NPR On Point Discussion on Lyme (broadcast on June 13, 2017)

Terrific discussion with host Tom Askbrook and Lyme.  Here's Tom's introduction ----- (CLICK ON LINK BELOW TO LISTEN TO FULL RADIO EPISODE)

(WBUR - BOSTON - JUNE 13, 2017) If you want to know how bad a tick season we’re going to have for Lyme disease, count the mice. Mice carry Lyme. Ticks love mice. And the numbers this year are plague-level. It’s going to be a rough season for Lyme disease, which is spreading ever further into the country. And it’s not just Lyme that ticks are carrying these days. A new tick-borne virus – Powassan – can kill you. Leave you paralyzed. This hour On Point: bracing for a bad season of ticks and disease. -- Tom Ashbrook

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO EPISODE > http://www.wbur.org/onpoint/2017/06/13/preventing-lyme-a-new-disease-ticks-spread

A female, Amblyomma triste from a dorsal view, as it was climbing a blade of grass. (Christopher Paddock/CDC)

A female, Amblyomma triste from a dorsal view, as it was climbing a blade of grass. (Christopher Paddock/CDC)

NUTRITION RESOURCE Bone Broth Diet by Dr. Kellyann Petrucci: Much More Than a Book About Healthy Soup!

I've read this book and been mentioning it to my clients.  It's a fabulous nutritional resource because Dr. Kellyann touches upon many other topics (and her book includes top health thinkers sidebars) giving clear, clinically proven recommendations and information on leaky gut repair, good fats, bad fats, sugar (in all it's many forms), carbs, soy-products, unhealthy oils, etc. (hard cover copy costs under $11 via Amazon Prime)  ORDER YOUR BOOK BY CLICKING HERE (no I don't get any kickback from sales :)

ANIMATED VIDEO: The Immune System Explained (in less than 7 minutes)

Here's a well done short animation that explains how the human immune system works in the face of a bacterial infection.  A very informative Youtube video series created by Kurzgesagt.

"The immune system is a powerful army of cells that fights like a T-Rex on speed and sacrifices itself for your survival. Without it you would die in no time. This sounds simple but the reality is complex, beautiful and just awesome." - Kurzgesagt

It's a jam packed 7 minute video CLICK HERE TO WATCH

 

 

 

SCIENCE BEHIND WHY BACTERIA CELLS DISLIKE AND DIE FROM MAGNETS

 (This article by Monya Sigler Phillips, PhD explains the science behind magnets effectiveness at the cellular / bacterium level)

WHY BACTERIA HATE MAGNENT Bacteria are single-celled organisms that are surrounded by phospholipid membranes. The purpose of the membrane is two-fold. First, it physically contains a cell's organelles and other cellular machinery (proteins) that are needed for survival. Second, it maintains a separation between the intracellular and extracellular salt solutions in which the cells exist. A simple diagram is shown below which illustrates the make-up of these salt solutions. Note that the concentration of potassium (K+) ions is higher inside the cell than outside, and that the opposite is true of sodium (Na+) and chloride (C1-) ions. This separation of ions across the bacterial cell wall is essential, and is maintained by the impermeable phospholipid membrane. If all of the charges (+ and -) on the inside and the outside of the cell are summed (separately), you would find that there is a net negative charge on the membrane's intracellular surface. In other words, the inside of the cell is more negative than the outside of the cell. 

Ion Chammels and the
regulation of cellular pH
baccell ( SEE IMAGE 1 BELOW)

As stated earlier, different channel proteins transport different ions across biological membranes. On such ion is the proton, or positively chargen hydrogen atom (H+). The flow of protons through ion channels in bacterial cell membranes is used to control the pH of the intracellular solution. The regulation of cellular pH is crucial for the survival of biological cells. This is true because if the pH is too high or too low, the structural integrity of intracellular proteins is compromised. This, in turn, makes the protein incapable of performing its normal duties, most of which involve catalyzing cellular reactions that are needed to keep the cell alive. The bottom line is that a cell that is unable to control its pH is a dead cell. 

