Monthly Archives: June 2012

Is Lyme Disease the New HIV?

An interesting article and a frightening prospect. Paragraphs seven and eight give information on effective treatment. As I have realized from my own experience, overcoming this disease is more than just killing off the infection. One must support the body’s detoxification and correct the deficiencies that have developed. I go a step further and advocate mind/body “reprogramming” to change the neurological pathways that have adapted to the illness.

Is Lyme Disease the New HIV?

by Katina I. Makris, CCH • Peterborough, NH

http://www.creationsmagazine.com/articles/current_issue/Makris.html

The USA is currently in the throes of a swiftly moving Lyme disease epidemic. Hundreds of cases are contracted daily, and the tick population, the primary insect carrier, is multiplying in proportions beyond historically normal. Anxiety over potential infection is rising, nationwide.

Climate changes over the past decade have yielded milder temperatures in the USA’s higher latitudes, enabling ticks to now “winter over” in northern New England, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Canada and mountainous elevations of the Alleghenies, Sierras, Cascades and Rocky Mountains. Additionally, migratory bird patterns have introduced Lyme disease to southern regions such as Florida, Texas, even as far distant as Uruguay and Scandinavia. Lyme disease is found in eighty-nine countries of the world

Lyme disease, transmitted by a bite from a tick, is a bacterial infection caused by an organism know as borrelia burgdorferi, or one of the variant tick-borne co-infections caused by parasites, bacteria and micoplasmas. Borrelia, the primary, is a spirochete or corkscrew bacteria, which is in the same family as syphilis, yet is considered to be stronger and more virulent. Like syphilis, Lyme initially starts out with seemingly mild symptomatology, but if untreated, can cause devastating effects to the central nervous system, heart, kidneys, skeletal and immune system with sometimes permanent repercussions.

The CDC by their own admission, estimates 300,000 cases of Lyme are contracted in the USA annually and a mere 10% are properly diagnosed, leaving over 250,000 annually with misdiagnoses, such as fibromyalgia, Lupus, chronic fatigue syndrome, MS, migraines, learning disabilities, bi-polar disorders, Parkinson’s, heart arrhythmia’s and more, when the Lyme organisms are the true culprits. Reasoning suggests well over 2,000,000 people in the USA are afflicted with the chronic form of Lyme. Immediate attention, funding, research and education needs to be stepped up to address the misunderstandings and ravages of this exploding epidemic, which has surpassed HIV in its growth rate, as the number one infectious illness in the USA

The USA eastern seaboard, Ohio River Valley, Northern California and the Pacific Northwest are under fierce assault. Individuals and pets come into proximity with this insect. Long Island has long been in the crosshairs of the epidemic, and most folks are savvy about the risks. However, we can never be slack about caution with this illness.

The standard lab test most local and regional facilities run for Lyme disease has over a 60% error rate. They are very inaccurate, giving many false negatives, leaving people sick when they need treatment. A LLMD (Lyme literate) physician will use one of the three USA Lyme specialty labs, with more attuned testing. These newer labs, Igenex, SUNY Stonybrook and Clongen are helping to turn thousands of lives around.

The chronic form of Lyme disease may require prolonged treatment protocols. Some may effectively respond to a rotational regime of antibiotics, antimalarials, and anti-parasitic pharmaceuticals, administered by a Lyme literate physician. The best recovery outcomes for chronic Lyme, however, seems to be obtained by an Integrative Medicine approach. Rebuilding the massive depletions to various systems of the body, is just as critical as killing off the entrenched microbial infections.

A certified clinical nutritionist, licensed naturopath, licensed acupuncturist, or certified classical Homeopath versed in Lyme, may be excellent resources to assist in recovery. It appears this is the epidemic of our era, asking us to marry the two hands of healthcare –the diagnostics and pharmaceutical weaponry of conventional medicine, with the supportive therapeutics of complementary alternative medicine. Two hands working together are better than one. Without addressing the serious depletions to the immune, nervous, and endocrine systems, recovery from chronic Lyme appears to be partial, at best, in many longer-term cases.

Please pay attention and take care of yourself and loved ones. This illness should not be glossed over. Nationwide Lyme disease support groups and associations can be of assistance. With the mild weather upon us now, daily tick checks and preventative measures of limb covers with long pants and shirtsleeves in the woods and tall grasses, tick repellent on our pets and us, and heads up to possible early infection symptoms are essential.

About the author: Katina I. Makris, CCH, CIH is the author of the award finalist book, Out of the Woods, Healing Lyme Disease, Body, Mind & Spirit. She has worked in health care for 26 years, as a Classical Homeopath and Intuitive Healer. She is a former popular newspaper columnist and a past board member of The Council for Homeopathic Certification. Katina is a graduate of Duke University and The Stillpoint School of Integrative Life Healing. She lectures extensively about Lyme disease. katina.makris@comcast.net.

