Lyme Disease FAQs

 

What is Lyme Disease?

Lyme Disease is a tick-born illness, meaning it is usually contracted by a tick bite. Lyme Disease is caused by bacteria known as borrelia, and can cause an array of symptoms if left untreated. Chronic Lyme Disease can develop if the infection is left untreated, and is then difficult to treat.

 

What is a Lyme Rash?

Although traditionally a bull’s eye or target rash appeared at the site of a tick bite, indicating the presence of Lyme, this rash very rarely appears now. It is estimated that only 10% of infections start with a bull’s eye rash. If you have a Bull’s eye type rash, or any rash after a tick bite, it’s important to get treated right away. The absence of a rash after a tick bite does not mean the absence of an infection.

 

What are Lyme Disease Co-infections?

Ticks often carry more than one infection, and these are called Lyme Disease co-infections. They can include (but aren’t limited to) Babesia, Bartonella, Rickettsia, Ehrlicia, mycoplasma, Powassan virus, Epstein Bar Virus. A combination of these can make a person’s symptoms vary greatly, and result in serious debilitating illness.

 

What are Lyme Disease symptoms?

Symptoms can include bull’s eye rash (10% of cases), flu-like feeling, fatigue, chills and fever, arthritis, joint pain, and later develop into neurological conditions. Other symptoms can include weight loss or gain in excess of 20 lbs in a short period of time, presence of any rash, changes in skin texture, slow wound healing, feeling worse or better after antibiotic treatment, poor short term memory, dizziness, vertigo, chemical sensitivities, presence of a neurological disorder with or without a diagnosis, presence of a psychiatric disorder, facial paralysis or bell’s palsy, personality changes, anxiety, depression, irritability, rage, addictions, any of the following: paranoia, dementia, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, panic attacks, major depression, anorexia nervosa or obsessive compulsive disorder seizures brain lesions seen on a brain scan such as an MRI or CT of the head, ability to function at work has decreased, brain fog, difficulty with name recall, getting lost easily, inability to learn.

 

What illnesses are linked to Lyme Disease?

It’s not uncommon to be misdiagnosed when you have Lyme Disease, or to have multiple diagnoses. Anyone with MS, ALS, Parkinson, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, arthritis, schizophrenia, rheumatoid arthritis, Lupus should consider getting tested for Lyme Disease.

 

Is there Lyme Disease in Alberta?

Ticks in Alberta have been shown to carry Lyme. Although not all ticks are infected, it is important to be aware of the risks when outside in nature (or even your own backyard). As of 2017 Janet Sperling at the University of Alberta, doing tick surveillance, advises that your chances of being bitten by an infected tick are one in five.

 

Is there Lyme in Canada?

Lyme Disease has been reported in all provinces and territories across Canada. If you suspect you have Lyme, please get tested.

 

How do you test for Lyme Disease?

Lyme testing in Canada is a very inaccurate test. Specialists have called for a more sensitive test, as often false negatives are reported. At Ananta Health, we send testing to Armin Labs in Germany for, which is considered one of the most sensitive tests for Lyme in the world.

 

What other complications happen with Lyme Disease?

Late Stage Lyme disease (also known as Chronic Lyme Disease) can lead to a variety of complications. With a weak immune system, it’s possible to have viruses adding to the complex, as well as heavy metals, histamine issues, mast cell complex, gut issues, anxiety and depression, pain fatigue that can make the treatment complicated.

 

What is the treatment for Chronic Lyme Disease?

Although traditionally the treatment for Chronic Lyme Disease is considered ten days of doxycycline (an anti-biotic), this is not sufficient to eradicate the infections or symptoms. Doxycycline will also cause the bacteria to create biofilm (it’s armour it hides in), and create complications in further treatment. At Ananta Health we use a variation of the Cowden protocol, and herbs such as Samento and Banderol. At the same time, it’s important to assess the person being treated to make their body strong, help them detox and support their immune system.

 

Can Lyme Disease be cured?

At this point in time, we do not know enough about the Lyme pathogen to know if there is a cure for Chronic Lyme Disease. Treatment for Chronic Lyme Disease involves getting the host (you) stronger than the infection so you are able to stop treatment without a relapse. 

 

Does Mold affect Lyme?

If you have been exposed to black mold, have black mold in your home or office, you will not get better in your treatment of Lyme Disease. Black Mold sickness can weaken your immune system and create a storm of toxins in your body that contribute to the Lyme complex. It is important to have your home and office assessed for mold by a mold remediation company, and cleaned up properly if present.

 

Does Chemical Exposure affect Lyme?

Chemical Exposure can be through work, but is also in our daily lives. There are 88 000 unregulated chemicals in our homes that can cause a variety of symptoms. Anyone undergoing Lyme Disease Treatment should make sure their home is safe of all toxins, including the chemicals in household cleaners, perfumes, laundry detergent, soaps, shampoos and furniture.

 

What is biofilm?

Biofilm is an armour that bacteria use to protect themselves when threatened. This threat can be the immune system, anti-biotics or anti-microbial herbs. When treating Chronic Lyme Disease, Biofilm treatment is also necessary to eradicate the bacteria. 

 

What herbs treat Lyme Disease?

There are a variety of herbs that are used to treatment Lyme Disease. At Ananta Health we use a variation of the Cowden protocol, using herbs like Samento and Banderol. It should be stressed that just these herbs aren’t enough to achieve full health during treatment, and other factors need to be considered like mold exposure, weak immune system, chemical exposure, other infections and stress.

 

Why don’t you use antibiotics to treat Lyme Disease?

Our main goal at Ananta Health is to offer a solution to people suffering from Lyme Disease who don’t want to use pharmaceutical medications such as antibiotics. Antibiotic treatment for Chronic Lyme Disease can damage gut flora, which is 80% of the immune system. Our philosophy is to help your body find a balance of health. It has also been show that certain antibiotics will cause the Lyme Disease bacteria to create more biofilm, which is counter to treatment.

 

What is BioMeridian Testing?

Biomeridian testing is electrodermal testing (or EAV). Biomeridian testing is painless, and is the same technology as an EKG (that measures your heart) or EEG (that measures your brain). This machine is used as a screening tool to find inflammation, food sensitivities, infections, supplements and herbs specific to you.

 

Is there a Diet for Lyme Disease?

When dealing with a chronic illness like Lyme Disease, it is important to follow an anti-inflammatory diet. The diet for Lyme Disease starts with removing the top allergens that are seen in society, and then assessing if the patient needs to make more changes.