The pH of any solution (including biological ones) is directly related to the concentration of protons, or positively charged hydrogen atoms, in the solution. The higher the concentration of (H+), the lower the pH, and vice versa. A pH of 7 is neutral, and most cells cannot tolerate having an intracellular pH that is very far from this value. Therefore, bacteria (and other organisms) have developed ways of controlling their pH. This occurs in one of two ways. First, there are intracellular molecules called buffers that bind protons if their concentration gets too high and release protons if their concentrations get too low. The buffer molecules are fine-tuned, however, and are easily saturated. When this happens, (when the concentration of protons gets very high) they can simply be transferred accross the cell membrane via ion channels. 

The effect of magnets on ion channel behavior
As we discussed earlier, the direction of flow of ions through protein channels is affected by both the electrical and chemical potential that exists across the cell membrane. If bacteria, for example, are placed in an environment where large electrical fields exist, the electrical potential across their cellular membrance will be affected. The presence of a strong magnetic field is a good example of such an environment. The polarized regions of a large magnet will create highly unphysiological electrical potentials in the bacteria's environment. This potential will overwhelm any existing potentials in these very small cells, and they will no longer have control over the movement of ions across their membranes. 

The separations of charges across the membrane creates two separate driving forces of the ions. First, because the inside of the cell is more negatively charged than the outside, there is an electrical driving force. In this case, if the membrane was punctured, positively charged ions (cations) would be attracted into the cell and negatively charged ions (anions) would be repelled from the interior of the cell. Second, the separation of the charge creates a chemical driving force. In this case, ions would want to flow through the puncture down their concentration gradient. For example, both sodium and chloride ions would flow from outside (where they are highly concentrated) to inside the cell (where their concentration is lower). The opposite is true of potassium ions which are more concentrated inside the cell. 

(S(SEE IMAGE 2 BELOW)

Of course, movement of the ions across bacterial membranes does not occur via gaping holes. Rather, it ocurs with the aid of proteins that are embedded in the cell membrane. These proteins span the entire membrane, and thus face the extracellular solution on one side of the cell and the intracellular solution on the other. The proteins exist in both "close" and "open" conformations, and the movement of the ions between these two states is regulated by the bacterial cell. when closed, no ions are allowed through the membrane. When the protein is "open", it forms a small cylindrical hole in the membrane through which ions can pass. Usually, cations and anions flow through different protein channels. Also, some proteins are able to select among different ions of a particular charge. For example, some channels allow sodium but not potassium ions to pass through their pore. The diagram to the above illustrates the flow of ions through protein channels. 

The flow of ions across cell membranes is coupled to many important cellular processes, therefore, bacterial cells become very "sick" when they lose the ability to regulate the ionic currents through protein channels. One of the deadliest scenarios is
when the flow of protons is disturbed. In this case, the destruction of the protons' electrochemical gradient equals the destruction of the ability to expel them from the cell. When the hydrogen ion concentration rises, then, the cell cannot release the ions to the environment, and the pH is lowered to a level that is not tolerable. Death ensures.

  (source - LifeForce Hospitals - Italy - by Monya Sigler Phillips, PhD)

 

CAROLINE MYSS: WHY PEOPLE DON'T HEAL

Caroline Myss is one of Alan's teachers.  In this 70+ minute archive YouTube video Caroline eloquently describes why she thinks many people don't fully heal.  Her stories and concepts were pioneering then in the late 90s and still resonate today.  Namely her concept and description of "woundology."  Let's be clear...we're not blaming the person suffering from bodily issues but attempting to understand the roots causes as well as other forces keeping us humans less than 100% healthy. 

ABOUT CAROLINE

Caroline Myss is a five-time New York Times bestselling author and internationally renowned speaker in the fields of human consciousness, spirituality and mysticism, health, energy medicine, and the science of medical intuition.

