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Lyme Disease and Candida Infections

As many of us with Lyme Disease already know, we are usually infected with more than one kind of bug. Today, I want to talk about what I’ve learned about Candida and my efforts to overcome it.

I believe that Candida is one of my worst problems, leading to gut permeability, food “allergies”, inflammation, and chronic headaches. I first figured out that I had a Candida problem in 2008 when my research on headaches and food allergies led me to this as a probable cause. After trying a few natural supplements and probiotics to no avail, I started taking oral Nystatin powder. Bingo! I had my first remission of headaches and misery in years. I was able to eat a wider variety of foods. But the effects were short lived. It seems the effectiveness of Nystatin wore off within months.

After trying numerous other natural and pharmaceutical antifungals and clays for gut detox, I had only slight and short-lived relief. Then my doctor put me on Butyrate in 2012. I didn’t realize it at the time, but that was probably a major contributor to my improved health last year. That, along with NAET/BioSET treatments, toxin binders, and high doses of methylfolate to improve my detox system.

I discussed Butyrate in a previous post. Not only does it mop up excess ammonia, quell food allergies, and soothe the gut, but it actually disables the more virulent hyphal form of Candida. Following is some research I came across discussing the role of short-chain fatty acids (SCFA’s) on gut health and Candida.

The American Society for Microbiology provides free access to full text articles on Candida and other fungal infections. Here is a link to an article in the Journal of Infectious Immunology from 2004 titled Regulation of Candida albicans Morphogenesis by Fatty Acid Metabolites: http://iai.asm.org/content/72/11/6206.full.pdf+html. Briefly, this article talks about how fatty acids disable the conversion of Candida albicans into their more virulent hyphal form that burrows into tissues.

And here is link to another article in the journal Eukaryotic Cell titled Conjugated Linoleic Acid Inhibits Hyphal Growth in Candida albicans by Modulating Ras1p Cellular Levels and Downregulating TEC1 Expression: http://ec.asm.org/content/10/4/565.full.pdf+html. The gist of this article is that CLA stops the virulent hyphal form of Candida.

In my ignorance and efforts to save money, I gradually stopped taking Butyrate, or only took it sporadically. I started it again at a high dose of 600mg, 8 caps per day, and have noticed a reduction in food-related headaches. So in order for me to eat enough to survive, I take 2 capsules of activated charcoal or clay 30 min before a meal, and 4 caps of butyrate at the end of a meal. Hopefully, this is a short term fix until I can actually kill off my gut infections for good.

My doctor also has me on Pau d’arco, a South American herb known for its antimicrobial properties. I make it into a tea and drink it twice per day. It tastes nice, like root beer. So far it has no side effects for me at this dose. Lapachol is a compound in Pau d’arco that is known to kill Candida. You can look this up in PubMed.gov and come up with journals discussing the research. Here is one source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7938274.

My next step with Candida is to try oxygen therapies, like ozone or oral liquid oxygen products to see if I can really kill it off instead of just keeping it at bay with fungistatic compounds and diet.

Best,

Laura

#Lyme Disease and Gum Infections

Hello Dear Readers,

Those of you who read my earlier posts may remember my problem with an infected gum and painful tooth. To recap, I developed an angry, red, swollen gum around a lower tooth last winter. My dentist did a deep cleaning which aggravated the tooth and sent me into a systemic flare up for a week. He thought the tooth was being rejected by my body and sent me to specialists. The endodontist thought I might need a root canal ($1,100). The periodontist wanted to cut out the bad gum tissue ($1,500). The oral surgeon said the tooth needs to be extracted and offered an implant ($5,000).

After doing some research, I learned that Borrelia and other Lyme related organisms are frequently found in gum tissue. Though I was in quite a bit of pain, I decided to try less invasive solutions.

A cold laser treatment and BioSET treatment ended the pain but the infection remained. I tried chlorohexadrine solution, hydrogen peroxide, neem bark, oregano oil, and salt water, all to no avail.

