lyme and sugar and yeast... how do you keep these in check?

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ct girl
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   Posted 2/28/2010 8:19 PM (GMT -7)   
I have read a few posts about yeast and sugar feeding the yeast. There apparently has not been tons of official studies on the relationship. My doctor did some tests himself where he added something so that active lyme was green and inactive lyme was red (or the other way around, I forget) anyways, he said he has nonreactive lyme is in a pea tree dish and he adds sugar, it definitely changes color and becomes activated almost instantly. He was a little surprised that I knew (but it is from all you wonderful people on this site and others). It is so hard to eliminate these sugar and carbs, I definitely crave them big time.

So here are some things I would love to know your experience...

1. Are their some things that you find help with cravings... anything that is not as bad for you that helps with the cravings???

2. If anyone eliminated or reduced sugar and have had results (both positive and negative)???

3. Does anything else aggravate your lyme (like I know that steroids do from experience but I'm sure other things do too)

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   Posted 3/3/2010 3:42 PM (GMT -7)   
If you use sweetners (or would like to), find stevia. At least some Walmarts are now carrying the brand Truvia (I have NO connections to this company in any way, shape, or form). This is what I use because it's not all that expensive. My system is extremely sensitive to sugars, so I try to avoid them at all costs - besides the whole yeast & Lyme connections.

I have been able to reduce my sugar intake to a very low level now (it's really hard for me to completely remove all sugar from my diet, since it's in all kinds of foods), and I am feeling quite a bit better, both with my 'gut' & with the effect it had on my TBI's.

To find recipes to help avoid sugar, gluten & some other things, go to (I have NO connections with this or any other companies), as the on-line version & the printed magazine focus on recipes to help avoid these things.

Hope this helps a little~
It's been said:LD patients can be as ill as people w/ congest. heart failure & in as much pain as post-op patients.

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   Posted 3/3/2010 5:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Discovered when I was in college that sugar caused horrendous mood swings & short temper. So when I'd get a craving for sugar, I'd try to eat something else that was sweet but did not have the bad kind of sugar in it. Tupalo honey is the only honey that is ok for diabetics, so I'd buy that and use it in place of sugar in cooking. Xylitol, Agave, and Stevia are also good sugar substitutes. Another thing is to drink a glass of water when craving seemed to help sometimes.

Vitamin B complex is supposed to help reduce sugar cravings, as is treating yeast overgrowth.

What seems to stir up my Lyme: Springtime, over-doing activities, stress, steroids, immune suppressants, and probably some of my food intolerances...
Chronic Lyme Disease, Chronic Bartonella (clinical dx only), Gluten & Sulfite Sensitivity, Many Food/Inhalant/Medication/Chemical Allergies & Intolerances, Asthma, Gut issues (dysmotility, non-specific inflammation), UCTD ("Secondary Lupus-Like Syndrome"), Osteoporosis, chronic Lymphopenia, etc.; G-Tube; Currently weaning off TPN.
Meds:  Pulmicort, IV Doxycycline, Heparin (to flush PICC line), Claritin, Singulair, Domperidone, Colloidal Silver (topically & nasally), probiotics, Liver support herbs, Ailanthus, digestive enzymes, homeopathy.

ct girl
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   Posted 3/3/2010 7:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone, I'm gonna check that stuff out. I tried truvia, its pretty good!
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