Do you feel tired all the time?
Does your body show signs of all sorts of mysterious infections?
Is your doctor confused about your health complaints?
Are you finding it difficult to get a diagnosis?
You may be one of the many people who now have Lyme disease.
Most healthcare professionals do not, however, consider this and, to be fair, it is hard to diagnose. However, the Australian Government at the moment does not consider the country to have a problem with Lyme disease, which I believe is incorrect.
Lyme disease is caused by a spirochete in the blood and tissue called Borrelia. While it can be listed as a bacteria, it is an odd spiral shape that can burrow into cells.
There are three main distributions in America (borrelia mayonii and borrelia burdorgeri), Europe and Asia (borrelia afzelii and borrelia garinni).
Lyme disease is spread by ticks that can attach to your skin and remain there until the infection is transmitted.
There is no recorded human to human transmission. There is a myth that people really contract it in rural areas, particularly in the bush, but the ticks can even be carried by parrots so infection can occur in highly populated areas and cities.
In the early days of infection, it can be difficult and certainly expensive to detect but as it progresses the spirochetes can be seen in the blood.
What is more prominent, however, in long-term cases is the sheer volume of multiple infections detectable in the blood under a dark field microscope during live blood analysis.
What allopathic medicine tends to do is throw a whole host of various antibiotics at Lyme disease and hope for the best.
Indeed, people can move through many strains of antibiotics for 10 or more years and get no or little relief.
This approach, however, severely destroys the microbiota in the gut (balance of bacteria) and without a healthy gut, you will not get better as the gut is a large part of the immune system.
As the disease progresses, mental health issues can become a problem such as exhaustion, depression and anxiety.
Also, what happens is that patients can tend to become medical shoppers, going from practitioner to practitioner seeking a magic pill and become more and more delusional and disappointed as that approach fails, to point of simple giving up.
When people become too ill to work, because of the exhaustion, they can also run into severe financial problems.
Lyme disease infection is complex to diagnosis and treat.
More than one test is needed for diagnosis. Having got a diagnosis it is important not to just rely on medications alone, as that approach in and of itself, may not improve your health.
Asking for a miracle cure and expecting it from a practitioner and then being disappointed when that approach does not work is counter-productive:
What you need to do if you believe you have Lyme disease:
• Seek out a naturopath who diagnoses and treats Lyme disease
• Be prepared to undergo several tests to confirm diagnosis of Lyme disease and secondary infections
• Be prepared to stick to a strict cleansing diet that rebuild the gut microbiota
• Seek out a herbal medicine practitioner who is familiar with Lyme disease, as herbal medicine can help to fight infection and build up the body’s strength
• Be willing to change the way you live your life, possibly dramatically, to facilitate recovery
• Stay with the treatment program as recovery may take many months
Dr Tracie O’Keefe DCH, BHSc, ND is a clinical naturopath, medical herbalist, medical nutritionist and a mental health professional who helps patients with Lyme disease recover their health. Part of her diagnostic process is live blood analysis and various another tests. She takes a holistic and long-term approach to eradicating the infection and to restore your health, seeing you both in her clinic in Sydney and consulting via Skype online.