Behandlingsområden / symtom

Många sjukdomar är ett sätt för kroppen att tala om att något är fel. Med näringsterapi kan kroppen återställa sig till ett friskt läge så vi producerar de hormoner vi ska producera, får bort inflammationer och får våra utrensningsorgan att fungerar optimalt så vi blir av med slaggprodukter och toxiska ämnen. Vi påverkar kroppens biokemi med näringstillskott och örter och kan på så sätt återställa hälsan.

Om du inte har möjlighet att ta dig till någon av våra kliniker i Helsingborg eller Malmö går det bra att ta mötet via telefon eller Skype.

Magproblem
Ont i mage, diarré, förstoppning, gasig mage, magsår, uppsvälldhet eller sura uppstötningar? Brist på enzymer, födoämnen som man inte tål, obalans i mikrofloran eller skadade slemhinnor kan ställa till med stor skada. Vi hjälper dig få rätt med dina mag- och tarmbesvär. Vi jobbar även med olika analyser vid magproblem, exempelvis kan man mäta obalanser i mikrofloran genom avföringen och titta på inflammationsmarkörer.

Trötthet/Utmattning
Trött på morgonen eller eftermiddagen eller helt enkelt slutkörd hela dagen? Stress påverkar både de endokrina organen och nervsystemet. Vi kan mäta både sköldkörtel och binjurar eller göra kortisoltester för att se exakt hur vi ska balansera upp dig och få upp energin. Ju tidigare man jobbar med stress och trötthet desto snabbare går det att vända. Vänta inte tills du är helt slutkörd!

Hudproblem: Psoriasis, rosacea, acne, eksem
Många hudsjukdomar såsom psoriasis, acne, eksem och rosacea är ett uttryck för obalanser i kroppen. Det kan bero på exempelvis hormonella obalanser, stress, miljöbelastning på kroppen eller inflammationer i kroppen. När man får rätt på orsaken bakom kan man också jobba bort sin psoriasis, rosacea, eksem eller acne.

Reumatism
Att leva med smärta är fruktansvärt. Många blir av med sina ledsmärtor helt och hållet vid omställning av kost samt att man behandlar inflammationer och obalanser.

Fibromyalgi
Du behöver inte leva med smärta resten av livet. Med näringsterapi och örtmedicin kan man balansera upp personen och återställa hälsan så du kan bli fri från dina smärtor. Vi jobbar grundligt med kosten och hjälper dig skapa nya vanor som du mår bra av.

Sömnbesvär
Att ha svårt att sova är tyvärr ganska vanligt idag. En bra sömn är oerhört viktigt för att kroppen ska kunna återhämta sig under natten och för att vi ska kunna ha energi på dagen. Därför brukar vi jobba med sömnen som en av de första sakerna vi gör.

Infertilitet
Behöver du hjälp att bli gravid på naturlig väg? I Storbritannien har man sett att behandling med näringsterapi har gett bättre resultat än behandling med IVF. Det är samtidigt naturligt och snällt mot kroppen. Vi jobbar både med mannen och kvinnan.

Klimakteriebesvär
När hormonerna är i balans kan du som kvinna slippa de obehagliga klimakteriebesvär som man annars kan få. Det kan bero på att det är obalans mellan östrogen och progesteron. Vi kan mäta progesteron och östrogen genom ett enkelt salivtest: man kan mäta endast östrogen eller endast progesteron, eller ännu bättre båda två och se balansen mellan dem.

Borrelia
1975 i staden Lyme i delstaten Connecticut i USA upptäcktes att barn hade en mystisk sjukdom som orsakade artritis. Man fann att deras symtom kunde kopplas till fästingar. 1981 isolerades mikroben,  en korkskruvsliknande organism av Dr. Willy Burgdorfer med kollegor och döpte den till Borrelia burgdorferi. 

