STEVIA and LYME- the Magic Cure?

There has been a lot of talk about STEVIA, the natural sweetener that is ‘curing’ Lyme. Here is Dr. Bill Rawls opinion on that topic.

by. Dr. Bill Rawls
Posted 3/09/17
You’ve probably heard of stevia. It’s the natural, non-caloric sweetener that’s 40 times sweeter than sugar. Stevia doesn’t contribute to calories because the chemical compounds in stevia, called steviol glycosides, are not absorbed through the intestines in appreciable amounts. This makes stevia an ideal sugar alternative.
Stevia sweetener comes from the plant, Stevia rebaudiana, which grows naturally in South America. People there have been using stevia to sweeten their yerba mate and tea for hundreds of years. You can find stevia extracts at any grocery. You can also find stevia plants at some garden centers and grow it in your garden; the leaves are very sweet if chewed.
Lately, there’s been a lot of talk about stevia being beneficial for treating Lyme disease. This comes from an in vitro study published in the European Journal of Microbiology and Immunology in November of 2015. The study found that whole leaf stevia extract effectively kills Borrelia burgdorferi spirochetes and cyst forms.
Ever since the study came out, there has been widespread talk on the web about using stevia to treat Lyme disease. One company, founded by a Lyme expert, has even been promoting a stevia product specifically for treating Lyme disease.
Unfortunately, the reasoning is highly flawed.
The operative word here is, “in vitro”. In vitro means that the test was conducted in the lab. When placed in a test tube, whole leaf stevia extract inhibits growth of live Borrelia spirochetes and cysts.
This does not mean that it kills Borrelia in living organisms. To treat Lyme disease, the chemical compounds present in stevia must be absorbed through the intestines — but the reason it works so well as a sweetener is because these substances are not absorbed through the intestines. This fact has been well documented by numerous scientific studies.
Therefore stevia extract wouldn’t be expected to provide any significant systemic antimicrobial activity against Borrelia or any other microbes associated with Lyme disease.
The only way it might work is if it was injected intravenously. But this would be a really bad idea, because humans (and other mammals) do not have enzymes to break down stevia compounds. The compounds would build up in tissues with disastrous results.
While stevia isn’t a good option for treating Lyme disease, there are plenty of herbs that do provide systemic antimicrobial properties. In fact, a properly designed regimen of antimicrobial herbs and immune modulating herbs may be the absolute best solution for chronic Lyme disease.

Celebrities who have battled Lyme Disease

NO one is immune to illness. These celebrities are just normal human beings trying to live life and Fight Lyme.   Lyme is everywhere and can take even a wealthy celebrity out of the spot light in a heartbeat.

Fibromyalgia? Why you need a LYME TEST!

Fibromyalgia. A common diagnosis given to many who have chronic pain and incredible fatigue. I was a given the diagnosis about 12 years ago along with chronic fatigue syndrome. Doctors claim that fibromyalgia is a disease in itself. But what most don’t understand is the WHY and HOW of Fibromyalgia. Remember it all stems back to one thing, HEALTH of the body. When you don’t feel good it is a result of poor diet, lack of exercise, over consumption of sugars, alcohol and environmental factors. All of which we are guilty of one of the above.  We can try all we want, but let’s face it…..we have an uphill battle.  Throw in the stress and ???? BAM! YOU have a LABEL like FIBROMYALGIA!

I stumbled upon this incredible article that I wish someone would have showed me years ago when I was first diagnosed with Fibromyalgia at the  University of Washington Fibromyalgia clinic.  If ONLY someone would have told me the word LYME, I would have researched and done the test immediately. I don’t wish the pain of Fibromyalgia on anyone.

I beg you to please don’t wait, don’t ignore this. Lyme is real and Lyme has been shown in almost 100% of all Fibromyalgia patients. There is a reason for your pain.

Click on the link below to read more! I promise, this will be worth your nightly reading.

