Transmitted mainly during a tick bite, Lyme disease represents a double challenge: first to detect it, then to treat it. It is an infectious disease, where the main bacterium, a borrelia, is fought with antibiotics. But in its chronic form, antibiotic therapy alone sometimes reveals its limits. A brief overview of complementary approaches.
Lyme, a disease apart
Sneaky and very good at hiding, able to mimic other illnesses, fool the immune system and antibiotics, Lyme disease is always a headache. . . It is a separate disease where antibiotics are sometimes powerless against an association of bacteria. According to official figures, it represents at least 30,000 new cases per year. The associations believe that these figures are largely underestimated because of the lack of knowledge of the disease and the lack of reliability of the tests available. Indeed, according to the high health authority, the Elisa test (the first performed) would be 30% reliable; the Western blot test would be 70% reliable. The latter is generally only offered as a second intention, to check a positive result with Elisa. The diversity of species and subspecies of the Borrelia family does not facilitate screening, because the symptoms of the disease vary according to the type of Borrelia present:
- joint and muscle pain,
- neurological damage, difficulty concentrating,
- tiredness, memory loss…
But we now know that if the main bacterium accused is of the genus borrelia, it is not always solely responsible: other bacteria of the spirochete family may be involved, and above all, borrelies must combine with other bacteria or with yeasts such as candidas in order to be able to really develop all their virulence. Without this alliance, they are almost nothing. It is a disease with several co-infections. The development of Lyme disease is therefore the chance encounter between one (or more) bacteria and a terrain that is totally favorable to them. A bit like a plant seed that can only develop in its natural ecosystem and only in good weather…
A favorable ground
We must not forget that the human body has cohabited for hundreds of years with ticks (and borrelia bacteria) without ever knowing the current slaughter… Little has changed on the bacteria side, a lot on the human side… .It is very likely that changes in lifestyle, exposure to pesticides, significant changes in diet (and therefore in the microbiota and intestinal immunity), deficiencies in trace elements and vitamins, omnipresence of electromagnetic waves, etc. have played a decisive role in the weakening of the terrain. But acting on these factors can also make it possible to backtrack: if we were able to make the terrain favorable with these levers, we can also make it inhospitable. After a bite from a contaminated tick, one can also remain a healthy carrier for years, even decades: the bacterium simply waits for favorable conditions. It is therefore quite understandable that it will return to dormancy if these conditions disappear. If antibiotic therapy is necessary to fight the infection, additional measures are necessary to guarantee a long-term result.
A win-win accompaniment
For Lyme disease that has become chronic, a multi-therapy approach is often the option with the most lasting results; fractional antibiotic treatments are then associated with nutritional measures, supplementation in phytotherapy and especially in aromatherapy. Lyme disease is often associated with significant deficiencies in vitamins and minerals, which will be needed by the body. They are in fact necessary for all the enzymes in the body, for immunity in general, for maintaining the acid-base balance, for brain activity, for repairing the intestinal mucosa… because intestinal hyperpermeability is can be both the potential cause of the development of chronic infections and the consequence of treatment. Aromatherapy alone, even well selected, would remain very uncertain, antibiotic therapy alone is not 100% effective either. In addition, antibiotic treatments are heavy: natural support can help limit side effects and continue treatment, thanks to support for the intestinal flora and liver drainage. The accompaniment makes it possible to limit fatigue, digestive problems, candidiasis, etc. A follow-up by a therapist is then necessary to put in place a personalized program with an individualized mixture of essential oils, antioxidants, chelation of heavy metals, probiotics, etc.
How to react in case of a tick bite?
By adopting the right gestures and monitoring for a few weeks. However, don’t panic, not all ticks are infected. First, in the event of a tick bite, it must be removed quickly: the risk of transmission of Lyme would be higher beyond 48 hours; and logically, the longer the contact time, the greater the risk of contamination… Do not use ether, alcohol, essential oils directly on the tick: they would cause it to spit more of saliva potentially carrying borrelies. The use of a special tick puller allows the small parasite to let go without damage. After this step, disinfection is mandatory: the use of a broad-spectrum antibacterial essential oil such as tea tree is quite possible, at the rate of one to two drops diluted in a little vegetable oil. This mixture is to be used on and widely around the bite for a few days. The scar is then to be monitored for at least a month; the characteristic erythema migrans sometimes does not appear until several weeks later. Its appearance must lead to immediate consultation: it is at the first stage of the disease that antibiotic therapy is most effective. And nothing prevents you from taking the opportunity to take stock of your health and lifestyle…
In short, there is no miracle solution but rather a long-term program: with lyme, it’s not really the story of an enemy to be defeated, rather that of health to be deeply renovated.
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