I know you aren't trying to pick a fight. You're inquisitive and you want to get the answers to your very logical questions. I'm the same way. I applaud you for asking these questions and encourage you to keep asking them and keep doing your research until you find the answers that satisfy you. It's a complicated disease and difficult to understand at times. That's what makes it so controversial. You've got the ILADS vs ISDA fighting about
what Lyme disease is and what it isn't. They are divided about
how to treat this disease and there's controversy about
long term antibiotics, diet, various protocols, etc.
Here's a couple of good links for you to look at regarding the division between the two groups:www.ldsg.org/index.php?id=71lymemd.blogspot.com/2009/02/war-idsa-vs-ilads.html
In time you will begin to understand how controversial and political this disease is. Sadly, it's because IDSA has chosen to ignore the science and evidence that's been presented to them regarding this disease, millions of people continue to suffer with it.
Anyway, that's off topic somewhat, but the point is, you have to be your own advocate when it comes to fighting this disease. What you put in your body can make a big difference whether you get better or stay sick, or even get sicker for that matter. I encourage you to look at other lyme forums too and ask questions like you're asking here. Keep asking and keep researching until you find the answers to your questions. But, one thing I encourage you to do, and that's keep an
open mind and not let your biases get in the way.
Diet is so very important. If you read the links I gave you for the websites regarding the food we eat, you'll see that it's just a basic common sense way of eating. Sometimes we fight it because we don't want to give up the things we so much enjoy. That's something I learned the hard way. It wasn't until I lost 75 pounds by eating healthy, organic, pure, live food, that I finally was able to get better. When my body got healthier it was able to fight this disease on it's own. Good healthy food with natural medicines is what got me better. When we have Lyme disease, our body doesn't need more poisons in it, and when you eat refined foods filled with sugar, it just feeds the Lyme and makes it harder for your body to fight this disease.
Anyway, like I said, in time the answers will come to you. You can do whatever you want, but if your goal is to beat this disease, and feel good again, then it's going to require discipline, and that means giving up a few of the things you like to eat. I still have a treat now and then, but I know if I over do it I will pay the price for it. Your body doesn't need more toxins in it, and when you eat sugary refined foods, you're putting more toxins in your body forcing it to work harder to fight this disease and get rid of the poisons we put in it. And that's what usually makes people feel so lousy with this disease, it's the lyme toxins that have built up inside of us. Not only do we need to watch what we eat, we need to keep our bodies detoxified. But that's a whole other subject for another time.
Like I said, keep asking questions, do your research and in time you'll know what's best for you.