You may have received a Lyme diagnosis and unsuccessfully struggled with it for years.
Or, you may have gradually worsened for years with an undiagnosed case.
Lyme disease is tragically undiagnosed, misdiagnosed, ignored, and neglected. It is a chronic condition that destroys lives.
For some reason, groundbreaking research seems to be ignored and/or suppressed.
No matter which case fits your situation, you can finally get the help and relief you need.
The CDC estimates that nearly 500,000 people in the U.S. get infected with Lyme disease each year. However, many practitioners believe the incidence of chronic Lyme is dramatically higher than anyone realizes or accepts.
You see, Lyme is not really a disease, it is the name of the town in Connecticut where symptoms of the disease were researched in the 1970’s. As a result, Lyme has become an umbrella label for a group of tick-borne diseases.
For this geographical reason, Lyme disease is still falsely regarded as an East Coast disease. It is found throughout the United States and in many countries around the world.
Many people with autoimmune diagnoses of multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, autism, alzheimers, chronic fatigue, and rheumatoid arthritis, just to name a few, actually have Lyme disease underneath it all, but don’t know it.
The problem is, many symptoms of Lyme disease mimic other infections that affect the immune system. These symptoms, and the resulting inflammatory responses, often confuse doctors and cause them to completely miss what is presenting in plain sight.
Even sadder is that even if a doctor is savvy enough to figure out and recognize the real problem as Lyme disease, the conventional antibiotic treatment they offer leads to dismal and ineffective results. In fact, the treatment offered actually proves devastation to the immune system resulting in further breakdown.
So, let’s sort this devastating disease out that some say up to 80% or more of the population is affected by. In fact, it is generational, meaning you can actually become infected in the womb by a mother who also has no idea she is infected.
First of all, how do you become infected?
A tick that carries a particular parasite bites you. The bite infects you with a parasite that carries a very toxic bacteria, and this is where your troubles begin.
Let this sink in for a moment… The bite infects you with a parasite!
What kind of parasite is it that devastates lives for years on end?
This tough-to-kill parasite is spiral shaped like a corkscrew. It has an auger-like spinning movement, drilling deep into tissue, bones, joints, organs, brain, and wherever else it decides to take up residency.
This embedding characteristic of the spirochete creates a protective housing where it can hide and shelter itself from treatments.
But here is the bomb… The spirochete is a carrier of the borrelia burgdorferi bacteria.
Let this sink in because this is where everything goes sideways in the resolution of Lyme disease… You are bitten by a tick that infects you with a spirochete parasite that is a carrier of a toxic bacteria called borrelia.
At first, the symptoms can appear flu-like…
- joint pain
A definitive characteristic of a Lyme infection is a rash that is shaped like a bullseye. However, some may develop a different kind of rash that is splotchy, blistery, scabby, bruise-like, or none at all.
If not diagnosed and treated early in the game, the symptoms evolve into chronic problems. The disease can turn severe with overlapping symptoms present in many other diseases like Parkinson’s, ALS, depression, and arthritis. Hence, the confusion and frequent misdiagnosing.
Unfortunately, early testing in the first month or two is very unreliable and often produces false negatives. The disease progresses, and you suffer while not receiving the help you desperately need.
But that’s not all. It gets worse. When Lyme disease was first discovered, borrelia burgdorferi was pinpointed as the culprit. No one knew that there were other tick-borne pathogens could co-infect people and potentially exacerbate one’s Lyme illness. All the focus was on borrelia burgdorferi.
There are other microorganisms that may be piggybacking on that spirochete that cause other serious diseases. These tick vectors feed on hundreds of different species of lizards, birds, and mammals, so it makes sense they could acquire many blood-borne microorganisms from their hosts.
A single tick bite has the potential to transmit multiple microorganisms that result in co-infections from combinations of pathogens.
What kind of other microorganisms, you ask…?
- DNA viruses (HHV-6, EBV, CMV)
Keep in mind, there are 100’s and 1000’s of microscopic blood-borne pathogens. The field of vector-born diseases is exploding. Add to that the creation of bioweaponized insects which we haven’t even begun to understand their potential devastation.
But what about fleas, mosquitos and other bloodsucking insects? Can they transmit these toxic microorganisms as well? Highly likely, in my opinion; however, yet unproven by conventional testing standards.
There are dozens of tick species and hundreds of co-infection combinations from the ones we know about, not to mention those awaiting discovery. Patients often cannot obtain treatment without a positive test result, but there are no commercially available tests for detecting most of these bugs!
Even if they do receive a positive test result for borrelia or one of the other co-infections, conventional treatment with a multitude of antibiotics is typically a failure that worsens the condition in the long run.
Because of the number of possible pathogens, the cost of testing for them is typically cost prohibitive. Plus, often the testing is unreliable, as with borrelia burgdorferi.
Therefore, the best chance of sorting a person’s case out and nailing the underlying problem is to be a detective of the history and symptoms presenting. Often, the diagnosis a patient has received is actually a missed Lyme disease diagnosis.
