Lyme Disease is a bacterial infection (borrelia) that is reaching epidemic proportions throughout the United States, especially the upper Midwest. This disease is transmitted through the bite of several kinds of ticks, including black-legged and very tiny deer ticks. When infected ticks bite, they spread the bacteria to the host. Lyme may also be transmitted by infected mosquitoes. Typical symptoms include a skin rash starting at the infection site, fever, headache, fatigue, and achy joints. Focus on preventing Lyme disease when spending time in the woods.
Exposure and Precaution
Ticks are prevalent in tall grassy areas and the woods. If you walk in these areas wear light colored clothing, long sleeves, long pants, and high boots. Tuck pants into the boots. A beekeeper’s outfit with elastic banded legs and wrists works well. A lightweight hooded jacket (with tightened wrists) prevents ticks from getting in the hair and down the back. Spray clothing or the skin with insect repellent. A few drops of peppermint essential oil diluted in water is a good natural repellent.
After returning home from being outdoors in a natural tick environment, immediately remove all clothing and thoroughly inspect skin surface, including the scalp. Shower to wash off any unseen ticks. Scrub the skin with a loofa sponge and rough washcloth, not forgetting all private areas.
Ticks attach themselves to any part of the body, but are most commonly found in warmer regions like the groin, armpits or scalp (behind the ears or underneath the hair on the neck). Often a tick may go unnoticed on the upper back. If a tick is found, don’t panic. Use a tweezers to gently lift the tick off the skin. If it looks like it has penetrated the skin, cover the tick with rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide to see if it will back out of the skin on its own. Just like removing a sliver, dig the head out if it detaches from the tick’s body. Try not to leave the head imbedded. You’ll see better under a magnifying glass.
Lyme Disease has Three Stages
- Stage 1: The infection has not yet spread throughout the body: a new red skin rash.
- Stage 2: The infection has begun to spread throughout the body: fever, headache, fatigue, or achy joints.
- Stage 3: The infection has spread throughout the body: compromised vital organs.
If you find a tick rash (Stage 1), immediately cover the entire area with topical iodine plus two additional inches of uninfected skin surrounding the area. Next, cover the same area with an antibacterial essential oil like thyme and/or oregano. This technique hopefully prevents the bacteria from spreading. Since iodine is antibacterial, this will give two layers of treatment. Apply more essential oil as soon as the smell is gone. Apply more topical iodine as soon as the dye begins to fade about one-half way. This may be about every two hours, more or less depending on the individual. Each person’s body absorbs essential oils and iodine at different rates.
“In a 2017 study they found that essential oils from oregano, cinnamon bark, clove buds, citronella and wintergreen killed stationary phase Lyme bacteria even more potently than daptomycin, the champion among tested pharmaceuticals. Oils from thyme leaves, cumin seeds and amyris wood also performed well, as did cinnamaldehyde, the fragrant main ingredient of cinnamon bark oil.”
If you don’t know how long the rash has been developing, assume that it has gone systemic and add oral antibiotics. Nano silver (Smart Silver from DesBio) and oregano (ADP from Biotics Research) are natural antibiotics that work well together. Take oregano along with meals and the silver between meals. This rotation supports natural immune function.
Once body aches have begun (stage 2), diet therapy is vital for a good recovery. Bacteria feed upon simple sugars which come from fruit, grains, and sweeteners. These need to be eliminated from the diet. A low-glycemic diet allows protein (fish, chicken, turkey, lean beef), oils, nuts, seeds (preferably raw), and all non-starchy vegetables like asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, cucumber, garlic, green beans, leafy greens, onion, sprouts, and zucchini. Typically, three weeks of this strict diet produces good results, but some people may take longer.
When in stage 3, following the low-glycemic diet works wonders for reducing symptoms. Recovering organ function takes time. Hydrolyzed Collagen Protein (Biotics Research) builds joint tissue. Stem Cell Release Factor (ADN) builds organ tissue through increasing your own stem cell production with botanical sources (not stem cell injections). Cat’s Claw (Pure Encapsulations) is a rainforest remedy for loosening up deep infection. Also, use nana silver and oregano as outlined in stage 2 treatment. Cover the skin rash with topical iodine and antibacterial essential oils.
Symptoms reported by those with Lyme disease.
- numbness or tingling in the hands and feet
- neck stiffness
- shortness of breath
- severe fatigue
- chest pain
- nerve-related pain
- pain in the bones, muscles, and joints
- intense headaches
- short-term memory loss (dementia)
- inflammation of the brain and spinal cord
- an irregular heart rhythm
If you would like assistance developing a personal Lyme recovery program, contact me.