What is Lyme Disease? - Part 1

Do you know someone with Lyme disease or have it yourself? Over the last 10 years in practice, I have seen many cases of patients with Lyme come in for help. I had this debilitating disease myself for around 3 years, almost forcing me out of practice. I write this knowing full well how much pain it can create.

SYMPTOMS:
  • Headaches
  • Joint pain
  • Neurological symptoms
  • Vision problems
  • Chronic digestive problems
  • Muscle weakness
  • Dizziness - brain fog
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Heart palpitations
  • Light and sound sensitivity

DESCRIPTION OF THE BACTERIA
Lyme is a bacteria that is known as a spirochete. It is most often transmitted by means of ticks, and now has been observed to be present in mosquitoes and other parasitic insects as well. It is spiral shaped and has the ability to "corkscrew" and burrow into soft tissues such as ligaments, brain tissue and certain tissue of the spinal cord. This gives it the ability to cause neurological problems which can mimic Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's, ALS, and other debilitating neurological diseases. Furthermore, Lyme has the ability to travel anywhere in the body. It is not confined to just the muscles or joints, as it can travel in the blood or liver bile and can travel into the brain. It is a spirochete - which means it can move quickly and burrow, escaping detection from the immune system and antibiotics.

CO-INFECTIONS OF LYME
Lyme is classified as borrelia burgdeffori, but there are many strands that have been identified all over the world. In my opinion it is a combination of 6-7 species of bacteria, parasites and viruses that co-infect a person when bitten by a tick or any bug carrying infection such as lice. These confections are:
  • Borrelia
  • Babesia
  • Erlichia
  • Rickettsia, aka Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
  • Bartonella
  • Protozoa Infection - forms other than babesia
  • Epstein Barr Virus (occasionally)
TRANSMISSION OF THE DISEASE
When a tick bites you, it injects or vomits these infections back into your body. A rash may occur if the infection is heavy enough and give these symptoms quickly. However, it may not give you any symptoms for years (in which the disease can incubate) until energy of the host declines. Then the host will start to show symptoms. On a side note, there have been studies that have shown that these infections can cross between human subjects, and that spirochetes have been known to cross placenta in pregnant women.

INCUBATION PERIOD
When spirochetes themselves first infect, they tend to choose the ligaments and soft tissues first to incubate in the first two-three months or so. When they turn into full adult form, they travel to other parts of the body to infect and rob nutrients and food from us.

THEIR FOOD SOURCE:
All the infections drain the body of certain vitamins and minerals needed for muscle strength such as:
  • B vitamins
  • D vitamins
  • Trace minerals - zinc, selenium, magnesium, etc.
The infections tend to love b vitamins and undigested proteins. That's why leaky gut syndrome can accompany this often.

The list of nutrients above help increase immune and fight infections through the process of increasing energy production. When we wear out the reserves in our bodies from fighting off Lyme, we get deficient and the disease starts to take over. Chronic fatigue, flu like symptoms and neurological symptoms can then follow as a result.  

This is not an article meant to scare you. I will post some research soon which shows more information on Lyme. It is meant to give you a basic knowledge of this infection so that you can be informed and help yourself or others with the disease.

Stay tuned for more posts on Lyme Disease. If you have any questions, please comment below.

Be well,
Dr. Motley

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