Caroline developed the field of Energy Anatomy, a science that correlates specific emotional/psychological/physical/spiritual stress patterns with diseases. Her research proved so accurate that it became the subject matter of a book co-written by Caroline and Norm: THE CREATION OF HEALTH.  

In 1996, Caroline released ANATOMY OF THE SPIRIT, a New York Times bestseller that has been published in 28 languages and has sold over 1.5 million copies. Through the investigation of the underlying reasons why people sabotage their healing processes, Caroline identified a syndrome she calls “woundology,” characterized by a person’s reliance on the power of illness for manipulation of his or her world, as opposed to attaining an independent, empowered state of health. As with her other seminal research, this syndrome is now a recognized psychological condition. Her third book, WHY PEOPLE DON’T HEAL AND HOW THEY CAN, became another New York Times bestseller.

 

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT CAROLINE CLICK HERE

SCIENCE EXPLAINED Understanding the Importance of Hydration

In this short video from DBC Health in Michigan (via Travel Water) on hydration and the critical role of intracellular and extracellular water is explained.  Briefly explains how important proper hydration is to mitochondria function (power source of the cell) and other critical functions of the body. Also the body uses water as our electrical and communication conductor.  Below is an edited version.  To watch full length of DBC's video (9.5 minutes) CLICK HERE

Understanding Negative and Positive Ions Impact on Our Health

One of my clients (thank you SD!!) is an expert in understanding of electricity and electromagnetic fields (namely ions) and its impacts our health.  Below's an article from KiFlow.com that clearly explains (in lay person terms) ions potential benefits and harmfulness to our bodies.

Visit this site to read the entire article - http://www.kiflow.com/info/ions.html

Health Benefits of Negative Ions

The astounding degree to which negative ions can contribute to good health is becoming increasingly apparent, as extensive research on the subject suggests. 

Negative ions are in the air that we breathe as well as in our bodies. They neutralize free radicals, revitalize cell metabolism and enhance immune function. In addition, they purify the blood and balance the autonomic nervous system, promoting deep sleep and healthy digestion. Negative ions also protect the body and mind from the harmful effects of environmental stressors such as electromagnetic fields. See below for more on the amazing healing properties of negative ions.

 In order to ensure our health and well being, it is crucial that we surround ourselves with a sufficient amount of negative ions. Eating clean, healthy, alkaline-producing foods can increase our negative ion levels.

What are Ions?

Ancient peoples recognized that the air is "electric," so to speak, but it is thought that the formal study of ions did not begin until fairly recently. In 1899, two German scientists, Elster and Geitel, discovered that there are particles in the atmosphere that carry electricity. These particles were later named "air ions" by the British scientist Faraday. The word "ion" was taken from the Greek language, in which it means to "go" or "wander about."

Ions are invisible particles, either molecules or atoms, which bear an electric charge. Atoms, for instance, consist of an atomic nucleus that contains neutral neutrons and positively charged protons, as well as orbiting electrons that are negatively charged. When an atom is in a neutral condition, the number of protons (+) and electrons (-) is equal. When the number of protons and electrons is not the same, the particle becomes an ion that is either positively or negatively charged. Generally speaking, positive ions are harmful to the human body, while negative ions are beneficial.

Positive Ion: an atom (or molecule) that has lost one or more electrons due to a high-energy impact. Natural forces that generate positive ions include the decay of radioactive minerals, radon gas, forest fires, lightning and ultraviolet rays.

Negative Ion: an atom (or molecule) that has gained one or more extra negatively charged electrons. Negative ions are naturally generated by evaporating water.

Electrons are highly sensitive to shock, impact, electric current and atmospheric change. Air pressure or heat, for instance, can cause electrons to escape from atoms and dissipate, increasing the number of positive ions in the air.