Dr. Burgdorfer upptäckte att symptomen också liknade en gammal sjukdom erythema migrans (EM) i europa som också uppstod vid fästingbett.  Båda hade utslag runt bettet och detta har man under mer än 100 år noterat men då man inte haft något botemedel och Borrelia inte leder till döden så har man inte utvecklat en strategi mer än att sedan antibiotikans intrång ge noticed that symptoms of this new illness were very similar to a tick-borne condition long recognized in Europe called erythema migrans (EM), named for the associated rash migrating from the tick bite.[2] Physicians in both North America and Europe have long recorded illness associated with a migrating rash surrounding tick bites (for over 100 years), but because they lacked effective treatment options, and because the illness was debilitating but not life-threatening, tick-borne illnesses never received much attention.
Not much has changed since then in the medical community. Because Lyme disease is difficult to define, difficult to treat, and rarely life-threatening, many doctors today turn a blind eye to it.
What has changed, however, is public awareness. People not only know about Lyme disease, but there is more public interest in it than ever before. Living with chronic debilitating illness is no longer acceptable and people want solutions. Because the medical establishment is not paying attention, people are turning to the Internet for information. And although the Internet can be a great source of information, there is also a lot of misinformation about what Lyme disease really is.
Lyme disease is not a panic-inducing epidemic like the Ebola virus. Borrelia burgdorferi, the microbe that causes Lyme disease, is a stealth microbe that insidiously makes people chronically miserable, often for a lifetime. It rarely kills directly. Its sole purpose is to complete a lifecycle stage within its host and then hop on board to the next tick that happens along. Within its natural host, the white footed mouse, it completes its lifecycle with seemingly little harm to the host.

Visste du att?
Borrelia har smittat människor långt bakåt i tiden. År 2011 fann man i glaciären i Italien en 5300 år människa med vävnad infekterad med Borrelia burgdorferi.
Antalet smittade i världen är svårt att beräkna då Borrelia är svårdiagnosticerad och det finns ingen enhetlig Borrelia organisation.

How Lyme Disease Infections Work
Borrelia can adapt to a variety of natural hosts, and humans are one of the most common. When an invasion of borrelia enters the bloodstream through a tick bite, the immune system immediately recognizes it and responds aggressively. The microbe, however, has no desire to overwhelm the host with a catastrophic infection.
The ultimate stealth microbe, borrelia clears the blood stream quickly and uses its corkscrew shape to bore deeply into tissues. Collagen is the primary nutrient borrelia needs for survival, so the microbe has a preference for collagen-rich tissues such as joints, brain, muscle (heart muscle especially), eyes and skin. Most symptoms originate in these areas.
Stealth allows borrelia to blend in with all the other microbes in the body. If immune function is robust, the host-microbe relationship is balanced and borrelia causes no symptoms. If immune function is not up to par, however, tug-of-war ensues between the microbe and the immune system. Interestingly, the microbe actually uses this struggle to its advantage. It directly stimulates chemical messengers of the immune system called cytokines. Stimulation of cytokines causes inflammation, which breaks down tissues and releases collagen-rich nutrients to the microbe’s ultimate benefit. The ultimate opportunists, the microbes gravitate toward sites of established inflammation in the body, such as arthritic joints.
For the most part, the intensity of the immune reaction determines the intensity of a person’s symptoms—as opposed to the concentration of microbes present. In other words, most symptoms associated with Lyme disease are caused by the immune reaction and not the bacteria itself. This means that it doesn’t take a high concentration of microbes to feel very sick. Having low concentrations of microbes is one reason why Lyme disease is so difficult to properly diagnose.
This is a very different strategy than a microbe such as streptococcus pneumoniae, the microbe that commonly causes pneumonia. This aggressive microbe succeeds by overwhelming the host with infection. Because of its rapid growth rate, conventional antibiotic therapy is very effective for controlling this type of microbe. In contrast, Borrelia , which has a slow growth rate and does not depend on overwhelming the host, responds poorly to conventional antibiotic treatment.

Did You Know?
During the first two weeks after a tick bite, antibiotics can help clear the microbes from your bloodstream but they won’t eliminate them completely—acute antibiotics just help give your immune system the upper hand.