Cheers to your health. Keep fighting TIGER! ????

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Lyme and GLIOBLASTOMA Brain Tumor LINK

Glioblastoma Linked to Lyme Disease

Glioblastoma, the most aggressive brain tumor, began to disappear when patients started treatment for chronic lyme disease. That was my hypothesis ten years ago: the etiology of glioblastoma may begin with a suppressed immune system and hypoxia (low tissue oxygen) created by Borrelia burgdorferi, co-infections, along with a history of head trauma and metal, chemical and/or emotional toxicity. And glioblastoma may resolve upon treating chronic lyme disease and its associated conditions.

In 2006, I began working with my first glioblastoma patient, who to my surprise, I diagnosed with chronic lyme disease and multiple chronic infections of the brain. Despite surgical resection of the brain tumor, radiation and chemotherapy, the tumor continued to grow until the onset of a holistic treatment approach for chronic lyme disease began. Within one year, the tumor disappeared and the patient was tumor free for seven years until he was reinfected by a tick bite, instigating the return of the tumor one month after the tick bite. This was clear clinical evidence that chronic infections involving Borrelia burgdorferi may play a large role in the etiology of glioblastoma. I needed further clinical evidence to solidify my hypothesis.

Several patients with glioblastoma have since been diagnosed with lyme disease at Holistique Medical Center. The most recent patient is Dayna who at the age of 28 was diagnosed with an inoperable glioblastoma multiforme tumor. She began treatment of low dose chemotherapy with her oncologist, refused radiation therapy and chose to pursue alternative and adjunctive therapies here at Holistique. Again, we diagnosed her with lyme disease and a non-antibiotic treatment plan was created to address the infection and its co-infections, immunosuppression and associated toxicities and conditions. Again, the tumor shrank and was no longer detectable on PET scan within eleven months later.

MRI January 2016 Dayna Dayna’s MRI show significant tumor reduction. (Picture not available)

Because of the clinical results demonstrated by tumor shrinkage resulting from lyme disease treatment in every one of my glioblastoma patients, I was convinced that one of the major players in glioblastoma etiology was Borrelia burgdorferi. I now wanted pathological evidence. In October 2015, I met Dr. Alan MacDonald, a retired neuropathologist. Curious to know whether my clinical evidence matched pathological evidence, Dr. MacDonald agreed to analyze pathology slides of glioblastoma biopsies of five patients. What he found was astonishing! He proved my hypothesis and clinical evidence of ten years; he found the DNA of Borrelia burgdorferi inside the cells of glioblastoma tumors, using Flourescent in Situ Hybridization (FISH), in every one of the biopsy slides.

My conclusion: Those patients fighting Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) must be evaluated and treated for lyme disease and multiple co-infections. Non-antibiotic based chronic lyme disease treatment along with low dose chemotherapy may bring hope for these patients.

On April 16th, 2016, I presented my clinical findings for successful treatment of Glioblastoma through the diagnosis and treatment of chronic lyme disease and its associated conditions at the 14th Annual International Integrative Oncology Conference in San Diego.

Written by: Dr. Nooshin K. Darvish, N.D., FICT

ROOT CANALS – A toxic problem

Below is a VERY interesting and insightful article that answers questions about the hazards of having root canals. Root canals are toxic no matter what a dentist or endodontist may tell you. You will understand more as you do your own dilligence on this topic as I did. I found this article to answer many questions that I had about my root canals when my doctor first suggested I extract them all. I now have all my root canals out of my mouth as well as silver fillings. It is advisable in my opinion, if you have root canals – get them out!  If you have Lyme disease or another chronic illness, please read this article below.

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Lyme disease often resides in the mouth
Posted By Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine || 26-Jun-2013
Published in the Public Health Alert, June 2009
Reprinted with permission of author

By Mary Budinger

Holistic and natural medicine tends to overlook what is probably the number one source of the body’s toxins – the mouth. The infectious mechanism was initially documented by Dr. Weston A. Price, chairman of the Research Section of the American Dental Association from 1914-1923. History tells us the ADA however wanted to promote root canals as a new service and never moved forward with Dr. Price’s well documented research.

