Dr. Kenneth Hoffman, DACM, L.Ac., Medical Director, SOPHIA Natural Health Center, gives his thoughts about Lyme Disease, and being aware of when you may have contracted it…
I have talked about this many times but living in such an endemic area, it is likely that you have had exposure to Lyme or know somebody who has. You might not think you have it because you don’t remember a bite. Now I’m not trying to create fear around this, but it is serious enough to take notice of and properly diagnose in cases where you may have odd or unusual conditions that nobody can find the root of.
Lyme disease can contribute to over 350 illnesses and is why it is known as “The Great Imitator”. Along with the classic joint pains, it can mimic diseases like MS, Dementia, and Fibromyalgia. Lyme disease can cause mania, OCD, schizophrenia, depression, anxiety. It can affect the heart by causing symptoms such as arrhythmias, heart failure and atrial fibrillation. Borrelia can cause Parkinsonism and is present in 90% of chronic fatigue patients.
Also, you may not know that Lyme is now known to spread not only from ticks, fleas and mosquitoes. New evidence shows it can spread through blood, saliva, sexual intercourse, breast feeding and unpasteurized milk. But you may never feel the bite of a tick because these nasty buggers have an anesthesia in their mouth that numbs that spot they bite so you can’t feel it.
Most doctors know very little about what to do or how to test. Peer-reviewed journal studies show that the most common blood tests are wrong about 2/3rds of the time.
There is hope and it will only come from specialized doctors in the know. First, there are only a handful of testing labs that can accurately detect Lyme and its dozens of co-infections. Second, an antibiotic protocol is only partially effective due to the fact that the Lyme spirochete knows how to hide and protect itself (yes, you heard me right). Studies done in the U.S. and Ecuador proves that a very specific protocol of integrative natural medicine can kill this disease. And from my experience, you have to repair the damage it does to the body by supporting other systems as well.
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