In the first two weeks after a tick bite, antibiotic therapy can be helpful for clearing the microbes before they have an opportunity to clear the bloodstream and penetrate deeply into tissues. Antibiotic therapy will not, however, eliminate all of the microbes; it just helps to give the immune system the upper hand. After the microbes are disseminated into tissues, antibiotic therapy is less likely to eradicate the infection.
Beyond penetrating deep into tissues, borrelia also has the ability to shed the corkscrew shape and live inside cells (intracellular), well protected from antibiotic therapy. And if it gets hit really hard with multiple antibiotics, it can form a protective cyst and stay dormant until the antibiotics are long gone.
After the initial tug-of-war with the immune system’s first line of defense, secondary defenses take over and produce antibodies to destroy the microbes. The microbe has effective mechanisms of evasion against these defenses also, but a healthy immune system usually wins out eventually and the microbe is completely suppressed. By that time, however, if all goes according to nature’s plan, some members of the tribe will have escaped via a new tick bite and their mission of self-preservation will be accomplished; the life cycle is complete.
If you get caught off guard with a compromised immune system, however, the tug-of-war never ends. Chronic low grade infection becomes a normal state and the immune system never fully recovers. If unaddressed, chronic misery can set in for a lifetime.
The key to preventing Lyme disease from becoming chronic is having a strong immune system. People with a healthy immune system generally have minimal symptoms at initial infection and never develop chronic disease.

Did You Know?
Borrelia is the ultimate stealth microbe, and can adapt to many different natural hosts and is spread by a variety of ticks.
Ticks require a blood meal during each of three stages (nymph, larva, adult). Borrelia can be transferred at any stage, but transfer during the larval stage is most common in humans because larval ticks are so tiny.
New infections are most common in the spring and early summer.
Symptoms are primarily caused by immune reaction (inflammatory cytokines) and not the bacteria itself. Borrelia has no genes coding for toxins that can harm the host.
Borrelia does not rely on overwhelming the host with infection; significant illness can be caused by low concentrations of microbes.
Lyme disease is often divided into three stages: early localized, early disseminated, and late disseminated, but the difference between the later two stages is often arbitrary.
Separating Lyme disease into initial infection associated with acute tick bite and chronic Lyme disease may be more useful. The longer a person has had Lyme disease symptoms, generally the more difficult the recovery process.
If Lyme disease becomes chronic, it can make you miserable for a lifetime and will cause you to age faster, but it is unlikely to kill you.

