Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Lyme Disease, Hyperacusis and Tinnitus by Barry Keate

This is a very interesting article / link to find out how to deal with tinnitus.  I myself have suffered with tinnitus 24/7 for more years than I can recall.  Studies showed a high prevalence of B-12 deficiency in patients with chronic tinnitus as well as a correlation between the decline of vitamin B-12 levels and the increasing prevalence of tinnitus in the elderly.For myself I know that my body is not able to absorb Vit B-12 so even supplementing won't help me.  I suppose what I really need to do is  address this mal-absorption first and then work on the Vit B-12 deficiency.  It is also reported that good quality grades of Ginkgo and Zinc have been shown in clinical studies to reduce tinnitus.

It is important to take 2 capsules twice daily for at least 100 days in order to determine your total degree of relief. 

NB:  Ginkgo biloba extract increases circulation and has a mild anticoagulant function. People who are taking prescription anticoagulants, such as Coumadin, or Plavix, or who have a history of bleeding problems such as hemophilia, frequent nosebleeds, hemorrhaging, etc. should consult their physician before using.

Monday, 10 October 2011

What you need to know about using Ozone (O3) to treat Lyme and Co's...

There are differing opinions about the use of ozone to help with your treatment of Lyme disease and it's  co-infections.  I for one have used an ozone spa mat periodically, but at times the energy of having to set it up gets a bit much for my achy body and confused brain...  Hot baths with Epsom salts are said to be great to help the detox process.  I can only last about 10 minutes in the hot water and than I have to get out as I feel too faint to risk staying in the water.  I believe bubbling the ozone through this water can only add to the benefits.  Apart from helping to detox via the skin, we are also breathing in more oxygen, something our 'hateful friends' the spirochetes hate...  They are far happier in a body that is lacking in oxygen...!

Ozone occurs in nature. It is that fresh, clean smell you get after a rain storm, in other words the smell of ozone. Ozone machines create that same ozone so that we can utilize it for our well being.  O3 is one of the most powerful disinfectants to be found and is used in certain parts of the world for food and water safety.

Ozone is used to purifies air, foods and water.  It oxidizes odors, reduces indoor air pollutants and kills bacteria, fungus, mold, mildew and viruses.  It will reduce harmful chemical on foods when they are washed with ozonated water.

Home uses: treat moldy basements, get rid of smoke, pet and cooking odors, protect the family from bacteria and viruses, keep plants healthier, disinfect kitchen containers utensils, and counter tops.

Good enough reason for me to make it part of my daily routine.

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Babesia mimics malaria and is on the rise...

Babesiosis, is a potentially deadly tick-borne illness that mimics malaria. It is also a co-infection of Lyme disease and more deadly than Lyme disease can be.

Babesiosis can go undetected in the blood supply.  Currently, there is no test for donated blood to pick up the bacteria, thus putting those who are the sickest at a terrible risk!

The disease is caused by the parasite babesia microti, which invades the body through a tick bite and destroys the body's red blood cells. Through a microscrope the red blood cells can appear to be invaded by a malaria parasite.

Don't believe that you cannot get Lyme or Babesia in South Africa.  I personally know of two people currently living in Australia who have been diagnosed in Australia with BOTH Lyme disease and Babesia from tick bites severla yearsa ago in South Africa.

Live blood analysis has found some of my red blood cells damaged by 'malaria' parasites.  However, since I have never had malaria, I believe that these parasites are infact babesia...

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

No tests can detect Babesiosis before blood donation

Joy Burge giving testimony in PA

This was an incredible account of what one Lyme patient had to go through to get a Lyme diagnosis..

This is unacceptable in America or anywhere in the world for that matter.  The rest of the world looks to America in matters like this and if they don't get it right.. Guess What ?  We don't stand a hope in hell of getting the powers that be in SA to acknowledge that Lyme disease and it's MANY co-infections are Alive and Kicking in here in South Africa.....

