There are so many diseases that have a systemic effect and can thus cause a huge number of symptoms. These symptoms cross over with the symptoms of various other diseases and disorders and can thus be difficult to diagnose…and Lyme Disease
is one of these types of problems. It is on the rise…and therefore scarry.
Historically it was thought that you could not eliminate it – but is that still the case? I don’t think so…
So many diseases and other issues go undetected because blood tests are inconsistent. Like with MRIs, CT and PET scans, etc, blood tests can have a multiple of interpretations. Because medical science isn’t the black and white science people would like it to be.
The following is an article by Dr. Mercola. After Dr. Mercola’s article, there is another article about someone who had Lyme’s Disease and what he did…then my comments about what options you have are at the bottom…
By Dr. Mercola
Unrelenting pain. Headaches, muscle aches, swollen joints, rashes. Loss of coordination and muscle spasms. Intermittent paralysis. Cycles of disabling symptoms that persist for years, causing ceaseless suffering and frustration for patients and their families.
This is the picture of chronic Lyme disease. And yet, many physicians tell their patients there is “no such thing,” referring them to psychiatrists, misdiagnosing them, or even accusing them of fabricating an illness or simply seeking attention.
“Under Our Skin,” a critically acclaimed documentary and Oscar semi-finalist exposes the hidden story of Lyme disease, one of the most serious and controversial epidemics of our time. Slant Magazine calls it “head-spinning…riveting…a rigorously researched and highly thorough piece of investigative reporting.”
Each year, thousands go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, often told their symptoms are all in their heads. “Under Our Skin” brings into focus a troubling picture of a health care system that is far too willing to put profits ahead of patients. The Chicago Daily Herald calls it “a ripping indictment of the medical establishment’s failure to uphold its oath.”
The History and Discovery of Lyme Disease
Lyme disease rates are escalating at breakneck speed, among humans as well as animals. Today, Lyme disease is the most common vector borne disease in the U.S., far more common and dangerous to the average American than West Nile virus. In fact, there were almost 40,000 reported cases of Lyme in 2009,1which by all accounts is a gross underestimate.
The CDC estimates the real number of cases may be up to 12 times higher, suggesting as high as 480,000, making Lyme far more prevalent than AIDS. The number of Lyme cases reported annually has increased nearly 25-fold since national surveillance began in 1982.2
Lyme disease was named after the East Coast town of Lyme, Connecticut, where the disease was first identified in 1975.3 The disease was first referred to as “Lyme arthritis” due to the presentation of atypical arthritic symptoms. By 1977, the black-legged tick (Ixodes scapularis, also known as the deer tick) was linked to transmission of the disease.
Then in 1982, Willy Burgdorfer, PhD, discovered the bacterium responsible for the infection: Borrelia burgdorferi. The bacteria are released into your blood from the infected tick, while the tick is drinking your blood.
We now know there are five subspecies of Borrelia burgdorferi, more than 100 strains in the U.S. and 300 worldwide, many of which have developed resistance to our various antibiotics. Although many still attribute transmission exclusively to ticks, according to Dr. Deitrich Klinghardt, one of the leading authorities on Lyme disease, the bacteria can also be spread by other insects, including mosquitoes, spiders, fleas, and mites. This may be the reason so few Lyme sufferers recall being bitten by a tick. There is also increasing evidence that Lyme disease may be transmitted sexually and congenitally.
Borrelia burgdorferi is a spirochete,4 a cousin to the spirochete bacterium that causes syphilis. In fact, they look almost identical under a microscope. B. burgdorferi’s corkscrew-shaped form allows it to burrow into and hide in a variety of your body’s tissues, which is why it causes such wide-ranging multisystem involvement.
The Invisible Illness
Many Lyme patients who battle this disease on a daily basis appear healthy, which is why Lyme disease has been called “the invisible illness.” They often “look good,” and their blood work appears normal, but their internal experience is a far different story. Patients struggling with Lyme disease usually become adept at hiding their pain from others as a way to cope and restore some degree of normalcy to their lives.
Part of the problem with diagnosing and treating Lyme disease is that it is so easy to misdiagnose.
