Lyme Disease - Borreliosis

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Lyme Disease, Lyme Biotoxins And Lyme Coinfections

Borrelia burgdorferi is the spirochete that causes Lyme Disease,  though there are other organisms that can transfer it too. Borrelia creates biotoxins  that have similar reactions in the body as do mycotoxins. Some people react more strongly to these biotoxins, or have a continued problem with them, due to poor removal of the biotoxins, even after the Borrelia spirochete has been removed from the body. Borrelia can additionally  hide out in different forms, making it hard to test for it, and making it harder to kill it, or know if you killed it. This means it may be hard sometimes to know if you are dealing with the Lyme infection, or just the left over biotoxins. There are additionally coinfections of other types of pathogens such as Babesiosis (Babesia microti) that can be transmitted by ticks at the same time they transmit the Borrelia.  Therefore, coinfections need to be ruled out too. When there seems to be no sign of actual living Borrelia, coinfections are ruled out, or treated, but the person still continues to have symptoms of toxicity, that is the time to consider that Borrelia may be hiding in a biofilm, or the person may be reacting to biotoxins lingering in the body from the Borrelia, co-infections, or from other types of biotoxins such as from a water-damaged building.

It turns out that some people have trouble with their antigen presenting system that is part of the immune system. It's expression is known to be turned down by some viruses such as human herpes virus 6 and cytomegalovirus. We also know that trauma turns it's expression down by the genes. There are surely other things that affect it. This can decrease the immunes systems ability to deal with toxins such as made by the Borrelia spirochete. These people will not get well as easily if their antigen presenting system has been turned down. They are less able to remove toxins.

The Borrelia biotoxins can be attended to in somewhat similar manner as mycotoxins are. You can use the mycotoxin treatment found on this website to give you ideas of removing these biotoxins from the body and supporting the bodies biotransformation system. Please also read the books by Stephen Buhner that are listed below as well as the free article listed. Stephen Buhner's books will be invaluable to you.

Articles On Lyme Disease

I would suggest you read this wonderful article. It is an older article but still gives you some great, basic understanding about Lyme.

Lyme Disease, Potential Plague of the 21st Century
by Professor Robert W. Bradford and Henry W. Allen

This is a great website on Lymes Disease.

Additionally, you should check out this website:

Also, a new research study on chronic lymes. Although, they use antibiotics in this study, the underlying data is useful to even those who use natural treatments.

Abstract: Although most patients with Lyme disease can be cured with a 2-4 week antibiotic therapy, about 10-20% of patients continue to suffer prolonged persistent symptoms, a condition called post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome (PTLDS). The cause for PTLDS is unclear and hotly debated. B. burgdorferi develops morphological variants under stress conditions but their significance is not clear. Here we isolated the biofilm-like microcolony (MC) and planktonic (spirochetal form and round body) (SP) variant forms from the stationary phase culture and showed that the MC and SP were not only more tolerant to the current Lyme antibiotics but also caused more severe arthritis in mice than the log phase spirochete form (LOG). We propose to divide the persistent Lyme disease into two categories: (1) early development of persistent disease from inoculation with persister/biofilm at the beginning of infection introduced by tick bites, or Type I persistent disease (i.e., PTLDS); and (2) late development of persistent disease due to initial infection not being diagnosed or treated in time such that the infection develops into late persistent disease, or Type II persistent disease. Importantly, we show that the murine infection caused by LOG could be eradicated by ceftriaxone whereas the persistent infection established with MC could not be eradicated by doxycycline (Doxy), ceftriaxone (CefT), or vancomycin (Van), or Doxy+CefT or Van+CefT, but could only be eradicated by the persister drug combination daptomycin+doxycycline+ceftriaxone. Our studies demonstrate that varying levels of persistence and pathologies of Borrelia infection can be established with heterogeneous inocula with different morphologies and have different treatment responses. These observations may have broad implications for understanding pathogenesis and treatment of not only persistent Lyme disease but also other persistent infections in general and call for studies to evaluate if treatment of persistent infections with persister drug combination regimens is more effective than the current mostly single-antibiotic monotherapy.

For people who have "chronic lyme disease" consider that it may be a reaction to biotoxins left in the body. Our cells sequester toxins and it appears that as with other toxins this happens perhaps from Borrelia and/or coinfection toxins.  Therefore it would be beneficial to use products during initial treatment and for "chronic lyme" cases to assist in removing these toxins. Indeed some people are hellped by the use of thiol chelators such as glutathione and NAC in conjunction with binding agents. The thiols are used to pull many toxins out of cells and the binders are used to bind toxins that are moved into the bile and dumped into the intestinal tract where the binder can bind the bile and/or toxin and remove it in the feces. One study looked at the use of cholestyramine used as a binding agent in conjunction with an antibitoic to treat Borrelia and Babesia coinfection and you can find it here.

Everything You Want To Know About Ticks

If you want to know more about ticks, and how they transmit disease, as well as what to do if bitten, check out this tick article at the Tisserand Institute.

A Great Lyme Disease Website

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Healing Lyme by Stephen Harrod Buhner

I would also suggest you read the book Healing Lyme by Stephen Harrod Buhner to learn about Lyme Borreliosis. Everything you need to know about it is found in this book. You will also notice that his protocols for Lyme Borreliosis are similar to a lot of protocols I use for people with mold sensitivity. This is because a person with chronic Lyme or a person that has been treated appropriately for acute Lyme, and other co-existiing disease process can still be reacting to the biotoxins that Borrelia can leave in the body. So if the person is reacting to the Borrelia biotoxin due to current, or past infection, treatment which includes removing the biotoxin, treating the inflammation, and supporting the bodies healing will indeed have similarities.

Lyme Coinfections by Stephen Harrod Buhner

Additionally, check out his book Lyme Coinfecctions. Often ticks have multiple pathogens that they can transmitt and people can have more than just Lymes from a tick bite. This book covers some of the more common coinfections that may appear with Lyme Borreliosis. The links I provide for Amazon's products on this site allow me to get a small percent of any qualifying purchases. Therefore if you actually purchase any of these books from these links, you will be supporting this site also.




This transcriptomics testing changes the game for those with Post-Lyme Syndrome.

Learn more about this testing here.


Lyme And CIRS Due To Water-Damage Building (mold reactions) Together

What do you treat first when you have both? If you recently acquired Lyme Dz, and are treating it with antibiotics, it would be good to go ahead with it first. However, with Chronic Lyme, many practitioners have found it is best to treat for the mold issues first. Mycotoxins can lower the immune system and make you susceptible to many different bacteria, and viruses. The body is able to handle many pathogens when the immune system is working correctly. Some practitioners find when they treat for mold, the Lyme is no longer an issue. Additionally, some patients that are thought to have Chronic Lyme, might actually just have a mold reaction. They look similar and if your testing is not spot on which it often is not with Lyme, it may not be Lyme. A physician should always make this call as to which is the most important to treat first though. Every case has different factors involved.


Lyme And Morgellons

We now know that the mysterious disease called Morgellons is caused by Borrelia also. Please see the details on this here.

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