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A Holistic Path to Recovery
Through my quest to find solutions for chronic Lyme disease, I found it useful to divide therapies into three categories:
1. Restorative Therapy
2. Symptomatic Therapy
3. Heroic Therapy
Everything I’ve discussed so far I classify as Restorative Therapy. It’s the foundation for getting well. Restorative Therapy focuses on optimizing immune function and restoring homeostasis (natural balance in hormone and healing systems in the body), as well as killing or suppressing microbes. Herbs are the cornerstone of Restorative Therapy.
Healing takes time, however, and pronounced symptoms can be a real impediment to progress. Symptoms of pain and poor sleep are especially aggravating. In the short term, treating symptoms directly until healing occurs can have value.
Symptomatic Therapies, as you might expect, are therapies that are specifically directed at controlling symptoms. Sometimes treating specific symptoms directly and aggressively can expedite recovery. It mostly comes in the form of drugs (prescribed by a primary care provider), but there are some natural and alternative options that fit into this category.
The benefits of symptomatic therapies are generally limited to acute relief of symptoms. The contribution to healing and wellness is generally minimal. Suppression of symptoms is transient and only lasts as long as the therapy is administered.
In chronic Lyme disease, Heroic Therapies are mostly focused on aggressively killing microbes. Heroic therapies commonly used in Lyme disease include synthetic antibiotics, steroids, and anti-inflammatory drugs of various types. Alternative forms of heroic therapies use oxidation, electricity, and various types of radiation. This strategy is always passive — you go to your health care provider and have something done to you. It puts someone else in control of your recovery.
Use of heroic therapies is limited by the incidence of side effects and the potential for disrupting systems in the body even further — generally the more potent a heroic therapy is, the greater the potential for harm.
Though there is a place for each type of therapy, that place must be kept in perspective — every person’s pathway and needs are slightly different. The conventional medical approach of relying almost exclusively on heroic and symptoms therapies rarely results in wellness.
A holistic approach to recovery uses restorative therapies as a foundation, symptomatic therapies in early stages as necessary, and heroic therapies only when specific indications are present. When Restorative Therapy is your foundation, if heroic therapy of some type ends up being necessary, lower doses of shorter duration are generally adequate. This greatly reduces the potential for toxicity.
People who try to get well using heroic and symptomatic therapies alone often fail. They bounce from one heroic option to the next, never achieving a goal of true wellness.
In contrast, people who make the effort to build a solid restorative foundation have high probability of achieving wellness and enjoying normal life!
Simplifying The Process For Others
Once I got my health back, I wanted to help others do the same. To do so, I had to simplify the process. What had taken me years of effort and research to figure out needed to be boiled down into an easy protocol.
The first step was simplifying the process of taking the herbs. My interest in herbal medicine extended to the herbal industry itself. I had learned where to get the best quality herbal extracts, how to properly evaluate the quality of herbal extracts, and the best place to have the extracts encapsulated and bottled.
My daughter, who witnessed firsthand how herbs had helped me, came on board to manage the business. Our intent was creating the best possible herbal supplements for the money.
The guiding principles for creating effective supplements were:
I condensed my entire natural protocol for overcoming chronic Lyme into four primary formulas. These four formulas contain the top 50 ingredients that I’ve researched for strengthening the immune system. The daily regimen is simple: 3 capsules of each formula twice daily.
Dr. Rawls’ Herbal Blends
Herbal Formula #1: Antimicrobial Support
This synergistic blend provides the core herbs from the Buhner protocol, including Japanese knotweed (trans-resveratrol), andrographis, cat’s claw, and sarsaparilla, along with stabilized aicen from garlic to extend coverage against protozoa, viruses, and yeast.
Herbal Formula #2: Immunomodulation, Symptom Reduction
Rishi mushroom and cordyceps in this formula reduce inflammatory messengers (cytokines) generated by the microbes and normalize immune functions. Chinese skullcap, which provides activity against Mycoplasma and viruses, and rheumannia, which suppresses autoimmunity, are also key ingredients in the formula (initially this formula contained eleuthero, but it was too stimulating for some people with chronic illness).
