Lyme disease. There’s so much to say (it’s why a lot of us are here!), but let’s start with just the basics. Lyme disease is an infection caused by the bite of a deer tick, usually carrying a bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi. It’s the fastest-growing vector-borne illness in the U.S. and is considered both a public health problem and, for some, a chronic condition. As you probably know, Lyme is uniquely challenging to treat because the Borrelia bacteria has the ability to survive and replicate in your body, thwarting attempts by your immune system to stop the infection. But, not everyone who is bitten by a tick gets Lyme, and not every case of Lyme becomes chronic. And while a bull's-eye rash is often one of the first signs of Lyme, many people develop a different kind of rash—or none at all! Lyme usually evolves in three stages (though these stages can overlap): early and localized, early and disseminated (meaning starting to spread) and late disseminated (meaning spread throughout the body). Each and every case of Lyme is different, which accounts for the huge range of symptoms reported by Lymies. Common symptoms include pain, fatigue, flu-like symptoms, brain fog, depression, and in some cases, paralysis and neurological issues, especially after long-term exposure. And here’s the kicker: there's no definitive way to diagnose and treat Lyme. Diagnostic tests miss more than half of cases in their earliest stages, although those cases can often register as positive for Lyme later. If you’re diagnosed early, a round of antibiotics can usually knock out Lyme quickly. But if you fall into the category of people who get misdiagnosed or whose tests or treatments fail (one reason: coinfections like babesiosis, anaplasmosis, ehrlichiosis, and Powassan virus can complicate everything), Lyme can become a chronic illness, and you can go on to develop serious symptoms. (We know that lots of you are nodding your head right now, because you’re in camp chronic Lyme—lots of us are too!) Chronic Lyme symptoms are often invisible, and they can be caused by any number of other health conditions. That makes it even more difficult—and costly—for some people to get diagnosed and find an effective treatment plan. Some conventionally-trained physicians aren’t familiar with the most current Lyme research, and that can be challenging for both practitioners and patients. Whew. Take a big deep breath, because despite all this tough-to-swallow info, there's so much you can do to take control of your own health and feel better! If you have chronic Lyme, start by finding a team of caring practitioners who focus on Lyme and are up on the latest treatment options. (Your WanaFam will have lots of recommendations, so don’t hesitate to reach out to them.) You can also explore the wide world of complementary and alternative approaches that target chronic Lyme and its symptoms. We’re just naming a few here, but you can look into treatments like ozone therapy and natural remedies such as garlic cloves, allspice, and cumin seeds (which were all shown to be effective bacteria killers—at least in a lab) as well as cat’s claw, sarsaparilla, and andographis. Plus, treatment protocols (like Dr. Zhang’s herbal protocol) and formulas (like Byron White’s) for chronic Lyme are constantly being studied and refined, and we’re always eager to read up on new findings (and share them with you!). Above all, remember to be diligent about self-care targeted to your specific health issues. Sometimes that just means rest and saying “no” to obligations (which, trust us, you’ll learn to do!). For pain and fatigue, massage therapy and certain types of exercise can be helpful. And, of course, as you navigate the wacky and wild world of Lyme, remember that you are not alone. Your WanaFam has your back, always!
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Any advise for Lyme Disease and chronic nausea/vomiting, constipation (I think I have Leaky Gut Syndrome), and severe Depression and Anxiety?
I've been bedridden with Morgellons (the type of chronic Lyme that shows up as disfiguring sores all over one's body) for the past 10 yrs. If anyone has Covid-19.. lets just say I've had ALL of its symptoms, and then some. Untreated, it turns into Alzheimer, people. To date, insurances refuse to either acknowledge or treat it. Thanks, CDC, for giving it to me and may you burn in hell!
my Chronic Lyme disease is so bad I think I'm gona pass away real soon for real I been in the hospital all week then they just sent me home I am not ok at all anyone have any ideas tips thank you all bless u .
Looking for advice with women dealing with simultaneous Lyme flare-ups and menstration. I take additional magnesium, iron, and B complex and try to get additional rest. Are there any other approaches or tips that have worked for anyone?
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Books about Lyme disease
Toxic: Heal Your Body from Mold Toxicity, Lyme Disease, Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, and Chronic Environmental Illness
Millions of people are suffering from chronic illnesses that, unbeknownst to them, are the result of exposure to environmental toxins and infectious agents such as mold and Borrelia, which causes Lyme disease. Millions. Because the symptoms of these illnesses are so varied and unusual, many of these individuals have sought medical care only to be dismissed, as if what they are experiencing is "in their head." Many (if not most) have tried to tough it out and continue to function without hope of improvement. Unfortunately, their illnesses are very real. Toxic is a book of hope for these individuals, their loved ones, and the physicians who provide their care. Over many years of helping thousands of patients recover their health (even after their previous doctors had given up on them), Dr. Neil Nathan has come to understand some of the most common causes for these debilitating illnesses, which allows for the utilization of more precise and effective forms of treatment. The goal of this book is to shed light on these complex illnesses so that suffering patients and their families can get the help they so desperately need. Inside, you will find: Information about how extreme sensitivity and toxicity develop in the body, how sensitivity and toxicity differ, and how they often overlap. Detailed descriptions of each of the five major causes of extreme sensitivity and toxicity: mold, Bartonella (a co-infection of Lyme disease), mast cell activation, porphyria, and carbon monoxide poisoning. An outline of the cell danger response, a revolutionary model developed by Dr. Robert Naviaux that explains how the body essentially gets "stuck" fighting a threat even after the danger has passed. A system-by-system plan for "rebooting" the body to break the cycle of illness and allow healing to begin. Information about coping with stress and embracing an emotional and/or spiritual awakening on the path to wellness.
