This hub does NOT GUARANTEE anyone a cure to lyme disease. (Assume I use the word “supposedly” in about every treatment-related sentence.) I am NOT a doctor. I AM a fellow lyme sufferer who has decided to collect various potential treatments, officially sanctioned and experimental, professionally published and word-of-mouth, into a comprehensive volume for others to use as a RESEARCH TOOL. These treatments, whether alone, combined, supplemented, etc., should be carried out at a doctor’s discretion.
~About Lyme Disease~
If you’ve opened this page, you probably already know that lyme is an emerging infectious disease caused by tick-borne bacteria. Specifically, it is carried by deer ticks, who sometimes leave a bullseye rash when they bite. Lyme disease can cause a range of unpleasant symptoms in various parts of the body, all depending on the person.
If you’ve opened this page, you probably want to know about treatment options (possibly because you have a doctor who doesn’t believe in chronic lyme). Well, before we start, I’ll just briefly say that heat and oxygen are supposed to fight lyme bacteria. That’s all I’ll say on that subject, as I am not qualified to give a lecture in microbiology. So, this is what’s out there…
~Part I: Direct Treatments~
Use for short periods of time; take breaks; supplement with other treatments. These can be Pharmaceutical or Non-Pharmaceutical, IV or oral or regular injections.
So far, there have been no clinical trials concerning bee venom. It does, however, contain melittin, which should inhibit lyme bacteria.
Tests indicate that this kills lyme bacteria, but it has yet to prove safe for human use.
This treatment, also known as “shake-and-bake” is definitely one of the less public, being controversial and still in the experimental stages. Naturally, it is also expensive. The point of this treatment is to heat up the body from the inside out.
This is a direct way to heat up the blood and increase oxygen flow. Plus it builds strong muscles. You may want to go with gentle, low-impact exercise, such as yoga or water exercise, especially as you start out.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber (HBO)
This is more expensive than most treatments and pretty uncomfortable as it floods the body with oxygen to kill the bacteria.
This is very difficult to describe in a tiny space… I’ll just say that homeopathic remedies deal with disruptions to a person’s life force, including disease. Very Zen.
Intracellular Hyperthermia Therapy (ICHT)
This treatment, which some scientists in Italy were experimenting with, heats cells from the inside out. It was proven dangerous and outlawed. Do NOT do this. I’m just letting you know it’s out there.
Another one I do NOT recommend. Some lyme sufferers who have contracted malaria have, however, reported some relief from lyme. They just have the malaria to deal with now…
This combination of treatments boosts the immune system and destroys intracellular bacteria.
This kills microorganisms and alleviates various diseases at different electromagnetic frequencies.
Most people don’t get enough salt or vitamin C in their diets, and this treatment protocol helps correct that, fighting bacteria in the process. NOTE: STAY HYDRATED.
These molecules transfer immune memory between immune systems.
~Part II: Supportive Treatments~
You sometimes have to treat the symptoms separately.
This helps the flow of both blood and Qi.
Chiropractors can loosen the trapezius muscles, which are often tense with lyme patients, to relieve headaches.
It reduces fatty acids in the blood.
It generates energy.
This boosts the immune system.
Eating well and drinking enough water helps most diseases, as well as general lifestyle.
Whether Essential Oils, Supplements, or in other forms, herbs are time-honored treatments for what ails you. Some, such as Cat’s Claw, are supposed to target the bugs directly while others help ease the symptoms.
This mineral protects the brain.
This fruit is nutritious and full of antioxidants.
This starves bacteria and treats infection.
Doctors can prescribe drugs to treat symptoms, like depression and anxiety.
Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Techniques (NAET)
This balances the body’s energies and builds a resistance to harmful substances.
Psychiatry and Psychology
Both of these can help in the fight against anxiety, among other things.
~Part III: Detoxification~
This prevents the herx reaction (officially known as the “Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction”).
These pull pollutants out of the bloodstream from different parts of the body, depending on where it is positioned. (These are the points acupuncturists use.)
Drink more water. Go to a sauna. Some people use ozone saunas.
I think you can figure this one out.
Talk to a doctor about supplements that can get rid of some of those spare toxins.
1. Word of Mouth
2. “The Top 10 Lyme Disease Treatments” by Bryan Rosner, edited by Julie Byers, James Schaller, and Michael Huckleberry
3. “When Antibiotics Fail: Lyme Disease and Rife Machines With Critical Evaluations of Leading Alternative Therapies” by Bryan Rosner, edited by Michael Huckleberry, M.A., and Karin Driesen
4. American Lyme Disease Foundation – http://www.aldf.com/
5. Quackwatch – http://www.quackwatch.com/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/lyme.html