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A very good article on Lyme Disease from Dr. Mercola

Prevalence of Lyme Disease in the US Is 10-Times Higher Than Previously Reported

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/09/04/lyme-disease.aspx?e_cid=20130904Z1_DNL_art_1&utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20130904Z1

The article contains solid background information and also includes helpful testing and treatment tips. I think the most important part comes at the end, where he quotes Lyme disease expert Richard Horowitz, MD, author of the new book, Why Can’t I Get Better? Solving the Mystery of Lyme and Chronic Disease:

    “This condition is better termed Lyme MSIDS, short for Multiple Systemic Infectious Disease Syndrome. MSIDS is like Pandora’s Box because it includes many infections, co-infections and secondary infections. Treatment should be tailored to each patient individually.”

I think this statement embodies the future of proper diagnosis and treatment. The label of Lyme Disease is inappropriate for what we’re actually experiencing. On one hand, the criteria for diagnosis of Lyme Disease is set too narrowly by organizations such as the CDC. Then again, the term Lyme Disease has become a catch-all for inflammatory diseases caused by unknown pathogenic organisms. We don’t always know which pathogens are the culprits. Thus, we have a paradox, that patients are both underdiagnosed and overdiagnosed because of inadequate testing methods. This is the true crux of the dilemma that Lyme patients face. And of course there is the larger dilemma of lack of access to healthcare in the US. But that’s a topic for another day.

Best,

Laura

Lyme Disease Far More Common Than Previously Known

Hello to All,

This is probably not news to my fellow Lyme Disease sufferers out there, but I’m happy to see that this disease is getting more exposure in the media. Even the stalwart CDC is admitting that there are more cases than they thought.

Here is a link to an article from NPR.org

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/08/19/213544183/lyme-disease-far-more-common-than-previously-known

Best,

Laura

Contributing factors for #Lyme Disease: Why don’t we get better after treatment?

Hello Again Dear Readers,

In recent months I’ve come to understand my illness much better than before. As I’ve said, Lyme Disease is not a stand-alone illness. It exists in a complicated framework of factors that make it so devastating and difficult to cure. I firmly believe that holistic treatment is the only way to solve it, especially for those of us who have been sick for multiple years.

I’m excited to learn about Connie Strasheim’s newest book: Beyond Lyme Disease. I think this book spells out the myriad factors of this illness and the pathway to healing. It helps to answer the question of why so many LD sufferers are still sick even after multiple and prolonged courses of antibiotics.

Here is a graphic from her website that I think is helpful.

The Wheel of Disease

I’m fortunate that I’m already addressing a number of these factors and that I have a LLND who treats me holistically. But there are still factors that I haven’t addressed, such as parasites, adrenal fatigue, and EMF pollution. My biggest stumbling block right now is detoxification. My body processes out toxins poorly, so I become quite ill from antimicrobials and other detox methods. I’m working on this problem with Richard Loyd’s protocol, but I also plan to look into acupuncture to help “open the detox pathways.” Otherwise I become dysfunctionally ill during treatment.

Here is a link to Connie’s page.

http://lymebook.com/beyond-lyme-connie-strasheim

Best,

Laura

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.

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.