https://www.cdc.gov/lyme/signs_symptoms/

Acute (Early-Stage) Lyme Disease
Symptoms of Acute Lyme Disease
One of the most well-known symptoms of Lyme disease is the classic “bull’s eye” rash (erythema migrans) that appears several days, or sometimes weeks, after getting a tick bite. For the bull’s eye rash, redness extends outward from the tick bite with an outer more prominent red ring.
Although the bull’s eye rash has long been considered definitive proof of Lyme disease, and considered more accurate than lab tests, even the rash may not be absolute. Only 1/3 of people with Lyme disease will get the rash, and only 10% of reported bull’s eye rashes are associated with the presence of borrelia in the blood (there are other types of microbes that can also cause the rash).
Other symptoms of acute Lyme disease include:
Fatigue or tiredness
Chills
Headache
Neck stiffness
Muscle aches
Low grade fever
*High fever and swollen lymph nodes generally indicate a co-infection
Having a history of tick bites, along with the bull’s eye rash and other Lyme disease symptoms, is the most reliable way to diagnose infection with borrelia—if it looks like a duck and walks like a duck, it probably is a duck. However, even this type of diagnosis is far from being absolute.
Antibiotic Treatment for Acute Lyme Disease
During the first two weeks after a tick bite, there is an opportunity to reduce the concentration of microbes within the host using conventional antibiotics before the microbes disseminate deeper into tissues.
Healthcare professionals routinely recommend doxycycline 100mg taken twice daily for 2-3 weeks. Metronidazole 500mg taken twice daily can be added to cover for a wider range of possible coinfections. Some providers prescribe clindamycin as an oral antibiotic treatment, which has a high association with overgrowth of Clostridium difficile in the gut (causing bloody diarrhea). Clindamycin should only be used topically or intravenously.
Antibiotic therapy will not eliminate all of the microbes; it just helps to give the immune system the upper hand. After the microbes have disseminated into tissues, antibiotic therapy is less likely to eradicate the infection.
Aside from antibiotics, a healthy immune system is essential for preventing chronic disease. At least half of people with an infected tick bite will develop fatigue and migrating arthritis within weeks to months after completing antibiotic therapy. Repeat antibiotics generally provide transient benefit or no benefit at all.
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Chronic (Late-Stage) Lyme Disease
Chronic Lyme disease is rarely fatal, but it can make you miserable for a lifetime. Typically, people with chronic Lyme disease look normal on the outside. Routine screening labs at the doctor’s office often come back as normal, which can be extremely frustrating for patients because they are often discounted as not being ill.
Inside, however, deep in tissues, a chronic war is going on between a hidden microbe (or microbes) and the person’s immune system. This results in a wide spectrum of seemingly unrelated symptoms.
Symptoms of Chronic Lyme Disease
When Lyme disease becomes late-stage or chronic, a different set of symptoms may emerge from the initial onset of the infection. These symptoms may include:
Tooth pain
Chronic infection
Chronic fatigue
Chronic pain
Migrating arthritis or joint pain
Muscle pain
Chronic flu-like symptoms
Headache
Neck stiffness and creaking
Bell’s palsy (paralysis or weakness in the facial muscles of one side)
Brain fog or loss of cognitive function
Heightened sensitivity and agitation to noise and sound
Ringing in ears
Sleep disorders or trouble sleeping
Visual changes or blurry vision
