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Lyme Disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks. Typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin rash called erythema migrans. If left untreated, infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system.
Typically, the infected person will develop what appears to be a ‘bullseye’ rash near the site of the tick bite. The rash, called erythema migran, is one of the hallmarks of Lyme disease. Some people develop this rash at more than one place on their bodies.
Lyme or Lyme-like disease, according to the Kotsanis Institute
True Lyme disease is well identified by the CDC. However, there are other chronic infections that are resistant to antibiotic treatment that we call Lyme-like diseases.
In our practice, Lyme-like disease has the same symptoms of chronic Lyme. Some people may have true chronic Lyme but most have co-infections with or without Lyme.
How is it diagnosed?
Acute Lyme is diagnosed with the Western Blot test done by a traditional lab.
Signs and Symptoms of Lyme and Lyme-like Disease
Acute Lyme matches the CDC description, and is treated with antibiotics. Chronic Lyme and Lyme-like disease presents with a myriad of symptoms from chronic fatigue, low energy, recurrent infections, headaches, and feeling sleepy all the time. Chronic symptoms may include joint pain and joint swelling to neurological problems such as inflammation, Bells Palsy, numbness and impaired muscle movement. If chronic conditions persist, one can develop chronic inflammation and auto-immune disease.
For acute Lyme or true Lyme the treatment of choice is antibiotics.
For chronic Lyme or Lyme-like disease there are several options. These options are not recognized by the FDA or the AMA.
Options for chronic Lyme or Lyme-like disease:
UVB: a special form of oxidative therapy
IPT (Insulin Potentiation Therapy): a special form of antibiotic/antifungal regimen.
Supportive IV Therapies: Meyer’s, Glutathione
Special Gut Protocol: Correction of all gut issues and restoration of normal gut function using enzymes, probiotics, antifungals, and Restore supplement.
Hormonal Correction: Normalize hormonal function
PEMF: Pulsed Electromagnetic Field to control pain and recharge normal cells.
Apheresis: Blood filtration
Do you believe in using antibiotics?
Antibiotics are very beneficial for infections. One must have a positive culture prior to prescribing antibiotics.
Do you believe there is an effective treatment for Lyme disease?
Lyme is a general term and is used loosely to identify infections that are resistant to treatment. If Lyme is bacterial then it is possible to eradicate the infection with long term antibiotics. If the patient has Lyme-like disease, one must treat the entire body, not just the infections, for life.
Can Lyme disease be treated without a doctor?
To me, “Lyme signifies an immune suppression syndrome. There are multiple reasons why the immune system is suppressed. Clean food, clean water, clean digestive system and alkaline pH are some ways to improve immunity and keep “Lyme” at bay. I would strongly advise all patients to be monitored by their PCP or qualified physician.
Can you get Lyme disease more than once?
Lyme is a strange infection. Any microorganism can re-infect a person not only once but several times. The best example is influenza; a person can be re-infected yearly. Lyme behaves like all infections; under the right conditions one can be reinfected. One must keep in mind that Lyme-like disease has more than one pathogen involved; it signifies a weak immune system.
How long does it take to get Lyme from a tick?
3 to 30 days. Tick borne diseases have an acute phase and a chronic phase. The early phase lasts one to four weeks and can be treated with antibiotics very successfully. Chronic Lyme disease lasts from months to years.
How is Lyme Spread?
True Lyme is spread by tick bites. In the USA it is caused by bacterium Barrelia burgdoferi.
Do I need to be tested for coinfections?
There are several possibilities but the best test, in my opinion, is the Fry test.
Will I always have Lyme disease?
True Lyme disease can be treated effectively. Lyme-like disease is evasive and may last for years to a lifetime.
Three most common coinfections for Lyme:
Top foods for Lyme Disease:
Bone Broth | Probiotic rich foods | Fresh vegetable juice | Omega-3 rich foods | Lean, clean protein
Foods to avoid:
Gluten | Cow dairy | Sugar | Processed Foods
Supplements to Take*:
Probiotics | CoQ10 | Vitamin B | Fish Oil | Cordyceps & Maitake | Mushroom
*Optimize Vitamin D3 and Magnesium
Essential oils that may support your immune system:
Frankincense | Oregano | Helichrysum | Lemongrass | Clove Oil