Lyme disease is a bacterial infection, with Borrelia Burgdorferi cited as the main agent. However, There are five subspecies of this bacteria, over 100 strains of the bacteria in the United States, and at least 300 different strains worldwide. In addition, there are multiple agents referred to as co-infections that are often found together with Lyme disease.
A recently published LDo survey of over 3,000 patients with chronic Lyme disease found that over 50% had co-infections, with 30% reporting two or more co-infections. The most common co-infections were Babesia (32%), Bartonella (28%), Ehrlichia (15%), Mycoplasma (15%), Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (6%), Anaplasma (5%), and Tularemia (1%).
According to the CDC, Lyme Disease is the fastest growing vector-borne infectious disease in the United States, with over 300,000 new cases reported every year. It is also the most common bacterial vector transmitted disease in the world. Given that most doctors don’t test for it, and when they do they use unreliable methods, the numbers are actually much higher than reported.
Research has focused on ticks as the vector responsible for the transmission of Lyme to humans. However, live Borrelia spirochetes have been recovered from mosquitoes, fleas, and mites. This means that bites from these insects can also cause Lyme. Given the high rate of Lyme, it is VERY unlikely that ticks are the only insects that spread Lyme.
The bacteria has also been found in semen, urine, blood, spinal fluid, and breast milk of mothers with Lyme. There has been documentation of the transfer of Lyme from mother to fetus, so that unborn children can be infected if their mother has Lyme.
The diagnosis of Lyme has been a problem for many years. The Western Blot is highly inaccurate, perhaps 30% or so. Genetic testing (PCR) is unreliable and has been criticized for the methods used in the testing. Antibody testing is also unreliable, as it depends on an immune system that is capable of recognizing and responding to the Lyme infection. In many people, the immune system is not able to produce antibodies due to the infection and its suppression of the immune system.
The best test is the CD57 count. CD57 is a type of white blood cell that is part of the immune system that attacks infections. Lyme attacks and kills these cells. To date, the only two factors that are known to reduce the CD57 count are Lyme and AIDS.
There are two schools of thought about what the CD57 count should be. One group states that anything 60 or below is positive, the other states that any count of 100 or below is positive for Lyme. Like all tests, there can be some false results, and serial testing is sometimes needed. The test results always have to be correlated with the persons symptoms.
History is often not helpful. Most people do not have a circular rash, and many have few to no symptoms at the time of the bite. Symptoms can be unpredictable and highly variable, as Lyme can attack any organ and produce almost any symptom. This depends on what the “weak link” of the person is. For instance, if the lungs are the weakest organ, they will probably be effected first. The time of onset of symptoms can also be highly variable, sometimes taking years to manifest itself.
For this reason, if there are symptoms that “don’t make sense”, or nothing else can be found to explain them, taking a CD57 count is always advised.
Treatment depends on the time of infection. If caught early, antibiotics are the best option and are usually successful. There are many protocols, suggesting everything from a single dose of an antibiotic to 30 days of continuous antibiotic use.
If the disease is chronic, antibiotics are of no use. Not only are they ineffective, but they also cause severe side effects. Some of the sickest patients are those who have been on antibiotics for long periods of time. The failure of antibiotics in chronic cases is due to the ability of Lyme to change form and create defenses that protect it from attack. In addition, antibiotics aren’t able to eliminate all of the co-infections and toxins.
There are no “protocols” for Lyme that are effective. Rather, a combination of therapies must be used. The treatment begins with kinesiology testing, which can determine what needs to be treated, and what can be used for the treatment. Everyone is different, and simply throwing some agent at a person for treatment is nothing more than guessing.
In addition to the co-infections listed above, parasites, fungal, viral, other bacterial and toxic agents must be addressed and eliminated. The body has its own priorities for healing, and testing determines what issue can be dealt with first. Failure to follow this results in slower progress, or no progress at all. This testing is then repeated every month, and the program is changed based on the results.
The following therapies are the ones used to develop a treatment program:
LDI (Low Dose Infection Therapy): This is an immune system approach based on LDA (Low Dose Antigen Therapy). It is highly effective at improving symptoms once the proper dose is found. It works quickly, with results usually seen the same day.
PEMF (Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy): This has both immune enhancing effects and anti-infective effects. The agents found on testing can be used in the treatment for better results.
HBOT (Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy): HBOT does three very important things: it helps kill infections, it helps with detox, and it heals damage to tissues. Since Lyme and other agents do physical damage to the body, this helps reverse that damage and accelerates healing.
Neurotransmitter Therapy: This approach uses specific amino acids to normalize glutathione levels, which is the main detox and antioxidant agent in the body. Using glutathione or its precursors by itself, whether intravenous or oral, will deplete the neurotransmitters and result in severe problems and should not be used. Amino acid precursors for dopamine and serotonin must also be used, so that both glutathione and neurotransmitters are supported This approach corrects the brain chemistry, which in turn regulates almost everything else in the body, including immune function and inflammation.
Vitamin C, Hydrogen Peroxide, and Ozone: These agents are very effective at killing infections, as well as improving antioxidant action.
Ionized Oxygen: This has several benefits, with the most important probably being the repair of and increase in mitochondria function. The mitochondria are the energy factories of the body, and are critical to the function of every part of the body.
Supplements: These are determined by testing, and includes agents that kill bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi. In addition, detox and immune supporting agents must be tested, as well as nutrients that are required for normal metabolism.
Even with optimal therapy, Lyme can be a tough infection to clear. Many people will take a year or more, although symptoms can usually be improved more rapidly. CD57 testing is done periodically, depending on each persons response. With patience and persistence, Lyme can be controlled and even possibly reversed.