According to Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt (a world renowned Lyme expert), Lyme disease is considered the plague of the century due to the large number of people with chronic Lyme disease and the associated co-infections. The number one symptom of Lyme is chronic fatigue. People can have Lyme for a very long time and not be properly diagnosed because current laboratory testing may not properly detect it. One of the main reasons for this is because chronic Lyme does not live in the blood but rather in the tissues. It is an intracellular organism, meaning it lives inside the cell. Lyme has different shapes: spirochete (like a spring), cyst with a hard shell, and acellular (without an outer cell membrane). Lyme likes to set up a sanctuary in the body, such as in the brain, teeth (such as under a root canal or in a cavitation), vertebrae, breast tissue, and lymph nodes. It looks for a place it can be protected and where the body is vulnerable, preferably in fatty tissue or under a biofilm. Although Lyme disease has traditionally been considered a tick-borne disease, recent discoveries have found it is an insect-borne disease that can be transferred through all sorts of insect bites. Bartonella (one of the co-infections) is easily transferred from fleas. It has also been discovered that Lyme and the associated co-infections have developed genetic variations that are much more virulent (better able to infect humans). It is speculated this has occurred due to the many environmental toxins present in today’s world. In addition, humans have a much greater toxic burden which in turn makes them more vulnerable to infection. There is a strong correlation between heavy metal toxicity and chronic Lyme disease.
Emerging research has discovered long-term IV antibiotic therapy, the typical traditional treatment, intended to eradicate Lyme is ineffective. If anything, it makes the person sicker. The key is to reduce the toxic burden on the body and strengthen the immune system.
- Treat the gut first. Many people with chronic Lyme disease have gut dysbiosis, an imbalance in the good gut flora. A high quality, potent probiotic is a good first step.
- Eliminate harmful food additives such as artificial colors, sweeteners, and preservatives. These kill the good gut flora and weaken the immune system.
- Eat a balanced diet with plenty of vegetables, nourishing fat, and high-quality protein. At least two 6 – 8 oz servings of animal protein is needed daily. People who have a chronic illness require more protein and simply cannot get enough from only plant-based protein. Pastured and humanely raised eggs, meat, and bone broth and wild caught fish are the best choices. A healthy animal means a healthy animal product.
Greatly reduce sugar and refined carbohydrates. These feed the bad bacteria, such as Lyme, and weaken the immune system. Vegetables have all the carbohydrates needed to meet your dietary needs plus are loaded with minerals and nutrients and help to alkalize the body.
- Work to reduce your heavy metal burden. Replace your personal care products that contain aluminum and mercury. Did you know that high fructose corn syrup has traces of mercury in it? Enjoy plenty of parsley and cilantro several times per week, which are great for eliminating heavy metals from your body.