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Is LYME DISEASE Making Me Sick?

Sep 16, 2022 | Lyme Disease

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LYME DISEASE is a stubborn, serious infection that is often undiagnosed, misdiagnosed or treated with mediocre results. If you have CHRONIC, unexplained health challenges, then you may be wondering: Is LYME DISEASE making sick? Unfortunately, in conventional medicine, the approach to treating LYME often proves temporary at best or at worst, fails totally.

 

Why do most doctors miss CHRONIC LYME DISEASE? Because it can cause many symptoms that are difficult to identify and even more difficult to solve, especially for doctors unfamiliar with it. Left untreated, CHROMIC LYME becomes an overlooked obstacle to good health.

 

The good news is that LYME DISEASE can be helped if you know what symptoms to look for and how to get rid of the HIDDEN, UNDERLYING CAUSES of the bacterial infection. So, let’s break down Lyme, the havoc it causes in the body and how a safe, unconventional (yet totally science-based) approach can restore your health and put an end to LYME once and for all.

The Truth About Lyme – Little Known Facts You Need To Know

 

Even though it can be a persistent, unresolved problem, some experts believe that nearly half of the people with CHRONIC LYME aren’t even diagnosed.

Why?

Because Lyme Disease has many non-specific and inconsistent symptoms.

What’s more, it can present very much like illnesses such as arthritis and CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome). Also, testing for a definitive diagnosis is difficult.

Here’s an in-depth look at what CHRONIC Lyme disease is, including its symptoms and most favorable treatment.

What is the CAUSE of Chronic Lyme Disease?

Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi (and other related species of bacteria). The infection is commonly contracted through a tick bite (More accurately, it’s a ‘sting’), one which you may not even notice.

In the very early stages of the infection (days to weeks), you may develop a SKIN RASH. Sometimes (but NOT always) it has a bullseye pattern and generally it is circular and red.

This RASH is a major sign of acute (early) Lyme disease.

However, many infected people DO NOT get the rash.

During this early stage, symptoms similar to FLU are common with aches, pains, and swollen glands. Like other short-term infections, this may last a few weeks. LYME is MUCH easier to diagnose and treat at this stage.

CHRONIC Lyme disease (the focus of this article) is much different.

Signs of illness may appear gradually over time or may never entirely subside from the time of infection. In some cases, a major STRESS (BOTH physical or emotional) brings the symptoms of the disease out and to your awareness for the first time.

 

Lyme Disease – Could This Be What My Doctor Is Missing?

 

CHRONIC LYME may be making you sick, even though your doctor is missing the evidence of it. That’s because symptoms vary greatly from person to person.

Does this describe you?

If you have CHRONIC LYME disease, you may develop long-term problems like TERRIBLE FATIGUE, JOINT PAIN and BRAIN FOG. These may become more debilitating over time.

Blood tests often miss this type of Lyme because the infection can suppress the immune system. So, you may not create enough antibodies to get a positive test result even if you have Lyme disease symptoms.

So, how do you know if this infection is a culprit of your poor or unresolved health issues?

What are the SIGNS, SYMPTOMS and SIDE EFFECTS of CHRONIC LYME?

How Do I Know If I Have Lyme?

 

In CHRONIC LYME many systems are infected since Borrelia burgdorferi digs its way into your organs, glands and tissues.  This can result in chronic, degenerative health issues that often look like something else completely.

Suspect you may have LYME?

Here are 4 of the most COMMON CHRONIC Lyme disease SYMPTOMS or HEALTH CONSEQUENCES:

  1. Autoimmune diseases

A person’s own immune system sometimes attacks their own tissues because of LYME. This can lead to autoimmune disease symptoms, such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and multiple sclerosis (MS).

LYME bacteria do whatever they can to protect themselves from your immune system by hiding inside your cells. The immune system starts to view healthy cells as foreign invaders, and it attacks them to get rid of the Lyme.

This problem can escalate to rheumatoid arthritis. In this condition, the body attempts to stomp out bone/joint cells where the bacteria live.

So, you may have been told you have RA, but chronic Lyme disease is at the root of it.

Furthermore, parts of the bacteria look like the cells of the myelin sheath, the cells that cover and insulate your nerves. So, the bacteria can trick your immune system into attacking healthy myelin cells

Without this protective nerve covering, the body experiences inflammation and intense pain.

This process looks exactly like multiple sclerosis.

So, you may have been diagnosed with MS, even without considering that chronic Lyme disease may be the issue.

If you’re genetically prone to autoimmune diseases, they may be more likely to develop these signs of Lyme.

  1. Brain fog and cognitive issues

Borrelia burgdorferi can cross the blood-brain barrier.

When they get into the brain, they cause brain cells to become dysfunctional, which can lead to anxiety and depression.

The bacteria can also interfere with neurotransmitters or they may disrupt the balance of dopamine. The result can look like Parkinson’s disease.

When Lyme bacteria is killed, it releases TOXINS, which may interfere with brain chemistry. This toxicity can give people intense brain fog and memory issues.