Then I came across a website from a Ray Behm, DDS, a holistic dentist who offered a simple, cheap solution to gum infections: Baking soda, sea salt, and peroxide forced deeply into the gum sulcus with a soft, small brush, 2x per day for 2 weeks. I followed his instructions and guess what? The infection is gone! Here is his Healthy Gum protocol in a nutshell:

Combine these two dry ingredients in a small jar with a lid:

  1. Three parts baking soda
  2. One part natural salt or Parkelp

Shake this dry mixture to blend well. Keep this dry mixture in your bathroom. You will be using this every day.

Daily use:

Pour 1 tsp of DRY mixture from the container into your palm or dish. Add one of the following

  • Colloidal Silver – safe if you still have mercury amalgam fillings, or
  • Hydrogen peroxide – only if you have no metal (mercury/amalgam) fillings in your mouth, or
  • Aloe Vera

Adding such products as Amazon Herb’s Una de Gato (an herb also used to treat Lyme Disease!) will help too.

1.  Load a bunch of the mixture onto the soft brush. Angle the brush 45 degrees to where the tooth meets the gum (the sulcus junction).

2.  Push the loaded brush as far as you can into the area where the tooth meets the gum (sulcus). Do not cause yourself pain.

3.  Use a vibrating motion (very small wiggling motion) so that the bristles that are forced into the sulcus remain there as you vibrate.  Do not use wide circular motions like scrubbing a floor or washing a window. Repeat this action as you move along the gum line for three to five seconds at each spot on both the cheek and tongue side.  Repeat this procedure until you have completed both upper and lower gum lines. Whenever necessary spit out the mixture and saliva. There is no need to rinse afterwards, unless you want to.

The soft brush is the applicator/loading instrument that is used to get the recipe into the sulcus. The recipe does the work, not the brush; the brush forces the recipe into the sulcus.

Doing the above on a gradient approach will obtain healing in the sulcus. Do it once a day until you can gradually increase to twice a day. When you are able to do it twice a day for two weeks in a row, your gums should have become very tough (this is good) and should have a pink-white color (this is also good).

That’s it! Please be sure to visit Dr. Behm’s informative website: http://behmnaturaldentistry.com/natural-dentistry-services/gum-health/. He understands the importance of amalgam-free dentistry and all the microorganisms (including spirochetes!) that can infect the gums, impact our systemic health, and lead to tooth loss. Hurray for Dr. Behm!

And hurray for small victories! I’ll take all that I can get.

– Laura

#Lyme Disease and Biotoxin Removal, Part Two

Hello to All,

After checking with my doctor, I have been following Richard Loyd’s detox protocol for about a month now. His protocol consists of absorbing bile toxins from the body with Cholestepure, doing foot detox with ionic foot baths and foot patches, and removing mold toxins from my home with a diffuser and detox oil.  See Dr. Loyd’s paper on mold detox at http://www.royalrife.com/mold_toxins.pdf.

So here is my report: My pain level is significantly reduced. I have little body pain and fewer, milder headaches. I currently have no food reactions. I am able to eat a wide variety of foods with no headaches. In fact, I’ve been eating too much and I’ve gained more weight than I needed. In addition, I have not observed side effects from treatment so far.

I have known for some time that when I’m flared up, all my symptoms flare, not just pain. When pain goes down, so do my other symptoms. I used to think these symptoms just co-existed. I now understand that reducing inflammation causes a reduction in my other symptoms of depression, anxiety, fatigue, and insomnia.

I will certainly not say that Loyd’s protocol is responsible for the reduction of symptoms. It could be a coincidence. If my doctor approves, I will continue with this toxin reduction protocol and restart anti-microbial treatment to see what happens. I’ve had temporary reprieves before. We’ll see how long this one lasts.

I know that this is a long road, and there are more challenges to come. But I’m encouraged by this reprieve and very pleased to be feeling better!

Good luck to all,

Laura

Current Treatment Protocol, March 2012

Current Treatment Protocol as of March 2012

For anyone interested, here is my current treatment protocol as of March, 2012. I am being treated by a Lyme-Literate Naturopathic Doctor (LLND). She treats Lyme with both pharmaceutical and herbal antibiotics.  I opted for a gentler, herbal treatment to start. If necessary, I will do the pharmaceuticals. This is a long post, so bear with me.

