There is a difference between living with the infection and living with the disease. That you are infected with multiple parasites at any one time whether healthy or diseased is an ecological reality you have to deal with. I'm not saying not to treat the disease, but the idea of "total eradication - bacteria are bad" is extremely short-sighted. This comes back to the whole saying "you can't solve problems with the same mentality that created them". This paranoia driven culture continuously tries to solve its issues be severing it's ties to nature rather than strengthening them. That we have high incidences of lyme has been connected to this via ecosystem disruption - drops in host species, drops in tick predators, drops in immunity, etc creating a higher incidence and lower capacity to deal with it. Pursuing the treatment of lyme with this mentality is only likely to stimulate the same sorts of problems. Recognizing an inevitable mutualistic relationship opens up treatment options to restore balance that doesn't rely solely on aggressive eradication efforts and leads to long term resilience to illness in general. Anyone who's engaging in any sort of holistic treatment plan is essentially already acknowledging this. That restoration of normal bodily functions through various life-style/herbal treatments can promote a healthy microbial ecology and appropriate immune surveillance. Such efforts don't rely on eradication, but the ability to control microbial growth and behavior. These microbes have evolved alongside us. Their existence lies just beyond the capacity for our immune system to eliminate them, and our existence just beyond the capacity for them to cause disease. Hence a window of health in which both organisms coexist as one.
I do hope that you didn't see my post as a 'direct attack' on you or your post, Psil!!! That was NOT my intention, believe me. I posted that because I don't want any mistakes to be made about
living with bacteria and living with an active Lyme infection - although I will admit that my brain wasn't working so good yesterday, so I can see that I wasn't communicating this so well. I do hope that's all it was, as I don't ever feel the need to attack anyone on this forum - or elsewhere. I have my hands too full as it is to want to pick a fight anywhere!!
Actually, if you were to take the time to look up my posts (I don't expect anyone to do that though!!!), you would see that I have never taken the stand that we must eradicate every single bacteria in our bodies - as you said, when a person takes on holistic healing, this is not the understanding that we should have. Healing means bringing things back into balance. We live with bacteria - both good and bad - in harmony when the right balance is stuck.
Herb only treatment for Lyme & Bart ended 12/11 - no active symptoms for 2 yrs -Herb only treatment for Babesia ended 12/12www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=30&m=2977364
Had Lyme, Bart, Babs, RMSF, Ehrlichia, Myco, Anaplasmosis, EBV
New Lyme case 8/2014 - Healed 1/31/15 - unknowingly had Asymptomatic Babs and Asymptomatic Bart, being treated now though (2/2016)