Lyme disease is a very complicated disease to treat, both for the allopathic medical community and alternative medical practitioners. What makes it so difficult is that it changes or morphs so rapidly, it hides, and it is exceedingly difficult to destroy.
According to the CDC, “…the number of people diagnosed with Lyme disease each year in the United States is around 300,000. Notably, these estimates do not affect our understanding of the geographic distribution of Lyme disease. Lyme disease cases are concentrated in the Northeast and upper Midwest, with 14 states accounting for over 96% of cases reported to CDC.”
Beginning in January through June and then again in the fall from the end of August through November, you must be very aware of where you are hiking or camping. In fact, there are only a few months in the year when you are safer from getting bit.
The hot spot zones for Lyme seems to be Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, New York, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin: although now it is reported that every state has Lyme disease cases.
What Kind of Tick Bit You?
After hiking in the woods, please examine your skin thoroughly and do not miss the back of your legs, arms, and back. Many times, people have not investigated properly, and that is when a tick bite can go unnoticed.
However, if you suspect a tick bite, you may want to read these guidelines. Wood ticks and dog ticks do NOT cause Lyme disease. What you are looking for are the smaller ticks: the deer tick. It is generally the size of a pencil tip: much smaller than other species.
How to Remove a Tick Safely
When you notice a tick, use tweezers to grab it low on its body so you can remove the head gently out of your skin. Do not grab it with your fingers, or burn it as this may cause the tick to vomit out toxins in full force.
If you are not able to grab it with a tweezers, then you need to use a sterilized needle to dig the head out of your skin. It sounds gruesome, but it is very necessary, as leaving the tick head embedded is where you run into problems.
You can use hydrogen peroxide after you have removed the head. I also suggest using Systemic Formula’s WO oil on the bite area. The blend of essential oils in this formula penetrate the skin to clean the bite area and fight infection.
Time Exposed Matters
If a deer tick bites you, it is the amount of time you are exposed that makes a huge difference. In other words, if the tick is imbedded in your skin for less than 36 hours, you have a much better chance of steering clear of contracting Lyme disease. But to be on the safe side, even if the tick was imbedded for 24 hours, (and you never hear me suggest taking antibiotics) you should ask your doc for a prescription for Doxycycline.
This antibiotic will clear infection so that hopefully, you won’t run into problems later. It is necessary at the beginning stage, because it doesn’t give the spirochetes any time to morph (change) which makes them more difficult to treat.
Is the Bullseye Rash a Definitive Sign?
So many people have read that a bull’s eye rash is the indication that marks Lyme disease (looks a bit like the Target logo). But the bull’s eye rash only happens in 25-50 % of the cases. Many people go to their doctor, and the doctor says, “Did you get a bull’s eye rash?” If they answer no, Lyme disease may be missed altogether.
Is it Okay to Take Antibiotics with Chronic Lyme?
Once you hit the chronic stage (more than 6 months with progressive symptoms), the worst thing you can do is take an antibiotic. Many doctors suggest antibiotics called “Cell Wall Inhibitors” to treat Lyme, but the problem with this medication is that it can force the Lyme spirochete into another stage called the cell wall deficient stage (see below under Three Phases of Lyme Disease). This stage comes with very nasty symptoms.
Accurate Lab Tests
In the first 6 months after the tick bite, your doctor will usually suggest an Elisa test. And if that is positive, then they will run a Western blot. They call this the 2-tier method of testing. Unfortunately, current stats say these tests are 50-70% inaccurate. If symptoms progress, unfortunately your doctor may still suggest the Western blot and this test is more than likely going to be negative if your Lyme disease has advanced to the chronic stage.
If you have chronic Lyme, the best lab test is called iSPOT Lyme by Neuroscience. A score of 25 or more is considered positive, and under 17 are considered negative: the middle being equivocal. This is the lab test that my trained docs use in their clinical practice.
Three Phases of Lyme Disease
Borrelia Burgdorferi (the bacteria that causes Lyme Disease) has the potential to transform into 3 different phases.
The first phase is called the spirochete phase, which can cause many uncomfortable symptoms. The borrelia spirochete is a twisty looking bacterium that burrows deep into tissues, joints and organs by drilling holes. In fact, if you see it under a microscope, it looks like a corkscrew. That is why symptoms such as joint pain, knee pain and small joint pain are common complaints.
