Despite Centers for Disease Control estimates that only 20,000 new Lyme disease infections occur each year, the true figure, as Harvard medical school researchers have found, nearly approaches 200,000. Symptoms run from mild lethargy to severe arthritis to incapacitating mental dysfunction. And despite medical pronouncements to the contrary, ...Read MoreDespite Centers for Disease Control estimates that only 20,000 new Lyme disease infections occur each year, the true figure, as Harvard medical school researchers have found, nearly approaches 200,000. Symptoms run from mild lethargy to severe arthritis to incapacitating mental dysfunction. And despite medical pronouncements to the contrary, extensive research has found that tests for the disease are not very reliable and antibiotics are only partially effective; up to 35 percent of those infected will not respond to treatment or will relapse. The spirochetes that cause Lyme are stealth pathogens--they can hide within cells or alter their form so that antibiotics cannot affect them. Lyme disease is, in fact, a potent, emerging epidemic disease for which technological medicine is only partially effective. Healing Lyme examines the leading, scientific research on Lyme infection, its tests and treatments, and outlines the most potent herbal medicines and supplements that offer help--either alone or in combination with antibiotics--for preventing and healing the disease. It is the essential guide to Lyme infection and its treatment.Read Less
This is an excellent book for anyone who has or knows of someone who has Lyme Disease. It helps you understand what the disease does in your body and how to treat it naturally.
Nov 12, 2008
HOW TO COPE WITH LYME DISEASE
Stephen Harrod Buhner, an herbalist, has written an intensely informative book on how to cope with Lyme disease: prevention, onset, and later stages. He details the usefulness of antibiotics and then gives dose-specific recommendations for many herbs and other supplements to support the immune system both in general and for particular symptoms, e.g., arthritis, Bell's palsy, bladder problems, etc. He outlines half a dozen available tests, giving their short-comings and explaining why no test can give a truly definite diagnosis. All that has been very helpful; but positively fascinating was the description of the spirochetes that infect us thanks to a tick bite, a mosquito bite, a flea bite, or whatever. These spirochetes, of ancient lineage, much older than mankind, are brilliant. Somewhere between bacteria and protozoa in complexity, they have many tricks up their sleeve, so to speak. They can alter their DNA to suit the challenge posed by their host's immune system; they can exchange information with each other in order to baffle the host; they have an outer coat which they can shed to further obfuscate the situation; and they can hide inside our cells by constructing what's called a 'shielding membrane.' That last trick is known as 'intracellular sequestering.' So what hope is there for us? Buhner points the way to symbiosis. If we strengthen our immune systems in ways he recommends, we can probably live happily with a few spirochetes sequestering themselves inside us.
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