“Harvard researchers estimate there are nearly 250,000 new Lyme disease infections—only 10 percent of which will be accurately diagnosed.”
Quoted from the back of Stephen Harrod Buhner’s new book:
Healing Lyme Disease Coinfections. Stephen is an amazing herbalist and this book –as well as his first book– Healing Lyme–is the most comprehensive, cutting edge, well-researched information you will find. If you want to know more, or know someone struggling with Lyme disease, please share this article and all the links to valuable information, protocols, herbs, and resources.
Lyme disease is the most widespread vector borne disease in the U.S. This is quoted from the Virginia Department of Health:
“Lyme disease continues to evolve epidemiologically in Virginia. In 2012, there were an estimated 1,110 confirmed or probable cases of Lyme disease (an increase of about 9% from 2011). While Lyme disease continues to be the most commonly reported tickborne illness in Virginia, there were approximately 460 cases of spotted fever group rickettsioses ,which may include some cases of Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF), and approximately 150 cases of ehrlichiosis/anaplasmosis (about 88% were determined to be ehrlichiosis) reported in Virginia in 2012. Also, remember that the blacklegged tick Ixodes scapularis is the only tick that can transmit Lyme disease in Virginia.”
The absolute best method for treating Lyme disease is the same as any other—and that is prevention. Check your body frequently if you have been outdoors in any area where ticks could crawl or fall onto you. This applies to your head and hair as well–so as soon as possible check your entire body and be thorough. At this early stage, they probably aren’t attached to you yet. There are some exceptions—but generally speaking, an infected tick must be attached to your skin for 24 hours to transmit the Lyme bacteria— which are, in actuality, the toxic excretion from the infecting vector (the tick) that must first enjoy a lovely blood meal from the host (that would be you).
The blood from the host must travel to the tick’s stomach. While there, the Lyme spirochetes determine what kind of animal the tick is feeding upon, and immediately begin to alter their outer protein structure (coat) to enable them to live unnoticed in that particular host.
Lyme disease is not a virus. It is a spirochete parasite. According to Buhner, there are what he calls “coinfective bacteria” that interact in both the vector that spreads them and the host that receives them. These bacteria are some of the most “potent resistant bacterial organisms” known to man.
Therefore—taking a single treatment, one therapy approach that was formulated in the nineteenth century and based upon identifying a single bacteria and killing it with an antibiotic– is rather archaic wouldn’t you agree? These bacteria belong to the same band of brothers as Salmonella, Psuedomonas, E. Coli, cholera, gonorrhea, and Helicobactor; and they have shared survival and antibiotic resistance strategies over dinner and know how to win.
So don’t invite them to dine on your blood.
Perhaps if we understand how these specific bacteria outsmart our over burdened immune system, we can develop treatment plans for each individual and address the specific symptoms that are destroying their quality of life. Lyme Disease is devastating because it can affect joints, organs, and even the brain. Here is why.
When these bacteria are ingested by ticks, they immediately infect the epithelial cells of their GI tract and begin traveling to the insects salivary glands where they are then injected into human (mammal) bloodstreams by the bite of the tick.
The metamorphosis that these vector borne bacteria undergo immediately gives us some idea of how incredibly adaptable and resilient they are. Human (mammal) blood is completely different from an insect’s stomach.
Insects do not have hemoglobin, they have hemolymph which does not carry oxygen– because insects breathe (respirate) from their body surfaces. Mammal blood has a higher pH than an insect’s stomach. So—in literally a few seconds—these bacteria go from a low oxygen, low temp, low pH stomach to a completely opposite bloodstream. Instantly they have the ability to analyze their new environment and initiate the necessary changes in their physiology to survive in their new home.
And it goes without saying–if your well loved and cared for body is alive with richly oxygenated and beautifully balanced highly alkaline pH blood–the dinner party will end sooner and these warriors can return to their real home in the ecosystem. Spirochete bacteria become a major problem when your immune system is compromised from lack of self-care, stress, poor dietary choices, etc. The more depressed the immune system, the worse the symptoms.
Once the spirochetes have entered the bloodstream, they double in number every 24 hours and begin to colonize or “seed” four sites immediately: the red blood cells, the spleen, the liver, and the bone marrow. Initially, a person may not show any symptoms. When the acute symptoms do occur they are flu like: fatigue, general malaise, and fever. These symptoms may last for several weeks; until the bacterial count drops dramatically. “Early in the infectious stage, large numbers of bacteria are created and released into the blood. But this peaks between 10 and 14 days post infection and thereafter begins to decrease.” (Buhner) When the initial symptoms go away—some people think they have eliminated the bacteria. However, most people are in truth, an asymptomatic carrier.
After the initial, infectious phase and the spirochetes are firmly established in the body, they rapidly begin to spread. “Approximately every five days they release new bacteria into the blood. Every colonized site in the body will release new organisms simultaneously. Studies have shown that the organisms that are released into the bloodstream during these intervals tend to be genetically different each time. In other words, the bacteria are developing unique strains every five days in order to avoid an effective immune response.” (Buhner)
This is a long-term, sustained, multi-location parasite attack. Lyme spirochetes need nutrients and minerals that they obtain from collagen tissue, endothelial cells, bone marrow, and hemoglobin—and they attack and feed upon these areas and then deplete your body of vital nutrients. They replicate at random times and in multiple locations simultaneously– which makes it difficult for your immune system to react quickly enough. This is also why the symptoms vary so dramatically that they are often misdiagnosed. If the spirochetes feed off the collagen tissue in your knee, you have Lyme arthritis; if they feed off the endothelial tissue in your heart, you have bacterial endocarditis; if they feed off endothelial cells in your brain, then the infection in your brain will cause meningitis or encephalitis.
Many physicians look at the symptoms and try to match them to some type of predetermined protocol. They also tend to rely upon pharmaceutical treatment and antibiotics, and when the symptoms disappear, believe the disease to be healed. One of the most important factors in treating these super bacterial infections is a strong healthy immune system. Your body knows perfectly and exactly how to heal itself.
Buhner appropriately says:
“The bacteria are evolving. We should, too.”
Next up: A natural approach to Lyme disease