Thursday, 15 June 2017 14:37

Should you be worried about Lyme Disease

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Lyme Disease Treatment and Prevention Tips

Lyme disease is a intricate infection that is caused by bacteria that’s spread from a tick or insect bite. Most cases of Lyme are due to a bite from a type of deer tick known as the black-legged tick, which can transmit and pass on bacteria known as borrelia burgdorferi.  According to the Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation, more recently it’s also been established that other insects can also spread Lyme disease or cause similar infections — including other types of ticks, mosquitoes, and possibly spiders or fleas.

According to new research from Health Canada, in 2016, 987 cases were diagnosed with Lyme disease. Lyme-carrying ticks can be found across the country, yet eastern Canada consistently reports the highest rate of infection. There are several contributing factors, but a major one is eastern Canada’s large population of White-Tailed Deer – the deer tick’s preferred host. Eastern and central Canadian provinces also share borders with Lyme “hotspots’ in the United States and are within flight distance for ticks catching rides on migratory birds.

Lyme disease symptoms can begin with flulike symptoms, headaches, muscle and joint pain. After a while, the symptoms can continue to worsen and turn into a long-lived inflammatory response that is similar to an autoimmune illness.

It’s vital to understand that although Lyme disease originates from an insect bite, symptoms are caused by an inflammatory infection that has a lot to do with the strength of someone’s immune system. Two people who are both bit by the same insect carrying the bacteria that causes Lyme disease can react very differently. That’s why preventing and treating Lyme disease symptoms by improving overall immunity is key.

Lyme Disease Symptoms & Causes

Symptoms and signs of Lyme disease include:

  • A temporary (acute) “butterfly” skin rash that appears where the tick bite occurred (called erythema migrans). Many, but not all, develop a rash shaped like a bull’s eye that appears as a red ring around a clear area with a red center.  
  • Flu-like symptoms, especially shortly after being infected. These include a fever, trouble sleeping, neck pain, fatigue, chills, sweats and muscle aches
  • Poor sleep, chronic fatigue and lethargy
  • Digestive issues, including nausea and loss of appetite
  • Achiness and joint pains.
  • Long-term many people experience mood changes, included increased depression and fatigue
  • Cognitive changes are also a long-term symptom and include forgetfulness, headaches, brain fog, misplacing things and trouble concentrating

The “REAL” Cause of Lyme Disease:

As mentioned above, Lyme disease is triggered by an infection caused by a tick bite, but there’s much more to Lyme disease than that. I believe the real cause of chronic Lyme disease — meaning the type that cannot be effectively treated using antibiotics and lasts for more than six months — is related to these four things:

  • Weakened immunity
  • Inhibited cellular function and protection
  • Systemic bacterial infection
  • Environmental factors including exposure to mold and parasites

Someone struggling with Lyme disease may have all of these 4 issues, or only one. Some people are able to overcome Lyme disease much more easily than others. Post Lyme Disease Syndrome (PLDS) is how many doctors refer to the condition once it becomes chronic and continues to cause ongoing symptoms for many months, or even years. These patients do not respond to conventional treatments and can experience significant suffering, so much so that their quality of life is reduced due to Lyme disease.

According to medical experts, there might be hundreds of thousands of people who have Lyme disease and don’t even know they require Lyme disease treatment. Wondering how it’s possible that one person can have Lyme and show no symptoms, and yet others can have chronic symptoms that can be crippling at times? The bottom line is that everyone is hosting a range of different viruses, bad bacteria, fungus and even cancer cells in their body at any given point in time; what’s really important is how strong your immunity is at keeping these invaders at bay.

Lyme Disease Prevention Tips:

Steps you can take to to prevent getting Lyme disease include:

  • Using a natural bug spray or insect repellent (such as one made from essential oils) when you’re anywhere that has a high amount of insects. This includes the woods, garden, beach or when you’re hiking or camping.
  • Wearing long pants, long sleeves and long socks to keep ticks off the skin. Also try wearing lighter-colored clothing so you can spot insects and ticks more easily.
  • Checking your skin after you’ve been in the woods or elsewhere outdoors. Look over exposed skin so you can remove ticks promptly.
  • If you’re pregnant, be careful to avoid outdoor areas where ticks might be found. It’s best to avoid hiking or camping in tick-populated areas to reduce your risk.

Last and not least, as you’ll learn more about below, improving overall immune strength before you even get infected will give you the best chance of having a minimal reaction.

Natural Treatments for Lyme Disease

  1. Eat to Improve Immune Function

The best way to overcome chronic Lyme disease is by naturally boosting your immune system, lowering inflammation and managing the root causes of your symptoms. Your body can overcome Lyme disease for good only once you control the inflammatory responses it’s triggering.

My basic dietary advice for anyone struggling with an inflammatory condition is to try removing grains, fruit and sugar from your diet while consuming anti-inflammatory foods — mostly raw vegetables, nuts, seeds, coconut, bone broth, organic meat and raw cultured dairy.

Some of the best foods for naturally raising immunity include:

High-antioxidant foods: fresh fruits and vegetables, especially leafy greens and other brightly colored veggies or berries, are the best sources of antioxidants and many other key nutrients. They help control free radical damage and inflammation, lower risk for nutrient deficiencies, and can protect you from Lyme complications.

