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Lyme disease - part I - history, homeopathic and herbal protocals
Lyme disease Part I
Lyme disease has become a national and world wide epidemic and has been associated with fibromyalgia, joint pain, MS, chronic fatigue syndrome, anxiety and depression, dementia, and certain forms of arthritis. It is a complex disease and has developed within a field of socio-cultural (syphilis in the fifteenth century), economic, and environmental circumstances (destroying natural predators). It can wreck havoc on every system of the body. (Twenty years ago I read that it is one form of arthritis that could be cured with antibiotics, if the antibiotics are taken immediately after a tick bite.) Although there is a Lyme vaccine for animals, there is not yet a vaccine for humans. (I have heard that some humans request the vaccine from their vets.) The goals of Lyme disease treatment should be the elimination of the pathogens called Borrelia Burgdorferi which produce the toxins that actually cause the damage to the specific system in which it makes its home, boosting the immune system and with the help of an alkaline diet making the body less hospitable to the tick, supporting the affected systems, and providing relief from the symptoms (with heat, herbal teas, and massage).
Some Facts about Borrelia Burgdorferi
Borrelia spirochetes have been around for millions of years. Relatively recently, they have accelerated their mutation rate and are now found in humans and domestic animals. This may be related to environmental stress. Borrelia burgdorferi is related to the syphilis spirochete.
The cell walls, that carry their own genes, are capable of passing on to the bacteria information about the immune defenses of their various hosts, man or animal, as well as information regarding resistance to antibiotics.
They are difficult to study because they cannot be sufficiently duplicated in a laboratory.
The surface proteins of Borrelia (a slimy coating) are constantly changing, protecting them from the lymphocytes of the immune system.
Because of this coating, antibodies and phagocytes cannot recognize the Borrelia as alien.
Instead of having 3 genes as in normal bacteria, Borrelia has 150 genes. So many genes allows the Borrelia to change their appearance and antigens, immediately and constantly, in order to adjust to different environments such as temperature change, ph variations and, in fact, the entire environment inside the host.
Depending on the condition of their environment, Borrelia can change form. From their normal spiral spirochete from, they can cast off their cell wall and take on a globular form. Thus, antibiotics that attack cell walls are useless.
When polluted by antibiotics, they can encapsulate and go into dormancy in minutes. They can remain dormant for as long as 10 months.
As long as Borrelia are metabolically inactive, antibiotics have no effect on them. The patient may believe he is cured until the symptoms return.
Borrelia can attach to the cell walls of the host (scar tissue cells) and cause the cell to release its own digestive enzymes. This eats a hole in the cell wall by which the spirochete enters the cell, kills
the nucleus and wears the cell wall as a disguise, evading recognition by the immune cells. They are a real Trojan Horse.
Borrelia can imitate the hosts own body cells and fool the defensive reaction of the body. If the immune system recognizes them as intruders, it will attack not only the spirochetes but the body’s own similar cells be it the Myelin sheath of the nerves (M.S.) or the cartilage cells of the joints (autoimmune disease, Lupus).
Simply by excreting metabolic waste products, Borrelia can manipulate and change the whole personality.
Spirochetes need nourishment and they must get this from their host. To do this they use their host’s immune responses to both spread through the body and get the food they need by breaking down their host’s collagenous tissue and extracting its nutrients. They can affect any part of the body that possesses collagen tissue. Their favorite feeding places being the skin, central nervous system, the brain (neurological symptoms) and joints, especially the knees. They are also, when necessary, able to find niches in which to hide from their host’s immune response. An enhanced immune system at the beginning of infection, through the use of herbs
Deer are not the real culprit in the transmission of this disease. Deer ticks actually become infected with the Lyme virus/ bacteria after feeding on virus infected white-footed mice, who actually carry the Lyme virus. White-footed mice are active all year round. It is deer that transport the infected tick from property to property. White footed mice may not have been such a problem in the past because of predators like red fox, various wild cats, and snakes but as we encroach on their habitat and drive down their numbers the white footed mice population increases dramatically. This was similar to what helped spread the Bubonic plague. In the fourteenth and fifteenth century, ordinary cats were greatly feared and killed by the thousands. As their numbers decreased the rat population increased by the thousands and greatly helped the rat population flourish and spread the great plague.
Being a gardener and hiker for many years I am a fanatic about protecting myself from tick bites. Lyme ticks love compost piles and are often hidden in leafy mulch and shady areas of property, generally anywhere white footed mice like to hang out and this is probably where I am most vulnerable. I have been spraying my clothes with a Deet product (but am about to change to Pyrethrum which is made from chrysanthemums and less toxic), and the exposed areas of my body (scalp, face, and hands) with Liquid Net: The Ultimate Insect Repellent, and Quantum’s Natural Herbal Tick Spray. I wear light colored clothes (in order to see ticks) and tall gardening boots. I check my body often and have an antibiotic available if I suspect a tick bite. I do not wait for test results, which I do not trust anyway. An herbalist recommended to me that if I find a tick embedded in my skin that twice a day I apply Clove essential oil on the whole bite area until the bite and redness disappear. The Clove oil will penetrate the skin and will kill the bacteria and virus. Because some people are allergic to antibiotic it is extremely important to find other approaches to healing.
I learn something new every day since I’ve begun researching Lyme disease. By speaking to doctors, herbalists and people with Lyme disease I have discovered a wide variety of approaches to healing. The herbalists, Susan Weed, Matthew Wood and Wolf Storl, all recommend the healing plant called Teasel, a so-called invasive weed. Teasel (root) can be taken as a tea, a tincture, or a powder. It can be ordered online. A standard dose does not exist but must be tailored to the type of person, size, age weight, sensitivity. I would find a Lyme specialist who I trust.
Homeopathy is another approach to the prevention and treatment of Lyme disease. A few suggestions are as follows:
- Astragalus herb, all year – 1,000mg daily
For prevention at the beginning of the tick season.
- Homeopathic borrelia nosode – 30c, 3x daily for three days
- Andrographis (400 mg) 1 capsule 3x daily throughout the season.
Cat’s claw (500mg) – 2 capsules 3x daily through the season. *Do not use cat’s claw if you take insulin for diabetes or are pregnant or nursing.
At the first sign of bull’s eye rash or embedded tick.
For rash, homeopathic apis 30c, 3x a day for 3 days
- For tick bite, homeopathic ledum 1M: 3x daily for three days
- Eleuthero tincture: 1 tsp 3x daily for 30-60 days
As with any medication, always take precautions with the herbs that you use, especially if you have any kind of medical condition .