Lyme disease is the combination of Borreliosis, plus other infections, PLUS YOU
What I mean by “you” is your metabolic health, methylation and detox capability, hormone status, stress level, genetic makeup, nutrition status and so much more.
Lyme Disease (LD) or Lyme Disease Complex is associated with the offending bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi (Borrelia). There is also the potential of other concurrent infections called “co-infections.” Infections are usually cleared by our immune system or with medical treatment. Borrelia may alter your immune system so Borrelia and other infections together can’t be effectively cleared. Lyme Disease Complex may also include other immune and metabolic problems. There can be permanent damage from the bacteria. The persistence of Borrelia after “treatment” is a debatable point. Persistence of an active Borrelia has been shown in different animal and human studies and it can cause permanent damage. Two Standards of Care One of the difficulties with respect to treatment is that there are two standards of care. There is plenty of information regarding chronic Lyme disease available for public access. Often the same documents are interpreted differently leading to support for either side of the standards of care. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) recommend a two tiered testing approach followed by a course of antibiotic duration typically 14-28 days. After the treatment, it is assured the Borrelia infection is dead and resolved, regardless of the patient. For some people, the IDSA guideline is enough of a treatment for a complete and symptom free recovery. The IDSA also recommends a single dose of Doxycycline 200 mg after a deer tick bite for the prevention LD. The study this treatment is based on was designed to evaluate if this dose of Doxycycline stops the “bulls eye rash.” The study wasn’t designed to determine if the person became infected with Borrelia after the single dose of antibiotics! The study authors specifically pointed out that they were trying to determine the effect of antibiotics on the rash and not disease prevention. People in the study had to drop out and get treated for Lyme! The single dose did work sometimes. There are good arguments that this “preventative” dose of antibiotics may be lead to difficult to diagnose chronic lyme infections by altering immune response and causing the bacteria to form persister cells.Click to download one dose once study, (highlight on study mine.) I highly recommend people understand the IDSA guidelines in detail, regardless of which treatment protocol you choose. This is because medical practitioners follow the IDSA guidelines. If you find yourself in that system, I encourage you to understand the approach. I think rigid adherence to the guidelines is causing chronic Lyme disease in some people! Download IDSA guidelines Other practitioners suggest a much longer antibiotic approach, which may include “alternative” therapies. This group includes the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS), of which I’m a member. ILADS guidelines simply suggest why the IDSA criteria isn't sufficient in some cases, using research to demonstrate those points. ILADS guidelines are not a treatment protocol. Download ILADS guidelines Unfortunately, there are some people who don’t have complete recovery from the IDSA “short” course of antibiotics. There may be many reasons for this treatment failure. The problem is a combination of Borrelia’s ability to evade the antibiotic and an individuals metabolic and immunologic health. Some people also have other problems triggered by Borrelia that go beyond the persistence of a Borrelia infection. Meaning some people do have “post Lyme infectious syndrome”, as suggested by the IDSA. This can include:
- Autoimmune diseases that were triggered
- Metabolic damage like mitochondrial energy production problems
- Gut infections triggered caused by the antibiotics.
- It can cause a decrease in antibody production
- It can change the way you switch from IgM to IgG antibody making chronic infections look acute
- It can alter cell medicated immunity
- It can alter the chemical conversation of inflammation
Interesting articles about lyme disease
by Kris NewbyCommunications Director, Invisible International Click here to go to the URL from Lymedisease.org Click on the text below to download a pdf of the article...Monica Embers, PhD, director of the vector-borne disease research center at Tulane University School of Medicine, summarizes evidence that suggests that Lyme bacteria can survive long after standard treatment protocols in a new online medical education course. She also discusses promising new treatment strategies for eradicating these bacteria....