Herbal Formula #3: Cellular Support, Optimal Detoxification
The natural ingredients in this formula, including glutathione and NAC, in this supplement are designed to optimize detoxification and counter damage caused by free radicals at a tissue level and inside cells. This is essential for restoring energy to the body at a cellular level. These same ingredients protect tissues from toxins and help remove toxins, including heavy metals from tissues.
Herbal Formula #4: Daily Nutrients, Cardiovascular Function
This formula provides essential vitamins and nutrients in activated form. This is very important for people with methylation mutations (MTHFR), who need activated B vitamins (5-methyltetrahydrofolate, pyridoxal-5-phosphate, methyl cobalamin) to get well. The formula also contains herbal ingredients, including hawthorn, French maritime pine bark, and resveratrol, for optimizing blood flow and supporting cardiovascular function. Optimal tissue protection is provided by milk thistle for liver support and a variety of herbal antioxidants.
Building A Solid Restorative Foundation
The supplements are essential; it’s hard to get well without them, but recovery is a process. To guide people through the process, I created an email course. Over 6 months, participants receive brief emails several times a week.
The emails are a blend of inspirational, instructional, and educational content. They are designed to answer almost any question that might come up in a timely fashion. With each day that passes, the emails step you through the process of getting your life back
A guide for restoring normal intestinal function and embracing clean eating is also included. Learn more about Dr. Rawls’ herbal protocol »
Life As It Should Be
Although I do things differently now, I’ve come to really enjoy a healthful lifestyle. The trade-offs are worth it—things seem to improve for me every year.
My joints are in great shape. My energy levels are sustained throughout the day and I’m as active as I want to be.
As for the borrelia microbe, I may still harbor it. Whether anyone ever gets rid of it is a complete unknown. But the most important thing is that I’m living a normal life, free of symptoms and also free of many of the effects of aging that most people of my age experience.
Over the years, I’ve compiled everything I’ve learned into a book called Unlocking Lyme to help guide the way for others.
Ready to Jumpstart Your Recovery?
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
After graduating from medical school, Dr. Bill Rawls practiced conventional medicine for 15 years. However, when Lyme disease and fibromyalgia disrupted his career at age 45, he was forced into the world of herbal and alternative medicine. He has since restored his health.
IT IS THE OPINON OF ALBERT FISSETTE AT LIGHT THERAPY SERVICES THAT YOU CAN BE SUCESSFUL IN YOUR FIGHT AGAINEST LYME JUST BY USING HERBS AND THE MICROBS OWN FREQUENCYS TO FIGHT AND KILL THEM WITHOUT DRUGS. Make a free appointment today, Call 518-709-7406 Now. My daughter fought LYME for more than two years, now you don’t have to. The choice is yours.
You must follow a schedule of detoxing your bladder, liver, lungs, lymph and blood systems too. All of the dead material must go. Keep in mind that this is not a one day event. This regiment can take very long as you will be destroying microbes with herbs daily until your body is clean.
Researchers from the University of Rhode Island, in Kingston, have studied the rapid increase in Lyme disease in the northern U.S. Only 11 cases of the disease, which annually impacts about 300,000 Americans, were reported in 2015 in Alabama, a state of approximately 5 million residents. Meanwhile, there were 491 confirmed cases in Vermont, with a population of less than 700,000.
The researchers studied the life cycle, metabolism and behavior of black-legged ticks, collecting larvae from several eastern areas. They discovered that ticks live longer in cooler temperatures with higher levels of humidity, making northeastern climates ideal, because longer lives mean increased chance of contact. Southern ticks stay hidden underfoot in layers of leaves to stay cool and damp, making them less likely to find a human host than their northern counterparts, which reside on leaves and trees.
“There has been a lot of research aimed at finding out what makes black-legged ticks more efficient hosts for Lyme disease in the north than in the south,” explains Roger LeBrun, an entomology professor at the University of Rhode Island and co-author of the study. “People have looked at everything from the effects of temperature on tick life cycles to the types of animals the ticks feed on. Probably all of these factors play roles, but our results suggest that evolutionary pressure to conserve moisture by staying under the leaf litter surface is a critical factor.”
