If there is ever another condition with more confusion and controversy, I would like to know!
Lyme disease is a serious infectious disease that presents with a variety of symptoms, from debilitating neurological and/or arthritic conditions to extreme emotional and physical exhaustion. Lyme disease can effect all organ systems in the body, from the heart to the brain, and can affect all physiological functions. The bacterium that causes Lymes Disease, Borrelia burgdorferi, can evade the immune system and survive through a multitude of biological forms. From a cystic or dormant form to a cell wall deficient or invasive L-form, Lyme disease requires a variety of treatments to effectively eradicate this infection from the body. There’s no question. It takes a lot of work, but complete resolution of the infection is possible in as little as 3 months.
Treatment objectives need to focus on eradicating the active, L-forms of the bacterium first, followed by a major focus on biofilms or cystic, dormant forms of this disease. The basis of these treatments, in most cases, should start with specific pharmaceutical antibiotics along with aggressive immune support. All of this has to occur while attempting to identify if cell wall deficient forms of the organism exist. Cell wall deficient (CWDs) forms are best seen under a high powered darkfield microscope. Although difficult to identify, these bacterial forms are able to be seen and specific treatments may be used to allow the immune system and antibiotics to address the infection.
Commonly, people are suffering from a host of symptoms at the time of identifying the Lyme infection. Identification is not easy in itself. At Westcoast Integrative Health we use the only testing and lab that stands behind their research in the identification of Lyme. Western blot testing against a host of surface proteins using a combination of IgG and IgM antibodies are commonly required to identify the Lyme infection. Even using this testing, with or without CD 57 cell identification, Lyme’s can be hard to identify and requires clinical experience to treat and cure.
If you feel that Lyme disease or any number of coinfections (babesiosis, ehrlichiosis, bartonella, mycoplasma, STARI, tularemia among others) are a concern for you, please consider visiting Dr Brian Davies, Naturopath, at Westcoast Integrative Health!
Check out this symptom chart to see if you have any of these concerns – http://www.lyme-symptoms.com/LymeCoinfectionChart.html