Lyme disease is called “the great imitator,”5 mimicking other disorders such as multiple sclerosis (MS), arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, ALS, ADHD and Alzheimer’s disease. In some cases, Lyme patients can even develop paralysis or slip into a coma. The only distinctive hallmark unique to Lyme disease is the “bulls eye” rash, but this is absent in nearly half of those infected. Laboratory tests are notoriously unreliable.
Fewer than half of Lyme patients recall a tick bite. In some studies, this number is as low as 15 percent. So, if you don’t recall seeing a tick on your body, that doesn’t rule out the possibility of Lyme disease. According to TBDA3:
“Although the bulls eye red rash is considered the classic sign to look for, it is not even the most common dermatologic manifestation of early Lyme infection. Atypical forms of this rash are seen far more commonly. It is important to know that the Erythema Migrans rash is a clear, unequivocal sign of Lyme disease…”
Besides the rash, some of the first symptoms of Lyme disease may include a flu-like condition with fever, chills, headache, stiff neck, achiness and fatigue. For a complete list of symptoms, refer to the Tick-Borne Disease Alliance6 (TBDA), but some of the more frequent symptoms include the following2:
- Muscle and joint pain
- Neurological problems
- Heart involvement
- Vision and hearing problems
The “Lyme Paradox”
Dr. Klinghardt believes one of the factors that has led to increased Borrelia virulence is the dramatic increase in electromagnetic fields (EMFs) and microwave radiation from cell phones and towers, wireless Internet, power lines, household electrical wiring, etc. Reduction of exposure to these fields is a key part of his Lyme treatment protocol, which I’ll be discussing shortly.
One of the reasons blood tests are so unreliable as indicators of Lyme infection is that the spirochete has found a way to infect your white blood cells. Lab tests rely on the normal function of these cells to produce the antibodies they measure.
If your white cells are infected, they don’t respond to an infection appropriately. And the worse your Borrelia infection is, the less likely it will show up on a blood test. In order for Lyme tests to be useful, you have to be treated first. Once your immune system begins to respond normally, only then will the antibodies show up. This is called the “Lyme Paradox” – treatment beforediagnosis.
Dr. MacDonald’s Syphilis Model
The behavior of Borrelia may be more similar to its cousin Treponemapallidum, the spirochete responsible for syphilis. Both take different forms in your body (cystic forms, granular forms, and cell wall deficient forms), depending on what conditions they need to accommodate. This clever maneuvering helps them to hide and survive.
Perhaps the most compelling evidence for Borrelia as a far greater player than previously thought comes from the work of Alan MacDonald, MD, who’s been studying parallels between Lyme disease and syphilis for the past 30 years. MacDonald found the DNA of Borrelia in seven out of ten brain specimens from people who died of Alzheimer’s disease.7
Astonishingly, the DNA was “fused” with human DNA, into one molecule! Syphilis is well known for causing symptoms across multiple body systems, including neurosyphilis, the psychiatric form of the illness.
Syphilis remains relatively easy to treat, as long as it’s diagnosed early. But its cousin Borrelia seems to be upping the ante. Dr. Klinghardt stated in one of our interviews that he’s never had a single patient with Alzheimer’s, ALS, Parkinson’s disease ormultiple sclerosis who tested negative for Borrelia. Those are all diseases with no known cause. Could Lyme disease be the missing link? And if it is, why hasn’t there been a stampede of researchers in pursuit of the truth?
Attorney General Finds IDSA Lyme Guidelines Flawed and Panel Corrupted
A handful of people are the gatekeepers for information about Lyme disease. Most of those occupy positions within the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), which publishes guidelines for a number of infectious diseases, one of which is Lyme.
In the IDSA’s most recent clinical practice guidelines for Lyme disease8 the authors claim Lyme is easily cured with, typically, two weeks of antibiotics, requiring 28 days in rare cases. They also claim there is no scientific evidence for chronic Borrelia infection. However, the studies they reference clearly reflect their bias. Of the 400 references cited, half are based on articles written by guidelines authors themselves.
