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A Doctor’s Perspective: 10 Important Factors that Affect Healing from Lyme Disease

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By now, most of us already know that healing from Lyme disease takes time and a multi-faceted approach to treatment. Most of us will try herbal protocols, medications, detox, meditation, exercise, and more to improve Lyme disease symptoms. But what happens when your healing plateaus? Is there a way for you to get unstuck?

Below, Lyme-literate physician (LLMD) W. Lee Cowden shares insights into the areas which might be able to help you get moving in the right direction again. Besides tick-borne infections, there are 10 really important factors that affect recovery from chronic Lyme disease. Let’s take a look.

Factors That Affect Healing from Chronic Lyme Disease

1. Toxins:  Toxins, especially mercury and mycotoxins (mold toxins), affect immunity, brain function and the mitochondria, or the energy-producing furnaces of the cell. A build up of toxins in your body can leave you feeling drained, foggy headed, and more. If you haven’t done so yet, considering including detox treatments for Lyme disease, such as infared sauna, dry skin brushing, rebounding, or Epsom salts baths, into your daily routine.

2. Poor hydration: So many people consume liquids besides water, but many of these fluids are actually dehydrating to the body (alcoholic beverages, for example). Instead, drink two ounces of water every 15 minutes throughout the day.

3. Hypoxia: Also known as oxygen deprivation, hypoxia results from shallow breathing. To help oxygenate the cells, practice deep breathing daily.

4. Electromagnetic pollution: With cell phones, iPads, and other devices, we’re surrounded by an electromagnetic field (EMF), which can make some people feel exhausted, anxious, stressed, or more. The biggest culprits are Wi-Fi, cordless phones in the house and electric smart meters. To restore your body, unplug your Wi-Fi, cordless phones, and appliances in your bedroom at night.

5. High carbohydrate foods: If you eating too much sugar and starch, you may unknowingly be feeding fungi (like Candida) and bacteria. Avoid consuming too many carbohydrates in your diet, and especially unhealthy ones.

6. Parasites: Many chronically ill people have untreated parasites in the gut, liver, spleen, and pancreas. Additionally, most people with Lyme disease don’t consider that they might also have worm and protozoal parasites. Diatomaceous earth can eliminate some of these microbes.

7. Leaky gut syndrome: Leaky gut, also known as intestinal permeability, can cause digestive and systemic problems. The likely culprits?  Leaky gut often stems from microbes, electromagnetic pollution, toxins, and other factors. Leaky gut creates food allergy reactions, which in turn cause immune reactions and adrenal gland stress.

8. Hormone imbalances: Adrenal fatigue and thyroid under-activity, due to adrenal stress or iodine deficiency, or both of these things, can impede healing. When the adrenals and thyroid don’t function properly, then the boy’s temperature goes down and in turn, its immune function. Adrenal and thyroid support is important component to include as part of any Lyme disease treatment.

9: Methylation issues: Detoxification problems and methylation defects, which includes defects in glutathione production, can hinder progress and make you feel crummy. It’s important to support the liver in order to heal from Lyme disease, with the proper methylators, herbal remedies, and liver detox support remedies.

10: Emotional issues: Many people are unaware of the toll emotional issues can take on the body, especially subconscious issues from intrauterine trauma and early life traumas, which have the most impact upon health. Resolving these is likewise essential to healing. Seek out a therapist whose familiar with Lyme disease if you feel like you might be hitting roadblocks in your recovery due to emotional issues.

By considering all of these factors when implementing your  Lyme disease treatment protocols, you’ll be well on your way to improving immune function, increasing energy, and overcoming persistent Lyme disease and coinfections.

This article was first published on ProHealth.com on November 23, 2015 and was updated on November 7, 2019. 


William Lee Cowden, MD is a US board-certified cardiologist and internist, and Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Academy of Comprehensive Integrative Medicine, or ACIM. He has been practicing integrative medicine since 1975 and teaching integrative medicine since 1987.

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