“Floaters” in vision and eye discomfort
Dizziness and instability
Muscle twitching
Paresthesias (burning or tingling in feet and hands)
Tremors (head and hands)
Chest pain
Irregular heart beats
Shortness of breath or difficulty catching breath
Unstable bladder
Gastrointestinal (GI) or digestive dysfunction
Most anyone who is infected with Borrelia burgdorferi ends up having microbes buried deep in tissues. The severity of a person’s symptoms is highly dependent on the person’s genetic makeup and strength of immune system. Many people do not have obvious symptoms or symptoms that are outwardly debilitating.
Mild arthritis and fatigue, commonly associated with the aging process, in many cases may actually be related to stealth microbes. Because concentrations of microbes are so low, finding out for sure is nearly impossible.
In symptomatic chronic Lyme disease, the immune system and the microbes reach a standoff. The degree of symptoms very much depends on the status of the person’s immune function. If the balance is tipped more in the favor of the immune system, symptoms are less. If the balance is tipped more in favor of the microbe, symptoms will be greater. The tip of the balance is very much influenced by the person’s genetic makeup and health habits. Lyme disease is different for every individual.
Disease progresses, not because the microbe is winning, but because the chronic tug-of-war accelerates the aging process. Tissues break down faster and the individual becomes more susceptible to other chronic diseases. People who have had chronic Lyme disease for a long time have more difficulty overcoming it because there is more accumulated damage that must be reversed.
Coinfections with other microbes or infections with other strains of borrelia can also complicate the picture of chronic Lyme disease.
Herbal Therapy for Chronic Lyme Disease
Herbs work by suppressing microbes and enhancing the healing systems of the body—a polar opposite approach to how drugs work. When it comes to chronic Lyme disease, herbs are essential components of getting well.
Why Herbal Therapy Works:
Herbs enhance immune function and healing. This is one of the essential keys to getting well and one of the most important reasons why herbs work. Herbs provide anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and other health-enhancing properties.
Herbs with antimicrobial properties each contain a wide spectrum of different chemical substances that suppress microbes in different ways; therefore antibiotic resistance is almost unheard of, even with very long term use.
Multiple herbs can be used to gain overlapping benefit. In fact, this is the preferred way of practicing herbal therapy. Many herbs provide activity against bacteria, viruses, protozoa, and yeast (not found with any type of antibiotic).
Because the potential for toxicity with herbal therapy is very low, herbs can be used without concern for very long periods of time. In other words, instead of blasting them out with “dynamite” in a drug and causing collateral damage, herbs wear the microbes down over time without causing harm to the body.
Herbs and other natural therapies have the ability to slowly etch away at any biofilms (clusters of bacterial microorganisms that stick to surfaces) present; and some herbs enhance the ability of the immune system to do so.
Herbs with antimicrobial properties actually support the friendly bacteria in your body (even as they suppress the stealth microbes). This is a unique feature of plant medicines.
The chemical substances in herbs are not seen as foreign substances by the body and support all healing systems of the body. Herbs have the ability to balance hormones, improve energy, and improve stress tolerance.

 
 
Lyme Disease Coinfections & Related Conditions
Borrelia burgdorferi is not the only type of borrelia. In Europe two other species of borrelia, Borrelia afzelii and Borrelia garinii, are more common than Borrelia burgdorferi as a cause of Lyme disease. Tick-borne illnesses have been recognized in Europe for much longer than in North America. B. afzelii is more apt to cause skin problems and B. garinii is more often associated with neurological symptoms.
Worldwide, there are at least 12 different species of borrelia that cause illnesses similar to Lyme disease. Because of mobility of people, different species are circulating around the world. This contributes to another layer of difficulty in diagnosis.
Sometimes Lyme disease isn’t borrelia at all. Borrelia burgdorferi has a preference for only certain types of ticks. In the Northeast, where Lyme disease is most common, borrelia is spread by the black-legged deer tick. This tick is less common in the South (but becoming more common), where the lone star tick (white spot on the back) predominates.
The lone star tick is not thought to carry borrelia, but reports of Lyme disease have become quite common in the South. As it turns out, the lone star tick is associated with a lyme-like illness named STARI (Southern Tick-Associated Rash Illness). It can be associated with a bull’s eye rash and all the symptoms of Lyme disease, but tests for borrelia are always negative. As of yet, the causative microbe is unknown, but you can bet it shares similar stealth characteristics to borrelia.
Borrelia rarely travels alone. Ticks and other biting insects (mosquitoes, fleas, lice, chiggers, biting flies, scabies) carry a wide range of potentially opportunistic microbes. The addition of coinfections complicates and compounds the picture of Lyme disease. A handful of potential coinfecting microbes are now well known, but new ones are being discovered every day.
The list of the known microbes considered Lyme disease coinfections includesbartonella, mycoplasma, babesia, ehrlichia, and anaplasma.
Symptom profiles for coinfections are similar to borrelia and related mostly to stimulation of cytokine cascades, not high concentrations of microbes. They all have stealth characteristics and have the ability to infect and thrive inside cells. They are masters of evading the immune system and can be even harder to diagnose than borrelia. And though they each have slightly different strategies, their motive is the same: scavenge enough resources and nutrients from an adaptable host to survive.
Common characteristics of Lyme disease coinfections:
They are parasites (must have a host to survive)
They are all well adapted to a human host, but can still cause illness if immune function is not robust
Initial infection causes flu-like symptoms with fever
They all have stealth characteristics (but vary in tactics)
Human infections are common, but often subclinical (not sick enough to seek medical attention and resolve spontaneously)
In general, they have very low potential to be fatal or life-threatening (just like borrelia, they can make you miserable for a lifetime, but are unlikely to kill you)
Chronic symptomatic illness only occurs if immune function is compromised
Being infected with multiple microbes at once increases the likelihood of Chronic Immune Dysfunction and chronic illness
Having an infection with multiple microbes may be more common than not. Coinfection with multiple microbes increases the intensity of symptoms and immune compromise. Each different microbe can initiate a different set of cytokines, thus causing highly variable symptoms between patients. Tick-borne coinfections can occur without infection with borrelia.
Did You Know?
ALL ticks carry potentially pathogenic (disease-causing) microbes that can cause illness in humans. And although Borrelia typically takes 24 hours to transfer to the host, there are many other microbes that can transfer immediately.
Additionally, suppression of immune function by these microbes can allow reactivation of dormant viruses. There are eight known herpes-type viruses that can infect humans. A common feature all of these viruses share is the ability to lie dormant in nerve tissue and reemerge later when immune system function is compromised.
The three most common viruses are Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), the cause of mononucleosis, Cytomegalovirus (CMV), a common viral infection that can cause heart failure and Human herpesvirus type 6 (HHV-6), a virus very commonly found in active form in chronic fatigue patients. The list also includes Herpes simplex type 1 (fever blisters), Herpes simplex type 2 (genital ulcers), and Varicella zoster virus (chickenpox and shingles).
Because stealth microbes (borrelia and coinfections) are so difficult to diagnose, sometimes it must be assumed that they are there. You cannot rely on lab tests alone; symptoms are often a better guide than lab testing.
Not surprisingly, chronic Lyme disease shares many symptoms with other fatigue-like conditions including fibromyalgia and autoimmune diseases. Lyme disease is also commonly associated with multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, rheumatoid arthritis, dementia, and ALS.
The possibility that all of these conditions are associated with stealth microbes is extremely high. Which disease happens is dependent on the combination of microbes, the status of the patient’s immune system, and the patient’s genetic makeup.
When you understand Lyme disease, you begin to understand the underlying nature of all chronic disease processes.
Important Takeaway
People with a healthy immune system infected with stealth microbes generally have mild symptoms or remain asymptomatic with initial infection and never develop chronic illness. Stealth microbes are simple opportunists, not killers. When chronic infections do occur, they can generally be well managed with natural therapies.
The exceptions include ehrlichia/anaplasma, (ehrlichiosis/anaplasmosis), babesia (babeiosis), and rickettsia (Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever). These tick-borne microbes are more virulent than borrelia and can potentially cause severe acute life-threatening illness. Infection with one of these microbes should be suspected whenever high fever with drenching sweats are associated with recent tick bite. Acute antibiotic therapy should be administered immediately.
Did You Know?
Lyme disease and Lyme-like illnesses occur anywhere in the world where there are ticks.
There are multiple types of borrelia bacteria that cause Lyme disease.
Borrelia rarely travels alone. Most cases of Lyme disease are associated with coinfections with other similar types of microbes. These other microbes are as much a part of Lyme disease as borrelia.
Lyme-like conditions can occur without the presence of borrelia (and may actually be relatively common).
High fever and lymph node swelling at initial infection are more typical with babesia, ehrlichia, anaplasma, and rickettsia than borrelia.
The list of potential tick-borne microbes is long and they all share similar stealth characteristics. In general, they have low potential to cause severe disease, but can cause chronic low grade disease in the situation of immune compromise.
Stealth microbes may play a role in not only Lyme disease, but also many other chronic diseases including multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, rheumatoid arthritis, dementia, ALS, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, and autoimmune disease.