Their literature review in no way represents the total body of science related to the study of Lyme disease.
Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal has long been a strong advocate for people with Lyme disease.9 While he was Connecticut, Attorney General Blumenthal conducted an investigation into the IDSA’s panel members and 2006 Lyme disease guidelines.
These guidelines have sweeping impacts on Lyme disease medical care. They are commonly applied by insurance companies to restrict coverage for long-term treatment and strongly influence physicians’ treatment decisions. Insurance companies have denied coverage for long-term treatment, citing these guidelines as justification that chronic Lyme disease is a myth. Blumenthal’s investigation found conflicts of interest were rampant in the IDSA, with numerous undisclosed financial interests among its most powerful panelists.
The IDSA agreed to create a new panel to review the ethics of the 2006 IDSA panel, overseen by Blumenthal’s office. But this ended up being nothing more than a pacifier. The end result was a Final Report published on the IDSA site10 finding the original guidelines “based on the highest-quality medical/scientific evidence available,” stating the authors “did not fail to consider or cite any relevant data.” Senator Blumenthal continues to fight the establishment, however, and has taken his battle to the U.S. Senate8.
Dr. Klinghardt’s Treatment Protocol for Lyme Disease
Conventional treatment of chronic Lyme, by the physicians who believe in it, hinges on long-term use of antibiotics. While this treatment can indeed be effective, there are many reasons to opt for alternatives such as those detailed by Dr. Klinghardt, as antibiotics will disrupt your gut flora, thereby exposing you to a whole host of other pathologies.
Total Video Length: 1:35:03 Download Interview Transcript
Dr. Klinghardt’s basic treatment strategies are summarized below. His full treatment protocol is too complex to include here, but if you want details, I recommend reading our 2009 article that focuses on those specific Lyme treatment strategies. You can also visit Dr. Klinghardt’s website, where he posts his treatment protocols and recipes. There are five basic steps:
- Evaluation of all external factors. External factors include electrosmog, EMF, microwave radiation from wireless technologies, and molds. (For more information on mold, go to Ritchie Shoemaker’s website11).
- Remediation and mitigation of external factors. Once external factors have been assessed, they’re remediated and mitigated. (Please refer to our previous article on mold remediation.) To mitigate microwave radiation, Dr. Klinghardt recommends shielding the outside of your home with a graphite paint called Y Shield. Inside, he uses a special silver-coated cloth for your curtains. Patients are instructed to remove all cordless telephones and turn off all the fuses at night, until they have recovered from Lyme disease.
- Addressing emotional issues. Emotional components of the disease are addressed using Energy Psychology tools, including psychokinesiology (PK), which is similar to the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), but more refined and advanced.
- Addressing parasitic, bacterial and viral infections. Dr. Klinghardt addresses the parasites first, followed by the bacteria and the viruses. The “Klinghardt antimicrobial cocktail,” which includes wormwood (artemisinin), phospholipids, vitamin C, and various herbs, is an integral part of this treatment. He addresses viral infections with Viressence (by BioPure), which is a tincture of Native American herbs.
- Addressing other lifestyle factors. Nutritional considerations and supplements are addressed.
In Dr. Klinghardt’s experience, the International Lyme and Associated Disease Society (ILADS) is by far the best and most responsible group.The following are some other resources you might find helpful:
- “Under Our Skin” website
- Tick-Borne Disease Alliance (TBDA)
- Lymedisease.org (formerly CALDA)
Leading Lyme disease expert Joseph J. Burrascano, MD, wrote what is essentially a manual for managing Lyme disease, entitled “Advanced Topics in Lyme Disease,” which is worth adding to your resource files. Realize that his treatment focus is long-term antibiotics, which I believe should not be your first choice. Nevertheless, there is some good information in this publication.
Okay, now that you have read Dr Mercola’s perspective, let’s try another, this is by someone who suffered from Lyme’s Disease:
Glutathione and Lyme disease
Lyme disease–caused by the Borrelia burgdorferi Spirochete–is often transmitted through the deer tick. However, it’s not the only source of infection. It can also be transmitted via bird mites, mice and rat mites, and maybe even bed bugs. Of course not every bed bug or mite is infected with Lyme disease but in the case of these organisms transmitting skin parasites such as Strongyloides Stercoralis, collembola, and Morgellons it’s estimated that 95% of those afflicted with these organisms have also contracrted Lyme disease according to Dr. Harvey of Texas.