How many more people are going to be allowed to suffer before they wake up to the truth?
Pretending it does not exist is not going to make Lyme disease go away.  Real people, just like Joy are suffering not only from the disease itself, but from the hardship and shame that the medical establishment puts people Lymethrough getting a diagnosis...

Monday, 15 August 2011

Antibodies linked to long-term Lyme symptoms

Why is it that some people respond better to treatment for Lyme disease than others.  Is it possible they may have had a second infection they were not aware of... ? According to this study, certain patients diagnosed with post-Lyme disease syndrome have antibodies that suggest they carried the infection for an unusually long time. References :  Chandra A. et al. Clin. Immunol. (2011).

Sunday, 31 July 2011

Press release: Babesia shown to be transmitted via transfused blood

Press Release 2011 :  Jordan Hospital  (Click title for link)
"Several cases of babesiosis have been identified at Jordan Hospital in the past, and high rates of the disease have generally been found throughout Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York.

Most commonly transmitted by the bite of a deer tick, Babesia has also been shown to be transmitted through transfused blood. Approximately 100 cases of transfusion transmitted babesiosis have been reported, some of which have been fatal."

My Mother received a blood transfusion in November 2001 in Cape Town due to a double by-pass heart operation.   Since then, she has always maintained that she no longer feels herself despite her good recovery from the operation.  Over the years she has developed very similar symptoms to myself.  I was diagnosed with Lyme disease in March 2010 after 30 odd years of mis-diagnosis.  In May 2011 live blood tests revealed what appears to be 'malaria' parasites in my red blood cells.  Now, since I have never had malaria, I am wondering if what I do have is Babesiosis...  !

Saturday, 30 July 2011

Lyme cover up rages on and on....

Contrary to what you may have been told, Lyme disease is NOT RARE and you can get it on just about every continent.  They say you can't get it in Antartcia.  In fact, not only is Lyme disease not rare, it is BIGGER THAN AIDS.... This is serious.   Click link above for full story.

"What have you heard about tickborne Lyme for the last 30 years? That it’s rare, scary, acute, treatable… The government warns about its spread and implores people to go to a doctor upon seeing the telltale bulls-eye rash. What happens when they actually do?

Many have researched the controversial beginnings of Lyme disease, but this article focuses on what happens to victims when they contract it and what they can do now.

Under Our Skin is a documentary that lends a voice to the many who in fact suffer from chronic Lyme and are victims of a greater abomination.

Why do conventional doctors tell them it’s in their head? Why won’t they quickly test for it? Treat it? Acknowledge it? Why do medical boards shut down doctors who can treat and cure Lyme?

Thursday, 28 July 2011

ALS Lou Gehrig's Disease, MS, Parkinson's, and Alzheimer's... it could really be Lyme

ALS Lou Gehrig's Disease, MS, Parkinson's, and Alzheimer' ...   it could really be Lyme Disease !!

Dr Dietrick Klinghardt states in this video that he has never had an ALS - Lou Gerhig disease, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Parkinson's or Alzheimer's patient who has NOT tested positive for Lyme disease (Borrelia bordorferi).

Please watch the link for the video.  You owe it to yourself !

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

L-Form Bacteria : What you should know !!

(click link above for more detailed info).

Did you know that these bacteria are able to change shape (mutate) at will, basically? They can change shape and size over their lifetime. One of the phases of mutation is called L-Form or cell wall deficient bacteria.  Not much is known about L-Form bacteria despite 100 years of research.  However they are partly responsible for chronic illness.

"Some of the species of L-form bacteria that have been implicated in chronic disease include Bacillus anthracis, Treponema pallidum, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Helicobacter pylori, Rickettsia prowazekii, and Borrelia burgdorgeri. Not all species cause disease."

They are about 0.01 micron and cannot be seen with  normal optical microscope.  Cell wall deficient bacteria often cannot be killed by many of the commonly used antibiotics.

