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Beyond Antibiotics for Lyme

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Summer is such a beautiful season because it brings us closer to nature. A long hike in the woods, a swim in a pristine lake, or even a quick early morning run can keep us active and help us feel more connected to our natural surroundings. Since we spend so much time outdoors in summer, it is important to be aware of health risks that exist, one of which is Lyme disease.

In this blog post, I will tell you more about what Lyme disease is and describe some of the latest treatments.

Lyme disease has recently been identified as the fastest growing health epidemic in the world. It is transmitted through pets, deer ticks, human and animal saliva, mice, and spider or mosquito bites. Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that causes a host of systemic issues including muscle pain, cognitive difficulties, memory loss, fatigue, and other symptoms. Wearing hats and protective clothing when outdoors in the woods and checking our scalps and bodies for ticks after being outdoors are good ways to protect ourselves, but sometimes this is not enough, which is why Lyme disease is becoming more common.

Unfortunately, it can be difficult to treat Lyme disease, especially in its later stages. This is because it often involves several different strains of bacteria and affects many of our bodies’ systems. For many years, heavy doses of antibiotics were the standard treatment for Lyme. In fact, this treatment protocol still exists today, with doctors giving their patients 3 or more antibiotics at a time.

The problem with this kind of treatment is that as the antibiotics fight the bacteria, patients’ bodies become overloaded with bacterial toxins, leaving them feeling extremely sick. Because Lyme disease treatment is long-term, this can be very difficult for patients. In addition, long-term use of antibiotics causes other problems because it reduces our levels of flora, or friendly bacteria in our gut that are essential to strong immune system functioning.

Many doctors are shifting their Lyme disease treatment plans to make patients feel better during their recovery. Some of the most interesting new approaches include essential oils, herbs, intravenous silver and ozone, hyperthermia, and manual therapies. Some doctors use these treatments in addition to reduced doses of antibiotics. Others rely on them exclusively, depending on what is best for the patient. One of the best things about these novel approaches is that they are often administered over several months rather than years, allowing the patient to have a higher quality of life.

Hormonal support and nutrition are also a crucial part of treating Lyme disease, as they can help us strengthen our bodies and make us more capable of fighting the many strains of Lyme bacteria. Through good nutrition, we can reduce symptoms associated with inflammation, improve our immune system function, and provide detoxification support.

If you or a loved one suffers from Lyme disease, start by reducing inflammation. This means eating a low-carb, gluten-free diet with no added sugars, trans fats, or fried or processed foods. Instead, choose pasture-raised (grass-fed) meats, and organic fruits and vegetables. To bolster your immune function, you should also increase your intake of carnitine and choline, which provide us with energy and assist us in detoxification. The best source of carnitine can be found in animal-based foods including fish and grass-fed beef. Therefore, supplementation is also recommended to increase both carnitine and choline.

If you would like to know more about these treatments, contact the Khader Center to schedule an appointment for a Lyme Assessment.

If you have any further questions or concerns, call The Khader Center at (914) 242-0124.

Be healthy!

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