LYME DISEASE TESTING: WHY IT CONTINUES TO FAIL TO PROPERLY IDENTIFY LYME DISEASE

 

When I was working as a microbiologist in the early 1990’s, Lyme testing was still pretty new and we didn’t know much about Lyme disease and all of the nuances of testing that would soon follow. Now that it is 25 years later, we have learned a great deal about Lyme disease and the pitfalls of Lyme testing have been revealed. Here is a brief excerpt from my upcoming book on Lyme disease,

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WHEN LYME TAKES A TOLL ON RELATIONSHIPS: HOW TO FIND LOVE & HAPPINESS WHEN YOU’RE CHRONICALLY ILL

 

 

It is no surprise that stress and poor health go hand in hand as one tends to precede the other. Physical, mental and emotional stress can wear on a person’s physical body and feeling terrible everyday can be equally stressful and lead to its own set of problems. When you are living with chronic Lyme disease or other persistent illness, you do your best to put on a happy face,

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HOW TO SELF CARE WITH A CHRONIC ILLNESS

 

Living with a chronic illness can be extremely difficult. You struggle with feelings of anxiety, loss of control of your own body, guilt, pain, anger and exhaustion. Every day will challenge you. As you look around at your friends and family, it might cause you to feel guilty that you may not always be able to join in at gatherings or go out and have fun like you use to do.

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CHILDHOOD TRAUMA & AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE

 

Many things can determine the possibility that autoimmune disorders develop as we age. Genetics, nutrition, stress, toxic exposure and infections can all weaken and attack the immune system. These are all factors that have been studied for a long time. However, what we are now realizing is the fascinating connection between autoimmune disorders (that show up later in life) and childhood trauma.

These events, called Adverse Childhood Experiences (otherwise known as ACEs),

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THE BENEFITS OF CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY

 

Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a specialized treatment stemming from osteopathic roots, developed by John Upledger, DO. It is described as a hands-on treatment that targets the soft tissues surrounding the brain and spinal cord.

While it is not related to modern massage, it does use a hands-on targeted approach that is softer than massage. The gentle pressure of craniosacral therapy is meant to loosen the restrictions impacting the surrounding area of the nervous system.

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CHOOSING A HEALTHCARE PRACTITIONER THAT’S RIGHT FOR YOU

 

The human body is complex, so many different systems working together to achieve some sort of balance while reacting to the outer world’s many different stimuli and threats. You, as a person, have a basic understanding of what is going on, though it is based on the sensory input that your brain processes: pain. Pain tells you what is wrong with a particular area of your body, or the whole body.

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YES, CHRONIC LYME IS REAL

 

Record breaking heat in the summer, and much warmer winters, have contributed to a spike in the general population of ticks. These ticks carry Lyme disease, a neurodegenerative bacterial infection with symptoms ranging from arthritis to depression to severe brain fog.

The bacteria, scientifically known as Borrellia burgdorferi or other species, is a master shape-shifter and mimics many other illnesses. We also know that Borrellia has a knack for being able to hide from the immune system.

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STAYING ACTIVE WITH LYME DISEASE

 

Muscle weakness and fatigue are common symptoms of Lyme disease. Coupled with nerve pain, neurological issues and depression, it becomes difficult to complete simple everyday tasks. Even thinking about adding daily physical activity during this difficult time can be stressful. And as your body reels from the constant strain of fighting off Lyme and co infections, rest becomes more important and, ironically, sometimes more difficult. Reclaiming a restorative lifestyle becomes a monumental task.

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THE DANGERS OF TEFLON

 

Nonstick pans have gained much popularity over the years as they have made cooking a breeze and cleanup even more so. The great thing about Teflon is that almost nothing sticks to it, making it quite difficult to willingly give up using it. The bad part of it is that it is a synthetic chemical treatment put on pots and pans that release toxic particles & gases when heated at high temperatures.

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SPRING VEGGIE NOODLE BOWL

 

Ingredients

1 package “Miracle Noodle” brand, Angel Hair Noodles
1/4 cup organic shredded carrots
1/4 cup organic cucumbers, sliced very thin, same size as carrots
3/4 cup chopped mushrooms, large pieces are fine
1 quarter of an organic red pepper, sliced very thin, same size as carrots and cucumbers.
2 tablespoons of organic scallions, sliced very thin
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons Coconut Aminos (great substitute for soy sauce)
1 tablespoon organic coconut oil

 

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