Georgia Hunter, just curious about the diet modifications you followed. did you go hardcore raw vegan? you eliminate gluten, sugars, etc.
for the past 8 months while treating and supplementing, i have followed a healthy diet...i always questioned how much this had to do with my improvement since its hard while taking so many different things.
i have eaten healthy prior to getting sick with tickborn illness, i ate largely organic foods for nearly 10 years. then when i was diagnosed, i restricted my diet further to eliminate added sugars. then move to low/no gluten and low/no diary, then to eliminate red meat - pork, beef, lamb. I still eat carbs like potatos, rice, corn tortillas for example, otherwise i wouldnt gain any weight back at all.
with the diet modications how did you conclude that the diet was indeed making the improvements you saw versus something else triggering the improvement.
I had Lyme at first, and then 3 years later, I got an infection diagnosed as babesia. When determining what my health status was, I looked at each problem and evaluated whether it was better, worse, or unchanged. Some were easy to figure out, like arthritis/bursitis in my right shoulder, headaches, and insomnia. Some waxed and waned like depression, occasional suicidal thoughts, and decreased libido. I looked at energy levels, oxygen carrying capacity, and to some extent, urine output. The inflammation on my ring finger is a great reminder of my inflammation level. If I eat bad, my ring won't come off. If I eat like I'm supposed to, it comes off easily.
Other than atovaquone, I wouldn't say one thing stood out as being a definitive factor in getting better. I think they all helped. As for eating, I have been hard core. I juiced exclusively for a month, ate vegan exclusively for a month (lost 16 lbs), ate organ meat twice a week for a year, ate a modified vegetarian diet with occasional animal protein, gluten free, and even high fat. I eat Vegan now.
Few of us eat healthy now a days because of our tainted food supply. Whether it be glyphosate in oats, dioxins in fish, or furans in coffee, we aren't eating as good as we think. That includes me and I can get pretty hard core at times.
Eating Vegan is beneficial for multiple reasons.
#1. It increases your alkalinity. We are one big series of chemical reactions and if your pH isn't where it needs to be, your reactions won't happen like they're supposed to. Educated people may refute this but if they studied the molecular interaction of the chemicals at the villi and tight junctions in our GI tract, they may change their mind.
#2. It increases the beneficial bacteria for a better immune response and decreases pathogenic bacteria. Just study nitrogen fixing gram negative anaerobes and gram positive bacteria that produce epoxomicin, lactacystin, bacterocin, steptomycin, and streptocins.
#3. Animal protein contains about
3 times higher levels of heavy metals than plants. Many Lyme patients have candida and other pathogens that hold metals and increase our toxic load, (and herxes).
#4. Animal protein contains alpha gal and Neu5GC. These drain our immune response, especially IgG. IgG and IgM which are two of the main immunoglobulins in Lyme patients.
#5. Lyme Disease depletes nutrient levels through decreased nutrient absorption and nutrient wasting. Plants have considerably more nutrients per gram than animal protein and have the nutrients that are being lost.
6. Plants have lower calories per gram than animal protein. While necessary, eating creates multiple challenges chemically for Lyme patients and the less we can eat (and obtain sufficient nutrients) the better.
I'm sure I could come up with more reasons, these are just off the top of my head.