“In the fullness of time, the mainstream handling of chronic Lyme will be viewed as one of the most shameful episodes in the history of medicine because elements of academic medicine, elements of the government and virtually the entire insurance industry have colluded to deny a disease.
This has resulted in needless suffering of many individuals who deteriorate and sometimes die for lack of timely application of treatments or denial of treatment beyond some arbitrary duration.”
Kenneth Liegner, MD
Address on Lyme disease at the International Organization of Medicine conference, 2011
Lyme Disease is the diagnosis of the 21st Century. Or perhaps I should say, Lyme Disease is the Missed Diagnosis of the 21st Century.
Hardly a week goes by where I don’t hear of a person who was recently diagnosed with chronic Lyme’s Disease, either in my practice or in a social setting. This isn’t too big a surprise. According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are 14 states in which 95% of the Lyme Disease cases are diagnosed. Minnesota is one of those states.
As you can see from the above quote, Western Medicine has little to offer for Lyme disease. In fact, they tend to deny that it exists. There is one tool in the toolkit for Western Medicine, and it is Antibiotics.
What are the symptoms that indicate you may have an undiagnosed case of Lyme disease? The CDC acknowledges about 30,000 cases per year. This is up from 20,000 in 2004. In reality there are probably 1,000,000 per year. Why the discrepancy?
There are many things that have been found to be Lyme that have been misdiagnosed as something else. They include:
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Epstein Barr Virus, MS, RA, ALS, IBS, Crohn’s Disease, migraines, neuralgias, neuropathy, Tourettes syndrome, Meniere’s disease, vertigo, Parkinsons, dementia, early onset Alzheimers, arrhythmia, anxiety, depression, bi-polar, OCD, restless leg syndrome, stillbirth, autism, vague symptoms coupled with ‘wandering’ joint pains.
For example, Dr. Alan MacDonald, a Lyme disease researcher at South Hampton Hospital, found that 70% of Alzheimer’s patients has Lyme spirochetes in their brains! He also found some babies that died of SIDS also had spirochetes in their brains.
Dr. Sam Schorr, a Chronic Fatigue Syndrome specialist, tested 250 cases of CFS for Borrellia, the microbe responsible for Lyme disease, and all 250 cases tested positive.
Here are some symptoms generally agreed upon by natural health practitioners of things to watch for that may indicate Lyme disease:
Physical Symptoms of Lyme Disease:
- Auto-Immune issues of all sorts
- Persistent swollen glands
- Sore Throat
- Sore soles of the feet
- Joint Pain
- Swelling in all the joints
- Numbness in arms and legs
- Unexplained back pain
- Muscle Pain
- Bell’s Palsy
- Light and sound sensitivity
- Blurry Vision
- Buzzing in ears
- Motion Sickness
- Flu-like symptoms that don’t go away
- Unexplained weight gain or loss
- Hair loss
- Menstrual irregularities
- Irritable Bladder
- Loss of libido
- Erectile Dysfunction
- Heart murmur
- A Fib
- Chronic Cough
- Skin rashes
Mental/Emotional Symptoms of Lyme Disease
- Brain Fog
- Difficult concentration
- Twitching of the face
- Searching for words
- Poor Short Term Memory
- Learning disabilities
- Getting Lost
- Mood Swings
- Panic Attacks
A 21st Century disease needs 21st Century protocols to help those who suffer. Homeopathy is a shining star when it comes to helping people with Lyme disease. I recently took classes to learn how to get to the bottom of Lyme disease. Watch my next blog post for more information.