I am using a comprehensive approach to overcome this illness:

  1. Kill off the infection
  2. Support the body’s detoxification pathways
  3. Desensitize the body from multiple “allergies” that developed as a result of the infection
  4. Physical and emotional release of trauma (both at the root of, and a result of chronic pain)

Antimicrobials:

  • Byron White formula: A-BAB, 7 drops 2x per day (an herbal antibiotic, specifically for Babesia). Previously on B.W. A-L Formula for three months. Beware: these can cause significant die-off.
  • Lauricidin: 7 pellets before bed (generally antimicrobial, esp.  antifungal, antiviral) Beware: can cause significant die-off.
  • Garlic cloves: insert vaginally overnight for yeast flare. Don’t laugh – this is very effective.
  • Fluconazole: for yeast flares

Detox Support:

  • Cal/Mag Butyrate: 4 capsules with lunch and dinner (helps intestinal repair, reduces food reactions, anti-candida)
  • Interfase Plus (contains digestive enzymes and EDTA to break up biofilms) 2 capsules, 2x per day
  • Digestive enzymes before meals
  • Chlorella with every meal
  • Vitamin C (sodium ascorbate) daily
  • Meriva Curcumin (anti-inflammatory) daily
  • 60+ oz filtered water daily
  • Coffee enemas weekly. Don’t laugh – this is very effective. You want to use special coffee for this purpose: S.A. Wilson’s. More on this later.
  • BioSet treatments (see below)

Vitamins and Minerals:

  • Calcium/magnesium/zinc (1000/500/15mg) daily
  • Vitamin D: 5,000 units per day
  • B Vitamins: Folate, B6, B12 daily

Hormones:

  • Bio-identical progesterone cream morning and evening 21 days per month (for PMS caused by low progesterone)
  • Natural thyroid: 45mg every AM

Mood Support:

  • St. John’s wort

Sleep Support:

  • 5mg melatonin
  • 200 mg L-theanine (supports Gaba)
  • 2 capsules Kavinace (supports Gaba)

Therapies:

  • BioSet (Bioenergetic Sensitivity and Enzyme Therapy): It integrates traditional Chinese medicine and acupressure together with contemporary approaches to applied immunology and nutrition. The BioSET System employs three basic treatments: organ-specific detoxification, enzyme therapy, and desensitization. I think of it as Biofeedback via the body’s energetic pathways. Also helps to open the detox pathways and prepare you for antimicrobial treatment. And you can continue to self-treat at home. I no longer suffer from food sensitivities! I will devote an entire page to this remarkable therapy soon.
  • Psychotherapy with EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique, aka “Tapping”) and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprogramming). Excellent work for reprogramming the body after trauma. It is important to remember that trauma can cause chronic pain, but chronic pain can also cause trauma! This is the only psychotherapy that has ever been truly helpful to me. And you can continue to self-treat at home. I will write more on this treatment soon.

Diet: (mostly organic)

  • I try to get nine cups of fruits and vegetables per day. Intensive nutrition is key to recovering from chronic illness of any kind. I am starting to juice to accomplish this.
  • High quality proteins: grass fed meat, organic poultry, and fish
  • Beans
  • Low grains
  • Low sugar
  • Low alcohol (one of my weaknesses!)
  • Minimal dairy – eat goat or sheep cheese when possible
  • Avoid processed “dead” food
  • Avoid additives and preservatives
  • Plenty of good fat: oils, nuts, seeds
  • 3g high quality fish oil per day

Pharmaceuticals: (I rely on these less now)

  • Tylenol for moderate pain
  • Tramodol for intense pain
  • Sumatriptan for severe headaches
  • Ambien for insomnia (if natural supplements fail)
  • Fluconazole for yeast flare-ups
  • Xanax for anxiety/panic

