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Lyme Treatments

Updated on July 24, 2009
deer tick from http://bioweb.uwlax.edu/
deer tick from http://bioweb.uwlax.edu/

~Disclaimer~

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.

bullseye rash from stoplyme.com
bullseye rash from stoplyme.com

~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…

~Controversy~

~Part I: Direct Treatments~

Antibiotics

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.

Bee Venom

So far, there have been no clinical trials concerning bee venom. It does, however, contain melittin, which should inhibit lyme bacteria.

Colloidal Silver

Tests indicate that this kills lyme bacteria, but it has yet to prove safe for human use.

Endotoxin-Induced-Hyperthermia

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.

Exercise

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.

Homeopathic Remedies

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.

Malaria

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…

Marshall Protocol

This combination of treatments boosts the immune system and destroys intracellular bacteria.

Rife Machine

This kills microorganisms and alleviates various diseases at different electromagnetic frequencies.

Salt/Vitamin C

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.

Transfer Factor

These molecules transfer immune memory between immune systems.

~Part II: Supportive Treatments~

You sometimes have to treat the symptoms separately.

Acupuncture

This helps the flow of both blood and Qi.

Chiropractics

Chiropractors can loosen the trapezius muscles, which are often tense with lyme patients, to relieve headaches.

Cholestyramine

It reduces fatty acids in the blood.

Coenzyme Q10

It generates energy.

Colostrum

This boosts the immune system.

Diet

Eating well and drinking enough water helps most diseases, as well as general lifestyle.

Herbs

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.

Lithium Ororate

This mineral protects the brain.

Mangosteen

This fruit is nutritious and full of antioxidants.

Magnesium

This starves bacteria and treats infection.

Medicine

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”).

Foot Patches

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.)

Water/Steam

Drink more water. Go to a sauna. Some people use ozone saunas.

Movement/Exercise

I think you can figure this one out.

Supplements

Talk to a doctor about supplements that can get rid of some of those spare toxins.

~My Sources~

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

~Lyme in the News~

~Chronic Lyme~

Most doctors agree lyme disease exists. But what about chronic lyme? Do you think it's real?

See results

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    • Lita C. Malicdem profile image

      Lita C. Malicdem 7 years ago from Philippines

      This is my first time to know about this lyme disease that is tick-borne. So it seems that we should always be on the alert for the bites that appear on our skin so that proper treatment could be applied. Thanks for sharing this new information for me.

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      moonlake 8 years ago from America

      I have been watching a spot on my arm something bite me and I was thinking tick but we have deer flies right now and those things can really bite so very likely that's what I have. If it didn't look better by tomorrow I'm going to see a doctor. Good Hub.

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