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Most available literature would mention lightly that “early diagnosis” and “proper amount of antibiotics” would “cure” Lyme disease.  However, I have found that many Lyme disease diagnostic tests are unreliable. Many patients were not given the diagnosis of Lyme disease by their physicians until after they had suffered a cluster of symptoms for years.  It was only after their disease developed into a stage III (chronic) Lyme disease that people would take notice.

In my more than 30 years of clinical practice, I have not come across any Lyme disease clients that have been “cured by antibiotics.”  They might experience temporary relief of symptoms; however, when their life is stressful, the symptoms would return.  Worse yet, those who have been treated with many courses, or multiple brands and strains of antibiotics for a long period of time, tend to develop a severe case of yeast overgrowth.  That’s the major reason why people with Lyme disease also have candidiasis or other yeast and parasitic infection symptoms.

As long as you keep the immunity strong, you can co-exist with all kinds of microbial organisms in harmony.  Unfortunately, I have found most people with Lyme disease had a “go-go-go” personality.  Physically speaking, they exhaust their energy reserve by overdoing things.  Emotionally speaking, they stressed themselves out by creating constant time-pressured life events.  Spiritually speaking, the universe gives them an opportunity to be humbled, rest and takes good care of their bodies.

Based on the above understanding, my holistic approach is to help my clients with Lyme disease gain a physical, emotional and spiritual balance.  The following are guidelines for holistic treatment:

 

Physical Balance:

In order to strengthen the immunity, it’s important to be on a yeast-free nutritional program containing no sugar, no dairy, no wheat, no yeasts, no caffeine, no alcohol, nor chemicals.  Smokers were also guided to stop smoking, because the above no-no’s and nicotine feed yeasts and parasites.  As mentioned previously, yeast and parasitic infections go hand in hand with Lyme disease because of the liberal use of antibiotics.  To learn what to eat and what to avoid, so that you can nourish your body, and starve your little enemies within, follow my yeast-free cookbook, Healthy and Tasty: Dr. J’s Anti-Yeast Cooking.

Because the common symptoms of Lyme disease include fatigue, mind fog, swollen glands, and shifting aches and pain (which mimic Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and fibromyalgia) herbal therapy is also important to eliminate or reduce these symptoms.  The combination of Herbal Detox (Yeast-Para Control and Cleansing-Balance Tea) and Hormonal Regeneration (Female Vitality or Male Vitality) programs works to increase energy, clear mind fog, stop inflammation, and eliminate aches and pain.  No two individuals have the same symptoms.  Therefore, some individuals may need Herbal Cocktailf or bloating and sugar craving as well.

Exercise is of ultimate importance for people with Lyme disease.  Exercise improves blood circulation and generates endorphins; this in turn, helps reduce or eliminate aches and pain.  When you are fatigued, the last thing you want to do is exercise.  Just start with slow walking for 10 minutes around the block, then gradually increase the amount of time and vigor when your body becomes stronger.

 

Emotional Balance:

The precursor of Lyme disease is usually an overactive, stressful lifestyle.  Meditation, prayers, deep emotional releasing technique, etc. are very useful self-administered stress management techniques.  Stress is a part of life.  If managed properly, stress can motivate you to move forward. 

Carrying negative emotions such as anger, resentment, fear, regret, and guilt is like driving a car with the hand break on.  It causes wear and tear on your immunity.   Therefore, it’s important to clear the “unfinished” business.

In my book, Breaking the Yeast Curse: Food and Unconditional Love for Magic Healing, there are detailed instructions of these stress management techniques.  Use them, and you will have an easier and more enjoyable life! 

 

Spiritual Balance:

Some people felt false relief when they received a diagnosis of Lyme disease from their physicians.  Antibiotics are considered “magic bullets” in western medical establishments.  Through their continued suffering, patients realize this is not true.  If you are spiritual, you might wonder why your life is ruined by such tiny creatures like ticks (only the size of poppy or sesame seeds). This is a way designed by the universe to humble you and “encourage” you to take good care of yourself.  Your body is a temporary home for your soul.  However, in order to have a smoother spiritual journey, you still need to take good care of this temporary home.