The second phase is referred to as the cell wall deficient phase as it easily slips into your blood. Because this phase of the borrelia bacteria has no cell wall, it makes it more difficult for your immune system to attack this offending pathogen and makes it more difficult for antibiotic treatment to be effective.
It sticks together in little city type structures, which protect the inner lining, making it almost indestructible. This phase also lends itself to autoimmunity. In an attempt to kill this virulent pathogen, the immune system ends up attacking its own tissue, organs and joints.
The third phase of the borrelia bacteria is the most serious, called the cyst phase. With any challenge to their survival (such as antibiotics or natural remedies taken too long) the borrelia spirochetes will literally swallow themselves, turning into cysts.
These cysts lie dormant, and are able to withstand many attackers including heavy-duty antibiotics, starvation, immune system bombardment, and almost anything we can throw their way.
This is where you have real problems, because these cysts, in their little cocoon-like homes, are now protected against the immune system and antibiotics.
You must wait until the spirochetes come out of the cyst stage in order to stage an attack. High doses of magnesium in various forms have been shown to pull the spirochetes out of the cysts. And once they are out of their cysts, then you can attack them with full force.
Treatment in Cycles
Once the spirochetes come out of their cyst phase, you need to take natural killers for 1-2 weeks only. After that, you must take a break so more can come out of the cyst phase. The reason why Lyme is so difficult to treat is because of the Lyme spirochetes’ ability to morph and adapt to any treatments used.
I have trained my docs to manage an on and off protocol for Lyme disease. Of course, the protocol varies from client to client, depending on what is going on with their body, but it needs to be managed very carefully. Please do not attempt to treat it yourself.
However, the rife machine (an energy frequency machine), matches the frequency of the spirochete, making it more vulnerable to be eliminated. Many times, treatments with the rife machine can explode and destroy these virulent bacteria. The rife machine is useful because unlike antibiotics, it does not drive the spirochetes back into their cyst phase. Lyme spirochetes don’t have the ability to adapt to the rife machine like they do with antibiotics or even natural antibiotics. The rife is available for home use and is a great adjunct to treatment. For more information on Lyme and rife treatment please see Brian Rosner’s website and book here.
Symptoms of chronic Lyme, such as chronic fatigue and excruciating joint pain (especially smaller joint pain) can be problematic. Also pain in the ankles, feet and knee pain, and for some reason, the knees seem to be a big deal. Many times, these Lyme symptoms are mistaken for fibromyalgia or mold illness.
Lyme disease can attack the heart muscle causing tachycardia (rapid heartbeat), the brain, causing cognitive dysfunction, brain fog, anxiety and depression, and the liver and kidneys, blocking the body’s ability to properly detoxify.
Unfortunately, the symptoms for many can be totally debilitating. Imagine not being able to get out of bed due to uncontrolled fatigue and pain.
There are two common co-infections (acquired with the Lyme) carried by ticks. One is called Babesia which is a protozoa similar to malaria with viral type symptoms such as intermittent fever, fatigue, chills, headache, nausea, vomiting, depression and more. The other is Bartonella, a gram-negative bacteria with symptoms such as fatigue, fever, headache, an unusual rash, swollen glands and more.
How does one test for these co-infections? PCR testing is a way that we test for many different bacterial infections. However, regular PCR testing does not work for co-infections. The test that shows promise is called the ePCR test from Galaxy Diagnostics. But unfortunately, no test is infallible, and this test can come up negative if the bacteria are too low in number.
Heavy Metals and Lyme
Lyme infection and its subsequent co-infections are the big guns. In fact, they can shut down all your detox pathways, which is also when the body starts bio-accumulating heavy metals. Unfortunately, people don’t get well because they’re not addressing the heavy metals that can run concurrently with Lyme disease. I believe that many who do not recover from the perfect Lyme treatment have not addressed heavy metal toxicity. There is a strong relationship between severe, chronic Lyme disease and toxic heavy metals in the body that must be tackled to achieve positive health outcomes. Of course, heavy metals must be detoxed properly for good results (see more on proper detox here). Addressing heavy metals and Lyme simultaneously is akin to a dance; it can be very challenging, which is why I strongly suggest working with a trained practitioner.
