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On December 14, 1999, a lawsuit was filed in the Chester County Court of Common Pleas, alleging that SKB manufacturer of Lymerix, the Lyme vaccine, failed to warn doctors and the public at large that about 30% of the general public could possibly be predisposed to a degenerative autoimmune arthritis that can be triggered by the vaccine. According to the complaint, the autoimmune reaction, once triggered, is unstoppable, and the victim can only be treated for symptoms thereafter.
(This is a follow-up to My Story: How I was diagnosed with Lyme Disease)
I had certainly heard of Lyme disease before I was diagnosed with it. In fact, was tested for it 5 or 10 years ago, the test came back positive, and they put me on Doxycycline. (Surprise!)
There are several guys in my town that told me they see an alternative medicine doctor around 40 minutes away. After doing lots of research, and learning the “main stream” doctors prescribe Lyme patients LOTS of antibiotics (months at a time, sometimes by IV)... and after my initial experience with 3 months of Doxycycline, I decided I wanted to stay as far away from that as possible. The 3 weeks of Doxycycline made my body hemorrhage to the point where I almost threw up. It ruined my appetite. And I'm one of the lucky ones.
I was diagnosed with Lyme disease in July 2017. I’ve generally been a healthy person, or so I thought, I weighed around 180 pounds which isn’t bad for someone 6 feet tall. I have backyard chickens so that I have fresh, high quality eggs since 2015. I’ve been seeing a chiropractor for almost 2 years. Finally got my disk back into place in early 2016, for reference. So I thought I was doing great.
I'm sharing the following story, thoughts, and follow-up in the hopes that it can help someone else going through similar symptoms. I feel your pain, and know that there are solutions.
Treating 'Chronic' Lyme With Antibiotics Doesn't Work: Study (added 12/17/18)
Dr. Horowitz' Lyme Disease Questionnaire (self test)
Dr. Burrascano, a graduate of New York University School of Medicine, practiced Internal Medicine with a strong interest in Tick-borne diseases for over 20 years. During that period, he became known as one of the worlds leading experts on diagnosing and treating Lyme and associated tick-borne diseases. He wrote 16 editions of a Lyme Disease treatment guide, most recently published in 2008. Here is a link to download the PDF:
Lyme disease is a Multi-Systemic Disease caused by the bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi (Bb) which normally is a bacterial spirochete (spiral) shape. Lyme Disease Symptoms
General Early Lyme disease Symptoms & Signs :
The Erythema Migrans (EM) rash is only found in 50% of patients at the site of the bite. The classic bulls eye rash is a type of EM rash that has a central clearing and is found in about 9% of cases. Some patients have no rash at all. Other types of rashes anywhere on the body - signals disseminated disease. Fever & Flu like Symptoms/Illness.
Musculoskeletal: joint pain or swelling or stiffness, muscle pain, shin splints, neck or back stiffness, migrating muscle pain or cramps, TMJ, neck creaks & cracks, tender soles.
Reproductive: testicular pain/pelvic pain, menstrual irregularity, unexplained milk production (lactation), sexual dysfunction or loss of libido.
Cardiac/Pulmonary: Chest pain or rib soreness, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, pulse skips, slow pulse, heart block, heart murmur, valve prolapse.
Neurological: muscle twitching, headache, tingling, numbness, burning or stabbing sensations, facial paralysis (that looks like Bell’s palsy), dizziness, poor balance, increased motion sickness, light-headedness, wooziness, difficulty walking, tremor, confusion, difficulty thinking/concentrating/ reading, forgetfulness, poor short term memory, disorientation (getting lost, going to wrong place), difficulty with speech, double or blurry vision, eye pain, blindness, increased floaters, increased sensitivity to light or sound or smell, buzzing or ringing in ears, ear pain, decreased hearing or deafness, difficulty swallowing, seizure activity, white matter lesions, low blood pressure.
Neuropsychiatric: mood swings, irritability, depression, disturbed sleep (too much, too little, early awakening), personality changes, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), violent outbursts, paranoia, panic/anxiety attacks, hallucinations.
Gastrointestinal: Nausea or vomiting, difficulty eating, change in bowel function. Constipation, diarrhea, gastritis, abdominal cramping, irritable bladder or bladder dysfunction, cystitis.
Other: fever, sweats, or chills, weight change (loss or gain), fatigue, tiredness, hair loss, swollen glands, sore throat, difficulty swallowing, swelling around the eyes, & swelling in feet.
Lyme disease mimics other disorders, including:
Based on Dr. Burrascano’s guide (page 27), the following supplements may be helpful in treating (managing) Lyme disease:
Please be sure to read the guide in its entirety, as Dr. Burrascano goes into many details about how and why you should be taking each of these. Please note that while you can purchase these items from a standard grocery store, you may want to research higher-quality options.
Further Reading: Salt/C Plus Protocol
How to Properly Remove a Tick:
Improper removal of ticks greatly increases the risk of acquiring tick-borne infections. Squeezing the tick or putting substances on the tick to try to make it "back out" may aggravate it enough that it injects into you whatever disease organisms are inside it.
This diet (click to download PDF) is intended to "starve out" yeast (Candida), which is common with Lyme, as a yeast overgrowth is a known side-effect of taking antibiotics. I like to call it a diet for "healthy human beings" - as it would likely help with treating a variety of illnesses.
– Thomas Jefferson in the debate over the Re-charter of the Bank Bill (1809)