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Amino Acid Therapy: The Mood Cure by Julia Ross

I want to share another helpful protocol that I use to balance my body. Occasionally, I become depleted due to stress, over-exertion, over-exposure to toxins (including self induced exposure to alcohol, a weakness of mine). The result is that I start feeling emotionally imbalanced and physically drained. My therapist/EMDR/EFT practitioner recommended a book that proved incredibly helpful for me to fix these problems. The book is called The Mood Cure by Julia Ross.

Ross is a psychotherapist who struggled to help patients with resistant depression and other emotional disorders who did not respond well to pharmaceutical medications or who could not tolerate the side effects. Together with a nutritionist, she developed a targeted amino acid program to help balance specific neurotransmitter deficiencies to fix mood disorders. Her program includes use of such substances as L-Tryptophan or 5-HTP to boost serotonin, DL-Phenylalanine to boost endorphins and lower pain levels, and L-tyrosine to boost mental alertness and drive.

Recently, after a period of prolonged stability, I began to suffer from irritability, negative thoughts, lethargy, worry, and achiness. These symptoms are nothing new to someone with Lyme Disease, but I wondered why they suddenly flared up. I decided to re-read Ross’ book and follow her protocol exactly. I began to take the following amino acids on a dosing schedule per her directions:

  • L-Tyrosine
  • DL-Phenylalanine
  • L-Glutamine
  • 5-HTP
  • 4-amino-3-phenyl-butyric acid, AKA Phenibut* a derivative of the naturally occurring inhibitory neurotransmitter γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA), which crosses the blood brain barrier more readily than GABA supplements)

I felt better within 24 hours. The anxiety disappeared within several hours, I felt a boost of energy, and the achiness abated. My sleep also improved. Pretty remarkable results for a group of inexpensive amino acids with no side effects.

I recommend this simple therapy to anyone suffering from mood imbalances. The Mood Cure is available at bookstores and libraries. I also found an easy to read document available online for diagnosing neurotransmitter deficiencies and dosing aminos according to this protocol at:

www.sellwoodnaturalhealth.com/AMINO_ACID_THERAPY_CHART.doc

Best wishes to all,

Laura

*Note: Phenibut is reported to cause dependency and withdrawal after prolonged use, much like benzodiazepines can. I cycle three days on and off to prevent this and use other herbal supplements for relaxation and sleep if needed.

Skepticism versus openess

“What is called for is an exquisite balance between two conflicting needs: the most skeptical scrutiny of all hypotheses that are served up to us and at the same time a great openness to new ideas. If you are only skeptical, then no new ideas make it through to you. On the other hand, if you are open to the point of gullibility and have not an ounce of skeptical sense in you, then you cannot distinguish useful ideas from the worthless ones.”

― Carl Sagan

I like this quote immensely. I post it here because I believe that it applies to treatment of poorly understood diseases like Lyme Disease. Had I stuck with the opinions of the 15 different conventional medical doctors (who diagnosed me with everything from depression, chronic pain, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and plain old hypochondria) I would not be recovering as I am.

I did my own research. I searched numerous websites, message boards, and blogs looking for what worked for others.

I tried numerous therapies, herbs, and practices that lacked hard scientific evidence but had enough anecdotal evidence for me to believe that they might work. And some of were remarkably effective.

I sought out alternative practitioners, even when I did not fully understand their approaches. But only after I read enough evidence that they were helpful.

I was both open minded and discriminating about the information I found. Though there were many dead ends, I kept searching. I understand now that this was all part of the path to the solution.

I worked in medical and social science research for ten years. Our research led us to investigate the very nature of evidence. I learned that if you only believe in concepts or practices that are validated by double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trials, then you are missing out on the new, cutting edge information. If you believe in that which has no evidence at all, then you are gullible. Evidence comes in many forms. One must be open enough to seek out the new, but discriminating enough to weed out the bad.

Financial Assistance for Lyme Disease Patients

I was recently sent this valuable information on financial aid and a free clinic for Lyme patients. Please share with others in need.

From The Kaiser Papers: Resources for testing and treatment of Lyme Disease.

http://lyme.kaiserpapers.org/financial-assistance.html

Clinic of Angels

Provides treatment funds to the uninsured or those insured but denied treatment coverage. Financial assistance for treatment of the following diseases: Lyme Disease; Neurological Illness; Chronic Fatigue Syndrome; Fibromyalgia Syn-drome; ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease); Multiple Sclerosis.

http://www.clinicofangels.org/

RxAssist Patient Assistance Program Center

Patient assistance programs are run by pharmaceutical companies to provide free medications to people who cannot afford to buy their medicine.

Home page: http://www.rxassist.org/

Medications that are being offered on  Drug List by Brand Name

http://www.rxassist.org/pap-info/Brand_Drug_List_Print.cfm

Or Drug List by Generic Name

http://www.rxassist.org/pap-info/Generic_Drug_List_Print.cfm

 

Best wishes to all,

Laura