The CDC estimates that up to 300,000 Americans are infected with Lyme disease each year. The most common tick-borne illness in North America and Europe, Lyme is a multi-stage disease that causes symptoms ranging from rash, fever, chills, and body aches to joint swelling, weakness, and temporary paralysis.
What is Lyme Disease?
Lyme disease is caused by the bacteria known as Borrelia burgdorferi, which is very closely related to the bacteria that causes syphilis and is transmitted mainly by deer ticks. The CDC has said that Lyme is the fastest-growing vector-borne infectious disease in the U.S. today. Lyme can also promote cancer growth, by inhibiting the immune system, promoting inflammation, and causing DNA mutations.
Lyme can be devastating for those infected, in part because it is often accompanied by other tick-borne infections. Complete recovery IS POSSIBLE if patients receive the correct diagnosis and suitable treatment as early as possible during the infection. However, some people have reported joint pain and swelling, shooting pains or tingling in their arms and legs, fatigue, and memory problems many months to years after the original infection, even after undergoing treatment.
In fact, some health experts strongly feel that Lyme is a chronic and persistent disease for which the word “cure” is not realistic. A chronic version of Lyme – which typically occurs when a patient has been infected for more than a year before seeking treatment – is known to cause continuous, low-grade symptom flare-ups, and can last for years or even longer.
There are several things you can do to protect yourself, including checking for ticks and identifying early symptoms. But, for many people infected with Lyme disease, the battle is ongoing. Fatigue and joint pain can significantly change their lifestyle habits, and depression can set in. Finding a way to treat and heal from the disease is paramount.
Lyme is considered a multi-stage disease, and conventional treatment usually calls for antibiotics. In later stages or in more severe cases, this can include intravenous antibiotics. But there are two problems with this treatment…
The Problem with Traditional Lyme Treatments
First, heavy rounds of antibiotics can lower white blood count and can devastate the immune system. Because patients with Lyme often have coinfections (or even multiple strains of Lyme), these antibiotics can leave the body susceptible to more severe secondary illness. With the growing threat of antibiotic resistant bacteria on the rise, this is NOT an ideal situation.
Second, antibiotics just aren’t that effective when it comes to Lyme disease. Up to 35% of those infected will not respond or will relapse. Further, new research shows that the Lyme germ can survive a 28-day course of antibiotic treatment for up to four months after the original infection!
Despite testing negative for Lyme, some of these test subjects still had the germ in their heart, brain, and other organs. Borrelia burgdorferi has the ability to change its shape to protect itself, become more mobile, more invasive, and so on – all of which help it evade the immune system and resist antibiotic therapy.
Patients with chronic Lyme disease consistently report significantly lower health quality, more difficult mental & physical health days, and greater limitations on their activity levels and ability to work, relative even to patients with other chronic diseases. Fortunately, we’ve put together some effective, natural therapies to help you heal from Lyme disease.
Healing After Lyme
Even if you choose to use antibiotics, your body will need additional support. Lyme infections spread through your body and suppress your immune system. Since Lyme disease can be hard to diagnose, many patients suffer for years before being properly diagnosed.
As the disease proliferates unchecked, symptoms get worse. Chronic inflammation and autoimmune disorders are common, and it can take months or even years to get your body back to full health. Antibiotics can be effective in dealing with Lyme initially, but without a holistic approach, patients may never fully recover.
Lyme disease wreaks havoc on the body, pumping toxins into your bloodstream and handcuffing your immune response. Like cancer and other chronic disease, Lyme flourishes in favorable conditions. If you can make your body inhospitable to the disease, you can truly begin to heal.
Looking for a lyme disease natural treatment? Check out the list below! Putting these things into practice is a great first step to healing your body. Although this list is not exhaustive, it’s a great start on your road to recovery.
A heavy toxic load can make it even harder for the body to heal. In order to support your body’s ability to eliminate toxins and properly absorb nutrients, you need to detox. Eliminating your exposure is an important step, but there are several ways to eliminate the toxic build up that you’re likely experiencing with chronic Lyme disease.
Chelation – Lyme disease has been linked to the presence of heavy metals, although more research is needed. Even so, the presence of heavy metals can severely inhibit your body’s ability to heal. Chelation therapy uses a compound that binds to metals in the bloodstream, allowing them to be eliminated through the urine. Always consult with a professional when considering chelation.
Activated Charcoal – After a major bacteria purge (like with heavy antibiotics or the elimination of Lyme bacteria), many people experience the Herxheimer reaction. This is basically an inflammatory reaction to the bacteria being killed off. It can occur with antibiotics and herbal therapies alike. Activated charcoal works by binding to the toxins and helping you body properly eliminate them.
Skin Brushing – Did you know that your skin is your largest organ? Skin brushing involves using a long-handled brush made with natural bristles to brush the skin. It can help unclog pores – a major detoxification pathway – as well as improving vascular and lymphatic circulation. This is a simple and affordable way to kickstart your body’s healing process.