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Lyme Disease

Lyme disease, is an infectious disease caused by spirochete bacteria from the genus Borrelia. People can become infected from a deer tick bite and other ticks that carry the disease. Lyme disease can affect all body systems. Symptoms inlcude a rash, flu-like symptoms, muscle pain, joint pain, neurologic symptoms, psychiatric symptoms, and cardiac symptoms.

Case: Lyme Disease / Severe Whole-Body Pain / Muscle Spasms / Depression / Anxiety / Severe Fatigue / Brain Fog

The desperate parents of a 20 year old female contacted the clinic to order a comprehensive nutritional biochemistry evaluation for their daughter. She had been suffering for more than eight years with progressively worse and debilitating symptoms. She had severe muscle weakness and spasms to the extent that she would be unable to walk for days. She was in chronic, severe pain all over her body and suffered from depression and anxiety. This young woman also experienced severe fatigue and brain fog. Every organ system was dysfunctional. Although her symptoms predated the diagnosis, she was diagnosed with Lyme disease and was on repeated rounds of oral and intravenous antibiotics for years. She was prescribed multiple antidepressant medications and narcotics, including ever increasing doses of methadone. All of these medical measures were merely symptomatic treatments and she continued to deteriorate.

Her lab tests revealed deficiencies in almost every category of nutrients (amino acids, vitamins and minerals) and biochemical pathways. In short, her entire biochemistry was not working properly. This extreme and rare situation is what the authors of this book have called total body breakdown, which they suspect underlies the following medical diagnoses—Lyme disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, hypopituitaryism and mitochondrial disease.

Amino acid deficiencies

Iron-deficiency anemia
Insulin resistance
Deficient essential minerals

Elevated toxic metal
Low antioxidants
Decreased ability to burn fats for energy
Decreased ability to burn carbohydrates for energy
Low B-complex vitamins and biotin
Neurotransmitter imbalances (low epinephrine, elevated dopamine)
Intestinal bacterial overgrowth

Intestinal fungal overgrowth

This complicated case required very close management and a complex plan. Follow-up telephone consultations occurred weekly and modifications to the plan were made as appropriate and necessary. She was placed on a comprehensive antibacterial, antifungal and gut rebuilding protocol for intestinal health. She began taking appropriate amino acids, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. This woman was also counseled on not pushing herself too hard so that as she began to feel better she would allow her body to heal without putting additional stress on her body systems. She began to progressively improve, and after two weeks her mother reported that at times she had her daughter back. As the weeks went on the young woman continued to improve. She reported increased energy, improved mental acuity, decreased pain, a lifting of her depression and a cessation of headaches. Her mother reported that it became easier to wake her daughter up in the morning and after she would take a nap, and that her daughter began getting herself out of bed in the morning and off to school without the need for assistance. She was able to resume some normal activities, even so far as to go ice skating, and to attend college.