Believe Me: My Battle with the Invisible Disability of Lyme Disease
In early 2011, Yolanda was struck by mysterious symptoms including brain fog, severe exhaustion, migraines and more. Over the months and years that followed, she went from being an outspoken, multi-tasking, hands-on mother of three, reality TV star, and social butterfly, to a woman who spent most of her time in bed. Yolanda was turned inside out by some of the country’s top hospitals and doctors, but due to the lack of definitive diagnostic testing, she landed in a dark maze of conflicting medical opinions, where many were quick to treat her symptoms but could never provide clear answers to their possible causes. In this moving, behind the scenes memoir, Yolanda Hadid opens up in a way she has never been able to in the media before. Suffering from late stage Lyme, a disease that is an undeniable epidemic and more debilitating than anyone realizes, Yolanda had to fight with everything she had to hold onto her life. While her struggle was lived publicly, it impacted her privately in every aspect of her existence, affecting her family, friends and professional prospects. Her perfect marriage became strained and led to divorce. It was the strong bond with her children, Gigi, Bella and Anwar, that provided her greatest motivation to fight through the darkest days of her life. Hers is an emotional narrative and all-important read for anyone unseated by an unexpected catastrophe. With candor, authenticity and an unwavering inner strength, Yolanda reveals intimate details of her journey crisscrossing the world to find answers for herself and two of her children who suffer from Lyme and shares her tireless research into eastern and western medicine. Believe Me is an inspiring lesson in the importance of having courage and hope, even in those moments when you think you can’t go on.
Lyme Madness: Rescuing My Son Down The Rabbit Hole of Chronic Lyme Disease
Chronic Lyme disease is a complicated, confusing, and terrifying abyss—a black hole of human suffering, conflicting views, widespread corruption, and unrelenting medical navigation. Lyme Madness chronicles the author’s and adult son’s medical odyssey while capturing the current landscape of immeasurable suffering, twisted politics and medical madness that ensues worldwide. It provides a platform for the many voices of chronic Lyme sufferers, caregivers, and activists, along with the very few doctors and politicians all fighting for awareness, support and justice around the globe. It is a bold testament to the undeniable existence of this medical nightmare where millions are suffering and few are listening. The voices and pleas for medical acknowledgement of this widely negated disease are powerful, compelling, and a clarion call-to-action for those in power to put an end to the political roadblocks that have kept chronic Lyme disease in the shadows for more than forty years
How Can I Get Better?: An Action Plan for Treating Resistant Lyme & Chronic Disease
Are you sick, but can’t find any answers why? Do you have a seemingly unconnected collection of symptoms that leave doctors guessing? Or have you been diagnosed, but found that none of the treatments seems to make a difference? You may have Lyme disease and not even know it. Known as “the great imitator,” Lyme disease and its associated co-infections can mimic the symptoms of and often be misdiagnosed as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, and even depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and psychosis. In his landmark book, Why Can’t I Get Better?: Solving the Mystery of Lyme & Chronic Disease, renowned internist and leading world expert Dr. Horowitz introduced his revolutionary plan for treating Lyme disease, and chronic diseases in general. Now, in this new handbook How Can I Get Better?, Dr. Horowitz updates his research and offers a direct, actionable step-by-step plan for implementing his 16 MSIDS Diagnostic Map. You will find: *The latest pertinent information on the most important scientific discoveries *Emerging research on bacterial “persisters”―bacteria that can survive antibiotics―and new therapies to get rid of them *A seven-step action plan that patients and doctors can follow to ensure better health.
How I Healed From Lyme Disease: My Story, Lessons, And Steps To A Miracle
Mytrae Meliana shares her miraculous story of how she healed from Lyme Disease. From desperation to transformation, her healing journey inspires and lights the way for anyone seeking to heal from the disease. Convinced she needed a holistic approach, Mytrae reveals her personal process and lessons she needed to learn. Go with her on her magical yet down-to-earth journey of premonitory dreams, deep diving into her shadow, and healing spirits. In this compelling account you will discover: * how transforming your beliefs and emotions can heal your body * physical, emotional, mental, energetic, and spiritual ways to heal * how love, forgiveness, and courage create miracles * how spirits beyond the veil heal * the powerful paradigm of the extraordinary healer, John of God * specific tips to heal from Lyme Disease Her story tells you anything is possible. Her story tells you that illness is a trickster in disguise that can steer you to a life beyond your wildest dreams. Her story shows you how to step toward your own miracle.
