A Lyme Quote Might Be In Your Grocery Store

Have you found this on the shelf yet? Check out the Trilogy flavor of GT’s Kombucha!

  
Why is this so cool? It’s not just that something I wrote got on national shelves. It’s cool because this is something I wrote years ago while sitting in my doctor’s office, during one of many appointments over the years in this Lyme fight. It went on an erasable board in the exam room with other little quotes from her patients, and it’s still there years later.

Like many people who get diagnosed with Chronic Lyme it is a multi-step emotional process; denial, grief, acceptance, fight. 

This isn’t true for everyone, and maybe not in that order, but we all at some point (hopefully) reach the point where we face it and fight. 

So to my fellow Lyme Warriors and Invisible Illness sufferers; every time you see this on your Kombucha, its for you.

And for those that are able to either help and/or share, I can’t do this alone: Lyme Fund

Fight Candida….Naturally

How is is that I have not seen this article until now ?!?!? Food Matters wrote this excellent article on how to beat candida naturally, diet (of course) but also some things that feed and fight it that I didn’t know about.

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http://foodmatters.tv/articles-1/how-to-overcome-candida-naturally

It’s Not Over

I got asked an interesting question today… Do you think you are over the Lyme? Well I honestly don’t know. I have come SO far from where I was a year ago, and a year ago I was much better than six months before that. Of course few people who have Lyme are dealing with just Lyme, whether it be co-infections like Bartonella, heavy metals…..what have you. For me besides the Lyme it has been chemical toxicity, long term mold exposure, Leaky Gut, Systemic Candida, heavy metals, and MTHFR and one other genetic defect that prevents all this gunk from leaving my body…and the havoc all the above have caused along with way. 

The last couple weeks I have had a huge amount of physical and emotional stress and my body is just not recovering. There is deep fatigue that no amount of rest seems to alleviate. I know that there are multiple factors here because last Monday my doctor also tested me positive for some kind of new chemical exposure, and I was also having a massive histamine reaction that was causing a good deal of pain. And besides that I had reached the end of my RX for candida and it has been flaring right back up again. Sigh.

So with all this “stuff” I really have no idea what part any spirochetes Imageplay in all this. I am about 20 months into treatment and I know there is huge improvement, so I think the little guys are mostly dead. But they do cycle (every 7 months?) I believe, so it is a matter of being in treatment long enough to kill all the generations, and of course I don’t know when these cycles are happening but stress on the body can make a herxeimer reaction worse.

Anyway, at the end of the day the answer to the question is “I don’t know, we shall see”. Here is a link to an article by my LLMD on how to determine the end of treatment: (just “X” out of the pop up)

http://www.treatlyme.net/treat-lyme-book/finished.html

I LOVE Kombucha, but Kombucha may not love me. What to be careful of if you battle these illnesses….

 

Kombucha has become very popular because it is natural, tastes great and is full of healthy bacteria. But what a lot of people don’t know is that Kombucha is made from a combination of bacteria culture and yeast. Yes, Lymie ears just perked up, yeast.

Kombucha and Candidahttp://bodyecology.com/articles/can-kombucha-feed-candida-and-cause-heartburn#.Ux_WYYUbjIU

This means that if you have Lyme and are being treated for it this greatly raises your chance of candida overgrowth which leads to the very strict diet that most Lyme sufferers are familiar with. I will say some people are totally fine with Kombucha, but some people will notice more air in their tummies and more candida symptoms. If you have an LLMD be sure and ask them about kombucha, but no matter what they say if you are symptomatic avoid it. Also people with certain digestive disorders should also be careful. Personally I have gone through most of my treatment needing to avoid kombucha because it didn’t agree with me, but recently I have been able to get away with having one once and a while.

Here are some alternatives to Kombucha if you want natural probiotics:

ImageKimchi, Sauerkraut and fermented foods. These are amazing for getting “happy gut” bacteria. Here is a great article: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/06/01/fermented-vegetables.aspx

ImageFermented coconut water. I am not sure if this is available everywhere but I LOVE Kevita! It is a different culture than kombucha and does not contain yeast

http://kevita.com/

ImageLactose-Free Kefir. If you are going to use kefir as a source of probiotics make sure you go lactose-free. Or if you can tolerate goat milk kefir that is also an option.

ImageIf you would still like to drink kombuch choose one that is low in sugar (kombuchas can range greatly in sugar content). You can choose some that are as little as 2 grams per serving, while on the other end of the spectrum some are as high as 12 grams per serving (24 per bottle), so be mindful of that.

 

 

 

 

Ask The Expert

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In case you didn’t know (besides the weekly Tuesday webinars) Dr Marty Ross (LLMD) has a question and answer forum where he answers Lyme related questions! Invaluable information available, so please feel free to ask the expert….

http://www.treatlyme.net/questions/#comment-1259733185

E.G.:

Jennifer S.10 days ago

Hello Dr Ross, first may I say you have saved my life (not an over statement). I was wondering when someone has been dealing with chronic yeast before and during Lyme treatment do you see this as being a continuing problem after treatment is finished, and does someone remain susceptible? Also how do you feel about supplementing with essential oils?

Marty Ross MD Mod Jennifer S.11 minutes ago

Jennifer,

I apologize for the delay in my response. I was away for the last week.

Rarely does chronic yeast overgrowth remain a problem after the treatment with Lyme by antibiotics is completed. Regarding the oils, I find them helpful at treating yeast, however I do not find them useful in treating Lyme.

In Health,

Marty Ross MD

Diet For Autoimmune Diseases Published Study

 

I had to share this post thanks to Paleo Mom. It is a study on the effects of a Paleo Autoimmune Protocol for patients with autoimmune diseases. I follow a pretty strict elimination diet that falls into this category.

http://www.thepaleomom.com/2014/02/first-clinical-trial-using-paleo-diet-autoimmune-disease.html

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The Swelling is coming, The Swelling is coming!

So the bane of my existence (inflammation/water retention/edema) is rearing it’s ugly head in a bad way today. Now I would have to say it has been persistent for about the last 8 years, it goes up and down, down and up….but always there. Now there are certain things that I know will make it worse, those things are pretty much all food related, but that doesn’t count for all the times I have no idea why I blow up, why my legs feel and look like jello, and why I can’t get the words “water bed” out of my head when I look at my arms.
I know that cytokines, mold toxins, candida and the rest….can cause this, but seriously stop already!
I have been on herbal treatments of all sorts, have been on hchlorothiazide for years….I just want an end to this.
Shout out to other autoimmune sufferers; do you deal with this? Have you found anything that helps?

(Photo isn’t my arm, I would be too embarrassed, but I do have underhang)

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