Some biological dentists have studied Dr. Price’s work, including Dr. Andrew Landerman of Sebastopol, California. He finds that Lyme and many other chronic diseases are fed by the unique bacteria that develop in root canals and where teeth have been extracted. Dr. Landerman granted us an interview:

MB: Do you see a lot of people with Lyme disease?

AL: I probably have a high proportion of people who are chronically ill. And a high proportion of people who have chronic illness have Lyme.

MB: How do you determine that?

AL: Some people of course come with the diagnosis. In others, I see Lyme in their symptoms. They may have swollen joints and other chronic conditions that are suggestive of Lyme. It is not the same with everyone. It depends upon their weak spot. Where they have a weak link, Lyme will affect that area. It is my experience and that of many others like me, that Lyme at this point in time is not a pathogen that can be eliminated. Rather we must seek to manage it holistically.

MB: Are Lyme bacteria in the teeth?

AL: Not in the enamel, but in the dentin and tubules. Every tooth has some three miles of tiny tubules that spirochetes love to occupy. Antibiotics, even the extended courses that some chronic Lyme patients use, do not get into these tubules. Lyme gravitates toward some teeth. It is my experience that Lyme gravitates especially to the upper and lower centrals, and to the upper and lower first molars. That’s eight teeth.

MB: How do you test the teeth to determine where the spirochetes are hiding?

AL: I devised a method of percussion, a slight tapping of the tooth to give it a tiny shock. I use an electrodermal screening device to measure how the tooth responds. When you see a pattern of low or high current flow, that tells me the tooth is underperforming or overperforming. When the energy level is abnormal, that can indicate Lyme. I have not seen any amount of herbs or antibiotics get these teeth to change their readings for the better.

MB: Can you get rid of the Lyme in the mouth then?

AL: Mostly. It took me almost 15 years to figure out how to test for it in the teeth and how to devise a homeopathic remedy to address it. Teeth breathe. Healthy teeth push fluids out; that is the way they keep bacteria and such out just as skin keeps harmful things out. But with stressed teeth, the flow reverses and fluids go into the tooth. Recognizing that, I devised a mix of homeopathic remedies that go into stressed teeth and knock down the Lyme. I don’t think you can ever get rid of Lyme completely. We just have to learn to live with it. The homeopathic remedies I formulated will eliminate most of the Lyme and its co-infections from the teeth. I find that if there is too much Lyme in a person’s mouth, cavitations do not heal unless we address the Lyme first. Energy transference of homeopathy is not like a chemical transference. When a tooth is treated, regardless of whether it has a crown, the tooth seems to respond.

MB: You are one of a mere handful of dentists in the country who uses electrodermal testing, why?

AL: The American Dental Association (ADA) does not yet acknowledge electrodermal screening. I am in the midst of a 10-year, FDA-approved study on the energetic relationship of teeth to degenerative disease as monitored by electrodermal screening. I have about 500 patients in the study. It is crucial to recognize that each tooth is connected via meridians to the organs of the body, and they are all connected energetically. For example, many people with heart conditions will be found to have a chronic infection at the site of their wisdom teeth – the third molars. Certain molars are connected to the heart meridian and when those teeth are stressed with chronic infection, the heart is stressed. Dr. Joseph Issels of Germany wrote that many cancer patients got well for example when root canals and other infections of the oral cavity were removed. I find that almost 100 percent of women with breast cancer have a chronically affected upper first molar. Likewise, reproductive organs are tied into the upper centrals, male and female. My approach is based upon the Meridian Theory from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and The Focal Theory of Infection.

