Currently, Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne illness in the United States with 30,000 cases reported to the CDC every year. With the low rate of reporting, it’s estimated that there are actually 300,000 cases every year.
Only 25-30% of patients with early Lyme disease recall the tick bite. The typical location of tick bites are in the hairline, unlike spider and other arthropod bites. Rarely will they be on the hands or feet. Tissue folds and in the hair are the most common location of the bite.
Rash like the one seen above, along with headache, fever, tender lymphatic swellings, nerve inflammation, especially in the seventh cervical nerve, known as Bell’s Palsy are all potential manifestations of the Borrelia bacteria. Even manifestation of aseptic meningitis can manifest from early Lyme disease.
Late disease, (that which hasn’t been treated and allowed to go unchecked) sets up systemic damage, especially to the joints, and can manifest crippling damage to large joints, especially the knees. Manifestation of joint damage from this bacteria is rather similar to that of the Gonorrhea bacteria, as it also creates destruction of the joints.
So, what’s a person to do? Do we hide inside and not participate in life? Heaven forbid. The medical model for treating Lyme is to treat as soon as possible with the antibiotic doxycycline. For many, this antibiotic is unsuitable and can also do collateral damage. If a person is sensitive to doxycycline and requires an alternative drug, the medical establishment will then use amoxicillin or cefuroxime axetil.
With the rise in Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), amoxicillin can open a whole new can of worms for the patient, leaving them open to staph infections. Cefuroxime axetil is cost prohibitive for many.
Since the medical community is trained in the use of pharmaceutical cures, rarely do we see peer review articles in the medical journals which directs practitioners to use natural remedies for these common obstacles to health.
Infectious organisms will continue to exist regardless of the advances of science. Learning how to use natures bounty to strengthen the system and fight infectious diseases is critical, and what my profession is about.
Our immune system consists of many parts. Just as the function of your automobile relies on many small parts, your body can’t operate efficiently without all the parts of metabolism. The Krebs cycle, or citric acid cycle is how our body utilizes fuel to produce energy. If any one area is missing, it doesn’t run. Most disease processes we face wouldn’t be an issue for our body if all the working elements were in place.
Treating an infection like Lyme disease requires an intact, functioning cellular metabolism. If this is in place, we can then bring in specific immune support which can further strengthen our resistance to whatever bacteria or virus we are exposed to.
Two people can be exposed to the same environmental attack and only one succumb to the bacteria or virus while the other goes untouched. I’m sure you’ve seen this. Every time the Flu comes around, there are those who repeatedly get it while there are those who never do. This is evidence that something is going on behind the scenes.
Strengthening your immune response involves having all the vital nutrients in your system, in the right amounts. Any deficiency leaves a hole in your defense system. This is why a good, whole food nutritional support like Catalyn is a good way to lay the right foundation.
When a bacterial infection has become established, the best way to fight it is with the appropriate herbal combination. With Lyme disease, my choice would be andrographis and echinacea. Be sure your echinacea has high enough levels of alkylamides. The only one I’m aware of which fits this is Echinacea Premium from Medi-Herb. This is what I stock and dispense.