Cracking the Code on Lyme Disease

By Dr. Lindsley | There is a disease that has swept across the nation and then been quietly swept under the rug. It has quietly and insidiously crept into the lives of tens of thousands of people living in Wisconsin and surrounding states especially. Lyme disease has become a household name in this neck of the woods, but with this familiarity, our understanding of the disease is surprisingly still quite limited.

Einstein once said (paraphrasing here) that if we were to solve a tougher problem, we better change our thinking or will get the same answer. If we’re going to solve the problem of Lyme disease in this country, we need to put down the bottle of antibiotics, put on our thinking caps, and figure it out for real. After all, future generations are depending on this.

Lyme disease masquerades as a lot of other incurable diseases so, including: MS, ALS, depression, Bells Palsy, Cancer, and Alzheimer’s, all of which have no known cause or cure. Want to keep going? I just described about $200 billion worth of incurables. Interestingly, we have no idea what causes the diseases I just listed and yet the world of modern medicine is spending billions on methods that treat symptoms only – they can’t touch the cause of any of these disease processes. These diseases are a mix of inflammatory and immune deficiency diseases. I have also seen every one of these involved with a patient suffering from Lyme disease.

Did you know between 250,000 and 350,000 cases of MS have been diagnosed in the United States, and the illness is five times more prevalent in northern climates? In fact, in Wisconsin, one in five hundred people are now said to have Multiple Sclerosis (MS). We have yet to tally the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) patients that I have seen coming through my office that may or may not have been given a diagnosis. With 30,000 cases of ALS diagnosed and 5,000 new cases per year, it is becoming evident that while diagnoses are increasing, our ability to put a stop to these diseases is not.

Many people mistakenly believe that Lyme disease is a single bacterial infection that enters our immune system. A round or two of doxycycline or similar antibiotic should whip it into submission and we can go on our way and enjoy our lives again, right? The reality of this disease process is this: I have yet to see any antibiotic completely wipe it from an individual who was has been exposed to Lyme. Lyme disease is not usually a single bacteria entering our system, but several co-infections arriving on the scene adding chaos to the immune system. In fact, as many as seven different bacteria and parasites at one time can result from a single bite. Many times, the labs running Lyme disease tests are only running the single bacteria of Borellia Burgdorferi (Lyme bacteria) while leaving out the possibility of Babesia, Erlichia, Bartonella, Mycoplasma, Rickettsia Rickettsi (Rocky Mountain spotted fever) and a few other variants. Truth be told, most individuals who are exposed to this disease process will have at least two of these bacteria-parasite combinations to fight off at one time, and antibiotics are simply not going to remove all combinations from the musculoskeletal system and the central nervous system completely.

The best antibiotic might remove 75% of the infection, leaving the immune system the remaining 25% to deal with. Without some type of immune support for the body, it can manifest again months or years later in the brain and spinal cord as a neurological disease. Most of what is going to attack us is either parasitic or bacteria and will be swallowed and enter our digestive tract. This is where the majority of our immune system lives (roughly 80-85%); the rest is spread out in various tissues of our body. The idea of treatment is to stop the invader before it gets outside our digestive tube and enters into our organ and central nervous systems.

While a tick is attached to our skin, it releases several bacteria and parasites in our tissues that very quickly work their way into our blood stream and then very quickly try to leave the blood stream and head for the hills. Why? It is a strategic move by the parasites and bacteria to move away from the immune system and enter areas of the body where it can quickly overcome the localized immune system and set up shop. It sounds like a really smart military strategy: attack a weaker opponent, take the territory, and raise the flag. That is exactly what Lyme disease will do: it takes over your body one organ system at a time, going after the communication systems first.

Our main computer system involves the brain and spinal cord. It’s our central nervous system because all information from our body flows up through our nerves to our brain, where the brain (our CPU) makes a decision on how to handle the situation. Then it sends the best known correct action back down through our nerves to our organs and muscles. We make the “fight or flight” decision hundreds of times a day without even knowing what is happening, while our 50 trillion cells communicate and run the show. Our autonomic nervous system is tasked with defending our tissues from all known invaders into our bodys’ tissues.

