyme disease:

Dr. Robert Rowen knows a family where the mother’s infection spread to 5 of her 6 children[1] all of whom recovered with appropriate therapy. It is difficult to believe that these children were all bitten by ticks and seems more plausible that person to person spread within the family caused this problem.

Bacteriologist, Dr. LidaMattman states “I’m convinced Lyme disease is transmissible from person to person”. In 1995 Dr. Mattman obtained positive cultures for Bb from 43 of 47 persons with chronic illness. Only 1 of 23 control patients had a positive Bb culture.

Dr. Mattman has subsequently recovered Bb spirochetes from 8 out of 8 cases of Parkinson’s Disease, 41 cases of multiple sclerosis, 21 cases of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and all tested cases of Alzheimer’s Disease.

The complete recovery of several patients with terminal amyotrophic lateral sclerosis after appropriate therapy shows the great importance of establishing the diagnosis of Lyme Disease.  Some very important information has recently become available about the spread and magnitude of the problem with Lyme Disease.

The severity of the Lyme illness is related to the spirochete load in the patient. Few spirochetes produce mild or asymptomatic infection. A study from Switzerland in 1998 pointed out that only 12.5 % of patients testing positive for Bb had developed symptoms. A German boy developed Lyme arthritis 5 years after his tick bite.

Often mycoplasma infections remain without symptoms until the victim suffers a traumatic event (stress, injury, accident etc.) These stressing events enable the mycoplasma to begin consumption of cholesterol and symptoms may begin to present.

The mechanism of this deterioration is thought to be suppression of the immune system secondary to stress. Many patients with LD have concomitant infections with other parasites (Ehrlichia in white blood cells and Babesia in red blood cells).  Some patients have all 3 parasites.

Each requires a different therapy with Babesia being particularly difficult to eradicate. Recently, Artemisinin appears effective in Babesia infections. All co-infections must be eliminated to obtain a successful result.

Dr. Joanne Whitaker relates that nearly every patient with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) has tested positive for Bb.  When Dr. Mattman cultured 25 patients with fibromyalgia all subjects had positive cultures for the CWD Bb, which causes LD.  She relates that Bb can be found in tears and could thus easily appear on the hands where touching could spread LD.

Several families are now documented where nearly every family member is infected. How sick the individual patient becomes probably relates to their initial spirochete dose, immune system, detoxification capability and stress levels.

 

Herxheimer Reaction

Herxheimer (aka "detox" or “Herx” for short) reaction is a flu-like feeling that one gets when parasites, fungi, bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens are killed in the body, by conventional or alternative means.  One person who suffers chronic candida (yeast infection) and has experienced the reaction many times made the remark, "Got my typical Herx reaction: cold, dizzy, light-headed, faint, can't really-think-straight feeling."  Others describe it as a "bone-tired feeling."  If a session is particularly effective, the onset of the herxheimer can begin within a couple of hours of exposure.  Muscle and joint pain become more pronounced.  Reactions typically last up to two days but can last longer if steps are not taken.

When the kidneys, liver, colon, and lymph are working effectively and there is plenty of water, minerals, antioxidants, and other nutrients, the reaction will be unnoticed for most minor infections.  Treatments which can kill pathogens should not be resumed until the reaction has passed, except in rare cases.  Physiological effects of a herx include an increase in uric acid, which is neutralized by the body by giving up base minerals like calcium, magnesium, sodium, and potassium.  Urine output is increased by the body to clean the kidneys, and this dehydrates and also depletes minerals, like the ones above and selenium, all which are important in regulating heart function.  This dehydration and electrolyte imbalance is likely the main culprit for most of the symptoms.

Until the body has recovered, antipathogenic treatments cannot be continued or the load will build up and make it that much worse.  If one is fighting a pathogen which requires treatment every three days and is not taking steps to minimize detox such that four days or more are required to recover, it is of no use to continue treatment.

Hopefully this illustrates how very important it is to control detox reactions.   We use a multifaceted approach to minimize the detox herx reaction.

 

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