My Current Protocol

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Since last post, I have gone through quite a lot. With a lot of thought and research, I have decided to stop my antibiotics. I find that its counter-intuitve to be on toxic prescriptions while trying to cleanse. They didn’t seem to be helping anyways. I just don’t feel right taking pharmaceuticals! They were causing extreme nausea, stomach discomfort, swollen feet, sun sensitivity, fatigue, loss of appetite. Going through all this makes me even more a firm believer in natural healing all the way!!

In the 3.5 months I was taking antibiotics and lots of supplement, I’ve had a lot of die-off symptom.  It has been a bumpy roller coaster ride for sure. As you kill parasites and bacteria, they let off toxins into the blood which is the reason you feel so sick during treatment.  The body can only eliminate toxins at a certain pace so it is helpful to assist the body in releasing them faster.  There were a lot of methods I was using successfully to detox. I was detoxing through epsom salt detox bathsinfrared sauna sessions to sweat out toxins & heavy metals, rebounding to oxygenate the blood and move the lymphatic system, zapping for parasite killing, drinking a lot of lemon water, taking milk thistle to assist liver, taking immune boosting supplements, turmeric, olive leaf, transfer factors, did a parasite cleanse, dry-brushing each day for lymphatic flow, & trying to sleep a lot.

As far as my diet goes, it has changed a few times. I was doing a strict Candida diet with no fruit, no sugar, no carbs/starches but that was so restrictive. I started craving eggs and more meat so I honored my cravings and introduced more of those things in. I started to get my energy back but it was killing my digestion. My stomach was blowing up like a balloon each night!  I was continuously hungry and felt it wasn’t helping my Candida or my immune system. Then I came across information about the renowned Dr. Robert Morse. If you haven’t heard of him, I advise you read up! Besides his book, he also has a You Tube channel with tons of informational videos. His view in a nutshell, is that dis-ease does not exist. It is simply a clogged lymph system. ANY illness can be healed through cleaning up the lymphatic system, supporting organ/glandular weakness with herbs and eating a diet of high fruit to allow the body to heal itself. He makes so much sense to me and he has helped to heal many, many patient’s at his Florida Clinic. The detox isn’t easy at first, but neither is chronic disease. I am at my wits end to feel better and think this could be my answer. I can positively say that within one week of light detoxing, I am seeing fantastic results already!!! I haven’t even read his book yet, but from the amazing support on a FB page filled with his fans, I have been able to start the process of detox. If I am seeing results already, I cannot wait to see what a deeper cleanse will bring! I am ready to heal once and for all.

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Dr. Robert Morse is an avid believer in the healing powers of fruit. He directs most chronically ill patients to do 100% fruit fasts along with herbs to fully clean up the lymphatic system and repair glandular and organ functions. I am not ready to do 100% fruit yet so I am using the Raw Till 4 lifestyle to transition myself. This is when you eat all raw (I am doing just fruit) during day (no oil/salt and very low fat) and then have a high carb/starchy dinner (vegetables/salad accompanied by GF pasta, rice or potatoes). I feel great doing this, but I am not 100% convinced about all the highly processed Gluten-free pasta, corn, and rice Raw till 4 people eat. It is a perfect transition period for me though to get into more raw food. So far its working beautifully. I am not craving the old SAD (standard American Diet) cooked foods so much anymore and beginning to crave more raw. As I incorporate more raw, I will be able to hopefully one day do a fruit fast to really clean out my lymph system.

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For those of you who don’t think you can get in enough calories or nutrients from fruit – do your research. You can!  I use the ‘My Fitness Pal‘ app to make sure I am getting in enough calories each day. Just to give an example of my typical breakfast  – a 4 banana smoothie with 10 dates is over 1100 calories! To all you “sugar-phobics” out there, do your research! Read Dr. Graham’s 80-10-10 book, the Starch Solution or watch Robert Morse videos….sugar is the enemy ONLY if your cells are gummed in excess fat. Clear the fat, oils and salt from your diet and your cells will thrive off the sugars you feed it. Fat causes blood sugar problems, not fruit. Bathing your cells in fruit is what they need to thrive!