What gets commonly missed, though, when the bacteria and parasites take hold of the nervous system, are the toxins they secrete. Ammonia, lactic acid, and phenol are the big three. Bacteria are parasites entering our central nervous system (CNS), which secrete ammonia at high levels. Local immune cells and detoxification cells cannot handle the load allowing the ammonia to accumulate in the CNS. The accumulation eventually causes enough inflammation in the brain and spinal cord that we begin to see neurological changes in the body’s movements, moods, and thought processes. Neurotransmitters are blocked from working and the inflamed tissues begin to degenerate, leaving us with memory loss, depression, and decreased motor function to arms and legs. Short term memory loss, fatigue, and depression are simply precursors to the larger categorical diagnosis.

As much as big pharmaceutical companies want us to believe that petroleum-based products (drugs) used to treat symptoms will cure our diseases, this unfortunately is just not the case. Our bodies are incredibly strong, smart and well-functioning systems. Gumming up the systems with oils and petroleum is eventually going to stop working.

Now that you know a lot more about Lyme disease and how it functions in the body, stay tuned next issue to find out what your natural alternatives are when it comes to healing your body of Lyme disease. There is hope, and actually, great success!

Dr. Lindsley is a former Lyme Disease sufferer that has been studying natural approaches to help patients remove the source of the toxins from invading bacteria and parasites while naturally boosting their immune systems.  He is currently working on a book to help others educate themselves on effective natural approaches to heal themselves from Lyme Disease.

Safe Breast Screening Is Available for Young Women

By Pam Ryerse, MLT, CCT | Oh my gosh – all the fuss about the new guidelines for breast screening with mammography! It is difficult to filter through all the information the government’s Task Force has put forth and the media has spun out of sight! Well, I am here to ask the question, what about the younger gals, ages 25-39?  They are soooo under represented, yet approximately 12-14,000 young women get breast cancer every year! I am unable to find any recommendations for them from the ACS or Komen websites. And the Young Survival website says:

  • Breast cancer accounts for 26% of all cancer in females 15-39 years of age and 39% of all cancer in 35-39 year olds. And breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in women ages 15-54.
  • Young women’s cancers are generally more aggressive and result in lower survival rates.
  • There is no effective breast cancer screening tool for women 40 and under.

However, there is another early detection screening tool available: clinical thermography, a safe, private, accurate health screening. Taking the squish out of breast screening, it is perfect for the younger, denser breast tissue and can find breast cancers and pre-cancerous tissues long before they can be detected by mammograms! Approved by the FDA in 1982, it is completely painless, non-invasive, compression-free and radiation-free! Studies have questioned the safety of cumulative exposures to radiation. This is not the case with thermography: being radiation-free, frequent screenings are safe. Thermography uses high tech infrared scanners and sophisticated computer programs to image the physiology in the body. It is complementary to the structural imaging we are familiar with- mammography and ultrasound.

As stated in the October 2008 issue of the American Journal of Surgery, a study concluded: “Thermography has resurfaced in this era of modernized computer technology. DITI is a valuable adjunct to mammography and ultrasound, especially in women with dense breast parenchyma.”

So I plan to empower young women- and women of all ages- to take good care of their breasts. Besides wearing a good-fitting bra and performing a daily breast massage, I encourage them to get screening with clinical thermography. Guidelines indicate that young women should get a baseline established around 25 years of age then continue with screening every few years. Early detection saves lives, right?  Makes sense to me. While we continue to debate the findings of the government’s Task Force on breast screening, please let’s consider the age group that is being ignored.

Submitted by: Pam Ryerse, MLT, CCT founder of Radiant Health Imaging, with offices in Fairfield, Des Moines, Omaha, Lacrosse. Screening available in Coralville first Wednesday of each month. www.radianthealthimaging.com,  ph: 866-240-9659.

Osteoporosis and Aging

Climbing the stairs the other day you relalized that your knees were complaining a bit. But you’re only 39; you’re too young to have those old problems like arthritis or osteoarthritis. Are you? Not so, says Jason Theodosakis, M.D., author of The Arthritis Cure. Symptoms of osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, are showing up in men and women in their 40s and 50s, and even younger, he says.

Joint health is the heart of our physical movements and you probably never thinks about it but healthy joints control every movement in our bodies. Today, nearly 21 million Americans grapple with osteoarthritis, a condition often marked by debilitating pain, stiffness, and sometimes swelling in or around the joints.