As mentioned above, the balance of negative and positive ions in the air is easily disturbed. A good example of this can be seen in the changes in ion levels associated with storm activity. Several hours before a thunderstorm, for instance, low atmospheric pressure causes the number of positive ions in the air to increase dramatically, to levels that sometimes exceed 5000 ions per cm³. In contrast, during a storm, negative ions increase to several thousand per cm³ while positive ions decrease, often to below 500 per cm³. (You can detect similarly high negative ion concentrations near waterfalls - see the chart below.)

In our daily lives, as well, we can directly experience the electricity of ions in the air in the form of static electricity - especially in winter, when the air is dry. Static is caused by a high ratio of positive to negative ions because of a lack of moisture in the air.

The Ratio of Negative to Positive Ions is Crucial to Health

The ratio of negative to positive ions is crucial, because negative ions are able to neutralize the harmful effects of positive ions. At the beginning of the 20th century, the ratio in the atmosphere was 1.2 negative ions for every positive ion. However, in recent years, the ratio has reversed and now there are 1.2 positive ions for every negative ion. This is due to environmental hazards such as air and water pollution, electromagnetic fields, and other factors.

Positive and negative ions also exist in our bodies, and the ratio of ions in the air we breathe influences the ratio in our bodies. Ions enter the body through the lungs (inhalation) as well as through the skin - especially through meridian (acupressure) points, which have weak electronic resistance. Then they travel through the blood and lymphatic systems to cells throughout the body. Wearing Ki Flow Ion Therapy Jewelry may increase the number of negative ions absorbed through the skin.

Negative and Positive Ion Levels Measured in Various Locations

 Negative Ions/Positive Ions

Offices701/400

Industrial Areas 50/300

Shopping Arcades 220/280

Residential Areas 200/180

Forests 2,500/800

Kowakidani Hot Spring 2,500/820

Near Minoh Waterfall 5,000/300

(These measurements were taken in Japan)

In some offices with computer stations, no negative ions were detected at all! Inside typical Tokyo residences, positive ions were found to be 500 times more numerous than negative ions. These findings may be due to inadequate ventilation both in office buildings and energy - efficient houses, as well as from the use of electronic devices that generate electromagnetic fields and from building materials that emit formaldehyde and other toxic fumes. On the other hand, high negative ion levels, such as at waterfalls, hot springs and other highly moist areas, will neutralize positive ions, leading to very low positive ion levels.

In any case, these measurements suggest that it is difficult to maintain sufficient levels of negative ions in the present age.

How Positive and Negative Ions Affect Our Bodies

 Negative Ions/Positive Ions

Blood vessels dilate blood vessels/Constrict blood vessels

Blood Pressure Stabilize/BPIncrease BP

Blood Increase blood alkalinity/Increase blood acidity

Bones Strengthen bones/Weaken bones

Urinary tract promote urination;
increase nitrogen in urine
/Suppress urination; 
decrease nitrogen in urine

Respiratory Stabilize respiration and make breathing easier/Accelerate respiration and make breathing more difficult. 

Pulse rate decrease/pulse rate Increase pulse rate

Heart Enhance heart function/Impair heart function

Fatigue speed physical recovery/Prolong physical recovery

Autonomic nervous system calm and relax nerves/Tense and strain the nervous system

Growth promote healthy growth/Suppress and delay growth

Harmful Effects of Positive Ions

Ions were first linked to human health by a Japanese medical study in 1910, which showed that patients with arthritis experienced greater pain when weather fluctuations elevated the percentage of positive ions in the atmosphere. As a result of this and other research, in Japan the close relationship between ions and health has long been widely recognized.

Cold fronts and low pressure systems increase the percentage of positive ions in the atmosphere, leading to a decrease in the number of negative ions in our bodies. Doctors in Japan report that under such conditions, the symptoms of their asthma and arthritis patients are aggravated, and the number of strokes increases.