There is also a possibility that you have abused or misused your power to control people.  Therefore, you are given an “opportunity” to learn how it’s like to be controlled by tiny creatures like ticks.  If you apologize to the universe for this possibility and vow that you will never make the same mistake again, you might feel peace and harmony with the universe and with yourself.

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Lyme disease is a health challenge in America and Europe.  It may be one of the most fastest growing epidemics in the world.   According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, “There is considerable underreporting of Lyme disease…. The actual infection rate may be 1.8 million, 10 times higher than the 180,000 cases currently reported.”

The major reason for under reporting of Lyme disease is the difficulty in diagnosing the disease.  In addition to the spirochete, the saliva of the ticks carries several microbial organisms that cause “co-infections.”  

Most laboratories like to present themselves as having reliable tests for Lyme disease, when in fact they often miss the diagnosis by misinterpreting the results.  Whether the diagnosis is accurate or not, health professionals need to pay special attention to the symptoms experienced by their patients.  As described in the previous article, symptoms experienced by each individual may vary.  The most common symptoms include bulls-eye skin rash, fever, fatigue, mind fog, swollen lymph glands, depression, shifting aches and pain, crawling sensation under the skin, etc.  All these symptoms mimic yeast and parasitic infections, fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and many others.

The most common treatment is taking many courses of strong antibiotics with the hope that all the infections would be cleared up quickly.  Unfortunately, most symptoms become chronic and recurrent, because antibiotics actually destroy the immunity and create more perpetual health problems due to yeast overgrowth.

 

In the next article, I will discuss the holistic treatment for this encroaching epidemic of Lyme disease.  Stay tuned!

For consultation on holistic treatment for Lyme disease, yeast-free nutrition, herbal detox, hormonal imbalance, weight control, stress management, and spiritual counseling, please call us at (800) 715-3053, or (818) 472-2213, or send an e-mail to drj@drjsbest.com.  Consultation sessions over Skype or the telephone are available.  For more information, visit our website: www.drjsbest.com.

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What is Lyme Disease?

Lyme disease is caused by tick bites.  Deer ticks that carry Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria can spread the disease when they feed on the blood of animals and humans.  The size of ticks is usually likened to a poppy seed or sesame seed.

Lyme disease was named after a town called Lyme in Connecticut, because there were a number of cases reported in that town in 1975.

 

How do people get Lyme Disease?

Ticks that carry the disease thrive in heavily-wooded or grassy areas, including your backyard or the park.  If you live or spend time in those areas, there’s a higher likelihood you will get tick bites. 

Can you prevent Lyme Disease?

If you take commonsense precautions, you can reduce the likelihood of being bitten by infected ticks.  For example:  wear long socks, use insect-repellent, wear high boots, etc., when you are in a grassy or heavily-wooded environment.

What do I do if I find ticks on my skin?

Use a tweezer to carefully pull out the entire body of the tick.  Don’t use oil or cream to crush the tick body because that might cause the ticks to release the bacteria in your skin.

What are the symptoms of Lyme Disease?

The acute symptoms include bulls-eye skin rash, fever, fatigue, shifting aches and pain, depression, and swollen lymph glands which mimic many other diseases such as yeast and parasitic infections, fibromyalgia or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. In many cases, there are no acute but chronic symptoms.

In the next articles, I will discuss diagnosis and treatment for Lyme disease.  Stay tuned.

For consultation on holistic treatment for Lyme disease, yeast-free nutrition, herbal detox, hormonal imbalance, weight control, stress management, and spiritual counseling, please call us at (800) 715-3053, or (818) 472-2213, or send an e-mail to drj@drjsbest.com.  Consultation sessions over Skype or the telephone are available.  For more information, visit our website: www.drjsbest.com.

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