L-Form bacteria cause inflammation.  They are able to activate proteins that increase the activity of Nuclear Factor Kappa B.  This inturn turns on a variety of genes that cause the release of inflammatory cytokines, proteins that generate pain and fatigue. In this way, an inflammatory response is linked with diseases caused by L-form bacteria.
"An inflammatory immune response - is one of the body’s primary means to protect against infection - defines multiple established infectious causes of chronic diseases, including some cancers."

David Relman, MD
Inflammation drives many chronic conditions that are still classified as (noninfectious) autoimmune or immune-mediated.  For example... systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn's disease).  Both play critical roles in the cause, development, and effects of these inflammatory syndromes.

Therefore, inflammation is a clear potential link between infectious agents and chronic diseases.

"People are exposed to L-form bacteria in many places. Because they cannot be killed by pasteurization or chlorination, L-form bacteria can be found in milk, food, and water. They can be transmitted via sperm, intimate contact, and can be passed from mother to child during childbirth. Since they are too small to be filtered during the purification processes used in pharmaceutical manufacturing procedures, they can be transmitted through injectable medicines. They have even been cultured from dry soil."

Friday, 22 July 2011

Babesia may not show symptoms.... by Jenna

I was diagnosed with Lyme disease in Fberuary 2010.  I have not been diagnosed with Babesia, I believe because we don't test for this co-infection of Lyme disease in South Africa.  However, recent results of  'life blood tests' have shown 'malaria' parasites in my red blood cells...  As I have never had malaria or been in malaria risk areas, I am left wondering if these 'malaria parasites' are in fact Babesia...  Click the title for more info.

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Lyme disease is physically, emotionally and financially draining!

"In 1989, a doctor published an article in the Toronto Star saying if we don't deal with Lyme disease now, it is going to become an epidemic."

I am not a doctor, but today 7th July 2011, I am sticking my neck out and saying if South Africa is not careful and does not Face up to and deal with Lyme disease (also known as Lyme Borreliosis / Neuro Borreliosis) and it's co-infections soon,  it is going to become another epidemic, here in SA, much like HIV/Aids!

Most South African doctors don't believe you can get Lyme disease in South Africa.  In 1996 I told my GP I was 100% sure I had Lyme disease based purely on symptoms.  He told me it was IMPOSSIBLE to get Lyme in South Africa.  I recall telling him well if it wasn't called Lyme here, maybe it had another name. He did not listen to me and I just went from specialist to specialist.  I had another bladder opperation, I was hospitalised on traction for a week, four times in 1999.  Underwent a cervical manipulation under anaesthetic due to the sever neck pain in 2000.   I missed a neck fusion as the neurosurgeon felt I was 'too borderline' !! I was treated for 'epilepsy' for 5 or 6 years..., diagnosed as an asthmatic in June 2009...! 

I battled with my health for 16 years until I my final collapse in November 2009.  Thankfully I found a Lyme Literate Medical Doctor (LLMD) who diagnosed me with Rickettsia conorii, Q Fever (coxiella burnetti), Mycoplasma pneumonia and you guessed it !!  Borreliosis (Lyme Disease).  I have lived in South Africa since a baby and was bitten by ticks in my own garden in Johannesburg.

               PLEASE!!  WAKE UP SOUTH AFRICA !! 


Sunday, 3 July 2011

Babesia : A Lyme co-infection not recognised in humans in SA

For me this is a particularly intersting article.  I have been treated with anti-malarial drugs but never fully understood the reason until I read this article.  Recently whilst doing a deox and having live blood analysis, malaria parasites were seen to be in my red blood cells.  Over a period of 6 weeks, a parasite or two was seen under darkfield microscope on five of these six occasions.  What is even more amazing, this is just in a pin prick of blood...   I wouls love to see a significant sample of my blood under microscope... or would I !!

"Babesiosis is an infection caused by a malaria-like parasite, also called a “piroplasm,” that infects red blood cells. Babesia microti is believed to be the most common piroplasm infecting humans, but scientists have identified over twenty piroplasms carried by ticks."

