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- By Dr. Todd Watts
- 13 May 19
When confusing, chronic health problems arise, nothing else matters. Our wellbeing is blissfully taken for granted - until it’s taken away.
Suddenly energy plummets, and health issues soar. Clear minds become foggy, and healthy muscles suddenly become weak. Often a straight diagnosis is elusive leaving us grasping for answers as to why the abrupt 180 in our health. How and why did this happen?
Chronic illness and disease are on the rise. In the United States, for example, estimates state that 45% of the population is suffering from at least one chronic illness. (1) These health issues can be difficult to deal with on several levels. Quality of life suffers, and families are stressed.
But there are other issues that can make dealing with a chronic illness almost worse than the symptoms themselves. Not having the right answers as to why, and not having proper guidance or treatment. The sufferer goes from doctor to doctor looking for help. Testing doesn’t always reveal an explanation, leaving the patient wondering what to do next.
This rings true for one of the most elusive of chronic illnesses -- Lyme.
Lyme disease is a source of chronic illness for a rapidly growing number of people. The CDC estimate that 300,000 NEW cases of Lyme are contracted per year. (2) Some data suggests that a more likely number is 1,000,000 cases per year. (3) That being said, it is rarely properly diagnosed.
Lyme disease mimics many disorders. This leaves both doctors and patients without a clear cut answer as to what Lyme looks and feels like. Initial symptoms can look and feel like the flu. Headaches, fever, fatigue, swollen lymph nodes, and achiness wouldn’t immediately send you to the doctor. Lyme is usually not even on the list of diseases to check for. But Chronic Lyme disease doesn’t “run its course” in a week or two like the flu. As it spreads in the body, more debilitating problems can arise.
Lyme disease symptoms are broad and not specific to Lyme alone. Symptoms can manifest as other chronic disorders like:
With Lyme resembling these other diseases, the true cause behind them may remain unidentified.
There are huge misconceptions around the traditional tick bite “bullseye” rash. Doctors and patients alike think that if you don’t get the rash, you cannot have Lyme disease. Not every case of Lyme starts with erythema migrans (bullseye rash). (4) Around half of people diagnosed with Lyme don’t remember getting the rash.
The Lyme bacteria come in three different forms:
Only the spirochete form triggers the bullseye rash. This makes early recognition and treatment of Lyme difficult because this is the telltale sign people and practitioners are looking for. Most chronic Lyme sufferers report going to several doctors over many months (even years) before Lyme is recognized. Unfortunately, by that time Lyme has spread to many organ systems causing more damage and symptoms.
Lyme can also manifest as rare skin conditions. Morphea (scleroderma), lichen sclerosus, and more recently B cell lymphoma have been linked to the Lyme. (5) Health care providers may not be connecting these uncommon diseases, leaving the real cause unresolved.
Lyme disease can attack the heart muscle. This can affect the electrical communications between the upper and lower chambers of the heart. The uncoordinated pulses can result in heart palpitations, chest pain and shortness of breath. Again, doctors might treat these symptoms strictly as an isolated heart issue, not as a Lyme infection.
Unfortunately, Lyme can also affect our neurotransmitters. The spirochete bacteria can affect our central nervous system. In fact, around 40% of those with chronic Lyme develop neurological issues. (6) This can manifest as bipolar disorder, anorexia, schizophrenia or obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Major depression can develop in 66% of chronic Lyme sufferers. Panic attacks are also part of the attack on the central nervous system. This can make you sensitive to light, sounds and be overly sensitive to touch. (7) These changes in neurotransmitters can also contribute to thoughts of suicide. (8) The pain and inflammation of this infection can escalate these feeling.
Aggression can also increase and affects about 10% of those infected with Lyme. Doctors will want to rebalance neurotransmitters to bring back normal nervous system function. But if the underlying cause is Lyme disease, the patient’s body will not be able to respond to treatment.
The hidden reason for all these problems will still be at work affecting the neurotransmitters. It’s also important to note that some people infected with Lyme will ONLY exhibit signs in their nervous system and not the joint and body pains.
The vast majority of people associate joint pain with Lyme, but not digestive issues. It’s not as common, but Lyme disease can result in nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. (9) Acid reflux and chronic loose stools may also be an issue.
The abdominal pain is usually on the upper right side, corresponding to the liver. 40% of patients with Lyme had at least one abnormality in liver function when they were tested. (10) Lyme infection can inflame the liver, another hidden symptom doctors might not associate with this bacteria.
Another strange manifestation of Lyme disease is paralysis. Often this symptom appears on the face and will be diagnosed as Bell’s Palsy. It is estimated to occur in about 11% of those with Lyme disease. (11) But it can also settle in the vocal cords and create issues in that area. (12) This is very rare.
A bizarre symptom of Lyme infection could be suddenly developing an allergy to meat. When Lyme is contracted, a cascade of inflammatory chemicals can be released. This can cause a dramatic rise in IgE antibodies. It isn’t entirely clear how this “meat allergy” occurs, but there is significant documentation that it can happen. (13)
The last hidden symptom of Lyme we want to reveal is unexplained hair loss. Some people can develop alopecia that is reversed when the Lyme is treated. (14) Hair loss is an additional strange symptom that doctors won’t associate with Lyme disease.