Both homeopathy and Rife frequencies work energetically with Lyme; they are just different sides of the same coin. Both are effective. The difference is that for homeopathy to work optimally, you have to remove as many impediments to proper immune function as you can before using it – such as removal of dead teeth and metal fillings of all sorts, and cleaning up chronic infections in the jawbone. Rife works by generating a frequency specific to Lyme and aiming that at the body to kill the bacteria. Like homeopathy, Rife generators may or may nor produce healing crisis. That seems to depend on individual reactions. Neither one will totally eliminate the various forms of Lyme bacteria, but they help manage the disease.

MB: What is the Focal Theory of Infection?

AL: A focal infection is a local infection that expands to incorporate the whole quadrant, then the whole side of the mouth and eventually can cross the midline to incorporate the other side. Basically, the theory says the oral cavity is able to generate particularly nasty toxins that poison the body when you have had a root canal or a tooth extracted. Most dentists still do not understand the Focal Theory; it was studied more in Europe than here. Dr. Weston Price’s great contribution was the discovery that focal infection bacteria are polymorphic, meaning they mutate and adapt and multiply like rabbits in the three miles of dentin tubules that emanate from every tooth. The bacteria become smaller and anaerobic – they can now live without oxygen. They also become more virulent, and their toxins more toxic. Root canals and old extractions are common focal infection sites.

When you have a root canal, a dead tooth is left in the mouth. The dead tooth lacks a blood supply to its interior. Antibiotics circulating in the bloodstream have no way to penetrate this dead tissue. Over time, the material packed inside the dead tooth shrinks a bit. Now bacteria come in and morph. The tooth has both bacteria and toxins as a result of being dead for so many years and these toxins are infiltrating into the bloodstream.

In extraction sites, the healing may not take place correctly. If the healing is incorrect, the space can fill in with fatty tissue, dead bone, improper bone, or it can fill in with infected material. All of these processes are wrong and the organ associated with that extraction site will always show this improper healing. The remedy is to clean out the socket, debride it, and remove the ligament that holds the tooth in as well as the dense bony lining of the socket. The other important factor is cleaning up the quadrant (at least) of the mouth where the extraction was performed – cleaning up all metal and any other extraction sites. This is the best way to assure proper healing from extractions.

Toxins from focal site infections are highly virulent and they tend to go to the organ associated with the meridian upon which that tooth lies. Over time, the toxins’ assault will change the genetics of the organ. However, it has been found that upon proper extraction of a dead tooth and proper treatment of an extraction site, the organ will return to its normal genetics. Bob Jones, an engineer, recently did substantial genetic testing which demonstrated the ability of organs to right themselves.

MB: Are tonsils also focal infection sites?

AL: They can be. Tonsils are basically nodules of lymph tissue. Removing tonsils should be a solution of last resort. Tonsils are part of the immune system. Tonsils are a network of guard posts to infection because the body needs to protect the brain. There are valves in the veins that prevent blood from flowing backward. In the head there are no valves, so blood can flow in any direction and an infection in the brain would be disastrous. The tonsils, when functioning properly, prevent infections from entering the brain. There are four tonsils on each side of the head plus the pair we can readily see at the back of the mouth. They are prone to recurring infections because of allergies and other factors in the body. With multiple infections comes scarring of the tissue. Hence when this has occurred, the tonsils need to be dealt with as scars need to be dealt with.

MB: Tell us how scars interfere with the body’s energy.

AL: If scars are present, they act as an energetic block, much the same way a dead tooth does. And there are various ways to neutralize scars. A scar is not merely something on the outside of the skin – it is the skin. The energy flow of the meridians goes right under the surface of the skin so where there are scars, they can act as a major block to energy flow. There are various other energetic blocks, but teeth, the tonsils, and scars are the major ones. When healing energetically, all three areas are very important to deal with. The stronger the energetic system, the better you can handle outside factors like genetically modified food and environmental chemicals. Often with Lyme, it is said that you need a strong immune system to keep the Lyme under control. That is true. But you also need a strong energetic system and often that is overlooked.