Bone broth: bone broth naturally contains the amino acids called proline and glycine, which can help repair a “leaky gut” and enhance immune function. Your gut/digestive health is highly tied to overall immune functioning; in fact, around 70 percent or more of your immune system lives in your gut! Foods that help replenish your gut with healthy bacteria and also rebuild the lining of t your GI tract control inflammation and allergies along with the many symptoms they can trigger.

To truly kill off the bad bacteria we must overcrowd it with “good bacteria” (also known as probiotics). Probiotics help good bacteria to grow and flourish in the GI tract, which has a huge impact on your overall immunity and health.

  1. Supplements to Help Improve Cellular Function

The next step in Lyme disease treatment is improving cellular functioning and protection. Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria, along with viruses and parasites, can attack healthy cells and weaken your defenses. In order to re-establish cellular health, consider adding these essential nutrients to your regime:

Bac-Tox - Multi-Dimensional Bacterial Detoxification: BAC-Tox is a powerful homeopathic homaccord detoxifier specifically designed to assist in the resolution of bacterial infections. Homaccords of common bacteria including Streptococcus, Staphylococcus, Salmonella, E. coli and Lyme Disease are included to alert the body to the potential presence of these organisms, allowing for appropriate drainage and detoxification. Homeopathic herbs and polychrests assist in the drainage and elimination of bacteria and their by-products at a deep cellular level, while sarcodes provide the blueprint of healthy tissue. 

Vitamin D: Vitamin D3 naturally boosts immunity and plays a role in regulating inflammation. I recommend you supplement with around 5,000 IU daily, especially if you’re vitamin D deficient, live in the northern region of the world and don’t get much direct sunlight exposure (the best way for your body to make its own vitamin D).

CoQ10: CoQ10 can help protect your brain and nervous system from degradation and inflammation, while also lowering symptoms like joint pain and aches. It’s commonly used by patients with ongoing fatigue and autoimmune disorder symptoms, including those with fibromyalgia.

Mycelia Intrinsic: Medicinal mushrooms: Studies show that medicinal mushrooms (this includes cordycep, reishi and maitake mushrooms) promote an adaptive immune system which helps control autoimmune reactions. These can be found in Spagyric Botanicals supplement and have been proven to reduce reactions to inflammation and stress. Medicinal mushrooms boost an intracellular antioxidant called superoxide dismutase (SOD) that protects your cells. They can also increase function of natural killer cells that can kill off bad bacteria.

NRO-Tox: Neurotoxins can cause, or exacerbate, a large number of disease conditions and illnesses, affecting almost all organs and systems. Multiple homaccords for the most common neuro-toxins are present in this formula including gliotoxins, fungi, viral patterns, insecticides and metals, in order to assist the clarification of these toxins at a deep, cellular level. Homeopathic herbs and sarcodes assist in supporting the healing and repair of damaged tissues. NRO-Tox is a powerful homeopathic homaccord detoxifier designed to address the wide variety of toxins that may act on the nervous system.

B-Complex: B vitamins support many metabolic and cellular functions, plus they help fight infections and improve neurological health. Vitamin B-6 is especially important for Lyme patients, or just about anyone dealing with the affects of stress or fatigue.

Omega-3 fatty acids: These fatty acids are highly anti-inflammatory and support neurological/cognitive functions. In addition to consuming food sources of omega-3s (for example, wild-caught fish and nuts and seeds), I recommend supplementing with 1,000 milligrams of fish oil daily, specifically one that is processed with a three Phase Molecular Distillation procedure which boosts absorption.

Magnesium: Magnesium is an electrolyte with hundreds of roles in the body, from supporting nerve signaling to reducing muscle aches. Many people are magnesium deficient, and those with Lyme disease can’t afford to run low since stress and illness only increases the body’s need for more.

Turmeric: Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory that can help reduce joint pain, headaches, and damage to blood vessels or nerves.

Probiotics: In addition to consuming probiotic-rich foods, I recommend supplementing with probiotics with Lactobacillus sporogenes, also known as Bacillus coagulans (strain ATCC 7050), is a spore-forming, non-pathogenic bacteria. L. sporogenes is resistant to heat, acid, bile, and antibiotics. The spores are able to pass through the acidic environment of the stomach and enter the small intestine unharmed.

  1. Get Enough Rest & Manage Emotional Stress

Chronic stress, whether physical or emotional, has been proven time and time again to weaken the immune system and increase someone’s risk for getting sick. Stress can trigger inflammation and cause hormonal imbalances, while also disturbing digestive functions and worsening many Lyme disease symptoms. To prevent a Lyme infection from continuing to worsen and spread, you must address stress if you are truly going to heal.

 In order to combat chronic stress, I recommend you schedule times of rest into your week, along with “fun times” meant to spend with family, friends and also alone. This might seem silly or even too simple to work, but stress is a very serious issue that makes many people sicker than they need to be!

Focus on getting plenty of rest. Lyme can contribute to fatigue and require that you get extra sleep, so balance activity with rest and relaxation.

I suggest you also practice forgiveness, address past emotional trauma, and work on healing through spirituality and guidance. Many people with Lyme and autoimmune conditions have deep-seeded emotional issues that interfere with healing.

Naturally overcoming Lyme disease can take time, so remember to not just treat Lyme but instead focus on getting your body into a healing state for good.

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