Let’s take a closer look at some of these Lyme infections and see what rings true for you in the event you are struggling with a mysterious illness that is relentless, and after many years of struggling and unsuccessful treatments.
Keep in mind… It is highly likely that the spirochete parasites are the carriers of all of these pathogens!
Classic Lyme infection with borrelia burgdorferi
- Onset is gradual with flu-like symptoms
- Difficult to pinpoint when the infection began
- Almost always more than one body system becomes involved
- Pains move around from elbow, to knee, to shoulder, to headaches
- Joints are stiff, especially the neck with crunching, cracking sounds
- Headaches often are related to a stiff, painful neck
- Often disregarded below normal morning body temperatures that rise to 99+ in the afternoon
- Tire easily and diminishing stamina
- Often a need to nap in the afternoon
- Symptoms come and go, often in monthly cycles
- Improvement followed by worsening again treadmill
- Initial rash in 25-50% of cases
- Comes on gradually
- Bacteria lives inside lining of blood vessels
- Fatigue, headaches, blurred vision
- Numbness in extremities
- Memory loss
- Balance problems
- None or minimal joint complaints but many CNS symptoms
- Twitches, tremors, insomnia, seizures, anxiety, mood swings, antisocial, abdominal pain
- Psychiatric manifestations
- Tender nodules on extremities–thighs, shins, upper arms
- Morning fevers 99+, some light sweats
- May have linear red rashes
- Malaria like parasite
- Rapid onset, often with high fevers, chills, severe headaches, sweats, fatigue
- Easy to know when infection started
- Frequent drenching night sweats but can be day sweats too
- Frequent sighing and taking deep breaths
- Muscle aches, chest and hip pain
- Chronic dry cough with no apparent reason
- Headaches feel like head is in a vice
- Nagging fatigue no matter how much rest
- Fatigue is worse with exercise
- invades red blood cells, can lead to anemia
- Excessive bruising and bleeding into the skin from small vessel rupturing
- May have low blood pressure
- Mental dullness with slowing responses
- Dizziness, feeling tippy, cycles every few days
- Very severe lyme disease symptoms
- Rapid onset with high fever, headaches knifelike, often behind the eyes
- Muscle pain can be mild or severe, not joint pain
- Low WBC, low platelets, elevated liver enzymes
- Sometimes rash on palms and soles
- Respiratory insufficiency
DNA Viruses (HHV-6, EBV, CMV)
- Persistent fatigue, made worse with exercise
- Sore throat, swollen lymph, viral-like symptoms
- Sometimes elevated liver enzymes and low WBCs
- Smallest of bacteria with no cell wall
- Gradual onset
- Some night sweats
- Worse with exercise
- Major fatigue
- Neurological dysfunctions like neuropathies
- Immune system damage
- Very low natural killer cell CD57 count (less than 20)
- Often in the sickest and least responding Lyme patients
So why is treatment so elusive and ineffective?
There is major controversy regarding the best approach to diagnosing and treating Lyme disease.
One camp says a short course of antibiotics will do it. Another camp says the spirochete cannot persist in the body in the presence of antibiotics. Another camp says Lyme disease doesn’t exist at all.
Ever been told your symptoms are all in your head? Or worse yet, been handed a prescription for Prozac?
In contrast to all this, the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS), regards Lyme disease as often difficult to diagnose and treat. They got that right. They also claim that Lyme disease results in persistent infection in many patients.
ILADS doctors are also likely to recommend more aggressive and longer antibiotic treatment for patients. They may treat much longer with antibiotics to ensure the disease doesn’t return.
Unfortunately, a substantial portion of patients, and I dare say the majority, treated with short-term antibiotics continue to have debilitating symptoms. Their quality of life continues to deteriorate.
Lyme disease symptoms that do not respond to treatment are often regarded as an autoimmune condition. Many ILADS docs believe that ongoing Lyme symptoms should be treated until the symptoms resolve that often involves combination antibiotics and drugs.
Here’s the problem with this approach…
Antibiotics can wipe out beneficial intestinal flora, leading to a wide variety of additional health problems. The prolonged use of antibiotics is nothing short of devastation to one’s immune system.
Obviously, antibiotics are not the solution since so few are helped by this approach. What then could be the answer?
Hmmmm…. If you recall, I told you throughout this blog to remember that spirochete parasites are the carriers of the toxic bacteria borrelia burgdorferi and more than likely also the carrier of all the other tick-borne pathogens mentioned…?
Since the spirochetes protect and hide themselves by spiraling and burrowing into tissues and organs, how are antibiotics going to reach the bacteria that the spirochetes are housing?
Obviously, they don’t.
The pathogens are protected by the spirochete itself. Obviously, the answer lies in taking an anti-parasitic to destroy the spirochetes.
I hope bells and whistles are going off by this point. Why aren’t treatments focused on destroying the spirochete parasite with anti-parasitic medications?
In short, there is no money to be made with inexpensive anti-parasitic medications but the antibiotic industry is a huge cash cow.
Am I saying that your well being would be forsaken in the name of profit??
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