It uses manganese instead of iron. A while back I read that loratadine could be used to prevent it from getting the manganese that it needs: https://www.empr.com/home/news/can-a-common-allergy-med-help-treat-lyme-disease/
This is in vitro though, not vivo. The lack of in vivo studies is rather depressing to say the least. In vitro is fine and well but in vivo is where we need to know what works and what doesn't otherwise it's all speculation. Seeing as we're all on our way to or are in financial ruin because of this disease, we need proper research done.
Thank you Jolaleye,
I'll look into Loratadine.
You're right, there are so few studies into Lyme, yet I keep reading reports that it's on the increase and destroying so many people's lives. Despite this, the medical profession continue to question whether it even exists!
You're also right about
the amount of money we are all spending on all these supplements, herbs, detox protocols, getting mercury fillings removed, infrared saunas, rife machines and heaven only knows what else. Not to mention all the books the various self-appointed Lyme gurus are selling us.
Does any of this stuff actually work? I'm beginning to think it doesn't. There is so much conflicting advice and miracle cures relating to everything whether it be Lyme and coinfections, candida, leaky gut and everything else that my head is already spinning.
I always used to think that anyone who said our health problems are just another money-maker for big and small business were paranoid and cynical, but I'm starting to think it myself now. The latest scam seems to be CBD oil, which is now selling at astronomical prices and everyone is buying it. I've fallen for it myself and bought some at what seems like a ridiculous price for such a tiny bottle. Despite all the hype it does absolutely nothing for me whatsoever and I know I'm not the only chronically ill person who has fallen for it.
I'm now of a mind to just forget all these protocols and work this out for myself. I'm thinking of starting with a natural detox that doesn't involve buying any supplements, fasting for a while and avoiding foods with manganese and getting all the sugar out of my diet. I'm going to try and starve the bacteria (and myself) for a short period, drink a lot of water and just purge my body as best I can while I consider my next step. Despite feeling like I'm literally dying half the time, my weight and BMI are more or less perfect at the moment, so it shouldn't do me any real harm.