I decided in May of 2016 to try a different approach to treatment and management of this disease. I felt like I had exhausted my antibiotic options. Although the oral and IV antibiotics had brought me quite far, helped me to walk and regain my strength and energy again, they completely destroyed my immune system in the process. At this point, modern medicine is not able to completely eradicate the Lyme and associated bacteria from our bodies. With a severely disabled immune system from years of disease and antibiotics, and traces of bacteria remaining in my body, it was only a matter of time before the bacteria multiplied and symptoms began returning. I have come to realize that the key to managing this disease is just that, management. It appears to be impossible to overcome it completely but it can be managed effectively by keeping my immune system strong, and actively killing the bacteria with herbal antibiotics during flare-ups.
After switching to a herbal protocol in May, I went further downhill for the next two months as my body and the herbals fought against the bacteria again. I was exhausted and so sick of fighting, but I was told to remain strong, stick to the protocol and I would emerge eventually in a better state. So I endured and by the 8th week of treatment it seemed that a switch flipped in my body. My body was stronger and I was beginning to feel healthy and energetic - the best I have felt in years! So I slowly lowered my dosage of herbals, and continued to rebuild my immune system with quality vitamins, supplements, probiotics and a healthy diet (processed food, dairy, sugar and gmo gluten free). As my body got stronger, I slowly introduced physiotherapy and tiny amounts of cardio again. I felt alive and rebuilding my body finally felt possible once more! I was able to enjoy the summer with my children and husband for the first time in 5 years! I took my kids body-boarding in the lake, and tented with them twice over the summer. We did swimming lessons, sold our home and bought a property with a few acres of land. It seemed that health and 'normal' living was possible again!
I bought a bike! And I can ride it again!!
My brother Del and I
So, I am back on heavy herbal and supportive supplement treatment again, and so disappointed to have my health taken away again. The cost is high for the treatment adding further stress. We are currently spending/borrowing about $800 per week, for a total of $20,000 so far this year. After a month in bed, I am up and about again and determined to do things differently this time.
Boost Immune System:
To boost my immune system I use PureTrim products. They are pure and cold-pressed, easily absorbed by the body and tested by my natural doctor for quality. I take:
2 TBSP 2X day of Daily Complete (multi-vitamin)
1 TBSP 2X day of Harmony (for energy),
1 cap Synergy Defence (pre-biotic, pro-biotic, digestive aide) before meals
1 cap 2X day of Female Balance to regulate my hormones
2-3 caps Experience (colon cleanse) with 2-4 cups of water before bed
1/2 Puretrim meal replacement shake - for afternoon snack
PureGardens cream (mixed with silver) for my skin
You can buy PureTrim products here and receive free shipping by signing up for autoship:
Custom herbal bacteria killers. I also like DoTerra oils
Fungus killers - the Lyme cloaks itself in fungus so fungus killers are important to expose the Lyme before killing it.
Colon Cleanse - Experience - PureTrim (see above)
LIV52 - liver cleanse - 2 pills 1X day at 1pm
Kidney cleanse - I use Zi Yin Bu Shen Wan (herbal chinese) 8 pills 1X day
Infrared Sauna - every second day
Ozone therapy - local naturopath
I take Dr Ohirra (green box) probiotics in combination with Puretrim's Harmony
Synergy Defense - PureTrim (see above)
Good digestive enzyme
Fermented foods are also amazing for pro and prebiotics and digestive enzymes
Stress supplement - 5-HTP NOW brand - 200mg 3X daily
Adrenal support - ADRENAsart - Lorna Vanderhaeghe brand - 2 caps breakfast and lunch
Stay below my daily energy limit - no pushing myself!
Balance hormones - Female Balance - PureTrim (see above)
Slowly increase physiotherapy exercises - very careful not to push my body
Taking care of my house and home is all I am able to do right now. I will be getting help with the housework bi-weekly and am teaching my children to assist with household chores.
I really think the key to keeping the Lyme at bay is to become a hostile host for the bacteria. That means maintaining a healthy immune system (80% based in the gut) and recovering my physical strength. I will also remain on low dose herbals for the remainder of my life if need be to avoid another relapse.