MB: Can you tell us about one of the Lyme patients in your FDA-approved study?

AL: Sure, let’s call her “Julie.” Her history was one of a normal birth, normal delivery, normal first 6 months of development. But then she began to have pronounced joint pains, mobility problems, rashes, and her deciduous teeth – her baby teeth – showed pronounced malformation and discoloration. Julie’s parents took her to a prestigious California medical facility where they were unable to make a diagnosis. She was given pain medication and anti-inflammatories. This went on for 6 or 8 months with no apparent relief of the symptoms. When I first saw Julie, she was 18 months old. Her deciduous enamel was misshapen and reddish in color. This suggested there was a deep underlying condition that probably would cause the same things to occur in her permanent teeth. I used electrodermal screening and determined she had what looked like borellia burgdorferi – the main spirochete that causes Lyme disease. She tested positive for some co-infections, but B. burgdorferi was the bigger factor. I made homeopathic remedies for this and we also used natural anti-inflammatory remedies. Within a week, the pain subsided dramatically. The swelling decreased. About one month later, the parents reported that the symptoms had disappeared. It is too early to tell of course, but there is every reason to believe her adult teeth will erupt normally and be free of the red stains and changes in morphology that came with the baby teeth. When I saw Julie, I realized both parents had Lyme. Lyme can be transmitted through the placenta.

MB: How much of a role do vaccinations play with children with Lyme?

lymePHA1AL: In general, vaccines lower one’s immune competency and most would impede immune function where Lyme is concerned – allow it to get an easier foothold. A vaccine does not boost immunity. It gives us a template to recognize a specific protein when it enters the body and to be able to attack that protein and render it harmless to the body. Vaccinations should not be done until about 2 ½ years of age, the point at which all the baby teeth have erupted. It is then that humans have a fully functional, competent immune system and can better handle the introduction of the complex foreign proteins introduced in the form of vaccines. That is not to say they can handle the mercury and other toxins added for stability. We have to create a culture where people realize drugs are not made to maintain healthy, happy lives. The integrity of the terrain is the major factor. Louis Pasteur, remembered for developing vaccines, reversed himself on his deathbed. He said, “The pathogen is nothing, terrain is everything.” If you want a healthy terrain for children, then pre-conception health becomes critical because we are seeing more and more that degenerative changes in kids are transferred from the parents. You see teeth malformations in some children. That says something is going on with the DNA. It has been demonstrated, for example, that there are genetic changes along pathways where there are root canals. Where pathways have been interfered with, the genetic changes for worse. But when corrected, the genetic change goes back to the normal pathway. “Smart conception” means you clean up the energetics of the body first.

MB: What about mercury fillings?

AL: Mercury is about the most active of metals. The higher the temperature, the more it is released, poisoning the system. It is tough to rid the body of chronic diseases when poison constantly leeches from the mouth. Many people have crowns with an underlying layer of nickel, a very toxic metal. Unfortunately, dental schools are not much help right now. They do not teach Chinese medicine and they still consider amalgam (50% mercury filling) a usable material, when even the FDA now requires warning labels on amalgam packaging. Sometimes people tell me they got worse after they had mercury fillings taken out. I know the wrong material was used in that person’s mouth. You really have to test energetically for what to use for crowns or bridges – restorations. The material I like the best is cubit zirconium, a cousin of what you find in the false diamond. It is energetically different and has been consistently good for restorations. Zirconium is a metal that looks like clear glass. When you make an oxide of it, the negative aspects of the metal disappear. It loses it crystalline aspect and becomes more acceptable to the body.

I always felt the internet would help humanity learn how to live better, naturally. As more consumers demand metal-free dentistry, this will create the change in the profession. When I started 35 years ago, I had to talk like a Dutch uncle to get people to remove mercury fillings and root canals – it was tough. Now people are getting more informed. As patients demand change, the young dentists will have to respond. The dilemma, though, is that when they get out of school, young dentists are in debt. To take on a whole new challenge, to change your profession, is a very arduous task. They need the support of the patients.