LYME SCI: Lyme has been found in all 50 states and is on the rise
Quest Diagnostics has released its findings from over six million Lyme disease lab tests taken over the last seven years.
Quest’s report says Lyme has been detected in all 50 states and the District of Columbia—and that the number of cases continues to rise nationwide.
This report provides the first national analysis of Lyme disease based on laboratory data. (See here for similar data based on insurance claims.)
Quest Reports Lyme Disease Spike
According to Quest’s report, 60% of Lyme disease cases occur in the Northeastern United States, with a decided spike in the last few years.
Pennsylvania registered the most positive test results in the nation, with 10,001 cases in 2017, followed by six New England states (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont) reporting another 11,549 cases combined.
More surprising to me was the exponential increase in the number of positive test results found in California and Florida, two states often dismissed by the CDC as not having very much Lyme disease.
What’s most disturbing about these numbers is the huge discrepancy between the positive test results and the number of cases reported by the CDC.
Comparing Quest and CDC Lyme Disease Map
First, let’s look at the big picture by comparing the CDC map (each dot represents one CDC positive case), and the Quest map showing the number of positive test results. Note, the Northeast looks pretty similar between the two maps, but what is going on in the South and West? Why such glaring discrepancy?
Comparing Quest’s numbers to the latest CDC Lyme Disease data.
In 2015, Quest found 164 cases of Lyme disease in California—while the CDC acknowledged only 83 cases. (California has mandatory lab reporting of Lyme disease. So, those cases from Quest were reported to state officials—and then what happened?)
That same year, Quest found 283 cases in Florida while the CDC reported 116.
In 2016, Quest again shows twice the CDC totals for California, but an even bigger gap emerges in Florida, with Quest reporting three times as many as the CDC. See below:
And look at 2017! According to Quest, California’s positive Lyme tests increased 195% over the two-year period from 2015 to 2017. Florida showed a 77% increase over the same time span. (CDC figures for 2017 are not yet available.)
And, keep in mind, Quest is only one of many laboratories in the U.S. What about positive Lyme tests from other labs? IS THIS ANOTHER COVER UP?
Ticks are spreading
LymeDisease.org’s own research project, MyLymeData, has also detected discrepancies between the CDC-reported cases and the number of patients with positive tests for Lyme in the South and West. [See LYMEPOLICYWONK: Why Doesn’t the CDC Count Lyme Disease Cases in the South and the West? Everybody Else Does.]
The spread of Lyme disease makes sense with the latest NIH report showing the Ixodes scapularis tick, the primary source of Lyme disease, being found in nearly 50 percent more U.S. counties in 2015 than was detected in 1996.
Further confirming the increasing spread, a recent citizen science study also found Ixodes scapularis ticks in 83 counties (in 24 states) where these ticks had not been previously recorded. But why?
Dr. Harvey Kauffman, of Quest Diagnostics, says, “Our data show that positive results for Lyme are both increasing in number and occurring in geographic areas not historically associated with the disease. We hypothesize that these significant rates of increase may reinforce other research suggesting changing climate conditions that allow ticks to live longer and in more regions may factor into disease risk.”
It’s past time to take ticks seriously “IT’S an Epidemic PEOPLE”
Lyme disease is only one of 16 tick-borne disease found within the United States. How many other illnesses are being undiagnosed and/or underreported? Is there also a 10-fold difference in reporting of anaplasmosis, babesiosis, rickettsiosis and other tick-borne pathogens, including viruses?
The CDC recently acknowledged that 75% of all reported vector-borne illnesses come from ticks, and of those, most are cases of Lyme disease
Underreporting of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases is a huge problem. It’s time to fix it.
Any insect that jumps or flys and sucks your blood leaving behind microbes that infect your body and diminishes your health to the point where you cannot think, work and can makes you a burden on society or even kills you has to go. We are at the top of the food chain and must stay there in order to survive as earthlings.By the way it's not just ticks that are carriers, but spiders, mosquitos and flees on your backard rodents too.