by Lawrence Wilson, MD
© September 2012, The Center For Development
Etiology. Lyme disease is a parasitic infection caused by a spirochete that is somewhat similar in structure to the organism that causes malaria, although the symptoms are very different. The condition is called Lyme disease because early cases showed up in the town of Lyme, Connecticut.
Method of spread. The disease is spread by ticks that infect people when the ticks attach themselves to suck blood and other nutrients. These “deer ticks” are found most often in moist and wooded areas, and are particularly abundant on the Eastern coast of the United States, and in a few of the more humid Western states as well.
Although tick bites are the main way the illness is spread, there is evidence the condition can also be spread by other means, including unclean food, and perhaps even through exchanges of body fluids such as during sex, blood transfusions, and other methods as well.
While the condition was first discovered in the United States, it is now being diagnosed in Europe as well, and perhaps elsewhere.
Secondary infections. Many, if not most people with Lyme disease have secondary infections with other strains of bacteria, viruses, or perhaps other parasites. This can confuse or worsen the clinical picture of the disease.
Symptoms. When one is first bitten by a tick, most people experience a bulls eye-shaped rash for up to a few weeks, and then it goes away. One may feel ill, but not necessarily and some people do not notice the rash.
In some cases, Lyme disease causes few obvious symptoms. However, if the body becomes weakened, then common symptoms include aches and pains, dizziness, irritability, neuritis, neuralgia, muscle pains, chronic fatigue, depression and many others. The severity of symptoms depends upon where the parasites are, how many are in the body, and how weak or out of balance the body is.
Medical drug treatment. The accepted medical treatment is with long-term antibiotic therapy. This will kill some of the organisms, but not all of them, so the condition may return in the future. A serious problem with antibiotic therapy is that the drugs are quite toxic. This means that although they may kill off some of the parasites, they leave the patient more toxic and weaker in all cases. This is why avoiding the use of antibiotics is helpful, if it is possible, which I find it is.
NUTRITIONAL BALANCING AND LYME DISEASE
A properly designed nutritional balancing program will usually reduce the severity of Lyme disease without a need for antibiotics or other specific remedies. In most cases, people can return to a normal life. If one continues the program for a number of years, the disease can be eradicated completely, in many cases.
Here is a short case history – one of many we have seen.
Janet, age 41, was diagnosed with Lyme disease several years ago. She had a long list of horrendous symptoms including chronic fatigue syndrome, ME or myalgic encephalitis, secondary infections, depression, arthritis, osteoporosis, neuritis, heart palpitations, anorexia, and anxiety.
She had taken antibiotics and other remedies such as herbs to combat the Lyme disease, but these only helped temporarily and not too much. However, after only 3 months on a nutritional balancing program, she noticed a significant reduction in her symptoms, to the point that she is able to work again and resume a more normal life. She knows that to fully get rid of the condition, it will require more time on a program, but the progress is notable and did not involve any toxic drugs.
PRINCIPLES I HAVE FOUND HELPFUL TO DEAL WITH LYME DISEASE
1. Many people have Lyme disease who are never diagnosed with it. This is just my observation. Accurate testing for Lyme disease is not always easy. With nutritional balancing as a corrective method, testing is not needed. I just assume that most people have Lyme disease. It may not be causing symptoms, but the infection is often present, especially if one lives in a damper, wooded areas of the United States, and perhaps elsewhere.
2. Lyme disease is opportunistic. This means that the parasite is spread very easily. However, if one’s body is strong, the disease does not cause significant physical or mental impairment in most people. However, when the body becomes weakened for any reason, such as age, stress, or nutritional deficiencies that are often subtle, then the parasite begins to multiply and symptoms become worse.
3. If one lives in an area where deer ticks live, reinfection is common. This is another reason why strengthing the body is so important. If the area where one is bitten can be heated significantly soon after re-infection, this may also kill the parasite. This is explained in the section below entitled Other Heat Therapies.
4. Correction can occur by properly renourishing, detoxifying and balancing the body. Then the terrain or internal environment of the body is not compatible with the illness and it slowly subsides on its own. In contrast, the remedies most doctors suggest for Lyme disease, which are antibiotics, are often quite toxic and can worsen health in the long run.
5. With nutritional balancing science, symptomatic improvement often occurs in as soon as a few days to a few weeks. If a nutritional balancing process is continued for long enough, the illness can be totally removed from the body without the use of antibiotics or other drugs. In these cases, if reinfection occurs, the body can throw off the parasite without too much difficulty. One may still get the common “bull’s eye rash”, but the illness does not take hold in the body.
Sauna therapy. The Lyme spirochete appears to be very heat sensitive. This is a fact we use to our advantage with near infrared light sauna therapy. It works beautifully with many cases of Lyme disease, and is inexpensive and completely non-toxic. I recommend at least two lamp sauna sessions daily, and they should be 45 to 60 minutes long at 120 degrees F.
One woman who had not been able to walk for several years reported that she can now walk and even work, just after about two weeks of twice daily near infrared light sauna therapy. The use of other types of saunas, such as the traditional type and the far infrared type, are probably less effective, but may be somewhat helpful as well.
The near infrared light sauna is a safe, comfortable and effective way to heat the entire body several degrees. While is may not kill the parasite, it seems able to at least disable it to some degree, and perhaps causes the death of susceptible organisms as well. So always include this modality of healing for Lyme disease. To read more about it, click on Sauna Therapy.
Other heat therapies. Others also report to us that any heat treatment can relieve the symptoms of Lyme disease. For example, one man who lives in a tick-infected environment told us he stops the spread of the tick bite by immediately putting the bitten area under very hot water in the shower or bathtub for upwards of one hour. If he does this, he claims, the tick bite does not result in the usual bull’s eye rash.
He also treated a severe knee infestation with Lyme disease by placing his knees in extremely hot water or by aiming an electric hair dryer at the area, again for upwards of one hour. He claims this stopped the knee pain and it has not returned.
Yang helps. In addition to the use of heat to kill of the parasites, making the body more yang is another key to success. To do this, the diet is most important, especially avoiding vegetarian diets, raw food diets, and foods such as fruits and all other sugars.
Limcomin. This is an Endomet Labs product that helps with many infections. Those with Lyme disease may need much more of it than is usually recommended by the computer at Analytical Research Labs. It can be most helpful by supporting the immune response.
Precise supplements. The correct supplements are another key to success. Too many supplements are very yin, and not helpful. If a person follows a properly designed nutritional balancing program strictly, however, the results are usually wonderful.
In addition, one or two coffee enemas are excellent to rid the body of toxic metals and toxic chemicals that interfere with healing.
I suggest avoiding ionic foot baths, alkaline water machines of all kinds, and intravenous or natural chelating agents. Also, be careful with herbs, as many are toxic. Most are okay for a short while, but not for longer term use.
I have never needed to recommend taking antibiotics for Lyme disease, although they work to some degree. They are not needed, are too toxic, and worsen health in the long run for this reason. They might be helpful for an emergency, but one could probably use a far less toxic method to control symptoms, if this is necessary.