In January 2014 I was diagnosed with late-stage chronic Lyme disease and several significant viral, bacterial and parasitic co-infections after searching for many years for the cause of various gut, immune and neurological issues. Fortunately, through much research and divine inspiration, I have learned many things about diet and health these last 10 years that have kept my body functioning really well, even with chronic Lyme disease. I am so grateful that the Spirit led me to do many of the “right” things to take care of a body that was harboring the Lyme spirochetes for so long. It’s a testament that even when we don’t know what the “it” is of many illnesses, we can be guided by God to do the things necessary to help our body function as optimally as possible.
So many of my friends and family have asked me “what is Lyme? And can’t you just cure it with antibiotics?” This is such a complex disease and after reading much about it I’m still confused as to how it is treated properly. The summary is that acute Lyme disease is very treatable by antibiotics, and even curable. Chronic Lyme, or disseminated Lyme disease, is much trickier to treat and fully “cure”. Especially when several co-infections are present as well. There are many theories as to the best treatment, and each theory has its downfall. Some people do great on long term antibiotics, and for some it was the worst decision they ever made. Chronic Lyme treatment can include a variety of methods. Most people use some combination of herbal and antibiotic therapy. Treatment can last for years cases, as this is not a quick fix disease for most and many never recover.
In the United States, Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi, which is carried primarily by deer ticks. The ticks are brown and when young, they’re often no bigger than the head of a pin, which can make them nearly impossible to spot.
To contract Lyme disease, an infected insect must bite you. The bacteria enter your skin through the bite and eventually make their way into your bloodstream. Many physicians believe that Lyme can be transmitted from mother to child in-utero, but this theory has not been proven, although there appear to be many cases of transmission to children. Eliah, my daughter has a confirmed western blot positive test for Lyme, which she did acquire in-utero in my opinion as this is the most likely explanation for my infant daughter to have Lyme disease as well.
The symptoms of chronic Lyme are highly varied. Most have weakness, fatigue, pain, gut issues, and neurological symptoms. It often affects cognitive/mood functioning as well as the heart.
Testing for Lyme is also very complex as it is often difficult to have a conclusive test sample. Fortunately, in my case, the actual DNA of the B. Burgdorferi bacteria was found in my blood plasma which is considered a “home run” in diagnosing Lyme. I also had positive markers in my C4A test and CD-57 blood tests, and Western Blot. I also had blood test confirmations for several common co-infections including Babesia, Bartonella, C. Pneumonia, Epstein Barr, Cytomegalovirus, several HSV strains, and various parasites from foreign travel. Basically my micro-biome is a polluted cess pond due to an underlying compromised immune system. This happens for various reasons and is a complex topic for another time.
Here’s a map that shows the most common areas to contract Lyme disease. Since I’m from Michigan, I probably contracted it there or on the East Coast where I’ve often visited, but Oregon also has many cases of Lyme disease as well: