Lyme disease is like having termites in the wood of your house. You can kill them but simply killing them does not fix the damage they caused. Sweeping up the wood dust left behind, which is analogous to the toxins left behind by the dead bacteria, also is good, but that too does not fix the damage they caused.
This is the frustration many people face. We are sold the idea, by mainstream medicine, that if we kill the bacteria, then the body and mind will just come back to health. In most garden variety infections this is largely true, however in LD with its coinfections, the body is often too damaged to repair itself without the help of a doctor with a lot of creativity and innovative ways of helping the body heal.
So what have our doctors at the Hansa Center consistently found is damaged by people who suffered from longterm LD?
Most often there are a dizzying array of damaged areas in the biochemical pathways of the body. Almost always our doctors find and correct breakdowns in the biochemical pathways responsible for producing energy, known as glycolysis and gluconeogenesis.
We often see changes in the expression of the SNPs that need to be shifted back to the functional side of the SNP.
The blood brain barrier needs fatty acid and nutritional support to repair the holes caused by excessive ammonia from the Lyme bacteria, leading to a term I coined years ago, "Leaky-brain syndrome" that LD caused.
The biochemical production lines that start with Succinyl-CoA, leading to ALA, and PBG, through the porphrinogens and on down the line to produce heme and ultimately produce Cytochrome P450 and Cytochrome A, and other important detoxification molecules is almost always damaged, and needs targeted corrections.
Chronic LD often damages the production of the enzymes Alcohol Dehydrogenase and Aldehyde Dehydrogenase, that are necessary in order to correctly breakdown alcohol in the body.
Inflammation is often running rampant due to the out of control histamine production, and out of control Interleukin-1beta, and poor fatty acid metabolism that controls the inflammatory responses.
Neurotransmitters that often come from the action of friendly intestinal bacteria, are often out of balance, due to the unfortunate and oft misguided use of natural and pharmaceutical antibiotics.
The production of hormones by all the glands, from the pituitary to the gonads, which are chemical messengers that tell the organs to increase or decrease their functions are always found to be dysregulated with too much of some hormones and too little of others, causing all of the rhythm of the organs to be thrown off.
I think by now you get the point...almost everything that can be screwed up in your body's chemistry, is screwed up!
As a result of chronic LD there are also always structural damages to the body. The most apparent signs and symptoms our doctors see and address are changes in joint mobility, along with muscles that are tight, toxic, and inflamed. Ligaments are often chronically sprained and lax causing instability in the joints.
Almost always our doctors also find structural problems in the cranial bones, which are jammed, and the TMJ is misaligned, causing uneven pressure on the brain, and the tongue to fall down the throat when a person sleeps, leading to excessive adrenaline being secreted to keep you breathing...
The crania-sacral respiration of cerebrospinal fluid is often stagnant. The blood itself is often hyperviscous (thick), devitalized, and poorly oxygenated. The fibrous floor of the brain, and the wall separating the right and left brain, the Falx Cerberi and Falx Tentorium are most often misaligned causing a "short-circuiting" of the entire nervous system with each breath through the nose and/or mouth.
The fascia membranes are restricted and holding the energetic memory of trauma, both physical and emotional, leading to the energy of your body to leak into the atmosphere around you, instead of being able to be used to heal. These leaks from the fascia need to be corrected.
The lymph system is almost always congested leading to global toxicity and puffiness in areas of the body as it pools and become a gelatinous toxic goo.
The temperature regulation of regions of the body, and at times, the entire body is messed up, leading to cold temperatures in some and excessively hot temps in other people.
All of this mess opens the body to other opportunistic microbes, such as mold, parasites, candida, and viruses to jump in and cause a host of other problems. Environmental toxins that have been accumulating in the body since conception and the womb become more of an issue once the body is in this downward spiral.
Then we get to the brain of people with chronic LD. The brain waves have very predictable problem patterns of increased amplitude in the low frequencies of frontal lobes, frontal poles, and other lobes of the brain. The "software" of the brain, that actually runs the biochemistry, the immune system, the hormone producing glandular system, the muscles, and everything in the body is stuck in this dysfunctional pattern. Until the software glitches in the brain are addressed you might get temporary benefits from various nutritional or prescription treatments and therapies, but because the software is the deepest level of interference, one often sees treatments help for a while and then stop working. These altered brain wave patterns often lead to the oft seen, "Lyme rage" and cognitive problems, such as brain fog, memory loss, tongue tied, and brain fatigue. Again these things can be corrected, but...
Guess what? Antibiotics and detoxing, will not fix all of these things! They can only do what they do. Yet, all most doctors do is carpet bomb bacteria and try to balance the hormones and inflammation in a reactive model that cannot reach the deepest causes.
I know, all of this sounds gloomy. My point is that after treating thousands of people with these problems for the last 20 years, our doctors find that people the world over are still coming to us often believing the myth that true health comes from killing all of the bacteria, and that the body will naturally just go back to normal after that is achieved. As you can see, there are many other reasons you are sick.
Yes, enabling the body to bring down the population of bacteria and other microbes is important, and even helping it do that naturally can be beneficial, however can you see that if you are chronically ill, you need to find a doctor who can and will take to the time address everything, not just a handful of things?
This is why we require a two or three week stay with us at the Hansa Center. It takes time, and skill to address everything that has gone wrong in a person's body. We see a person up to 4 hours a day, everyday. Anything that the body is struggling with from the treatments of the day before, are addressed right away the next day. Everyday the doctor is digging deeper to find and address everything that can be identified, in a strategically eloquent system of care that weaves dynamically through every system and every potential cause of interference in the body and mind.
If you cannot come to the Hansa Center, please find a doctor, or a team of doctors and other allied health professionals to address the totality of the problem. Don't fall for the myth of chasing the next best idea of antibiotics. Often, as in termite infestation of your home, the bacteria have been largely addressed, but the damage left behind is why you don't have the health that you desperately desire.