There is always more to know about Lyme disease

  • HOWE

Published: 5/17/2019 6:37:50 AM
Modified: 5/17/2019 6:37:38 AM

As a Lyme survivor and health care practitioner who specializes in its treatment, I appreciated the recent article on April 20 regarding Lyme Disease. While its main focus was on prevention and education, I would like to share a few more important thoughts and facts that I have learned.

First the bad news. It’s pandemic! Current research on this global plague is revealing that Lyme disease and its co infections (Borellia, Babesia, Bartonella and others) are being transmitted worldwide at an alarming rate — not only by ticks but by other insects that bite and suck blood too — mosquitos, spiders, fleas, etc. Worse yet, it can also be transmitted by your pet’s saliva and all human fluids or secretions. Lyme has become ever present with cross contamination by humans, pets, migratory birds, and rodents (especially mice).

Unfortunately, blood tests are ineffective in determining if you have chronic Lyme because it is no longer active in the bloodstream. Its co-infections can hide within any organ, joint, the brain, and especially the lymphatic system. Dietrict Klinghardt, MD, who recently helped develop a unique and effective test, randomly tested 200 patients and the results were staggering. Only 3 out of 200 tested negative for Lyme or the co-infections. Have we been blaming genetics or aging for our problems?

As our immune systems are challenged and weakened by environmental contaminates — cell phone towers, Wi-Fi, cellphones, heavy metals like aluminum, mercury and lead, glyphosate and other toxic chemicals, Lyme and other microbes are at an advantage to cross the blood brain barrier opening the door to many deeper issues. In fact, most diseases that have been diagnosed as MS, ALS, Alzheimer’s, dementia, vertigo, arthritis, and digestive issues of all types are more likely to be Lyme related.

Lyme is now able to genetically morph and adapt within us. It is considered a spirochete which is a parasite similar in nature to malaria, and syphilis. The original Lyme spirochete which dates back thousands of years had approx. 32 genes. The newer genetically morphed spirochete has approximately 812 genes. It can take months or years for symptoms to appear and just as long to eradicate because one of the devious issues with Lyme and its co-infections is that it creates a protective barrier around itself called a biofilm, a great deterrent against the world of antibiotic therapies.

Now the good news! So what can we do? Many things!

New research is showing in many cases the early use of antibiotics on fresh bites with the support of herbal complexes can be very effective. Antibiotics alone are about 30 percent effective.

If you see a bite or pull a tick off, soak a cotton ball in tea tree oil and band-aid it over the bite for 3 days (refreshing the tea tree oil) or so.

Cleaning up your insides is very effective since Lyme lives within worms, flukes and other parasites. Mold, fungus, and candida are often prevalent as the body ‘s immune system is weakened. It also helps to remove heavy metals which the spirochetes love. Oxygenate your blood, by exercising, and follow a great diet rich in nutrients and eliminate sugary, processed artificial foods.

Limit the use of electronics. Unplug modems at night. Put cell phones on airplane mode at night and keep them several inches from your bodies.

Wear protective clothing, use herbal insecticide spray on clothing and in backyards. Before playing or working in the yard drag a sheet through the yard and allow some of the ticks to attach to the sheet and then place in a hot dryer.

Check your body for ticks after being outdoors, shower off and wash and dry that clothing.

The best news is that it is possible to enjoy the outdoors and sunshine that is vital to our health as long as we stay proactive!

If you have questions email and I will be happy to support.

Peter Howe is a neuromuscular therapist and alternative health care practitioner who lives in Montague.

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