Lyme Flares and Detoxing
Hello again dear readers. It’s been a while since my last post. Luckily, this is because I’ve been enjoying summer. I visited family in the Midwest, went up to gorgeous Lake Pend d’Oreilles, and started working again! I’ve been doing part-time freelance technical editing from home – a perfect job for me right now.
So I was going along just fine, and then starting on July 31, the misery returned. Chronic daily headaches, fatigue, heat sensitivity, dizziness, insomnia, some nausea, and general malaise. I have learned enough about my body in the last year to understand that this is a toxicity reaction. So now I’m left wondering what happened?
My doctor started me on the Byron White anti-microbial formula, A-BART, for bartonella. I took one drop in water. Then two days later I took a second drop. And I haven’t felt right since. This, coupled with the hot weather, could be the culprit. Luckily, the work I’m doing is not stressful, but perhaps the EMF output from my laptop is also irritating.
I have known for several years now that I react poorly to heat and direct sunlight. From what I’ve read, Lyme pathogens and their ilk don’t like heat. Intense heat causes die-off, and then you’re supposed to sweat out the toxins. Except that I hardly sweat. Even in a sauna, it takes 20+ minutes for me to start a good sweat. I don’t excrete well in general, either emotionally or physically. Knowing this, I need to help my body as much as I can to expel toxins. Especially now that I know I have a chronic infection.
After doing much research, I’ve devised the following detox plan:
- 500 mg quercetin, 3x per day (antihistamine)
- 100 mg milk thistle 1 – 3x per day (aids the liver)
- Easy to digest foods and daily green smoothies
Daily intense treatment as needed:
- 5 – 10 g buffered vitamin C
- Coffee enema shortly after
- Warm/hot epsom salt bath immediately after
This, coupled with 1 – 2 g of acetaminophen, made me feel much better today. The headache is gone for now, and I feel clear headed and focused. I will also start more frequent sauna sessions to see if this helps. I’ve also read about people drinking bentonite clay to pull toxins out of the digestive tract. Sounds like it’s worth a try.
I’m also trying to remain positive and fight the depression that settled over me. I was feeling so good in the spring that I thought, “I’m on the mend! Things will only improve from here!” But from everything I’ve read, this is a long journey that will require constant vigilance over my health for years to come. That, in and of itself, is a bit depressing. If you read a lot of Lyme blogs, you know that people takes years to recover, and continue to relapse. I keep hoping that if I give my body what it needs, that I will make a full recovery. As a matter of fact, I insist on it being that way and will accept nothing less. So the fight continues.