The Long Road to Managing Lyme’s Disease
There are many reasons people use alternative and complementary medicines, either exclusively or in conjunction with Western, allopathic medicine. Sometimes it is a cultural or religious decision, sometimes it is about inaccessibility, or negative experiences and discrimination. And sometimes, though not nearly often enough, it is recommended by the person you were told to trust the most with your health: your primary care physician.
Most doctors specialize and can be very good at diagnosing and medicating that one specific body part or organ they are the expert about, but often without acknowledging it is part of a whole system, a body system, an organism, you. If part of you is sick or ill, all of you feels it. It radiates into all aspects of your life, and cannot be isolated. More and more people are turning to alternative medicine because the western model does not address the root of the issue. Auto-Immune diseases have been especially hard for allopathic medicine to address and those afflicted have benefited from alternative, holistic approaches.
Lyme’s disease is a disorder that has left those infected to fend for themselves. It often has hard to explain symptoms that cannot be correlated. It can effect nearly every system in the body. It is because it is so multi-faceted and requires a whole body approach that western doctors have a hard time treating patients.
This is where naturapaths, herbalists, functional medicine and other alternative practices and lifestyle changes can be so helpful with Lyme’s disease. Anti-biotics alone are not enough. This bacterium is tricky, and builds safe houses yet impenetrable to full spectrum anti-biotics where it can co-habitate with other bacteria, yeasts and fungi.
Therapuetic Goals for Lyme’s Management
1. Anti-Microbial/ Anti-biotics
Don’t Forget the Biofilm
3. Cellular/ Detoxification Pathway Support
4. Nourish the Body and Organ systems, address symptoms
Give the body the foundation it needs to improve overall function, down to a cellular level. Each cell needs to be as strong as possible to push out or resist. Options include: B-Complex (methylated), Resveratrol, Milk Thistle, Maritime Pine Bark. Also supporting circulation will help move herbs and supplements as well as white blood cells. This can be done with Nitric Oxide, Cayenne, Butcher’s Broom, Gingko, Larch, and/ or Hawthorn.
Sleep is so important, as well as controlling stress levels. None of these things will be effective if the body is inflamed through stress or unable to heal and restore its balance with sleep. Please address if needed.