Podcasts about Lyme disease
Lyme Ninja Radio - Series
Sometimes it seems like you need Ninja skills to defeat Lyme disease. Join acupuncturist Mackay Rippey and his producer, Aurora, as they bring you interviews with interesting and informative people who are using their unique skills and knowledge to deal with Lyme and other tick born diseases. My name is Mackay Rippey, I'm an acupuncturist in Clinton, NY (http://www.mackayrippey.com)and the host of Lyme Ninja Radio. I'll never forget the Sunday morning I dragged my sorry-feeling-self to the bathroom and found a perfectly formed bullseye on my left arm. I was lucky, able to return to my acupuncture practice after only few days. It's possible to beat the bacteria that are making you sick. I have and so have many others, but you have to be smarter than Lyme. That's why I created Lyme Ninja Radio. Join us as we talk to some of the most interesting people in the Lyme community.
Bulletproof Radio: It's Not Lyme, It's Mold - Dr. Andrew Heyman
In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, our guest is Dr Andy Heyman, who is the Director of Academic Affairs for A4M. Andy is also the Medical Director of Integrative Medicine at George Washington University and is someone who has been studying, at a crazy deep level, Lyme disease and toxic mold and what they do to our genes - and he's come up with some fantastic treatments.Dr. Heyman is a guy with impeccable credentials who has been studying mold for years. He studies what it does your hormones, your genes, your brain, and why it is making you so tired. We've had other people on the show who talk about toxic mold (also check out the Moldy Movie) and how it is one of the big things contributing to Alzheimer's disease, cancer, heart disease and many other conditions.Mold can be a big factor in your life, whether you are specifically dealing with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue or Lyme disease and we are going to find out what to do about it in the interview today with Dr. Andy Heyman.
Sickboy: Routine Checkup: Is Chronic Lyme Disease Real?
In light of some feedback from the medical professional community regarding our latest episode Taylor and Jeremie sit down to discuss Chronic Lyme Disease and how it is viewed in the world of science and medicine. Big thank you to everyone who has contributed to the conversation! This is what this podcast is all about! Meghan and the experiences she has faced over the past few years are not up for debate. That was her experience and hers alone
The Life Stylist Podcast: Winning The War on Parasites, Heavy Metals, and Lyme Disease with Aaron Bigelow & Dr. Deborah Drake
The human body is a petri dish of tiny organisms, some harmful, some critical to health. However, when the bacteria, fungi, parasites, and viruses get out of balance, it causes a cascade of related dysfunction. When there are too many- or too many of the wrong kind, your nervous system becomes locked into fight or flight mode, and your autonomic nervous system can’t calm down enough to restore balance. To maintain health, become disease free, or fight existing illness, we must find a way to eradicate the harmful organisms safely. Getting rid of them can be a steep, an uphill battle when it comes to things like the intracellular co-infections causing Lyme Disease, which are devious enough to hide in your brain, beyond your blood-brain barrier to protect themselves from traditional medicines, or heavy metals like mercury, which can get ionized and then cling to organs throughout your body. So in this episode, we're talking to two modern healing experts on the front line of the war against parasites, heavy metals, and Lyme disease: Dr. Deborah Drake and previous guest Aaron Bigelow, co-founder of Health Evolution Tech, the self-funded tech startup that developed the AmpCoil device. Anyone who’s heard the show before probably knows that the AmpCoil is one of my most valued biohacking tools (and the one that my friends keep coming over to borrow). By fusing ancient wisdom with cutting edge technology, this PEMF (pulsed electromagnetic fields) device penetrates every cell in your body with beneficial frequencies to clean, restore, rejuvenate, and regenerate your body at the quantum level. Because when we get down to this level, frequencies can shift your core cellular vibration back into balance or neutralize anything that is foreign to the human body to rebuild your sacred temple layer by layer – which is critical when it comes to detoxifying your body from the toxins in our increasingly hazardous environment, and you just can’t get the same effects from a cleanse. Do you or someone you know suffer from a chronic disease or chronic pain? Have you tried everything out there to treat it and come up with nothing? Want to join the movement shifting the medical paradigm from disease care to self-care? Then you need to listen to this episode and learn how vibrations can clean up your body and help it heal itself. Topics Discussed In This Episode: Music and medicine, together at least How vibrating with the divine symphony that every cell in your body creates can restore, rejuvenate, and regenerate Why healing Lyme requires penetrating your brain cells How the AmpCoil builds on Nikola Tesla’s ground-breaking and underappreciated work on energy, frequency, and vibration The mind-boggling number of bugs in your body, outnumbering your cells 10 to 1 How you can have the best meditation of your life Using your voice and biofeedback to pinpoint what your body needs How the moon affects parasites, which can then affect your physical and mental health How you can use specific vibrations to eradicate almost any parasites or heavy metals from your body The fascinating way that nature has been shaped to create plans that serve as medicine for almost any disease How vaccines can damage your body, even as an adult Dealing with mercury, lead, arsenic, and other toxins that build up in your body to cause physical and mental distress Shifting the paradigm from disease care to self-care Wellness for Humanity, the nonprofit that brings this amazing technology to the masses to eradicate Lyme and other autoimmune diseases More about this episode. 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