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It’s estimated that Lyme disease infects roughly 300,000 people annually in the US, yet only about 30,000 cases are actually diagnosed. And these numbers appear to be skyrocketing. A recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that infections from ticks and other insects have tripled in recent years.
If Lyme disease is detected early, standard treatment involves a heavy round of antibiotics. However, delayed treatment can lead to a chronic, debilitating condition that often persists for decades.
To complicate matters, many Lyme cases are misdiagnosed because the infection can be difficult to test for.
Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi, which likes to hide inside cells, making treatment difficult. This is further complicated by the limitations of diagnostic tests, which tend to be more accurate three or more weeks after infection.
Chronic Lyme disease is characterized by a number of inflammatory and degenerative processes in the body, particularly in the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. The bacterium can develop antibiotic resistance and even hide in the brain, where the blood/brain barrier blocks antibiotics. Over time, Lyme disease can significantly impair the immune system, making people vulnerable to other co-infections.
For these reasons, the treatment of Lyme disease calls for an integrative approach. Impaired immunity, inflammation, neurological damage, heavy metal burden and co-infections are key areas to address. It’s critical to work with a Lyme-literate health provider who can design a dynamic and individualized treatment program.
Detoxification and immunity
A key step in any integrative Lyme protocol is gentle detoxification. Heavy metals, environmental toxins, mold and other toxic accumulations can aggravate chronic inflammation and cause inappropriate or suppressed immune responses. A gentle detox program can strengthen immunity against the Lyme bacterium and other possible co-infections. It also helps prepare the body for successful intervention with other treatments.
Medicinal mushrooms are also valuable in the treatment of Lyme. They can be used to balance and optimize immune response, help absorb toxins, and offer targeted support for key organs and systems. They can help train the immune system, increasing its efficiency and efficacy and helping to downregulate inappropriate autoimmune responses.
Inflammation and infection
One botanical formula that can be helpful against Lyme is a combination of artemisinin compound, whole Sweet Wormwood herb, and a 10:1 Sweet Wormwood extract. This comprehensive blend targets B. burgdorferi with synergistic, whole-herb benefits beyond artemisinin alone.
Diet is a critical factor in controlling inflammation, optimizing detoxification and supporting immunity. Low glycemic index (low sugar/starch) foods including green vegetables, high quality sources of protein, raw nuts and seeds, and sprouted grains/legumes, can help cool inflammation, enhance immunity and support overall vitality.
Lyme disease is a complicated condition, but that doesn’t mean we’re powerless. By integrating conventional protocols like antibiotics (especially in the early stages), together with complementary approaches and targeted supplements, we can help optimize health and vitality over time.