These symptoms look a lot like neurological issues, such as Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.

  1. Debilitating chronic fatigue

The severe fatigue from chronic Lyme does not subside no matter how much rest you get. Small, everyday tasks can seem unbearable.

As a result, doctors may diagnose a patient with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). So far, CFS has no known cause. It’s a last-resort diagnosis that doctors may give when they cannot find a reason for extreme fatigue.

For many people, the root cause of CFS could be undetected chronic Lyme disease. It can cause a massive amount of fatigue because the bacteria cause your immune cells to produce chemicals called cytokines.

Cytokines generate inflammation to fight the infection. But CONSTANT inflammation, which is simply the body’s response to an injury, drains energy.

  1. Joint pain

Someone can be a fit, healthy person before contracting chronic Lyme disease. Lyme damages the joints and can leave someone, even a FIT, HEALTHY athlete in crippling pain.

Borrelia burgdorferi binds to collagen in the joints and connective tissues, including cartilage and ligaments. As they use your collagen for its source of nutrition, they wind up destroying it as they grow. They also interfere with your body’s efforts to repair this tissue.

So, someone may appear to have arthritis, but chronic Lyme disease could be the issue.

 

Top 5 Mysterious Symptoms Not Commonly Connected with Lyme

 

  1. Digestive and Abdominal Pain

It’s not as common, but Lyme disease can result in abdominal pain, acid reflux, chronic loose stools, and vomiting.

  1. Hair Loss

Unexplained hair loss is a symptom that doctors won’t automatically associate with Lyme disease. Some people can develop alopecia, an AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE that is reversed when the Lyme is treated.

  1. Heart Issues

Lyme disease can attack the heart muscle. This can affect the electrical system of the heart.

Again, doctors might treat these symptoms strictly as an isolated heart condition, not as a Lyme infection.

  1. Neurological Disorders

Around 40% of those with chronic Lyme develop neurological issues.

This can express as anorexia, bipolar disorder, OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder), or schizophrenia.

Major depression can develop, too. Panic attacks are also common due to nervous system interference.

Alterations in neurotransmitters can also contribute to thoughts of suicide.

In fact, some people infected with Lyme will only exhibit signs in their nervous system and not the more common joint and body pain.

  1. Paralysis

Another bizarre manifestation of Lyme disease is paralysis. On your face, this will be diagnosed as Bell’s palsy.

My Blood Work is Normal – But I Feel Lousy!

How Do I Know That I Have CHRONIC LYME?

 

How Is Lyme Diagnosed?

 

The (ELISA) blood test is most often used to diagnose Lyme disease. This test is looking to detect if your immune system has developed antibodies to the Lyme bacteria.

Unfortunately, many INFECTED people are undiagnosed. The test could come back negative for several reasons.

One, the body may not have produced enough antibodies to test positive.

Another reason is the immune system may have been inhibited by the Lyme disease itself to escape detection.

Because of this, the body may not be producing the antibodies to fight the infection. Lyme tests can be very inaccurate because of these factors.

The best, most advanced lab that offers testing for CHRONIC LYME is Vibrant America.

How Is Lyme Traditionally Treated?

 

(The CONVENTIONAL WISDOM Way)

Conventional Lyme treatment includes weeks or months of ANTIOBIOTIC therapy.

If Lyme is diagnosed or suspected, a doctors will normally prescribe ANTIBIOTICS. Sometimes a course of 28 days or longer might be recommended. This process can work for some people.

This treatment is usually more effective when Lyme is detected in its earliest stages and hasn’t settled into the organs and tissues of the body. If Lyme is in its later stages of development, it may not be effective at all.

 

For CHRONIC LYME, the antibiotic approach is often ineffective AND potentially harmful. Side effects may include anemia, blood clots in the lungs, and intestinal bleeding.

At the minimum, antibiotics disrupt the health of the GUT MICROBIOME.

This can also impair immune function since UP TO 80% of the immune system cells reside in the gut!

And even though antibiotics are powerful, they don’t help the joint pain or nerve problems of the infection.

Occasionally, drugs may produce short-term improvement. However, once someone finish the antibiotics, symptoms often return.

FOUR MAJOR REASONS ANTIBIOTICS ARE INEFFECTIVE FOR CHRONIC LYME:

 

  1. Lyme bacteria can change their physical shape

The Lyme bacteria are intelligent. As soon as one detects antibiotics, it communicates a distress call to the others. They can morph into cysts before the drugs kill them.

These bacteria curl up into a ball so antibiotics cannot see them. This cyst form is resilient, and antibiotics are useless against it. Once the threat subsides, the bacteria can return to their typical spiral shape.

  1. Lyme bacteria can camouflage themselves

The immune system notes a bacterium’s identity by memorizing its genetic code/sequence.

The Lyme bacteria can change their DNA so they don’t fit the code.

BIOFILM is another reason Lyme is difficult to detect.

