A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Lyme Disease
For Maggie; in memory of Cal.
I had a question the other day about Lyme disease.
Lyme disease is an infection that’s spread by ticks.
You can get Lyme disease if you’re bitten by an infected tick.
But most people who’ve had a tick bite don’t get Lyme disease.
Lyme disease is common in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia.
Lyme disease is caused by bacteria.
Infected ticks spread the bacteria by biting people or animals.
Two types of ticks carry the Lyme disease bacteria.
They are deer ticks and western black-legged ticks.
Remove ticks as soon as you notice them.
Infected ticks usually don’t spread Lyme disease until they’ve been attached for at least 36 hours.
One sign of Lyme disease is a round, red rash that spreads at the site of a tick bite.
The rash can get very large.
Flu-like symptoms are also very common.
People in the early stages of Lyme disease may feel very tired and have headaches, sore muscles and joints, and a fever.
These symptoms can start at any time, from 3 days up to a month after you’ve been bitten.
Some people don’t have any symptoms when they’re in the early stages of Lyme disease.
And they may not even remember getting a tick bite.
If Lyme disease goes untreated, you can have more serious symptoms.
>Swelling and joint pain (like arthritis).
>Tingling and numbness in your hands, feet, and back.
>A lack of energy that doesn’t get better.
>Trouble focusing your thoughts.
>Weakness or paralysis in your face muscles.
It’s important to get appropriate medical treatment right away for Lyme disease, but there are things you can do at home to help.
To deal with Lyme disease it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily to hydrate and flush toxins.
*Review my post on keeping clean on the inside.
*Breathe easier; purify indoor air.
*Increase essential fats (flax oil, olive oil, Omega-3 oils).
*Consume a 50% raw food diet: lots of fresh, raw fruits and veggies (organic when possible). Include fresh juicing.
*Consider liver and colon cleanses.
*Increase exercise, deep breathing, relaxation, stress management and energy techniques.
*Increase fresh air, sunshine, connect to nature, adequate rest.
*Deal with any underlying emotional issues.
*Consider skin brushing, Epsom salt baths, hydrotherapy or add baking soda to bath water.
*Ensure regular (2 per day) bowel movements.
*Decrease toxic exposures of all kinds.
*Investigate and eliminate “hidden” allergies/sensitivities.
*Decrease or eliminate any and all hydrogenated, trans fats, and deep-fried foods.
*Decrease or eliminate sugar-laden foods, white flour products, simple carbs.
*Decrease or eliminate processed, instant, chemical-laden, “lifeless” foods.
*Decrease or eliminate smoking, alcohol, coffee, soda pop, processed juices.
*Become educated about all possible side effects and detrimental influences of any medications or treatment procedures you are taking or considering.
*Research and address underlying Candida issues.
*Avoid MSG and artificial sweeteners as they are neurotoxins.
*Explore dental amalgam toxicity.
*Consider a spray of Tea Tree Oil or other natural (not DEET) bug repellents.
*Consume plenty of garlic and B-complex as bugs tend to dislike these.