A bull’s eye rash, the tell tale sign of Lyme disease, usually develops when infected by a deer tick. Treated early on Lyme disease can often be effectively eliminated with several common antiobiotics. Years ago tetracycline was widely used, today cefuroxime, doxycycline or amoxicillin are used for up to three weeks.
When the disease is more progressed, intravenous antibiotics are used for up to a month.
For even more resistant chronic Lyme disease a rotation of various antiobiotics—biaxin for 3 months followed by zithromax for three months and then bactrim for another two months. The problem with chronic Lyme disease Is that it morphs to hide in yeast. Thus simultaneously Fluconazole (100 mg once/week — anti fungal) and Flagyl at 750 mg two days in a row per week are often used.
Best results from this regime are obtained when one is on a low glycemic diet such as a candidia albicans diet to minimize the formation of yeast in the body.
Even with this sophisticated approach, as with myself, Lyme disease is not often eliminated. The results are
* Swelling and joint pain (like arthritis).
* Weakness or paralysis in your face muscles.
* A lack of energy that does not get better.
* Trouble focusing your thoughts.
* Tingling and numbness in your hands, feet, and back.
* Poor memory.
In my case I contracted Lyme disease through skin parasites. I controlled it many years with a diet–the King diet–which is necessary to control the parasites. As I won the battle against the parasites, I went off the diet and the swelling and joint pain in my knee became debilitating and unbearable.
Dr Richard Horowitz of the Hudson Valley Healing Arts Center believes that the Lyme disease bacteria interact with heavy metals in our cells to cause inflammation. He says, “Glutathione is like a sponge that pulls them out”
How does one boost glutathione?
Now my turn:
I agree, Glutathione is the way to go….let’s look at why.
1) the different types of Lyme Disease pathogens impact a wide range of systems in the body – so does glutathione
2) Lyme disease has a huge impact in disabling our immune system – glutathione restores it, maintains it and regulates it
3) Lyme Disease mimics numerous other disorders, disease, dysfunctions – for which glutathione has been proven to work
4) Glutathione is also the body’s Master Anti-oxidant and Master Detoxer AND is required for inflammatory conditions – all of which are important in Lyme’s Disease
On average our immune system cells require about 62% in order to develop, maintain, and respond. In addition, Glutathione is also required to regulate cells within the immune system, for instance, the required balance between your T1 and T2 cells.
In addition, Glutathione is also the master chelator, meaning it takes out the heavy metal toxicity…it is also involved in a huge number of other functions in the body. In fact, many have suggested that there isn’t a disease dysfunction or disorder that doesn’t have a correlation with low glutathione levels. Others have suggested that there isn’t a system or process in the body that doesn’t involve glutathione. Pretty important – wouldn’t you say?
As mentioned in several articles there are a number of ways to increase your glutathione levels. Taking a supplement or food with high levels of glutathione doesn’t help because it breakds down in the stomach’s hydrochloric acid AND even if didn’t, there are no transport mechanisms to get it into the cell. So how do we increase glutathione levels? My favourite two are:
1) turn on the DNA/genes that make glutathione – we can do this with Protandim
2) provide the cells with the nutrients to make glutathione and there are a variety of ways to do this:
- a) using NAC or N-acetyl-cysteine – but that is only one component
- b) using a variety of foods and supplements that help increase the components that are required to make glutathione
- c) use Dr Keller’s Original Glutathione Formula – he took 10 years to create a formula that had all the nutrients in the right ratio (like a pancake mix to make pancakes) to make glutathione…
When I work with clients I work at getting their DNA tools turned on and then alternate with the glutathione – together we are creating a phenomenal capacity for the body to increase glutathione levels which then has a huge impact on our immune system and detoxification systems.
For more information, contact: Dr Holly at firstname.lastname@example.org
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