In North America, the relationship between positive ions and asthma has also been studied. Positive ion winds (in which there are extremely high concentrations of positive ions) in Calgary, Alberta, southern California, and other places around the world have been found to coincide with increased incidence of asthma attacks (Guy Cramer, "Advanced Research on Atmospheric Ions and Respiratory Problems", Certified Medinex Website, Sept. 2, 1996, http://mypage.direct.ca/g/gcramer/asthma.html).

Moreover, in recent years a number of doctors in Japan report that high levels of positive ions in the immediate environment - due to electromagnetic fields generated from computers, cell phones and other electronic devices - can both impair brain function and suppress the immune system, leading to a host of ailments. Symptoms include headache, lack of energy, fatigue, anxiety, irritability, nausea, stomachache, breathing difficulty, vertigo (dizziness), poor concentration and mental performance, and sleep disturbance. When blood or urine samples from individuals reporting such symptoms are analyzed, extremely high levels of the stress hormone serotonin are detected. This hormone is known to be potentially harmful to the body at high levels, and it is thought that positive ions may work to increase serum serotonin. (Negative ions, on the other hand, cause the body to convert excess serotonin into a harmless compound).

Positive ions turn into free radicals in the body, oxidizing cells throughout the entire system. They damage healthy cells and increase the acidity of the blood. When cells are oxidized, lactic acid levels rise drastically, resulting in a variety of maladies, including cancer. The balance of the endocrine, immune, and autonomic nervous systems is thrown off, and blood and lymph circulation declines. As a result, aging processes accelerate, and premature aging occurs.

The following are human-made environmental factors that increase positive ion levels; each hazard is either new to the last century, or has magnified significantly during that time.

Human-Made Hazards that Increase Positive Ion Levels

  1. Exhaust fumes - the major environmental cause
  2. Factory smoke
  3. River pollution and acidic rain
  4. Dioxin produced from the burning of waste materials
  5. Pesticides and food additives
  6. Formaldehyde
  7. Phosphorus compounds used in everyday products
  8. Electromagnetic fields (EMFs) generated by X-rays, electric appliances, computers and other electronic devices, power lines, etc.

Negative Ions Neutralize Free Radicals

It is said that 2% of the oxygen we breathe turns into free radicals in our bodies. When these free radicals combine with free radicals produced by other sources (such as heavy metals, chemicals, bacteria, viruses, and positive ions), they become even more harmful. Negative ions work to prevent oxidation by neutralizing the free radicals in our cells. As a result, cells are revitalized, and immunity and resistance are strengthened. Negative ions also work to balance the autonomic nervous system and improve gastrointestinal function. They can relax the mind and body, promote deep sleep, increase metabolism, stabilize appetite and blood pressure, enhance recovery from physical exhaustion, and help one feel refreshed and invigorated. Negative ions are essential to overall health. Below is a summary of the healing properties of negative ions.

Healing Properties of Negative Ions

Recovery from physical exhaustion or fatigue - by increasing oxygen levels in the blood and facilitating more efficient oxygen utilization, negative ions help accelerate recovery from fatigue.

Stabilizing brain function - by promoting abundant oxygen levels in the blood, negative ions help normalize brain function, resulting in relaxation and calmness.

Blood purification - by increasing the levels of calcium and sodium in the blood stream, negative ions help restore a healthy (slightly alkaline) pH balance to the blood.

Increasing metabolism - by stimulating the exchange of electronic substances in cell walls, negative ions help increase metabolism.

Strengthening the immune system - high levels of negative ions promote production of globulin in the blood, resulting in stronger resistance to illness.

Balancing the autonomic nervous system - negative ions can calm and relax taut nerves by balancing the opposing sympathetic and parasympathetic branches of the autonomic nervous system.

Promoting better digestion - by counteracting over-arousal of the sympathetic nervous system, negative ions help ease tension in the stomach and intestines, promoting the production of digestive enzymes and enhancing digestion.

