Reducing exposure to ticks is often the best defense against Lyme disease. However, when that defense fails, there are a myriad of treatments available.*
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), “People treated with appropriate antibiotics in the early stages of Lyme disease usually recover rapidly and completely. Antibiotics commonly used for oral treatment include doxycycline, amoxicillin, or cefuroxime axetil. People with certain neurological or cardiac forms of illness may require intravenous treatment with antibiotics such as ceftriaxone or penicillin.”
The CDC also says, “These regimens are guidelines only and may need to be adjusted depending on a person’s age, medical history, underlying health conditions, pregnancy status, or allergies.”
Roughly 300,000 people have been diagnosed with Lyme disease each year in the United States alone, reports the CDC. While ticks exist in half of all U.S. counties, Lyme disease cases are concentrated in the Northeast and upper Midwest, with 14 states accounting for over 96 percent of cases reported to CDC.
While 80-90 percent of reported cases are considered resolved with the treatment of antibiotics, 10-20 percent of patients go on to develop the chronic form (sometimes called post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome), which is a persistent and sometimes devastating illness that can harm any organ of the body, including the brain and the nervous system.
So what are some of the alternative treatments when conventional treatments fail?
According to the Lifestyle Healing Institute in Florida, it’s not just Lyme disease that must be treated. It’s whole systems and symptoms. They say of their treatment:
After Brain Chemistry and nutritional deficiencies are optimized through our all natural intravenous therapy (amino acids, vitamins and minerals), we harness the true power of your immune system. If your brain experiences the continuous onslaught of toxins, symptoms manifest into neurodegenerative diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis. Please understand – with Lyme – much of the healing occurs through your body’s innate ability to rebalance itself; we merely provide a scientific jump-start to help facilitate the process in a safe and effective manner without the use of any prescription medications.
PEMF therapy has been highly regarded as a safe and non-invasive way to reduce symptoms for numerous diseases and conditions, including damage from Lyme Disease.
The stimulation is initiated by the electromagnetic waves that pass through the body. Passing through the body, these electromagnetic waves flow down to the cellular level, and this is where the REAL change begins.
A recent study published in the European Journal of Microbiology and Immunology revealed that stevia, a sweetener and sugar substitute, has been found to terminate late state or chronic Lyme disease.
The study, conducted by researchers from the Department of Biology and Environmental Science at the University of New Haven in West Haven, Connecticut, found that stevia whole leaf extract, as an individual agent, was an effective treatment against all known morphological forms of B. burgdorferi.
While the studies have been done in vitro (in a petri dish), live studies have begun too, which hopefully means we will soon have another alternative treatment of the disease.
Support for Those with Lyme Disease
Many support groups are available for those who suffer from Lyme disease. Some are located in hospitals, such as the one in Fauquier hospital in Warrenton, VA. The National Capital Lyme Disease Association hosts support groups throughout the D.C. Metro area.
Lyme disease can be fatal, and it’s essential that as a community, we learn to recognize the symptoms and advocate for testing and, if necessary, early treatment. This is especially true among our seniors whose immune systems are not as strong as they once were. Please stay healthy, and if you are in need of a local Lyme’s support group, I suggest the one that meets monthly on the third Thursday at 7 p.m. at Fauquier Hospital.
Until next time,
Barbara Stohlman – Owner
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*This blog is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to serve as a means to diagnose a disease or condition or be used as medical advice. This blog is not meant to serve as an endorsement of the treatments, agencies, centers or organizations cited. Diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease or any other medical condition should be discussed with a trained, certified, licensed medical professional.