 
Are Antibiotics the Answer for Chronic Lyme?
The experts at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) do not actually recognize the term, “chronic Lyme disease”. Instead, they classify persistent Lyme-like symptoms occurring beyond six months as “Post-Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome (PTLDS)”. The authors of the text state that this only occurs in a very small percentage of people and generally resolves spontaneously. Extended antibiotic therapy is not recommended.
Experts at the opposite end of the spectrum who do recognize chronic Lyme disease recommend extended therapy (6-9 months) with potent antibiotics.
People suffering from chronic Lyme disease end up getting caught in the middle.
Even though most of the world accepts that chronic Lyme disease exists, at present, there is no evidence that prolonged antibiotic therapy offers long-term benefit. Some people do improve while on antibiotic therapy (many people get worse), but typically relapse when antibiotics are stopped.
This isn’t surprising; if you study the true nature of borrelia, aggressive and prolonged antibiotic therapy just doesn’t make any sense.

Antibiotics depend on rapidly growing microbes in high concentrations. Borrelia and other opportunists grow very slowly, occur in very low concentrations in the body, and penetrate into tissues where antibiotics do not reach. Used long term (months), antibiotics kill friendly flora and allow more aggressive opportunists to become antibiotic resistant and thrive. The end result is further disruption of immune function and ultimately worsening of the host’s illness.
The more you see chronic Lyme disease as an infection with specific microbes that must be completely eradicated to win the war, the less likely you are to ultimately prevail.
The Pitfalls of Long-Term Antibiotic Use for Chronic Lyme
Borrelia and other stealth microbes typically have slow growth rates and respond less well to conventional antibiotics than more virulent microbes.
Borrelia exists in low concentrations deep in tissues where antibiotics do not penetrate well.
Borrelia’s corkscrew shape allows it to quickly bore deeply into cartilage and tissues. Borrelia can also form dormant cysts that is completely resistant to antibiotics; the harder you hit it, the more resistant it becomes.
Lyme disease co-infections have the ability to hide and thrive inside cells, thus gaining protection from antibiotics.
Antibiotic resistance occurs at a high rate with these types of stealth microbes. Long term use of antibiotics destroys the normal flora (friendly bacteria) in the gut and skin. This contributes to Chronic Immune Dysfunction. You cannot get well without a healthy immune system.
Possibly the most compelling suggestion that antibiotic therapy has significant limitations is this: if antibiotics really worked, people would not be searching for other solutions. But people are scouring the Internet by the thousands everyday for alternatives to conventional antibiotic therapy.


 A Natural Approach to Therapy
This war is won slowly and incrementally. It is not a battle with specific microbes as much as is it an imbalance within the entire microbiome of the body (which is shifted toward opportunistic pathogens).
The underlying cause is disruption of immune function caused by the microbes, but also other factors such as poor diet, toxins, and chronic stress.
As such, the solution is breaking the vicious cycle of Chronic Immune Dysfunction and creating a healing environment within the body. This is done by taking pressure off the healing systems of the body by reducing stress factors.
Herbal therapy is ideal for restoring wellness because herbs empower the body to get well. Comprehensive herbal therapy enhances immune function, reduces inflammatory cytokines, and supports healing of tissues. Herbs do not function like antibiotics. Herbs suppress opportunistic pathogens, but without destroying non-harmful flora. This rebalances the microbiome and restores wellness to the body.
Learn about Dr. Rawls’ Herbal Protocol »
When the approach shifts from “treating an illness” to supporting wellness and the ability to function normally, specific diagnoses and whether or not specific microbes are present does not matter as much.
Work With Your Physician
The recommendations listed on this page are not intended to replace an in-person consultation with your physician, and you should discuss all treatment options (including natural treatments) with your physician before you begin. If a bull’s-eye rash (indicative of Lyme disease) is present, schedule an appointment with a physician immediately.
Fortunately, herbal therapy has very low potential for toxicity and is generally not shown to have any interference with conventional medications, so our physicians often use the two in conjunction (please discuss any decisions regarding medications with your physician).
The most important part of recovery is a long-term commitment. It may take many months to begin experiencing a change in health, but if you stay committed, better health is in reach.


The Pitfalls of Long-Term Antibiotic Use for Chronic Lyme
Borrelia and other stealth microbes typically have slow growth rates and respond less well to conventional antibiotics than more virulent microbes.
Borrelia exists in low concentrations deep in tissues where antibiotics do not penetrate well.
Borrelia’s corkscrew shape allows it to quickly bore deeply into cartilage and tissues. Borrelia can also form dormant cysts that is completely resistant to antibiotics; the harder you hit it, the more resistant it becomes.
Lyme disease co-infections have the ability to hide and thrive inside cells, thus gaining protection from antibiotics.
Antibiotic resistance occurs at a high rate with these types of stealth microbes. Long term use of antibiotics destroys the normal flora (friendly bacteria) in the gut and skin. This contributes to Chronic Immune Dysfunction. You cannot get well without a healthy immune system.
Possibly the most compelling suggestion that antibiotic therapy has significant limitations is this: if antibiotics really worked, people would not be searching for other solutions. But people are scouring the 

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