Remember Lyme disease is an opportunistic infection. When the body is distracted with high levels of heavy metals, Lyme infections will protect themselves behind the heavy metals and get a real foothold in your body. Elevated levels of mercury can come from amalgam fillings (When Detox is Dangerous Series: Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3), even if you had them previously removed, they were still leaking mercury vapor during the time they were lodged in your mouth. Mercury in vaccines, flu shots, sushi, tuna, swordfish are also of concern.
Also, contact solution during the 80s and 90s were filled with thimerosol (a mercury preservative). And remember Mercurochrome? My dad slathered me IN it when I had a scrape or cut and it was jam packed with mercury. And of course, all heavy metals can travel through the mother into the placenta for 4 generations, so beware of your family history.
You can see that if the body is dealing with multiple stressors, like chemical exposure or heavy metals, the Lyme treatment may not be effective if these stressors are not addressed.
I think that my biggest criticism with alternative doctors is they are still not getting upstream to the actual causes of cellular dysfunction. “Oh, great. We’re going to put someone on a bunch of supplements,” which is needed for certain things. “We’ll do this herbal cleanse, this colon cleanse, liver cleanse.” Listen, it is not so simple. You have to go upstream to the cell first for real results.
My 5R’s of True Cellular Detox and Healing™ is a roadmap on how to fix the cell. You don’t get well until you fix the cell. R1 is Removing the Source. You can suggest the perfect diet, and the best supplements, and run all the greatest tests. But if someone has a biotoxic illness from Lyme, mold, or heavy metal toxicity, again, these are the big boys that shut down detox pathways. And when this happens, you are never going to get anyone well.
But if your doc happens to say, “Oh, you have heavy metals” and then three months later, says you are heavy metal free… Are you kidding me? It took 20-30 years to bio-accumulate heavy metals deep in your nerve tissue and brain, and to think that you’re going to get rid of them in months is ludicrous.
Heavy metals, and biotoxic illnesses like mold and Lyme takes patience and an extended period of concentrated effort to make progress. It is a very delicate and specific process, and it is not finished overnight. The focus is not just about killing these bacteria. You have to pull the biotoxins (from Lyme, mold, etc.) out of the body, where my trained docs come in.
Lyme Can Trigger Autoimmune
If you have been diagnosed with any autoimmune disease, including fibromyalgia, it would be wise to test for Lyme as well. Recall in my article discussing autoimmune disease, I wrote about the 3-legged stool that can contribute to the diagnosis of many autoimmune disorders.
The first leg is when a certain gene gets turned on, like the lupus or Hashimoto’s gene. The second leg of the autoimmune stool is when the body is exposed to infections: this is where the Lyme spirochetes and its subsequent co-infections come in. And the third leg of autoimmune is looking at the gut, at the microbiome, or the balance of good and bad bacteria. These very important good bacteria have a relationship with the immune system and can turn on and off good or bad genes.
In addition, certain bacteria in your gut make T regulatory cells. These are immune cells that tell your body that everything’s okay. It tells them not to produce too much inflammation; in fact, they quiet a potential autoimmune attack. Without enough of these cells in your gut, your immune system does not know it needs to back down.
I have had several clients with diffuse scleroderma (a serious autoimmune disease that creates chronic hardening and contraction of the muscles and connective tissues) and the trigger was chronic Lyme disease. In other cases, the client was diagnosed with MS or rheumatoid arthritis, and behind it all was chronic Lyme.
In addition, another stressor that can mimic the symptoms of Lyme disease is chronic mold exposure. Lyme disease and mold both produce biotoxins that can cause similar symptoms. I advise my clients to get a thorough investigation of your home with a mold specialist to rule out any underlying mold infestation.
Remove the Cause and Fix the Cells
Along with the Lyme protocol, it is essential to remove upstream causes that are playing a significant role in increasing inflammation and miserable symptoms. True Cellular Detox™ is the key, especially when used within my Multi-Therapeutic Approach. You have to fix and detox the cell. With real detox, you get the cell working first so it can unload the toxins. When toxins start to release, you must properly assist them out of the body with a true binder (CytoDetox™), all while supporting downstream detox pathways. This is True Cellular Detox™, the process I’m teaching practitioners around the globe so that more lives can be transformed.
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The body has an innate ability to heal itself, and Lyme disease is no exception. It is our God given gift. We must remove the interference so the body can do the healing work.