MB: Would you say something about your own experience with Lyme?

AL: Many people in my part of the country do not understand the Sierra Foothills and the California coastal range in which they live is full of ticks. Many people are bit and never know it. They don’t understand that Lyme disease is sexually transmissible, and is passed through breast milk as well. I got sick because I had teeth extracted. Root canals, as well as improper extractions, weaken your immune competency. In my case I had two front teeth and one lateral incisor killed by trauma. Subsequent root canals left me compromised. When I was bitten by a tick, I contracted Lyme. I have every reason to believe that had these teeth been properly addressed, my immune function would have been sufficient to withstand the Lyme onslaught, because people who exhibit healthy immune function generally do not suffer from the worse aspects of Lyme. Nobody in my family has Lyme disease – mother, father, sister, etc. I was the only one with bad teeth as well as the only one to have had my tonsils removed unnecessarily. I believe this heavily compromised my immune system.

When I got bit, I had the textbook bulls eye rash. In my opinion, those who see a rash are those who have a stronger immune system. The rash is the body’s attempt to defeat the bacteria at the site. Then as the rash expands, that is a sign the body is losing the battle. Eventually, the rash dissipates and is gone. Then you can assume the Lyme has gone latent.

I still struggle with Lyme. But I don’t encourage limiting anyone’s life. I hunt and fish less than I used to, but that’s age, not fear. I love the outdoors and it is such a valuable part of my life, I would not choose to limit that. Lyme can be treated successfully initially with antibiotics or homeopathy – if it is done immediately. But most people, like my patient Julie, don’t know what they have until it is too late for conventional treatment to produce a result.

Andrew Landerman, DDS
Biological Dental Center
145 Pleasant Hill Ave North, Ste 201
Sebastopol, CA 95472
707-829-0200

 

Lyme Testing-Why it Fails!

I refer many people to get tested when they feel like they have symptoms of Lyme disease to a very reputable lab called IGENEX labs. However, I  have found that many get a ‘False Negative’ analysis. In fact, about 50% of people I have found get a false reading. Not that the testing isn’t doing its job, its that Lyme hides! It is VERY difficult to diagnose Lyme disease. Dr. Bill Rawls wrote a very detail explanation below that goes in more detail.
PLEASE – If you have been tested for Lyme and it came back Negative, but yet you have more than 5 common symptoms of Lyme Disease, seek a Lyme specialist to reevaluate your condition. It may take more than one test to show you actually have Borrelia in your system as well as other secondary/co-infections. In fact, 60% of patients took up to 2 years to get diagnosed. For me, it took 5 years and 10 doctors later! TRUTH!
Keep fighting tiger! ???? And I will fight for you!

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IMPORTANT LYME TESTING NEWS!

by Dr. Bill Rawls
Posted 2/23/17

Right now, there’s a huge proliferation of specialty labs doing testing for chronic Lyme disease and similar illnesses.

Why?

Because it’s extremely lucrative — people are desperate to prove a diagnosis and willing to pay large sums of money out of pocket to do it. Because conventional labs are not meeting the demand, small labs specializing in microbial testing for stealth microbes are springing up everywhere.

Interestingly, just the fact that this is happening illustrates how fundamentally flawed the current view of chronic Lyme disease really is.

Western medicine views all infectious microbial illnesses as basically the same. This dates back to 1890 when a scientist named Robert Koch made some observations about microbes that cause disease.

Koch’s Postulates suggested that specific microbial illnesses were caused by specific microbes. In other words, Mycobacterium tuberculosis was the sole cause of tuberculosis. The postulates also defined that the organism must be isolated from the diseased host to make a firm diagnosis. In addition, Koch stated that disease-causing organisms were never found in healthy hosts (though this was disproven for many pathogens during Koch’s lifetime).