Cell rejuvenation - negative ions help revitalize cell metabolism, enhancing the vitality of muscle tissue and strengthening internal organs.

For overall health - negative ions can rejuvenate and revitalize all of the body's systems and cells, promoting a stronger overall constitution.

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Researching the Effects of Negative Ions

Studies Conducted in Japan

Many doctors and researchers in Japan have been studying the effects of negative ions. According to them, an insufficient number of negative ions in our environment results in suppressed immune, nervous, and digestive function, eventually leading to a variety of illnesses. Some doctors in Japan even treat their patients using a medical device that produces natural (not artificially produced) negative ions, with successful results. Below are some of the research results on the effects of negative ions.

In 1975, Nanzandoh Medical Clinic in Japan published some astonishing results from their research on negative ion therapy, finding it effective in the treatment of high blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, tinnitus (ringing of the ears), as well as for various disorders of the nervous, respiratory, and digestive systems, thyroid gland, and skin. It was also found to speed recovery from illness and slow aging processes.

A clinic near Ueyamada Hot Spring in Shinshu, Japan, treated Alzheimer's patients with negative ion therapy, and more than half were cured of the disease, recovering on their own with no further treatment! Following this, a medical team at Shinshu University also found that negative ions work to heal damaged cells in mice.

Dr. Tomoh Tsubushi, a medical professor at Tokyo Metropolitan University and sports medicine specialist, has closely followed negative ion research. In 1997, he concluded from his own studies that when negative ion therapy was applied after exercise, it quickly normalized blood pressure, reduced serum serotonin levels, and accelerated recovery time from exhaustion. In 2000, his paper on the beneficial effects of negative ions on the human body was published in Shuki no Kenkyu, a Japanese scientific journal.

According to research conducted by Shiseido, the world renowned Japanese cosmetics company, inhaling air containing 3,200 positive ions per cubic centimeter for 20 minutes resulted in thirst, loss of voice, and nasal congestion due to elevated serum serotonin levels. In contrast, inhaling negative ions for 10 minutes stabilized brain waves, resulting in a sense of calmness. In the group that inhaled negative ions, hardly any serotonin was detected in blood or urine samples. (Negative ions cause the body to convert excess serotonin - the antagonist for most of the problems - into a harmless chemical compound).

Studies Conducted in the U.S. and Other Counties

The following is excerpted from an article by Guy Cramer, entitled "Advanced Research on Atmospheric Ions and Respiratory Problems" (Certified Medinex Website, Sept. 2, 1996, http://mypage.direct.ca/g/gcramer/asthma.html):

"A doctor treating burn victims with negative ion generators found that those patients who also had respiratory problems - chronic bronchitis or asthma - all reported that negative ion therapy helped them breathe more easily. With these findings the doctor started research into the effects of ions on respiratory ills. This research was carried out at the Northeastern Hospital, at the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate Hospital, and the Frankford Hospital in Philadelphia. He found 63% of patients suffering from hay fever or bronchial asthma 'have experienced partial or total relief' because of negative ion therapy. One hospital doctor who worked on the project said later, 'They come in sneezing, eyes watering, nose itching, worn out from lack of sleep, so miserable they can hardly walk. Fifteen minutes in front of the negative ion machine and they feel so much better they don't even want to leave.'"

"The U.S. experimenters Windsor and Becket gave sixteen volunteers overdoses of positive ions for just 20 minutes at a time and all of them developed dry throats, husky voices, headaches, and itchy or obstructed noses. Five of the volunteers were tested for total breathing capacity, and it was found that a positive ion overdose reduced that capacity by 30 percent. Exposed to negative ions for ten minutes, the volunteers' maximum breathing capacity was unaffected. What is significant here is that negative ions did not affect the amount of air breathed, but positive ions made breathing more difficult."

