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Lyme survives 28-days of antibiotics

When symptoms persist or return after a course of antibiotics, the usual advice to patients is to seek other treatment because the problem is no longer Lyme disease.

According to some Lyme disease experts, the Lyme bug has long been regarded as a stealth pathogen capable of hiding from the body’s immune system and from antibiotics. 

Tulane University medical researchers recently conducted an extensive study to evaluate the effects of antibiotics on the spirochetes that cause Lyme disease, and the results confirm this perspective.

“The data show that living B. burgdorferi spirochetes were found in ticks that fed upon the primates and in multiple organs after treatment with 28 days of oral doxycycline. The results also indicated that the immune response to the bacteria varied widely in both treated and untreated subjects.”

The study is significant because patients with Lyme are likely to be advised that one 28-day course of doxycycline should be sufficient to cure them of the disease. However, in some people, long-term symptoms persist. 

A one-size-fits-all approach to treatment, as anyone dealing with it discovers, doesn’t always work with Lyme disease. 


3 Keys to Healing Lyme with Diet

When you swallow the last of your antibiotics and yet you’re still sick, what then?

Some of us are lucky. We might find the embedded tick, or notice the bulls-eye rash, or realize the moment we’ve been bitten, and quickly receive treatment from an experienced Lyme doctor. 

When caught early in its first stage, Lyme can frequently be beaten with
antibiotics. But the disease doesn’t present the same in all of us, so a correct diagnosis can be delayed. And some people experience symptoms after antibiotic treatment is complete. Diet and nutrition can play an important role in healing from Lyme and its co-infections.

Here are 3 keys to using diet as a healing tool:

#1 - Healing is an inside job
Addressing the symptoms is perhaps best done in an integral approach. Integral healing means taking action from all angles. Healing is an inside job. 

Yet it isn’t only mind, body, and spirit: several other factors you might not have considered—for example, your access to Lyme experts—play a fundamental role in healing as well. 

#2 - Be consistent and persistent
Can diet affect the healing process? In my experience, yes it can. I credit my healthy post-Lyme life to changes in diet, the addition of herbal therapies and
homeopathics, along with other fundamental lifestyle factors such as exercise and getting a proper night’s sleep. 

None of these changes would have been effective without consistent application. Persist! Don’t confuse slow progress with no progress. Practice makes perfect, even in the fine art of healing from disease. Schedule healthy practices into your calendar, and then follow through. 

#3 - Keep a food journal
Dedicate a journal to keeping a record of your meals and snacks each day. What do you drink? How much and when? What sorts of foods are you giving yourself. Be real, be honest and straight with yourself. Make a daily list of everything you eat. 

The idea is to become radically conscious of your habits. It’s easy to find out what types of food and drink will help you heal from
Lyme disease. Become more aware of your diet as it is. Then decide if you think you might benefit from changing it up a bit. We often go unconscious around eating. Keeping a journal of your daily dining habits can shine a light.

For a host of different reasons, not all Lyme patients get the same results from the same protocol. Many people find that changes in their diet can help restore their health. 

For those of us who didn’t get a quick
diagnosis in the disease’s first stage, the goal is to do as much as possible to move beyond the effects of the disease so we can start living a healthy post-Lyme life. Let me know in the comments if you use these three keys, and if so, have you had results?