HOW TO COPE WITH LYME DISEASE Nov 12, 2008
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.