Saturday, August 24, 2019

Lyme Disease Treatment - What Works and What Doesn't Part 1

Lyme is not for wimps!  Lyme disease is now a hot topic.  Years ago it was swept under the rug by doctor's and the insurance companies as an imaginary illness.  A lot has changed since then.  For one thing more doctor's and people in prominent places have Lyme disease and needed a cure fast.

What You Need To Know...

Here's the low down on this dastardly disease.   Lyme is a blood borne illness that can be spread through insects and people.  Any insect that transmits other diseases like a mosquito does can also transmit Lyme disease.

The most common way to get Lyme disease is from a deer tick.  They come in 3 sizes.  Specks that look like dirt.  Seeds that look like a poppy seed.  Tiny that you can actually see the legs.  The one that took a bite out of me back in December 2004 while on a camping trip in the Georgia mountains was the tiny size and had legs.

It washed off of me in the shower and I just happened to look down at the floor and saw it crawling up the side of the tile wall.  I stepped over and washed it down the drain.  Like a silly goose I didn't think anything of it because I was never taught about deer ticks.

You see I was raised in a family that hunted.  My Father went deer hunting every year and had hunting dogs and horses.  He would have us pull the ticks off the dogs.  I remember they were large and gray colored.

So being raised around someone like that made us dangerously vulnerable to this world of insect born illness.  I now warn every one to check themselves for ticks if they've been walking in grass.  Take a shower when you come inside and do a head to toe inspection of your body.

If you have dogs you are even more apt to catch the disease.  And, your poor dog does too.  So be sure to check them when you bring them in after every potty break.  Wear gloves and use hand soap or dish soap to get the tick off the animal before using the tweezers.

Classic Symptoms To Watch For...

The good thing is that the symptoms are the same for everyone. If you see a red spot anywhere on your body, a tick on you or near you or have been in the woods or parks and about one to two weeks later come down with flu like symptoms run to the doctor and get a blood test for Lyme disease.  

There are now more advanced testing that doctor's can do that will be more accurate than the western blot or eastern blot tests.   

  • Rashes. ...
  • Fatigue. ...
  • Achy, stiff, or swollen joints. ...
  • Headaches, dizziness, fever. ...
  • Night sweats and sleep disturbances. ...
  • Cognitive decline. ...
  • Sensitivity to light and vision changes. ...
  • Other neurological problems.
  • Heart palpitations
  • Low blood pressure
  • Pain where the tick bite was
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Memory loss
  • Food allergies
  • Extreme body heat that comes on suddenly
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Chemical sensitivity that comes on suddenly
  • Dental issues, i.e. bone loss, gum infections
  • Blood sugar issues that get worse  
 Educate Yourself and Be Your Own Medical Advocate

After 15 years of living with Lyme disease I've learned a thing or two about what works and what doesn't work as far as treatment goes.  If you don't get diagnosed within the first 3 months and get started taking doxycycline or penicillin you are doomed to have chronic Lyme, no matter what anyone says or claims.

It took 1 year for me to be diagnosed by a Chiropractic Physician and then a follow-up blood test with a MD Naturopath to confirm I in fact had Lyme disease.

By that point I was in dire straights and on a run away roller coaster heading down-hill with no breaks.  It took me 7 years to finally get off the crazy path and find the right one.  It was all through lots of prayer and friends directing me to the right source at the right time.

In 2013 I found my saving grace by the hand of God, a 76 year old MD who had left the conventional way and went the functional medicine and homeopathic way instead.  He was saving lives and became an expert in the field of chronic illness.  I will always be grateful for those that lead me on the path to getting a life back.

You can find his videos on YouTube that will give you an idea of what he was like.  Sadly, he passed away from sepsis in 2015.   We would have 3 hour sessions for $150.  He would use the Zyto machine and his incredible wisdom to make my protocol.  I went from 98 pounds to 126 in a year and a half.  

After his death I was on the hunt again for the right doctor.  I tried a total of 3 (over the next two years) before I found my current functional medicine doctor, Manuel Faria, in December 2017, located in Altamonte Springs, FL.  He's introduced me to testing that was never done before by other doctor's I'd seen.  It's top notch tests through these labs that have opened my eyes to what is possible when you know where to turn for help.

Here's the list of lab tests you might want to consider with your doctor.

  • Genomix Nuturition 55 Gene Comprehensive Nutriginomic Report
  • GI Map by Diagnostic Solutions Lab
  • Organix by Genova diagnostics
  • Dutch Test for Hormone levels
  • Brain Span Cell Health Assessment
  • Bio Energetic Testing from Be Healthy Naturally in IA

Books You Need To Read and Share With Your Doctor

Why Can't I Get Better by Dr. Richard Horowitz
How Can I Get Better by Dr. Richard Horowitz

Doctor's You Need To See

Functional Medicine Doctors
Homeopathic Doctors
Primary Care
Chiropractic Physician
Massage Therapy

The End of part 1. Stay tuned for future sequels to this story of living with chronic Lyme disease.

Sending You Sunshine,

Marsha J.

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