While much of what Koch postulated does hold true for highly virulent microbes that cause severe illnesses (such as Ebola, tuberculosis, and cholera), it doesn’t apply to much less virulent microbes. Koch’s postulates especially fall apart when applied to chronic illnesses like Lyme disease.

Chronic Lyme disease is rarely associated with one microbe. Most people with chronic Lyme disease carry multiple strains of Borrelia, and many people have been found to carry more than one species of Borrelia. Co-infections with other microbes are more the exception than the rule.

All of the microbes associated with chronic Lyme disease can live inside cells. Intracellular microbes have not been found not to follow any of Koch’s postulates.

And yet, Western medicine doggedly adheres to the “identify, target, and destroy” approach for managing all microbial illnesses… even chronic Lyme disease.

This leaves everyone who suspects Lyme disease feeling obligated to have test positive proof of a microbe before they can be adequately treated.

The testing for Lyme disease, however, is really not very good.

The testing that is available only tests for a small fraction of the possible species of microbes that can be associated with Lyme disease. There are 20 known species of Borrelia alone that cause illnesses and new ones are discovered every year. And that’s just Borrelia. There are literally hundreds of species of illness-causing microbes that can be carried by ticks.

The value of testing being done can also be a bit misleading. Whether you are using serology (testing for antibodies produced by the body against the microbe), or specific microbial DNA using PCR, the results are not very accurate for chronic infections.

The “sensitivity” of a test is how often the test reliably picks up the presence of the targeted microbe. Very commonly you see quotes of 85-95% sensitivity…which sounds pretty good. You get the impression that if you are carrying the microbe in your system, the chances of picking it up with the given test is pretty high.

But let’s dig a bit deeper into what that really means.

To arrive at that 85-95%, the lab uses the test on a population of people who are absolutely known to be carrying the microbe. In other words, the stated test will be positive 85-95% of the time in a population of people who are 100% known to be infected with the microbe. Generally control population is made up of people are acutely ill and very symptomatic.

No matter what type of testing being used, whether it’s blood or urine, serology or microbe DNA, tests for Lyme disease are most valuable when testing for acute symptomatic illness. Acute illness is when the microbe is very present in blood and the immune system is reacting very strongly.

Once the infection becomes chronic, the microbes have cleared the blood, the immune reaction has settled down, and the microbes are present in very low concentrations in tissues. This makes detecting them extremely difficult.

No one knows, not even any of the labs, how good or bad these tests are for picking up chronic infections with stealth microbes like Borrelia. And they would be unlikely to tell you if they knew, because it could be as low as 50%… or even 30%.

It boils down to this: if you have all the symptoms of chronic Lyme disease and got bitten by a tick, you most probably have Lyme disease. And even if you don’t remember being bitten by a tick and have all the symptoms of chronic Lyme disease, you still probably have Lyme disease.

No matter what the test for Borrelia shows!

And you have other microbes, too.

So, is there is any real value in testing?

Testing for tick-borne microbial illnesses is most valuable for diagnosing acute symptomatic illness. It is especially important if a more virulent microbe like Rickettsia rickettsii (the cause of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever), Ehrlichia, Anaplasma, or Babesia is suspected. Even then, researchers are now finding that there are dozens of species of each of these microbes — many for which testing is limited.

Your money for labs also goes to support research in testing. Basically all forms of testing for stealth microbes should be considered experimental. But the better we get at it, the more we know. At some point, it may be possible to define all the microbes in your body with DNA testing. Sorting out the bad ones from the many thousands of species of good ones then becomes the problem — they all tend to blend together.

Possibly more important is knowing how to best approach chronic Lyme disease. The underlying problem in chronic Lyme disease is immune dysfunction. Targeting and killing microbes alone rarely results in wellness. You must also address the immune dysfunction.