There are some big misconceptions around how a person can contract the Lyme bacteria. Most people think that you have to be bitten by a tick that carries the infection. If you haven’t been camping in the deep woods, for example, there is no way to contract Lyme.
This isn’t true.
Other insects like flies, mosquitoes, spiders, and fleas can carry and transmit Lyme. Birds and rodents like mice and squirrels can carry it. Mammals like deer, cows, dogs, and horses can all carry Lyme as well.
Lyme can also be transmitted sexually from bodily fluids. Studies have identified that couples can test positive for the exact same strain of Lyme. (15) Mothers can also pass on the bacteria to their babies, either in utero or from breastfeeding. Because Lyme can live in bodily fluids, it can also be transmitted through blood.
Another misconception is that Lyme disease is only found in specific areas of the world. This might have been the case in the past, but now Lyme is found everywhere. It’s believed that migratory birds have spread the bacteria to every corner of the world. Even penguins in Antarctica have been found to carry Lyme! (16)
An additional source of Lyme is parasites. This is the most insidious source of all. Parasites can carry Lyme disease inside them. Amazingly, they can have the Lyme bacteria whether they are in the egg, larva or adult stage.
Autopsies have revealed that Multiple Sclerosis patients have had Lyme carrying parasites in their brain. It has also been found in the brains of patients with Glioblastoma, a type of brain cancer. (17) Could the parasites and Lyme bacteria be the true cause of these diseases?
The Enzyme-linked Immunosorbent Assay (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. It does not actually test for the bacteria itself.
Unfortunately, many people are declared free of Lyme when they are actually infected. The test could come back negative for several reasons. The body may not have produced enough antibodies for the test to come back 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.
If Lyme is diagnosed or suspected, a doctor will prescribe antibiotic treatment for 2-3 weeks. Sometimes a course of 28 days or longer might be recommended. This 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.
The Lyme disease bacteria have developed mechanisms to avoid being detected by our immune system. They defend themselves by building a structure called biofilm. (18) It “blankets” them in layers. They colonize and hide under this blanket.
Biofilm is another reason Lyme is difficult to detect with blood tests. This not only protects them from our immune system, but also from being killed by antibiotics. Biofilm can make them up to 10,000 times more resistant to antibiotics. Not only that, antibiotics can trigger them the make the biofilm even stronger.
Studies reveal that Lyme can live long past a steady course of antibiotics. In one study, injectable antibiotics were given for 28 days, and the Lyme was still alive. (19) They were metabolically active in the different organs that had been infected.
When the Lyme spirochete feel they are being attacked, they curl up into a ball. They will morph into a cyst to resist being killed off and return to their normal state when the threat has passed. Antibiotics also do not go past the blood/brain barrier. If the Lyme disease bacteria have settled there, they cannot be affected at all.
An additional reason antibiotics can be completely ineffective is the Lyme and parasite connection. Antibiotics don’t kill parasites. They may kill some of the Lyme outside the parasites. But the Lyme inside the parasites is protected and will reinfect the host. It may be impossible to conquer Lyme without getting rid of the Lyme carrying parasites because it's addressing the infection in the wrong order.
To truly tackle Lyme, we need a different strategy. Resolving Lyme depends on addressing it in the right order.
Lyme infection can clog up our lymphatic and drainage systems. Our lymphatic system has two times the amount of fluid as our circulatory system. One of its roles is to transport bacteria to the lymph nodes so it can be destroyed.
If our lymph isn’t moving, the Lyme can sit in the stagnant fluid and replicate without being disturbed. The immune system will have less of a chance of recognizing it if it isn’t moved to where it can adequately fight it. Taking lymphatic system supporting herbs can get these fluids moving to stir up the Lyme from out of its hiding places.
The next drainage system needing support is the liver and kidneys. Bacterial infections can cause these organs to become inflamed, hampering their ability to detoxify us properly.
Supporting these organs with herbs and nutrients to increase their function will better enable you to detox. A large number of toxins are produced when the bacteria are dying off. Ensuring these pathways are running smoothly will make sure the toxins are removed and not causing additional issues.
The lymph and liver/kidney drainage pathways eventually dump their wastes into the colon for complete removal. 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 intestinal moving herbs will really enhance the muscle contractions of the GI tract so it moves effectively. Getting the bowels moving before shifting to killing Lyme will help prevent additional symptoms from developing. It also helps to reduce the lousy pathogen load that is in the GI tract, allowing you to recover faster.
There is one more step before actually killing the Lyme disease bacteria. Getting rid of parasites. Not killing parasites first will only result in becoming reinfected again and again. The parasites will release Lyme and infect you once more. Specific herbs combined with fulvic acid extracts 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 you recover your former life more quickly.
Get specific details about this new approach directly from Dr. Jay:
Lyme infection can imitate many different diseases and evade being correctly diagnosed. In truth, a positive Lyme test isn't what matters. Recovering and regaining your life does!
Uncovering Lyme’s hidden relationship with parasites unveils the truth about how to deal with Lyme. Stop the parasites, stop the Lyme. Getting rid of the true source will put you on the path to health once again.
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