The Lyme disease bacteria have developed mechanisms to avoid being detected by our immune system. They defend themselves by building a structure called BIOFILM.

BIOFILM essentially is like an invisible cloak that the bacteria use to cover themselves, forever hiding under this self-made ‘blanket’.

This not only protects them from the immune system, but also from being killed by antibiotics.

BIOFILM can make LYME up to 10,000 times more resistant to antibiotics.

  1. Antibiotics don’t reduce toxins

Borrelia burgdorferi shed toxins when they die. Antibiotics cannot detoxify these harmful, inflammatory bacteria. And they cannot fix the heightened inflammation.

To minimize harm from toxins and inflammation, the liver and kidneys need support. Antibiotics cannot provide this support, plus they interfere with digestive health by killing off even the good bacteria.

  1. Antibiotics cannot kill parasites

LYME bacteria love to HIDE in parasites. Antibiotics don’t kill parasites.

Even if someone gets rid of Lyme in the rest of their body, the bacteria HIDING in parasites can reinfect them. This is why the disease may come back, despite long and intense antibiotic treatment.

Lastly, antibiotics do not always cross the blood-brain barrier. If Lyme bacteria have settled there, antibiotics are limited.

 

Can You recover from Lyme disease without antibiotics?

 

A Better Approach (The FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE Way)

To fully combat Lyme, you need a different strategy. One that addresses it in the PROPER STEPS.

Improve Drainage

Lyme infection can clog the lymphatic and drainage system, which has two times the amount of fluid as the circulatory system. One of its roles is to transport bacteria to the lymph nodes so it can be destroyed.

But if your lymph isn’t moving, the immune system will have less of a chance of recognizing it if it isn’t moved to where it can adequately fight it.

The next drainage system needing support is the LIVER AND KIDNEYS, major organs of detoxification. LYME can cause inflammation here, diminishing their ability to detoxify properly.

The lymph and liver/kidney drainage pathways eventually dump their wastes into the colon. Making sure the intestines are moving well and emptying at least two or three times a day is critical to getting rid of toxins.

Taking bowel moving herbs enhances the muscle contractions of the intestines so they move effectively.

Parasite Cleanse

Not killing parasites first will result in becoming reinfected. The parasites will release Lyme and infect patients.

Specific herbs can kill the Lyme-carrying parasites and mop up the TOXINS they produce simultaneously.

This triple action of removing the Lyme, parasites, and toxins can help patients recover their former life more quickly.

Clearing Additional Toxins

For your full recovery, you may need to look at other areas as well, like TOXIC HEAVY METALS AND MOLD TOXICITY.

 

What Herbs Cure Lyme Disease? – Lyme-Killing Protocol 

 

The final step targets the lingering Lyme bacteria for deeper immune support now that other obstacles of health have been cleared.

No less than 21 different botanicals —mostly adaptogens, could support your journey through Lyme disease.

An ADAPTOGEN is defined as a nontoxic substance including herbs and plant extracts that increase the body’s ability to resist the damaging effects of any STRESS, physical or biochemical.

There are well over a dozen HERBS that can be used synergistically when combatting Lyme — including black walnut hulls, devil’s claw root, milk thistle seed, Japanese knotweed, white willow bark, and wormwood to name just a critical few.

Each individual herb offers unique properties and acts synergistically when combined. A formulation like this is designed to nurture the immune system, promote ENERGY production, break up BIOFIL, purge PARASITES, reduce joint PAIN and support the body’s natural DETOXIFICATION processes.

 

Hidden No Longer

CHRONIC LYME infection can imitate many different diseases and is often undiagnosed or misdiagnosed.

In truth, a positive Lyme test isn’t what matters.

Recovering and regaining your life back does!

You MUST address the CAUSE of CHRONIC LYME.

It’s important to work with an experienced practitioner who can recommend the right protocols designed to remove these CAUSES directly.

An excellent, natural REMEDY is Carbon Technology

Carbon Technology uses natural substances to tightly BIND toxins to help remove them from your body via stools.

The fulvic and humic acids in Carbon Technology have advantages to binders like activated charcoal and bentonite clay, two common binders. One big advantage is that Carbon Technology can travel beyond the gut.

Also, fulvic and humic acid extracts are a good source of nutrition, including amino acids, phytochemicals and minerals.  This is good since cells damaged by LYME NEED TO SELF-REPAIR.

 

There Is Hope

 

So, if you’ve ever asked “What is my doctor missing?” and suspect that CHRONIC LYME may be a part of YOUR persistent, unresolved health challenges, do NOT give up.

The good news is that there are doctors with specialized knowledge who are ready with a science-backed action plan to DETECT AND CORRECT CHRONIC LYME.

Addressing the UNDERLYING CAUSES of CHRONIC LYME disease will take you from NUTRTRITIONAL DEFICIENCY TO NUTRITIONAL SUFFICIENCY and from TOXICITY to PURITY, and allow you to get back to looking, feeling and functioning at your best.

 

 

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