Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Beyond Lyme Disease - New Approach To Healing Lyme By Connie Strasheim

In this video, Connie Strasheim shares some brief insights from her new book, Beyond Lyme Disease: Healing The Underlying Cause of Chronic Illness in People with Borreliosis and Co-Infections

While I've not read the entire book yet, I have found many of her points to be quite valid. I agree there can be many issues (even pre-Lyme) that are playing a role in hindering our overall healing process. Things like opportunistic infections (viruses such as Epstein-Barr, CMV, Varicella-Zoster, mosquito-borne viruses, etc.; bacteria such as Mycoplasma, Strep, MRSA, Salmonella, etc.; fungals such as Candida, Aspergillus, Trichothecene and other mycotoxins or molds), any unknown tick borne co-infections (Bartonella, Babesia, Erlichia, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, etc.) adrenal and thyroid fatigue or insufficiency, nutrient deficiencies, physical and/or emotional traumas, and heavy metal toxicities. 

I have found many of these, including vector borne co-infections, viruses, bacteria, adrenal fatigue and trauma, are certainly issues for me as I'm quite sure they are for many with chronic Lyme as well as other chronic illnesses. As we've all come to learn; it's never just Lyme.

On a side note, many of us also have genetic mutations that interfere with or block methylation cycle pathways. This is a serious issue that affects detoxification, immune function, energy production, inflammation control, etc. The key is finding out whether one has any variations of such mutations (MTHFR, CBS, COMT, MTRR, etc) and then properly addressing them. You cannot heal if you cannot detox.

My two cents: I think it's certainly worth considering this read especially if you have chronic Lyme disease and have been in treatment for a long period of time without seeing much improvement. Which, unfortunately, is or has been many of us. Some of the above mentioned issues could be playing a role and blocking progress. Truth is, chronic Lyme is not easy to heal. And the healing process certainly looks different for each of us because we're all biologically different. However, correcting any unknown issue(s) could be the very key to expediting healing and recovery for any one of us. Although it can feel like more work, I think it's all worth looking into.

In love and hope,

~ Michelle

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