Lyme Disease: ‘Tick’ed off at the CDC

Lyme Disease – the great pretender – is more prevalent than most are aware of. Commonly misdiagnosed as multiple sclerosis or fibromyalgia, Lyme lurks in the blood and spirochetes penetrate and reproduce in all of the body’s organs and tissues.

With a disease this nasty, why is it being ignored?

Before I continue with this article, I want to debunk a few ‘myths’ surrounding this disease that are supported by the CDC..

  1. 30 days of antibiotics (usually doxycycline) are NOT ENOUGH to get this out of your system. It can take month to even years to treat depending on the severity of the case.
  2. There is a beef allergy associated with Lyme ONLY. If you feel poorly after beef consumption, please look into being tested.
  3. You do not need to have the bullseye rash to have Lyme be a possibility – most people actually do not have this.
  4. You can get Lyme from other places besides ticks. Including mosquito bites.
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“Bullseye Rash” commonly associated with Lyme Disease

First, let’s begin with my story…

It began when I was 13 – I wasn’t able to keep upright and began to fall down all the time. The MRI revealed lesions on my brain that didn’t quite match to multiple sclerosis. Despite this, I continued to be misdiagnosed for over a year. I was confused as to why I had taken the 30 days of antibiotics, I was only getting worse. I needed to be in a wheelchair most of the time at this point, and other symptoms started to crop up. I began to deal with pretty severe nausea and pain all over my body, so much so that I didn’t want to move anyway.

Many doctors will tell you that 30 days of doxycycline is enough to completely eradicate the disease. This is so far from the truth. The spirochete has a protective coating over itself so most drugs cannot penetrate them to kill the disease. It is cyclical in its regeneration pattern, so only treatment at a certain point in the repeating cycle has a chance to make it to the bugs. It’s an uphill battle with misinformed doctors and a public who doesn’t yet know what a day in this life is like.

Even after two years of IV antibiotics, I worsened. I developed anaphylactic reactions to random foods, one of which being the Alpha-Gal beef allergy commonly associated with the disease. I had a stroke. I had lost most of my memory and could not read or retain information. I had fits of blindness, anxiety and depression, and of course the endless pain. Still, seven years  had passed and there was no answer besides to continue and press on. I treated with herbal remedies such as Cats Claw and Banderol (I will talk more about this in other articles) and years of hardcore antibiotics. I had lost a good deal of hair and hope that I had left. My thyroid and adrenal system was trashed from the disease and my gastro system was a mess from the drugs. I had developed thyroid diseases, mast cell activation disorder, anxiety disorder and OCD. I had to take a break.

Currently after having C, I am doing a bit better. Pregnancy has been known to lessen the severity of symptoms felt or put a person in remission due to the hormone imbalances. It was almost a decade to get here though. I still deal with the aftermath of the damage but this is why I am launching this business and blog – to heal by food – because I cannot tolerate any other courses of treatment. I am currently working on my BS in integrative medicine and plan to pursue a graduate degree in nutrition and alternative therapies so that I can better coach people with similar issues.

I call out insurance companies that don’t want to pay as the reason that many do not get better or get misdiagnosed per the CDC’s inaccurate information that they publish. They have been proven wrong in this arena by several acclaimed scientific studies. As I write more on this for the blog I’ll go more in depth with natural treatments and aids for dealing with this. Above all, find a support person to reach out to for help. It is absolutely overwhelming and you cannot make it through this if you don’t get someone involved. For me, that person was my mother. She was there for me through all the surgeries, hospital stays, late night crying fits about where to go from ‘here.’ I encourage you if you feel any symptoms in the graphic above, to call your doctor and see about getting tested.

I’m not in love with my husband…

I'm not in love with my husband. And I'll tell you when I knew.

Baby C had a problem this morning and we had to promptly rush him to the emergency room. During this time it was very stressful, as he couldn’t stop vomiting and screaming but was hungry at the same time. Conflicting for a tiny baby. My husband and I began to bicker from the stress and from there, hurtful feelings and words started to fly.

It was then that I knew I was not in love with him.

Being “in love” with a person naturally indicates the opposite may happen: falling out of love.

My husband and I have had some severe fights, fought the distance of loving each other across the country, and moving him here to our state. I would never dream of leaving him despite my anger at the time. But yet, I fear him walking out on me every time I make a mistake.

Perhaps this is societal conditioning or a result of my own perfectionistic tendencies. As women, we need to remind ourselves that this is not the case with our husbands.

On that day where we stood at that altar with tears in our eyes, we pray. We dedicate our hearts, tattered and torn from prior lovers who mistreated and tossed us aside, to our other halves. We smile through the tears of joy, and we promise.

Marriage is a picture of unconditional love. Like God’s Love for the church and for his children.

We don’t need to live in shame and fear when we make a mistake.

We can walk freely despite our anger and come to a resolution in forgiveness with our spouse.

We are not “in love.”

We are unconditional love displayed in two human beings. We are eachother’s halves and teammates. For now, and for the end of time.

And that is, perhaps, the best love story that’s ever been told.

Why Go Gluten Free?

Why Go Gluten Free?

Most of us are familiar with falling victim to the ‘carbs of wrath’ over holidays, special occasions, or just out of sheer exhaustion. Whether you’re battling inflammation or health issues, or simply tired from the 40-hour work week, eating clean is not easily attainable. Carbohydrates, specifically the ‘white carbohydrates’ such as gluten (found in bread, pasta, and pastries), are general fallbacks in many daily diets that can upset the body balance despite eating ‘clean.’

Gluten is damaging for so many people, specifically those struggling with thyroid issues, mast cell activation, Lyme disease, diabetes, MTHFR mutations and general inflammation issues.

According to an article published in Endocrine Connections, “In most patients who strictly followed a 1-year GFD [gluten free diet], there was a normalization of subclinical hypothyroidism, suggesting that in distinct cases, gluten withdrawal may single-handedly reverse the abnormality.” (54). The article goes on to explain that following a gluten free diet regardless of what thyroid disease one suffers from can reverse the autoimmune factor of the disease that flows from diet.

Hundreds of other peer-reviewed articles support the link between gluten, inflammation and autoimmune in chronic illness. You can read up on my favorite articles under Resources.

Axing gluten in the modern-day diet can be difficult, but worth it. Check out my thirty day diet plan for thyroid rehabilitation and reset! Complete with snack selections and easy-to-make recipes for the on-the-go lifestyle, this plan gently introduces the gluten free diet change so it can be easily implemented and affordable!

Lerner, A., Jeremias, P., & Matthias, T. (2017). Gut thyroid axis and celiac disease. Endocrine Connections, 6(4). 52-58. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5435852/