"Symptoms of babesiosis are similar to those of Lyme disease but it more often starts with a high fever and chills. As the infection progresses, patients may develop fatigue, headache, drenching sweats, muscle aches, nausea, and vomiting. Babesiosis is often so mild it is not noticed but can be life-threatening to people with no spleen, the elderly, and people with weak immune systems. Complications include very low blood pressure, liver problems, severe hemolytic anemia (a breakdown of red blood cells), and kidney failure."

Thursday, 30 June 2011

Is there a reason that certain people develop Lyme disease...?

Laura Bruno's Blog :  I found this thought provoking article and want to share it.
(Click title for full article)

"I will share some of those things in this article. As I explain in the book and in other articles, Lyme Disease tends to affect people who have big things to offer the world."

"Lyme seems to show up like a roto-rooter, forcing people to dig deep and remove ALL blocks to creativity and healing."

Saturday, 18 June 2011

Why is Borrelia so hard to kill ?

This is a very informative video put together by Connie Strasheim.  I finally understand what Biofilms are now. :-)

Friday, 3 June 2011

1989 : Lyme Disease - a new disease in southern Africa...

This article was written in 1989... !  (click link)

I want to know why when in 1996, seven years after this article was written, when I told my GP that I was 100% sure I had Lyme disease, he told me "impossible - you can only get that in the USA."   Urgh...   !!

I could have received treatment way back in 1996 and not be bounced from specialist to specialist with no outcome for another 15 years...  In 2000 I was told I proabaly had the early stages of MS, then in 2005 after another MRI of the brain I was told, Not MS,  could be Lupus, could Sjogren's disease, could be Lou Gerhig disease, could be Epstein Bar....  etc., etc.  I was put on Lamictin for epilepsy... for several years, then when my liver started to play up I was put on Neurontin because it 'may have been' the Lamictan causing terrible enzyme levels.

It is really NOT fair!! and I am not the only one in this boat in South Africa.  In December 2010, the Department of Health in South Africa told me it was impossible for me to have got Lyme disease in South Africa...

"The status of Lyme disease in southern Africa is presently unknown but preliminary evidence indicates that the disease may occur in humans in the Republic of South Africa. The abundance of hosts and tick vectors would favour the establishment of the infection in Africa"
PMID:2699499 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Lyme disease and an overload of bacteria and goggas in your body !!

This article is written by a fellow Lyme patient and I believe it has a lot of very good personal information in it.
People often wonder why they don't get 'better' after a short dose of antibiotics...  The reason being... the bugs (parasites and bacteria) are not getting killed adequately!! 

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

The Complexities of Lyme Disease: A Microbiology Tutorial by Thomas M. Grier M.Sc.

"Why is Lyme disease such a mystery?

Why does it mimic so many other disease?

Why is it so difficult to detect?

The reasons come from the microbiology of the bacteria that causes Lyme Disease."

"The division time of Borrelia burgdorferi is very long. Most other pathogens such as Streptococcus, or Staphylococcus, only take 20 minutes to double, the doubling time of Borrelia burgdorferi is usually estimated to be 12-24 hours. Since most antibiotics are cell wall agent inhibitors, they can only kill bacteria when the bacteria begins to divide and form new cell wall.(35,59-62)

This means: Since most antibiotics can only kill bacteria when they are dividing, a slow doubling time means less lethal exposure to antibiotics. Most bacteria are killed in 10-14 days of antibiotic. To get the same amount of lethal exposure during new cell wall formation of a Lyme spirochete, the antibiotic would have to be present 24 hours a day for 1 year and six months! Note: Antibiotics kill bacteria by binding to the bacteria's ribosomes, and interrupting the formation of cell wall proteins"

Monday, 16 May 2011

Lyme disease bacteria love to feed on the brain tissue and CNS.

This says it all... !

"The infection is not just bacterial as all say, trying to dismiss the severity of Lyme Disease; 

the infection are parasites who look for food and for a place to make their camping (ground)! 

