With natural medicine I treat the person and not the disease diagnosis. You may have been told by your doctor that you have:
Lyme disease is not just transmitted by ticks, as is commonly believed but also by:
- Mosquitos and Fleas
- Blood Transfusions
- Sexual Intercourse
- Trans-Placental to Fetus
There are seven major co-infections that need to be tested for:
- Borrelia (bacteria)
- Babesia (protozoa)
- Ehrlichia (rickettsia)
- Coxiella (rickettsia)
- Bartonella (bacteria)
- Mycoplasma (L-form)
- Viruses (esp. CMV,EBV)
Years can pass before symptoms appear in a person that has been infected. All asymptomatic carriers of Borrelia are at risk of developing symptomatic Lyme borreliosis. Immune suppression by stress may cause activation.
The are very few reliable tests for Lyme Disease from a medical perspective a good place to start is the Breakspear Hospital in Hertfordshire. Blood tests are usually unreliable as the spirochetes live in the connective tissues and eat the antibodies in the blood, so blood tests usually come back negative.
Dr. Andrew Wright, medical researcher in the United Kingdom, believes that the majority of chronic conditions are Lyme related.
Katrina Tang, Director of Research at the Sierra Integrative Medicine Clinic, states that Lyme disease eludes diagnosis because of its ability to mimic many other diseases. According to an informal study by the American Lyme Disease Alliance, most patients diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) are suffering from Lyme disease. In the study, 28 of the 31 CFS patients were found to be ill because of Lyme.
Paul Fink, past President of the American Psychiatric Association, has acknowledged that Lyme disease likely contributes to every psychiatric disorder, including:
- Attention Deficit Disorder (A.D.D.)
- Antisocial activity
- Panic attacks
- Anorexia Nervosa
- Asperger’s syndrome (a form of autism)
Within a couple of days of being bitten by a tick, antibiotics are usually effective. However once this time has passed, or you have picked it up by other means, you will probably need a variety of approaches. The Klinghardt approach has been used successfully in over 900 cases. Have a look at www.klinghardtacademy.com.
There are many approaches which can be used, and as with all things, each case is different and needs to be addressed separately.