 

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So for now this is my current protocol:

Sauna every a.m. (I used to do infrared but switched to a regular dry/steam sauna because I think its healthier)

-dry skin brushing

-rebounding at least 15 min each day

-epsom salt baths a few times a week

-deep breathing and lots of relaxing

-Lots and lots of lemon water

Probiotics for re-establishing good bacteria

IntestiNew for gut repair

-Vitamin D from the sun for at least 20 minute a day

– Fruits for breakfast & lunch

– Dinner: large raw salad or raw meal accompanied by rice/corn pasta or brown rice or potatoes or a vegetable soup.

-I am going to start using Dr. Morse’s herbs – Stomach & Bowel ll, GI Broom, Parasite M, Adrenals, Kidney/Bladder ll, Lymphatic Support ll, and Heal All Tea.

-I would like to eventually add in DoTerra essential oils too, as I hear these help tremendously.

 

 

Newly diagnosed with Lyme & Candida

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FINALLY! Some answers and direction.


This year has been a rough one for me. I began with a flu last September which was odd since it wasn’t flu season and rarely to I get sick with colds or a flu nonetheless. That turned into a bad Crohn’s flare. Then I decided to stop my birth control pill because I wanted to start balancing my hormones after being on it for way too long. With each period, like clockwork, came a vicious flare. I understood hormones play a huge role in causing flare-ups with women but geez, I thought my healthy ways would prevent the debilitating week long pain. It didn’t. Fast forward to 2.5 months ago, I began to get a sudden onset of neurological symptoms such as vertigo, dizziness, extreme brain fog, headaches, eye floaters, fatigue and many more symptoms that you will see below. I was feeling VERY OFF. People told me it was most likely stress and to stop thinking about it so much. I knew it wasn’t stress.

So then the tests began. I went to see an ENT where vertigo and any inner ear problem was ruled out. I went to see a neuro-opthamologist because I have had a history of severe optic neuritis in the past & wanted to make sure it wasn’t my eyes. An MRI was taken and luckily no lesions or MS. Then I decided to see an Osteopath. I wanted everything checked in my blood, praying I could find answers. I told her all of my vague symptoms and all my past complications with Crohn’s and the blinding mystery optic neuritis I had in college. I was side swiped when she looked at me and said that all of my symptoms screamed Lyme to her.

Wait a minute. No way, I thought! I never found a tick on me, then again I never looked. Some are so tiny, I could of easily mistaken them for dirt or a freckle.  I DO live in prominent Lyme lands and travel to Cape Cod, the other highly infested Lyme area. I DO garden with flip flops on and no gloves and shorts in the summer months in my backyard which is visited by deer and backs up to woods. I did have a mystery flu late last summer and a few rashes during the year and lots of little odd symptoms, like very painful breasts and extremely dry skin and blurry vision. I always chalked things up to my Crohns.

Then after watching a Lyme documentary ‘Under Our Skin’ and reading ‘The Unkown Cure’, lightbulbs starting going off above my head. By the way, HIGHLY recommend both, especially the book.

Then the results came in. I tested positive for both Lyme (and Candida, but we will discuss that in next post). 

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I have 40 clinical Lyme symptoms listed (underlined) below. If you have 20, this represents a serious potential and Lyme should be included in diagnostic workup. Unfortunately diagnostic testing is very hard. Sometimes the spirochetes and their co-infections can not be detected in blood work. That is why you must find a Lyme Literate Dr to look at your clinical symptoms along with any bands that come up positive on a Western Blot test, even if there are few. The CDC only allows treatment if you mark 5 out of 10 bands which is just crazy to me. If one band came up positive, that should be evidence enough that you were infected at some point. Spirochetes can hide in your tissues, and travel to your vital organs, They can cause so many lasting symptoms that can be dangerous if not taken care of. They can keep reproducing and cause havoc, if not controlled. Scary part is I have no idea when I got infected or how long my body has been fighting them. Dr said people run the risk of getting bit just walking from there car to their front door. Nymph ticks are SUPER SMALL (as small or smaller then poppy seeds) and can go undetected.

