3 Common Questions We Get About Lyme Disease + Our Treatment Approach
Over the last several years, the prevalence of Lyme disease has skyrocketed around the country, yet much still remains unknown and untaught about this devastating condition.
If you’re not familiar with our clinic yet, Susan Rohr began treating herself for Lyme with the Ondamed system and then started Brookfield Health & Wellness, LLC, to bring that remarkable healing technology to others struggling with seemingly insurmountable illness. Through our many healing modalities at BHW, we have now been able to help hundreds of Lyme patients regain their health, their lives, and a brighter future ahead.
Even if you don’t have Lyme, you likely know someone who does. And with the rates of this debilitating illness rising year over year , we should all know how to prevent it where possible, and how it can be treated. These are some of the questions we find ourselves answering frequently for our patients and an overview of how we heal the Lyme patient.
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How exactly does a person contract Lyme disease?
Lyme disease is a vector borne illness . Vector borne illnesses are created by pathogens such as parasites and bacteria that are spread by vectors such as mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks. So to contract Lyme, a person has to be bitten by one of these vectors that contain the Lyme bacterium.
Here’s the really important bit: while it was once thought that Lyme was only transmitted by ticks, researchers have found that mosquitoes, fleas and other insects can also transmit Lyme and its co-infections . Which ultimately means that Lyme is probably a lot more widespread than even the increased numbers of documented cases over the last several years have shown.
Therefore, it’s extremely important to be vigilant during the spring and summer months for ticks and other potential Lyme-carrying insects. When hiking and camping in wooded areas, wear long sleeves and pants, completely seal tents at night, check for ticks frequently, and use natural bug repellant. You can also make your own natural tick repellant spray.
...be vigilant during the spring & summer months for ticks
and other potential Lyme-carrying insects...
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Wait, what’s a Lyme co-infection?
Excellent question! The primary bacterium causing Lyme is called Borrelia burgdorferi, but Lyme symptoms are also associated with the parasite Babesia and another co-infection called Bartonella. Say that five times fast: Borrelia, Babesia, Bartonella. (We have no idea why they’re all “B” names.)
In fact, a single vector may be carrying two or more pathogens, so it’s quite likely that Lyme patients are dealing with more than one root cause of their symptoms .
Babesia and Bartonella are two of the most common co-infections of Lyme, but Lyme is also often accompanied by parasites, mold, candida, and other nasties we don’t want hanging around in the body . This is why it is extremely important to take a multi-faceted, whole body approach to addressing Lyme and healing the whole patient.
...it's quite likely that Lyme patients are dealing
with more than one cause of their symptoms.
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Okay, so what kinds of treatments are available?
If you’re diagnosed by a conventional MD with Lyme, chances are they are going to want to put you on several rounds of heavy antibiotics, often for months at a time. This does help some people, but more often than not, symptoms return either immediately after stopping the antibiotics, or they resurface sometime later due to any number of triggers, stress for example, or another illness.
For this reason, many Lyme patients turn to holistic practitioners that address Lyme with a combination of natural antibiotics, nutritional support, lifestyle change, and other practices that support the body’s natural ability to detoxify and reject the infection. Even structural treatments such as chiropractic adjustment and energetic treatment like acupuncture can help the body regain function while fighting Lyme.
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Those sound like a lot of very different options. What is the BHW approach to Lyme?
It’s a multi-faceted one. When Lyme patients begin treatment at our clinic, all patients will first see Susan to be assessed and treated with the Ondamed and QI-5 systems. This comprehensive assessment allows us to build a customized treatment plan for your body that will a) address the root cause of your symptoms and b) cater to your specific treatment sensitivity level. No two patients are alike, so no two treatment plans are exactly the same. It’s definitely a far cry from the nuclear antibiotic approach.
As Susan says, "...We play a symphony to the body, not one note."
That being said, many patients move forward with GB4000 and ionic foot bath sessions to directly kill harmful microbes in the body, but other treatments such as HOCATT or Photon Genius may be better for different patients.
As they progress with treatment, we often recommend IASIS Microcurrent Neurofeedback to our Lyme patients.
“It is not uncommon within the Lyme community for individuals to have some form of neuropathway disruption or damage,” said Emily Kienol, Neurofeedback practitioner at BHW. “Often, this is the result of the disease causing the neuropathways to become stuck, which results in symptoms such as brain fog, anxiety, depression, disorientation, insomnia, anger, chronic pain, etc. Treatments will stimulate the brain in a way that promotes the healing of those neuropathways, thus restoring the brain to the place it functioned prior to the illness.”
For many Lyme patients, treatment with Neurofeedback completely unlocks a new level of healing for them and allows previous treatments to be even more effective. Because when the brain gets “unstuck” from the patterns of illness and gets on board with healing, suddenly it is communicating better with the body, and the whole system functions as it was meant to.
Along with Neurofeedback, chiropractic adjustment helps keep the body in alignment to continue flushing out toxins and keep the body’s energy moving.
Dr. Zach uses a very sensitive approach to Lyme patients who can only tolerate small adjustments—there’s no intense cracking or pulling like you may have seen in viral videos. However, he has found these minor adjustments to be very helpful for those with Lyme, especially in combination with Neurofeedback.
These are just a few of the methods we may use in a customized treatment plan for our Lyme patients.
You can check out Brooke’s video about her struggle with Lyme disease and how she has been able to recover with treatment at Brookfield Health and Wellness.
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While it would be handy to have a proven, a one-size fits all approach to Lyme treatment, that’s just not the way our bodies work. Each and every patient has a different combination of root causes that contribute to their symptoms, from the Lyme bacterium itself to a patient’s mental and emotional state.
That’s why when you arrive at Brookfield Health and Wellness, we assess and treat the whole body, mind, and spirit to get you back on the road to health.
We hope this has answered some of your questions about Lyme disease and our approach to treating those afflicted with it. But if you have any additional questions, feel free to comment below or reach out to us!
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