I have a slightly different take on this issue. I don't think that the presence of the bacterium defines the disease. I think that the biggest issue is the individual's state of health.
I am not bragging, but I am 58 y.o. and have been bitten by ticks countless times over the years. I am an outdoorsman, and have found every opportunity to work, play, hunt, or fish over the years. I have never had a tick-borne illness. The bacteria is found in our meats and other foods. Researchers have stated that they are now finding it difficult to find proper human controls that have not been exposed to the bacterium. If exposure to the bacterium is the major issue- then- we are all doomed! However, I don't think that we are all doomed.
It is definitely possible for some human bodies to fight off the disease. I do not know whether your human body is capable of doing it however. Once the body has proven that it is not capable of fighting off the disease, it is unreasonable to expect that it will be able to do it on its own in the future, unless the reason(s) as to why the person got sick in the first place is first addressed.
If I were you I would research to find a doctor that would be interested in finding out why you got sick, not simply one that wants to blame everything on the presence of some bacteria. Some doctors are ill-prepared and lazy, and some doctors are well trained and zealous to leave no stone unturned when it comes to treating sick people. Lest anyone think that I am implying that all LLMD's are poorly trained and lazy- that is not the case. There are some excellent LLMD's. There just are not enough of them.
If you are looking into the possibility of your body actually doing the majority of the healing, then I would seek the services of a well trained naturpathic doctor or the equivalent, but who is also Lyme literate. If your body's systems are not optimized, it will be next to impossible to do it on its own.
I agree with what Deejavu and peacesoul have said here. The only thing is that some people will need the help of a well trained health care practitioner as well.
We are older parents and Heather is our only child. She became so sick and debilitated that we thought that she was going to die, and everything looked so hopeless and bleak. However, God answered our prayers, and used the healing hands of Dr. J. at the Hansa Center to more than restore the health of our precious daughter. I have a moral obligation to help others that are likewise suffering!
Post Edited (Heathersdad) : 2/16/2013 1:25:04 AM (GMT-7)