By Mariela Amiri, Traditional Naturopath & Patient Coordinator
May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month, so I want to shed a little light on this all-too-common illness, as well as some of the misinformation surrounding it. Lyme disease is the fastest growing infectious disease in the world. There are more than 400,000 new recorded cases in the United States every year, and many researchers estimate numbers may be even higher due to the fact that many people are infected and do not know about it or do not report it.
Unfortunately, most doctors are not trained to recognize or treat Lyme disease. Additionally, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), does not acknowledge the fact that this disease can become chronic, despite much evidence.
Lyme disease is primarily transmitted by insect bites. However, there is substantial research that it can be spread through other methods. Lyme disease is an inflammatory condition created by spirochete bacterias. These slow growing bacterias infect and wreak havoc on the immune system. The infection can persist in the body for years after transmission, causing systemic inflammation and a host of other problems.
The symptom presentation varies from person to person and can mimic various conditions, including Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, ALS, Lupus, Alzheimer’s, depression, arthritis and Fibromyalgia. For this reason and others, Lyme disease remains a misdiagnosed and undiagnosed disease. Additionally, conventional diagnostic testing methods are outdated and not successful at diagnosing with accuracy.
There are many ways to treat and support a person suffering from Lyme Disease. One-size-fits-all treatments aren’t successful with this complicated infection. Oftentimes, people with Lyme also suffer from other conditions. Their immune systems are so weakened by these spirochetes that other viruses, parasites, fungal infections, histamine issues, and heavy metal toxicities have a chance to thrive in such a poor health environment. Lyme disease patients see improvements in their well being when they take a whole body healing approach, rather than just treating symptoms. Healing takes place when the inner terrain is rebuilt and restored, because Lyme pathogens can’t flourish in a healthy immune system.
Natural antimicrobials, homeopathic remedies, supplements and nutritional support are all extremely effective in bringing the body back to balance without any long-term unwanted side effects. This is the safest way to treat and support those suffering from this spirochetes infection. Additionally, incorporating supporting detox therapies such as far-infrared sauna, ozone treatments, acupuncture, ionic foot baths, massage, lymphatic treatments, RIFE, epsom salt baths and dry brushing can encourage and speed up the healing process. Sleep, sunshine, exercise and meditation/prayer are also effective. Depending on the individual, it can take a few months to a few years to regain optimal health.
Here at Longevity Health Center, we are trained to holistically support those suffering from Lyme Disease. Our highly skilled Naturopaths and Homeopathic Practitioners will tailor a personalized protocol to help detoxify spirochetes bacteria, support the immune system, and lower inflammation. Additionally, we have in-house detox therapies for faster healing. Give us a call at 770-642-4646 to learn more.