When they invade the blood, the anemia is severe; the malaria parasites go inside the red blood cells, one bug per one red blood cell; 

while the Lyme parasites are three at a time invading each red blood cells, three times worse than malaria - this is the Babesiosis - and the Borrelia that is always called a "resistant bacteria" it is just another "intracellular bacteria" which certainly means another type of parasite malaria like.  

So after having such infection in the organism the body breaks. The sudden anemia causes fatigue and from there tons of symptoms start.  

The bugs stay in the blood for a short period of time but soon they migrate to other places,

they want to hide in the smaller veins to hide from the attacks of the immune system and or antibiotics when the person receives treatment, and they're hungry too,  

so they go where they can feed and reproduce better.  

The malaria parasites go to the liver and the brain, that's why they kill their host so fast.  

The bugs of LD are smarter, they migrate to many places to not kill their host, there are many cases of people living with Lyme for more than 20 or 30 years and all the time symptomatic and suffering; 

yes many others die from a heart attack and other complications but these bugs do not pretend to kill just to live long."

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Chronic Mycoplasmal Infections

Click this link for more on Chronic Mycoplasmal Infections in Gulf War Veterans' Children and Autism Patients.

The cause of Autism has not been fully established, however many young children with Autism have tested positive with the Lyme bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi.  Some researchers report as many as 7 out of 10 children tested.  That is quite a significant number in my humble opinion.

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Immune dysfunction and antibiotics and neurological problems

Ever had a Live Blood Test?  

It is quite awesome to see what is running around in a tiny pin prick of blood under the microscope. Bacteria like busy little bees buzzing about.  If you are unlucky enough to be chronically ill, you could see parasites,  fungi and even possibly cholesterol crystals.

"People of the ILADS/chronic Lyme disease community, have long claimed that Lyme disease infection (Borrelia spirochetes) is immunosupressive: this, it is argued, why co-infections, erstwhile opportunists, are able to easily grab a foothold."

Lyme disease cannot be overlooked if a patient with neurological problems has ever been bitten by a tick.

Friday, 29 April 2011

We're Misunderstood

This blog is written by a young lady who was diagnosed with Lyme disease in January 2011.

As she says:  "Lyme disease is an epidemic larger than AIDS, West Nile Virus, and Bird Flu combined. The "great imitator", Lyme affects each person differently. Millions are silently suffering, improperly diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, ALS, Alzheimer's, Psychiatric Disorders, and many others."

It is bad enough dealing with Chronic Lyme Disease and the many co-infections that go with it, but sometimes it is even harder trying to deal with the may sceptics and critics who pass comment when they are ignornant about the ravages of these illnesses.  It really is like having the sword of Damocleas hanging over you.

This blog is truely inspirational and the article "We're Misunderstood" could have been written by me, but after 30 years of battling this illness with no diagnosis, I don't think I could have stated it so well.

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Take the Time to Learn about Lyme.

This is a short video by Turn The Corner Foundation who facilitate Practitioner training in the correct treatment of Lyme disease.  Please watch it and be informed about Lyme.

Borrelia burgdorferi can be passed from human to human... !

It has always been believed that the disease could not be transmitted directly from one person to another however live spirochetes have now been found in blood, urine, tears, semen, breast milk, cord blood, and vaginal secretions.

Many doctors who specialize in treating this disease are convinced now that Bb can be passed from one infected person to another by sexual contact or through the placenta from mother to baby in utero.  Even by a mother breastfeeding her baby.

In 2009 it was reported that the then existing 1.8 million cases of Bb cited by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) in Atlanta, Georgia had been under-reported by at least ten times. 

In the US as at 2011 according to this projection, in actuality over 18 million Lyme disease patients now exist. That is an extraordinary amount of people ill with just Lyme disease (Bb / Neuroborreliosis)

Testing for Lyme can be helpful but is not always reliable. The attending doctor needs to be proficient in reading the reports accurately or 'flase negatives' can happen.  