Symptoms of Lyme Disease

The Tick Bite (fewer than 50% recall a tick bite or get/see the rash and only about 30% even get the rash)
Rash at site of bite
Rashes on other parts of your body
Rash basically circular, oval and spreading out (more generalized)
Raised rash, disappearing and recurring

Head, Face, Neck

Unexplained hair loss
Headache, mild or severe, Seizures
Pressure in head, white matter lesions in brain (MRI)
Twitching of facial or other muscles
Facial paralysis (Bell’s Palsy, Horner’s syndrome)
Tingling of nose, (tip of) tongue, cheek or facial flushing
Stiff or painful neck
Jaw pain or stiffness
Dental problems (unexplained)
Sore throat, clearing throat a lot, phlegm, runny nose

Eyes/Vision

Double or blurry vision
Increased floating spots
Pain in eyes, or swelling around eyes
Oversensitivity to light
Flashing lights/Peripheral waves/phantom images in corner of eyes

Ears/Hearing

Decreased hearing in one or both ears, plugged ears
Buzzing in ears
Pain in ears, oversensitivity to sounds
Ringing in one or both ears

Digestive and Excretory Systems

Diarrhea
Constipation
Irritable bladder (trouble starting, stopping) or Interstitial cystitis
Upset stomach (nausea or pain) or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease)

Musculoskeletal System

Bone pain, joint pain or swelling, carpal tunnel syndrome
Stiffness of joints, back, neck, tennis elbow
Muscle pain or cramps, (Fibromyalgia)

Respiratory and Circulatory Systems

Shortness of breath, can’t get full/satisfying breath, cough
Chest pain or rib soreness
Night sweats or unexplained chills
Heart palpitations or extra beats
Endocarditis, Heart blockage

Neurologic System

Tremors or unexplained shaking
Burning or stabbing sensations in the body
Fatigue, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Weakness, peripheral neuropathy or partial paralysis
Pressure in the head
Numbness in body, tingling, pinpricks
Poor balance, dizziness, difficulty walking
Increased motion sickness
Lightheadedness, wooziness

Psychological well-being

Mood swings, irritability, bi-polar disorder
Unusual depression
Disorientation (getting or feeling lost)
Feeling as if you are losing your mind
Over-emotional reactions, crying easily
Too much sleep, or insomnia
Difficulty falling or staying asleep
Narcolepsy, sleep apnea
Panic attacks, anxiety

Mental Capability

Memory loss (short term)
Confusion, difficulty in thinking
Difficulty with concentration or reading
Going to the wrong place
Speech difficulty (slurred or slow)
Stammering speech
Forgetting how to perform simple tasks

Reproduction and Sexuality

Loss of sex drive
Sexual dysfunction
Unexplained menstral pain, irregularity
Unexplained breast pain, discharge
Testicular or pelvic pain

General Well-being

Phantom smells
Unexplained weight gain, loss
Extreme fatigue
Swollen glands/lymph nodes
Unexplained fevers (high or low grade)
Continual infections (sinus, kidney, eye, etc.)
Symptoms seem to change, come and go
Pain migrates (moves) to different body parts
Early on, experienced a “flu-like” illness, after which you have not since felt well.
Low body temperature

flaring of symptoms every 4 weeks

Allergies/Chemical sensitivities

Increased effect from alcohol and possible worse hangover

Many Lyme patients are first diagnosed with other illnesses such as:

Juvenile Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Reactive Arthritis, Infectious Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Fibromyalgia, Raynaud’s Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Interstitial Cystis, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, Fifth Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, scleroderma, lupus, early ALS, early Alzheimers Disease, crohn’s disease, ménières syndrome, reynaud’s syndrome, sjogren’s syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, prostatitis, psychiatric disorders (bipolar, depression, etc.), encephalitis, sleep disorders, thyroid disease and various other illnesses.

If you have received one of these diagnoses please check above to see if you recognize a broader range of symptoms.

With Lyme Disease it is common for all systems to be affected ( respiratory, autonomic nervous system, cardiovascular, digestive, brain, central nervous system, musco-skeletal, etc.) and sometimes the hourly/daily/weekly/monthly changing of symptoms. Symptoms may come and go in varying degrees fluctuating from one symptom to another. There may be a period of what feels like remission only to be followed by another onset of symptoms.

The infection rate of Lyme in the tick population is exploding in North America and as global warming continues, this trend is expected to only get worse. Please spray yourself while being outside, check yourself, wear light clothing while hiking, gardening or playing in the grass. Find a Lyme Literate Dr and get checked if you detect anything! If you are positive it is so important to treat as early as you can. You can go the antibiotic route or just as powerful, the herbal route.

 

*I will post about my plan of attack on eradicating both Lyme and Candida for you guys and a brief post on Candida and what it is.