Over the past two weeks, I have been increasing both the amount and strength of my current herbal supplements, as well as introducing a few new ones. One of which is a liquid form of ‘Liposomal Glutathione’. The health benefits to this pretty nasty tasting liquid are endless. Not only is it recognised for its anti-inflammatory properties, but it has also been named the ‘master antioxidant’. It is essential in helping the immune system to function at a higher level. My immune system has become massively suppressed since becoming ill, so supplements such as this are crucial in protecting my bodies cells. Another supplement I have started is called ‘Lightning Pearls’, and yes totally loving the name! Feels like I have just purchased a new super power! This is one many Chinese herbal pearl formulations and is designed for the treatment of chronic disease. Lyme disease is a multi-faceted and highly complex disease and therefore requires a naturopathic approach in addition to antibiotic treatment, in order to restore the bodies balance and chemistry.
In addition to the natural oral remedies, I have also had nutrient IV ‘Myers’ infusions. This is a powerful cocktail of vitamins and minerals. It contains a combination of Magnesium, vitamin B, high doses of vitamin C, electrolytes etc… This method of nutritional therapy helps to support optimum health, and more specifically assists the respiratory tract, the chronic fatigue, and migraines.
I have also had blood Ozone therapies. This method of alternative treatment has been proven extremely efficient for patients with Lyme disease, as well as individuals battling cancer. This process involves drawing blood from the body, which is then oxygenised with a specialised machine and mixed with Heparin. It is them fed back though the body via an intravenous drip. The bacteria inside my body do not easily survive in these oxygenated environments so it helps to kill off some of the little beasts! It is a fairly painless procedure apart from getting the initial needle in my arm. My veins have been prodded and poked so frequently over past year, as well as a certain degree of inflammation in the body, meaning they really don’t want to ‘play the game’ anymore!
I have attended further consultations with Dr. E. Large, who is my wonderful specialist Lyme doctor. I continue to turn up armed with questions and this makes for a really productive session. I am keen to play a very pro-active role in my recovery process and I like to know exactly what and why something is being done. Control freak springs to mind!
I have had a fair amount of pain over this last two weeks, and the insomnia is definitely becoming a problem. I am hoping this resolves itself naturally over time, as I am not so keen to have to add yet another pill to my ever growing collection! Some of the pain is caused from a ‘die off’ of bacteria as a result of the Ozone therapy, so at least it is a kind of ‘positive’ pain!
The Gluten free food plan is going well and I am almost dairy and sugar free too, apart from natural sugars such as fruit. I have switched from cows milk to rice milk, and overall I am just trying to eat foods in their most natural forms. This is inevitably going to be more beneficial in the long run and it will help to support the body in maintaining optimum health.
Over the next few weeks my treatment will start to intensify, as I introduce IV antibiotics in to the plan. I am keen to begin these, but also slightly scared too! It is the norm to feel much worse and more symptomatic when on the proposed antibiotics, so it really will be a case of riding out the storm before I see the rainbow. It will take time before I begin to notice the positive effects of treatment, but with some determination and perseverance, I will feel the results eventually.