Lyme is primarily a clinical diagnosis based on history and symptoms.

Saturday, 2 April 2011

Spirochete Warfare... It's been going on for over 75 years !!

It has now become apparent that the spirochetes were weaponized over 75 years ago. This information is published in 1944 in a book entitled "Japan's Secret Weapon" by Barclay Newman who was a leading science writer of the time, as well as former US Navy malaria scientist.

This book helps to confirm what some investigating the history of Lyme disease have long suspected; that the official denial of the devastating pathogenic nature of the granule and other "L-forms"(1) of Lyme-causing Borrelia, is related to their biological warfare significance.

Put bluntly, this book provides cogent circumstantial evidence that many Cell-wall deficient forms of Borrelia are in fact weaponized spirochetes, nurtured, cultured and optimized for aerosol delivery.

The following essay is based on the information in Chapter IV of Newman's book. The title of the chapter is simply "Spirochete Warfare".

Thursday, 31 March 2011

Soaking out the Spirochetes

Above is an intersting blog link called "Soaking out the Spirochetes" which discusses our Blogger's routine for a detox bath soak to get rid of body pain as well as getting at the spirochetes.  It is very important to detox the body whilst on medication to kill off the Lyme bacteria.  Since the skin has the largest area for detoxing, a soak in a hot bath will help in your detox programme.

Starting with a Dry Brush of the body from toes to head to get rid of dead skin and then a good soak will help you on your journey back to health.

A really excellent read.

Saturday, 19 February 2011

A follow on to Plum Island....

What sounds like the stuff of futuristic science fiction is already a quiet reality. The recent announcement of the new site for the National Bio and Agro Defense Facility brings this reality to light, particularly as this site will house level 4 pathogens, some of which are zoonotic, meaning they can jump the species barrier and infect humans.

As a matter of interest, from the 1960s to the 1980s, South Africa pursued research into weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons.

Winning Lyme/co-infection lawsuits in court

Here is a report of a lawsuit from 1999 from one of the Lyme forums.   In South Africa the Department of Health still tell me that a person cannot get Lyme disease in South Africa...  I did !!  and I wonder how many more people have been bitten by a tick in this beautiful country and are walking aorund with a mis-diagnosis as a result of this attitude.  The Department will not even engage with with to consider the possibility / consequences.

I 'knew' in 1996 that I had Lyme disease as a result of personal research on the intenet.  I told my GP this and he said IMPOSSIBLE - Lyme is ONLY in the US... !!  I recall saying to him well maybe it goes by another name here - to which I got a blank stare.  No blood tests were ever done and I started the downward spiral to ill health from then until February 2010 when I was diagnosed with Ricketsia, Mycoplasma, Q Fever and Lyme disease (Borrelia burgdorferi).

I wonder if I could lay claim to sonthing like this?  Not likely!! since the mighty Department of Heath in South Africa deny the existence of Lyme on our land... !!

Monday, 14 February 2011

Learn about Lyme disease and Never say Never !!

Learn to recognise the symptoms of Lyme disease and don't for one minute believe because you don't live in the USA or Europe, you can't get Lyme disease.  First Big Mistake !!

If Lyme is identified in this early stage and treated with an appropriate course of antibiotics, it can go away. However, doesn’t  be trapped into believing that because you have been treated, that you can't get Lyme again.

If another infected tick bites you, you can get Lyme again.  Remember,  there is NO Lyme vaccine.  One was created in the late 90's and pulled from the market a few years later when it was discovered it set-off Lyme like symptoms.  The bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi, can lie dormant in your body for years, until a trauma in your life happens.  A bad fall, a motor accident, stress... !

To re-iterate... The is NO Lyme vaccine, there is No cure for Lyme disease and people have been known to die a horrible debilitiating death from it.

Why are we experiencing an Epidemic of Lyme disease around the world... ?

Could it be that Lyme disease can be passed from person to person, or from blood transfusions where the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi is immune to the 'cleanin process' donated blood undergoes...  See the link above for some interesting comment.

