LYME DISEASE: THE “GREAT IMITATOR”
Every year 300,000 people are diagnosed with Lyme disease in the USA. That is 50% more than breast cancer and 6 times more than HIV. Lyme disease cases have more than doubled since 1995.
Its main cause is a bite from a tiny black tick, called the ‘Deer Tick’. The bite is rarely noticed at first as only 25% of patients recall being bitten. The tick’s bite transmits the Borrelia bacteria into the bloodstream.
The first sign of the bite can be a circular red rash, which normally doesn’t itch so is often ignored. Early signs are flu-like symptoms body aches or chills.
Longer term symptoms vary greatly between patients with Lyme Disease. It may manifest as psychological issues such as panic attacks, anxiety or insomnia. Physical symptoms include muscle pain, headaches or fatigue.
Lyme disease is called the ‘Great Imitator’ because it mimics many other conditions. Sadly, this makes accurate diagnosis difficult. Lyme disease can cause long term complications if left untreated.
CONVENTIONAL TREATMENT & ALTERNATIVES
Diagnosing Lyme Disease isn’t easy. Patients often receive treatment for ailments which have similar symptoms. If Lyme Disease is diagnosed quickly, a course of antibiotics can be prescribed. Treatment with antibiotics can last up to 28 days. But not everyone will respond well to it.
Side effects include digestive issues, low blood pressure, numbness and pain. Antibiotics can actually destroy the immune system giving Lyme disease bacteria even greater scope to do harm.
According to Dr. Axe, “Doctors most often treat Lyme disease by giving patients antibiotics which are taken over the course of several weeks. Depending on someone’s symptoms, other medications like NSAIDs, corticosteroids and painkillers might be used to control pain and inflammation…
Long-term antibiotic treatments for Lyme disease have reportedly helped many people recover, but they have also been associated with serious complications and don’t always seem to resolve symptoms better then placebo. That’s why I’m a strong supporter of focusing on completely improving your immune system when it comes to taking on Lyme disease.”
Natural Treatments For Lyme Disease Suggested by Dr. Axe
- Eating an anti-inflammatory diet. Foods that can help keep inflammation down and boost immune function include fresh vegetables and fruits, bone broth, wild-caught fish and other “clean” sources of protein, probiotic foods and healthy fats like coconut oil, nuts, seeds and avocado.
- Taking supplements: Immune-boosting mushrooms including cordycep, reishi and maitake mushrooms have been proven to activate your immune response; vitamin D is important for immune health; omega-3 fish oils lower inflammation and adaptogen herbs can help you deal with stress.
- Reducing emotional stress: Stress weakens the immune system and makes complications more likely. Reach out to family and friends for support and practice stress-relieving techniques regularly like deep breathing, meditation, journaling, reading and exercising.
All of these natural treatments for Lyme Disease avoid the side effects of antibiotics!
LYME DISEASE SUCCESS STORIES
Sherry had been suffering from Lyme Disease for 27 years. She’d tried many treatments to cure it, but none had worked. Sherry was also taking prescription drugs for acid reflux, and was getting tired of taking meds. She started taking a natural coconut oil supplement to boost her immune system and alleviate her acid reflux. The supplement worked but there was another remarkable benefit. Sherry’s lyme disease symptoms started to recede. “You have no idea what I’ve done during these 27 years to try to cure this horrible disease… I think this is making a big difference.” (Amazon review on Tick Recovery: UPM-750, Powerful Immune Booster from 100% Organic Coconuts)
Rhonda had Lyme disease for 8 years without knowing it. She then had 4 years of treatment which didn’t work. Rhonda felt her medicine actually made her worse so she stopped taking them. She gave her body a break from the meds for 12 months. Rhonda’s Lyme disease still made her feel weak and tired. So she started using a Lyme Support oral spray.
In Rhonda’s words ‘It worked miracles’. Her health is normal again for the first time in years. “This has been a God send for me”. (Amazon review on RNA Ultimate Lyme Support System Extra Strength)
Cynthia was diagnosed with Lyme Disease in 2010. Her immune system was weakened, so she wanted to maintain her digestive health to help fight infections. She started taking a probiotic supplement and noticed a difference in her well-being within days. Cynthia continues to get better every day “I am thrilled and so grateful” (Amazon review on Optimum Probiotics: Deep Immune System Support)
LYME DISEASE PREVENTION TIPS
Lyme disease is definitely a case of prevention being better than the cure. Yes, there are many ways to avoid the tick bite which causes the disease.
Most obvious is to avoid areas where the ticks live. They are found mostly in wooded, bushy areas with long grass. If you still love the outdoors then precautions can be taken.
- Walk on trails instead of walking through long grass and bushes.
- Cover up with long pants, sleeves and socks.
- Bright colored clothing will help you spot ticks easily.
- Use natural insect repellents if you visit anywhere lots of insects. Repellents made from essential oils are safest for your skin. (click here to buy)
- Check yourself and your children for ticks after trips to wooded, grassy areas.
- Showering after trips will remove unattached ticks…and keep you clean!
- If you discover any ticks remove them as soon as possible. Using tweezers, grab it at his head
- and pull it away carefully. If it has bitten, apply antiseptic to the area.
- Maintain a strong immune system at all times. It will help you fight infection if you do get infected.