Learn about Lyme Testing and more in Dr. Rawls’ new best seller, “Unlocking Lyme”

Inflammation and Disease

Inflammation is said to be the root cause of many conditions, including heart disease, cancer, arthritis, diabetes, allergies, auto immune disease and more. There are many supplements that can help combat and decrease inflammation levels.  . Some of my favorite anti-inflammatory supplements are Tumeric and Ginger and serrapeptase.

Tumeric also called Curcumin has been used around the world for years as a spice. But it has amazing healing properties. Indian culture has used it in their food for many ailments and just good nutrition. My favorite thing to do if Im sick is heat up some warm almond milk and add some Tumeric spice in it. Sip on it and melt away your worries and illness.   Ginger also has  many useful health benefits such as anti-inflammatory and anti-nausea. If your feeling nausea or have a stomach bug, grab some Ginger. You can get it in capsule form or the best is to eat a slice off the root. Any grocery story carries ginger root.

Serrapeptase is a proteolytic enzymes, meaning it breaks down and digests protein into smaller components like peptides and amino acids. Silkworms produce this serrapetase in the gut bacteria. In supplement, isolated form, it’s a proven to be a powerful pain blocker (similar to non steroidal drugs, but without the side effects like ulcers and bleeding stomach linings). Other research has shown to inhibit the buildup of plaque in the arteries that contributes to heart attacks and strokes.

WHAT IS INFLAMMATION?

Inflammation is the body’s response to infection or trauma. A response to injury or acute infection isn’t that concerning, but chronic inflammation can decrease the body’s ability to respond properly. When inflammation does not subside, health problems can form. When the immune system is overactive, it can destroy it’s own tissue and autoimmunity can result. I had quite a bit of this when I was sick with Lyme disease. I had autoimmune issues such as gluten intolerance, gut problems ( although I wouldn’t say it was as severe as Chron’s) and some joint/arthritis pain.
The problem is being constantly bombarded with these factors and then it becomes very difficult to get the body back into homeostatsis. The normal advice is to: stop smoking, stop drinking, change your diet, de-stress, excercise more…but hidden factors are also environmental toxins, infections, heavy metals and molds. It’s usually a combo that people are dealing with, so every little factor has to be addressed to get someone healthy again.
One crucial supplement to take would be proteolytic enzymes. Serrapeptase is one that has the ability to bind itself to blood plasma and proteins, allowing it into hard to reach areas. It then dissolves nonliving or damaged tissue, including clots, cysts, plaque and other BYPRODUCTS of inflammation WITHOUT harming living tissue. It can be used to treat everything from ankle sprains to chronic inflammation issues.
Make sure you do your own Research!

RESEARCH IS KEY!
Studies testing chronic airway diseases to surgical extraction of molars, from fibrocystic breast to cardiovasulcar disease, has all proven to show the effectiveness of taking this enzyme.
For those with Lyme or any autoimmune disease, I would suggest to take any of the above supplements that I recommended.

NERVES & NEUROPATHY

One of the symptoms of early stage Lyme is pains in the bottom of your feet.  I started to have were bad pains in the bottom of my arch in my foot but I didn’t chop it up to much because I thought it was just from years of dancing.  I also used to frequently get foot and leg cramps from dehydration. But this pain was a little different. It would feel like a knife stabbing. I would wake up in the mornings and it was like I was walking on hot rocks the minute I stood out of bed. Its been very challenging and I’ve had  limit my in high heals.  Otherwise I would be in pain for days.  The spirochete bugs like to affect your nerves and nervous system. Some of this damage I have is irreversible unfortunately. Many people with M.S. or Multiple Sclerosis also experience this kind of pain. Or is it really M.S.?

There is a distinct correlation between Lyme disease symptoms and M.S. Symptoms. It is important to discuss this as well.

One of my favorite resources for info is a site called “TIRED OF MY LYME” They have a wonderful site that answers many other questions you may have on this topic as well as others.