A couple of things I would like to make very clear - this could be a touchy subject, so let's all be careful to keep out heads cool. And, of course, this would NOT be for everyone that has Lyme. Those points are things we should all be able to agree on.
As far as fasting, I would also like to say that if a person has adrenal issues - all bets are off on fasting. Adrenals need a fairly constant source of nutrients. I'm sure there are other specific times where fasting would not be safe as well.
Barring those things, fasting can be very healthy - but we have to remember we DO have those things going on either obviously or 'subacutely' in our bodies because of the types of infections that brought us all here.
Withholding nutrients to try to 'starve' the bacteria has already been tried. When I first started out here on healingwell, that was the standard way of doing things. Oh - Lyme uses manganese instead of iron? Don't take manganese! Until it was discovered that what was already known about
the need for manganese in the body was shown to be true - Lyme patients started having issues because they needed that manganese even more so:
"Manganese helps the body form connective tissue, bones, blood clotting factors, and sex hormones. It also plays a role in fat and carbohydrate metabolism, calcium absorption, and blood sugar regulation." /www.umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/manganese
So, by taking away what the bacteria needs to survive only means that we are denying the body even more of that nutrient, which only leaves the body even more out of balance, and unable to deal with not only Lyme, but other things as well.
So, we know that denying the body the nutrients that the bacteria needs to survive doesn't help us out, so it's best to do what we can to help the body function at it's highest levels - because what we do know is that most healthy bodies do not go on to develop the infections after being bitten by a tick, mosquito, spider or whatever else carries these bacteria. Their bodies can fight it off with either little or no intervention. My own husband healed from Lyme with only the standard 4 weeks of Doxy (400 mgs daily) because it was caught early enough, and he was healthy enough.
As someone having significant digestive issues, I deal with gas, bloating, constipation and nausea a lot, and what has helped me the most is using cistus incanus. It's broadly antibacterial, broadly antiviral, and antifungal, as well as having biofilm busting abilities. So there's no way to tell exactly what about
using Cistus has helped the most, but there's no doubt that it's made major differences in how I feel.
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 set of infections 8/2014 - still treating.
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