If you suffer or know someone, consider these options for better joint health:

1. Lose Weight

Excess weight, especially in your knees and hips, causes the joint more strain and the cartilage in these areas is more vulnerable to erosion. Carrying excess weight causes more inflammation, which in turn causes pain and stiffness. But research suggests that for every pound you lose, you protect your joints from four to eight pounds of extra pressure. (Check your Body Mass Index by searching for “BMI” at cdc.gov, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website)

2. Joint-friendly foods

Diets high in anti-inflammatory foods can help keep osteoarthritis at a distance and it also helps its symptoms if you already have OA. Dr. Vijay Vad, M.D., author of Arthritis Rx (Gotham Books, 2006), and sports medicine physician at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, recommends fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and omega-3 fats from cold-water fish, olive oil, and walnuts. Avoid or eliminate red meat, dairy, polyunsaturated vegetable oils (safflower, sunflower, soy, peanut, and corn), refined grains and sugars (white breads, white flour pastas), and processed foods.

3. Move

Low impact, joint-friendly exercises like biking, walking, and water aerobics are great exercises to get you moving and to help keep your joints healthy and moving easily. Stretching and range of motion exercises like yoga and tai chi are also great for keeping your joints working with you. Tai chi’s slow movements might help restore balance and strengthen muscles without stressing joints. A recent review of 12 studies shows that tai chi can help control OA knee pain. Try low impact exercises 4 to 5 times a day with 1 to 2 days of yoga.  Strength training is also great for you. If you have time try, to incorporate 1 to 2 days of that as well, but remember to listen to your body and to rest and take days off when you feel pain or swelling.

4.  Contrast Hydrotherapy

Soaking your hands or feet in hot water for 3 minutes then submerging them into cold water for 30 seconds can help OA pain and stiffness. Heat increases blood flow to the joint, while cold moves it away, so alternating the temperature creates the equivalent of a pump that nourishes and lubricates the joint.

Supplements


Glucosamine and Chondroitin

Previous research studies have shown that people who had mild to moderate osteoarthritis and took glucosamine and chondroitin had similar relief to those who took anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin or ibuprofen. Recommended: Glucosamine, 1,500 mg per day; Chondroitin, 1,200 mg per day (improvement should show within three to four months)

Devils Claw
If you would like to go all natural in pain relief, Devil’s Claw may be something to look into. Devil’s Claw is a native plant of Africa, which in limited studies showed that it decreased pain and improved mobility in patients within 10 days of beginning the treatments. Recommended: Depends on the supplement; follow label instructions or consult a knowledgeable homeopath or naturopath.

SAM-e
S-Adenosylmethionine, or SAM-e, is another healthy joint option. SAM-e is produced by the body to help maintain cell membranes and regulate the creation and maintenance of cartilage. SAM-e is also used in Europe to combat liver disease and depression. This multipurpose supplement not only treats pain and inflammation but also shows promise in slowing the progress of disease, says Dr. David Rakel, director of the Integrative Medicine Program at the University of Wisconsin’s School of Medicine and Public Health. The only drawback is the price tag, roughly between $1 and $3 per day.    Recommended: Buy dark bottles or blister packs of SAM-e because sun light causes it to oxidize.  Take 400 to 800 mg per day

Eat Your Way to Healthy Joints

  • FISH OIL. Best known for its cardiovascular benefits, fish oil’s omega-3 fats can also help lessen inflammation and pain. You may think that fish oil is fish oil but quality is important when taking fish oil. Made from freshly caught fish, when one company is done using the fish for their oil, they pass it down the line for another company to use.  So getting a higher quality oil is the way to go. Nordic Naturals is one of the best on the market. Recommended: 3 g daily
  • ASU. Isolated and purified from two foods, avocado/soybean unsaponifiables (ASU), is thought to reduce joint inflammation, promote the repair of cartilage, and alter abnormal bone growth in OA. Recommended: 300 mg daily.
  • TURMERIC. Sooth inflammation in swollen joints with curcumin, the active ingredient found in tumeric. Recommended: 400 to 600 mg three times a day.
  • GINGER. Harness the anti-inflammatory property of gingerols, found in ginger. Avoid if you take other blood thinners or if it upsets your stomach. Recommended: 500 to 1,000 mg daily.

Reiki Offers Relief to Alzheimer's Patients

By Ilona Udvari | Reiki is a natural, gentle, powerful, yet non-invasive method of healing that is passed from practitioner to client by means of gentle touch. This ancient Japanese healing art originated many thousands of years ago and was brought to this country in the early 1900s by holy man and scientific scholar Mikao Usui. Since that time, Reiki has grown rapidly in popularity as an excellent form of complimentary and alternative medicine.

