Whether you have already been diagnosed with Lyme disease or suspect you may have Lyme disease, you quickly find out that the whole topic is controversial from testing to treatment.
What is Lyme disease?
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Lyme disease is caused by the bite of a tick carrying Borrelia burgdorferi. B. burgdorferi is a tick-borne bacterial spirochete. While a spirochete is a bacterium, research has shown that B. burgdorferi does not share factors common to many bacterial pathogens. This is why antibiotic therapies are not a cure for chronic Lyme-disease.
Is there such a thing a Chronic Lyme disease?
Chronic Lyme disease (CLD) is considered extremely controversial. Patients who are finally diagnosed with CLD are often very discouraged, to say the least, with the medical community. It often times takes years for a diagnosis and that is if they run across a “Lyme-literate” doctor. With Goggle at our literal fingertips, more people are being diagnosed and treated. However, the controversy keeps escalating. Many traditional doctors do not “believe” in CLD. And, if they do, they frown upon long-term antibiotic therapy…and here I agree.
ICD-10 diagnostic identifiers include Arthritis due to Lyme, Meningitis due to Lyme, Myocarditist due to Lyme, Polyneuropathy due to Lyme and Other conditions due to Lyme. So, knowing that spirochete populations can cause nerve damage in the body, the questions that begs to be asked is, “Can Lyme cause brain issues?” The simple answer is, yes. Current research suggest links between Lyme disease and Parkinson’s, MS, Autism, and Dementia. There is more research concerning the link between psychiatric manifestations and Lyme disease.
Is the Western Blot test a valid form of testing?
Yes and no. There are too many false negatives. Therefore, this should not be considered the only marker of whether someone has Lyme disease. Even with adding the C6 peptide ELISA with the two-tiered Western blot, the sensitivity for identifying Lyme only slightly improves.
What are the best tests for Lyme disease?
The DNA Connexions test identifies co-infections common to Lyme disease. These co-infections (each is a clickable link to learn more) include Anaplasmosis phagocytophilium, Borrelia burgdorferi, Babesia divergens, Bartonella bacilliformis, Ehrlichiosis, Borrelia recurrentis, Borrelia miyamotoi, Babesia duncani, Bartonella henselae, Babesia microti, and Bartonella Quintana.
MacTech Imaging picks up where the DNA Connexions test leaves off by giving us an idea of the overall microbial load. Each saliva sample is scanned for spirochetes and then given a graded score. Here are some examples of HD video imaging. 1) Extreme infection in a Multiple Sclerosis patient. 2) High burden of spirochetes. 3) High burden of spirochetes (very active) 4) Diverse population low motility 5) Low burden of spirochetes. 6) No infection.
So, these two unique tests done together give us a clear picture of what co-infections we are dealing with and the overall load of the infection. This allows us to move forward with treatment with confidence. And then following treatment, post-treatment analysis allows us to know when a patient is clear! Yes clear!
Do antibiotics kill Lyme disease?
In acute cases or taken prophylactically soon after a bite, antibiotics can be helpful. But Dr Dane recommends follow up testing with DNA Connexions and MacTech Imaging. Not everyone bitten by a tick is going to develop Lyme disease. However, it is becoming more broadly accepted that increased numbers of patient experience treatment failure and wind up with long-term, debilitating symptoms, including pain, fatigue, cognitive dysfunction and other symptoms. This is why extra testing is worth doing.
Long-term antibiotic therapy for treating CLD has negative long-term effects on the immune system and on the venous system if antibiotics are given intravenously. But the main negative that there is no end point, no “we beat it!” moment. Even “Lyme-literate” doctors will tell you it helps to manage symptoms but does not eliminate the disease. Long-term antibiotic regimens help manage symptoms but to not eradicate the body of spirochetes.
It may cause a lower microbial load in CLD or put the infection into a dormant state. This will, of course, result in “feeling better.” But the problem is, as soon as the antibiotics are stopped, the infection rears its ugly head and symptoms return quickly. Herbals do much of the same and basically put the infection into hiding. The spirochetes go into a cystic formation and cover up with biofilm.
Spirochetes associated with CLD has great anatomical advantage. The way they are built makes them easily live in viscous areas of the body, like the mouth. But what makes them even harder to treat is the role of biofilm aggregates during development of Lyme disease making them particularly antibiotic tolerant.
Do herbal tinctures kill Lyme disease?
For much of the same reasoning as above, herbals do not eradicate the body of a spirochete infection.
Is there an effective treatment for Lyme disease?
Dr. Darcy Dane, in Raleigh, NC, was introduced to a new treatment for Lyme disease in 2017. It was not an antibiotic, nor was it an herbal remedy. It was a mineral compound produced by proprietary means into a liquid form that could be turned into a gaseous state and nebulized. The product essentially acts as a fumigator and blasts the body with a blend of minerals that kills the spirochetes and improves immune function. Very skeptical at first, she tracked 8 patients over the course of a year that she had treated for the neurological effects of Lyme disease. Much to her amazement, testing of 7 of those patients were clear of Lyme disease 15 months later. Negative blood, negative urine, negative saliva. Symptom relief varied from completely gone to 50% better. There are some effects of CLD that cannot be reversed.
What is this product? The product is called Lyme-N and like everything else Lyme…it is controversial. But this is the only treatment, the ONLY treatment, Dr. Dane has seen eradicate the spirochetes associated with CLD.