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The Latest on Lyme Disease

by Dr. Karen S. Clickner, R.N.D.


Lyme Disease has taken the joy out of walking in the woods or lying in the grass. It may also be the reason that Fibromyalgia, Lupus, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or Candida doesn’t always respond to treatment.  More and more we are recognizing that a tick bite is the source of all ills for so many that live in the northeast.  So the best thing is to not just tuck your pants inside your socks or examine your tush with a magnifying glass. Strengthen your body’s natural resistance.  That way if you are bit by an infected deer tick, you will not be down for the count.

Most symptoms don’t really appear for weeks and many people do not develop the signature rash. You can’t even rely on a blood test because a positive test often doesn’t happen for at least 30-60 days. By that time the bacterium is already at work in your system. So my rule of thumb is if you feel beyond lousy, then treat yourself as though you have Lyme.

By preventing the chronic phase of Lyme disease, you are preventing a host of opportunistic infections and illnesses, which can rob you of your health, your future and your very life.  I have worked with hundreds of Lyme sufferers and chronic Lyme is no longer Lyme, it is now a host of other infections and deficiencies created by the initial infection.  This is why antibiotics past 10 days do not prevent secondary infection. If you are still symptomatic past that time, antibiotics will only open you up to a world of hurt.

Let’s start with prevention …
In our chemically-laden world, you need daily immune support. The best option is a high grade blend of Echinacea purpurea and Echinacea angustifolia, root extract only. The secret about these species of Echinacea is that they address all pathogens by balancing every facet of your immunity.  Next make sure your gut flora is strong and active.  And this doesn’t mean taking flora, it means supporting your own body’s ability to make flora. I recommend Slippery Elm Powder daily, lots of plain yogurt and fermented foods.  Now add to this essential fatty acids and a low sugar diet. Why? Because what do bacteria love to eat? SUGAR. So you are removing their food source, which is a strong deterrent. If your internal environment is unfriendly to pathogens then they won’t survive long enough to affect you.  And last is the herb Cat’s Claw.  This is the best immediate treatment for all pathogenic exposure.

But sometimes the best laid plans can still leave you infected.  Stay tuned for my next installment Chronic Lyme Resolved in the next issue.   


Dr. Karen S. Clickner is a nationally registered Naturopathic physician practicing in Massachusetts.  She hosts an online holistic magazine, The Herbal Advisor, developed from her radio series on World Radio Geneva in Switzerland. She has worked with more than 13,000 patients around the world for 30 years and provides private consultations and Skype evaluations.  For more information contact her by email at consciousbodynatmed@gmail.com  or visit www.consciousbodynatmed.com




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