The results of a recent IARP survey (International Association of Reiki Professionals) of American hospitals indicated that many major hospitals are now using Reiki for its therapeutic benefits both pre- and post-surgery, and for patients suffering from stress and other disorders such as anxiety, sleeplessness, pain, nausea, and fatigue. Reiki has been found to be extremely beneficial in every aspect of healing, not only on a physical level, but also on psychological, emotional, and spiritual levels as well. Utilizing life force energy, the component of which we are all made, it enhances the body’s natural power to heal and maintain itself. Not only can it be used to promote healing of virtually any illness, it has been used to mend bone and tissue and aid with the side effects of anesthesia, radiation treatment, and chemotherapy. It has also been found to reduce the need for medication and shorten hospital stays. Because this diverse energy is such an effective, integrative medical tool, it is being used in many major hospitals, clinics and other health care facilities around the world with great success.

Many nurses, physicians, and outside practitioners have begun to provide Reiki services to enhance patient care. Patients who are emotionally stressed or terminally ill and their families have reported a deep sense of relaxation and inner peace when their care was facilitated with this versatile treatment. Further, Reiki has been extremely beneficial in calming patients with dementia, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s disease.

Therese Silva Johnson is a certified gerontologist (the study of the phenomenon of aging) who was the owner-operator and administrator of a six-bed, 24-hour care home that specializes in the care of Alzheimer’s (dementia) patients. Johnson notes that initial symptoms begin subtly. An individual may show signs of personality change, memory loss, poor judgment, mood swings, or agitation. Initiative lessens and the ability to learn new things becomes difficult. As the disease progresses, victims develop difficulties with speech and communication, movement and coordination. In the latter stages total confusion and disorientation result in the patient having to rely completely on a caregiver for daily function. The brain continues to degenerate and ultimately results in great difficulty walking, talking, swallowing, controlling bladder and bowel function, etc. As a result, victims can become quite frail and prone to infections such as pneumonia. These conditions of course, are extremely distressful not just for those afflicted, but for caregivers as well.

Johnson began employing short Reiki treatments lasting roughly 10 to 20 minutes. She would administer them as needed, for example at mealtime to facilitate feeding and cooperation with caregivers. She found patients became compliant and relaxed. As she experimented with these treatments she noted that although the disease progressed, her patients did not have to suffer the traditional degree of symptoms of anxiety, agitation, pain, and physical discomfort. Pacing and wandering were drastically reduced. Paranoia began to subside. The mere placing on of hands allowed patients to become completely relaxed, more present, and lucid. Wounds healed in half the time with daily 5-10 minute Reiki treatments. Johnson found that even those patients who normally resisted different kinds of touch (bathing, dressing, grooming, etc.) welcomed and even asked for Reiki. Reiki can even be given as a long distance treatment for those with special needs.

Excited by the successful results Johnson was obtaining, she decided to spread the news of the Reiki technique by developing an Alzheimer’s Reiki research program. She presently is practicing Reiki full-time to develop a concise Reiki therapy plan to be used by Alzheimer’s caregivers. The purpose of this plan is to benefit Alzheimer’s patients and those who care for them by reducing or eliminating deleterious symptoms to extend the integrity of the afflicted. In this way, a higher quality of life is created for both patients and caregivers. With the use of Reiki therapy, Johnson has already enjoyed a great deal of  success in reversing and/or arresting Alzheimer’s disease in a select number of patients. For Alzheimer’s patients, her research is dedicated to fostering the kind of care that will increase independent living and include the return of cognition, mobility, and socialization. Johnson also found that the limitlessness of treating with Reiki can also be useful to individuals who may suffer from similar symptom such as those who are challenged by obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, or mental illness.

Being attuned to give Reiki treatments is a powerful pathway to helping others and maintaining one’s own optimal health. The attunement itself takes only a few minutes, and with a little instruction, the student may begin using Reiki immediately. Whether you are a health care provider or you are just an individual committed to living your own life in a health conscious way, consider being attuned to Reiki. There is no better medicine than one that is preventative, restorative, and natural.

Ilona Udvari is a Master/Teacher in Usui Shiki Ryoho, Seichim ,Karuna Ki, and Firefly Reiki.  She gives treatments and teaches classes (by appointment) at the Firefly Reiki Room, her peaceful, country office located at N4002 Highway 25 between Downsville and Menomonie, WI  Call for appointments at 715-235-7732