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Follow a good anti-inflammatory 'Lyme Diet'...

Anti-inflammatory diet for Lyme
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I've been under the impression that medical practitioners, such as GP doctors and nutritionists, were familiar with the notion that inflammation is at the core of many diseases. However, it looks like the study of inflammation, and what to do about it, is newer than I thought. According to an Aug 17, 2009 article in the LA Times, Battling inflammation, disease through food, by Shara Yurkiewicz, medical practitioners are just beginning to put two and two together when it comes to inflammation and chronic disease.

In case this link does not work - here is the script.

© 2013 LDRD

"[Chronic inflammation] is an emerging field," says Dr. David Heber, a UCLA professor of medicine and director of the university's Center for Human Nutrition. "It's a new concept for medicine."

The article continues: "The theory goes that long after the invading bacteria or viruses from some infection [such as Lyme bacteria] are gone, the body's defenses remain active. The activated immune cells and hormones then turn on the body itself, damaging tissues. The process continues indefinitely, occurring at low enough levels that a person doesn't feel pain or realize anything is wrong. Years later, proponents say, the damage contributes to illnesses such as heart disease, neurological disorders like Alzheimer's disease or cancer." LA Times article, 8/16/09

When you get a splinter, or a mosquito bite, or suffer an injury such as a broken bone, your body's immune system instantly responds to the pain and offense by sending more blood to the wounded area. The tissue swells and reddens while the healing work gets underway. While it's fairly easy to see a mosquito bite or detect a broken bone, chronic silent inflammation inside the body, which is what Lyme disease may cause, may go unnoticed for years because, as the article states, it occurs at a low level and doesn't hurt. The immune system doesn't switch off.

What can be done? Although more studies are necessary to determine the results scientifically, many people (including me) believe that their eating habits affect their health and can even help bring down chronic inflammation. Choosing foods rich in antioxidants is probably smart, and may even help you feel better while healing from Lyme infection. Antioxidants may slow down or inhibit the tissue damage caused by free radicals at the sites of inflammation.

The Mediterranean diet, for example, is high in antioxidants, including dark green leafy veggies, whole grains such as steel cut oats, nuts, oily fish such as salmon, and bright-colored fruits such as blueberries, pomegranates, dark cherries and raspberries.

Following an anti-inflammatory diet also means eliminating, or at least reducing food that can cause inflammation. Such foods include those with saturated fats, trans fats, corn and soybean oil, refined carbohydrates such as white sugars, red meat and dairy.

© 2013 LDRD

Lyme Disease Diet

More good reasons to go gluten free:

Lyme bugs mapped

Sunday, 9 January 2011

Lyme disease is Not a Walk in the Park...!!

You may have Lyme disease and not even know it... or, like me,  in 1996 when I told my family doctor I was 100% sure I had Lyme disease, he said "IMPOSSIBLE - you can only get that in the US !! "  -   like I was some kind of  idiot and in any case what would I, a MERE lay(wo)man, know about Lyme disease.... Turns out 16 years later, a hell of a lot more than HE did, then or even today  !!

If you find that you have Lyme, do yourself a favor and find yourself a Lyme literate medical doctor as SOON AS POSSIBLE !!  Don't waste any more time than is necessary.  Email:

An important story about Lyme to share

A wish from the husband of a wife lost to Lyme...  Inform yourself and share with friends.

"I have only one Christmas wish/request: Starting in the Sunday Edition of The Roanoke Times a three day series of articles will run, they will be about Lyme Disease. My wife Johnette who passed away in October suffered from it for over eight years and her story will be featured on Monday. PLEASE, PLEASE read the article or better yet purchase a copy of the newspaper (as a vote in support), inform yourself and your friends, so that they will not suffer as she did...I will post links/events to the story as they become available, please share them.Thanks to all, hold your loved ones close during this Christmas season...I wish I could. Merry Christmas!"