Previous medicines/therapies: Alternative

  • Removal of amalgam fillings in 2010. Replaced with composite or hypo-allergenic gold
  • Intravenous chelation for heavy metals from 2010 to 2011 (could not feel the benefit, but was necessary in my opinion)
  • 6 months of intense anti-fungal therapy in 2011 with fluconazole, Amphotericin-B, and Nystatin (helpful)
  • Anti-fungal treatment with oral Nystatin 2008 – 2010 (helpful)
  • Acupuncture (temporary pain relief only)
  • Chiropractic (not helpful)

Previous medicines/therapies: Conventional

Before this, I tried numerous medications and treatments to prevent the pain. None of them worked. Here are the ones I remember:

  • At least five different antidepressants
  • Anti seizure (Topamax)
  • At least two different anti-hypertensives (propranolol, etc…)
  • Nerve pain meds (Neurontin, Lyrica)
  • Anti-anxiety meds (Xanax)
  • Physical therapy (not helpful)
  • Psychotherapy (not helpful for pain, somewhat helpful for emotional problems)

Next steps:

  • Arteminisin (per Dietrich Klinghardt protocol)
  • Switch to other BW formulas to kill off co-infections

I am very pleased with my course of treatment in the last six months. My pain level is significantly lower! I also believe that the BioSet was a turning  point for me. These treatments rid me of food sensitivities and vulvodynia pain. I will continue them as long as I can afford them. I hope viewers find this information useful.

– Laura

Lyme Disease Signs and Symptoms

No wonder Lyme Disease is often called “The Great Imitator.” Check this out…

Signs and Symptoms of Infection

– copied from The Townsend Letter website: http://www.townsendletter.com/Jan2005/lyme0105.htm

The first recognizable symptom following a tick bite is the development of a rash at the site within 7 to 10 days. The rash expands with an area of central clearing. Other symptoms may include low-grade fever and/or headache. The rash and early symptoms clear within 3 to 4 weeks. Multiple secondary rashes may occur following this time period. Bouts of arthritis, usually involving large joints, especially the knee, are very common. Arthritis attacks usually resolve within 3 to 4 years with or without treatment.

Early neurological complications include Bell’s palsy, meningitis and encephalitis. Sub-acute symptoms may include cognitive deficits, mood and sleep disturbances, persisting for more than 10 years. One of the most common symptoms is intense fatigue. Additional symptoms may include memory loss, poor coordination, slurred speech, poor concentration, unusual depression, burning, stabbing pain, tremors, anxiety, swollen glands and tinnitus.

Some Lyme Disease Signs and Symptoms

  1. Intense Fatigue
  2. Memory Loss
  3. Burning/Stabbing Pain
  4. Tremors
  5. Joint Pain/Swelling/Stiffness
  6. Shortness of Breath
  7. Poor Coordination
  8. Anxiety
  9. Slurred Speech
  10. Swollen Glands
  11. Chills and/or Fever
  12. Nausea/Vomiting
  13. Rash
  14. Muscle Cramps
  15. Sudden Mood Swings
  16. Headaches/Migraines
  17. Poor Concentration
  18. Light Sensitivity
  19. Unusual Depression
  20. Tinnitus

Most Common Diseases Associated with Lyme

  1. Alzheimer’s Disease
  2. Polymyalgia rheumatica
  3. ALS
  4. Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
  5. Bell’s Palsy
  6. Rheumatoid Arthritis
  7. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
  8. Scleroderma
  9. Fibromyalgia
  10. Syphilis
  11. Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  12. Multiple Sclerosis
  13. Lupus
  14. Parkinson’s Disease
  15. Depression
  16. Autoimmune Disorders
  17. Middle Ear Pressure
  18. Tinnitus
  19. Vertigo
  20. Rheumatoid Arthritis

Ack! No wonder this disease is so hard to diagnose. Over the last 14 years I have had a number of the symptoms listed above. I started thinking I was crazy. But I wasn’t.

Two words of advice for anyone else suffering from multiple symptoms such as these: get tested. And be sure to get tested by a doc who knows Lyme Disease well.