"In Britain, two Oxford University statisticians conducted a study among 100 victims of asthma, bronchitis, and hay fever chosen at random from a list of people who had purchased negative ion generators in the hope that it would help their problems. In the end their report was based on interviews with only 74 of the 100. They found that 18 of 24 asthmatics; 13 of 17 bronchitis sufferers; 11 of 12 hay fever victims; and 6 of 10 people afflicted with nasal catarrh reported that negative ion generators had noticeably improved their condition. A few claimed the generator had cured them."

"Brazilian Hospitals have commonly used ionizing devices for the treatment of breathing problems, including allergies, following a test involving 36 children with asthmatic allergies. All of them had consistent and in some cases crippling problems before taking negative ion therapy; during the treatment only one of them suffered an allergy attack and afterward all were reportedly cured, at least to the point that they no longer suffered problems so long as they took part in occasional negative ion therapy sessions."

"In 1966 at a hospital in Jerusalem, doctors performed a series of tests on 38 infants between two and twelve months old. All suffered to about the same degree from respiratory problems. They were divided into two groups of nineteen, one kept as a control group in a ward without any ion charge and the other where a negative ion generator was in use."

"The researchers reported that negative ions without any other treatment - that is, no drugs - seemed to cure attacks of asthma and bronchitis more quickly than drugs, antibiotics included. They also observed that there were none of the 'adverse side effects' frequently found when treating such children with drugs. They concluded that the children treated with negative ions were less prone to 'rebound attacks' (relapses). As to objectivity, the scientific report said that the tests 'demonstrated that the atmospheric ions have an effect on infants, especially those suffering from asthmatic bronchitis.' Less scientifically, they found that babies didn't cry as often and as loudly when they were breathing negative ions as they did in normal air. And there is nothing subjective about a bawling baby."

Visit this site to read the entire article - http://www.kiflow.com/info/ions.html

BOOK: Updated "Healing Lyme" Book by Stephen Harrod Buhner (released December 2015)

I am reading this book and in my opinion it's super valuable deep-dive info for both my fellow practitioners, my clients and anyone who wants to learn more about Lyme Disease in general.  

CLICK HERE to order Buhner's book via Amazon (no I don't make any money on these links).

Below's the online synopsis:  

Lyme disease infects a minimum of 300,000 people per year in the United States and millions more throughout the rest of the world. Symptoms run from mild lethargy to severe arthritis to heart disease to incapacitating mental dysfunction. Although tests have improved over the past decade, they are still not completely reliable, and antibiotics are only partially effective. Up to thirty-five percent of those infected will not respond to antibiotic treatment or will relapse. The spirochetes that cause Lyme are stealth pathogens―they can hide within cells or alter their form so that our immune systems cannot find them, as well as inhibit the effectiveness of antibiotics. Lyme disease is, in fact, a potent emerging epidemic disease for which technological medicine is only partially effective. The coinfections that accompany Lyme are often as, or more, incapacitating than Lyme itself. Worldwide, hundreds of millions experience infection with babesia, bartonella, ehrlichia, anaplasma, mycoplasma, chlamydia, and the spotted fever rickettsiosis.

Healing Lyme examines the leading, scientific research on Lyme infection and its tests and treatments, and outlines the most potent natural medicines that offer help, either alone or in combination with antibiotics, for preventing and healing the disease. The book has been a bestseller for over a decade, and during that time the author has had contact with over 25,000 people who have used some form of these protocols during their healing journey. This edition has been significantly updated, fully revised, and expanded to reflect the increased understandings from that extensive contact, including depth-treatment experiences with hundreds during the past decade. Healing Lyme is the primary text in print on what Lyme bacteria do in the body and how natural approaches can heal the disease. It is the first book in print covering depth understanding and treatment of chlamydial and rickettsial coinfections.

This new updated version of Healing Lyme joins the author’s other two books on the treatment of Lyme coinfections (babesia, bartonella, mycoplasma, anaplasma, and ehrlichia) and completes his exhaustive work on these stealth pathogens.