💚 Lyme Awareness Day 22: Diet + THE #1 FOOD TO AVOID IF YOU HAVE LYME💚

***DISCLAIMER*** Lyme Disease is NOT caused by an unhealthy diet. It is not your fault if you have Lyme and it is not your fault when treatments, including diet, does not help. It is not your fault if you are not healed yet.

⭐💚However, we can not expect our bodies to function properly and go through the healing process when we are not providing our body with the nutrients it needs to do so.💚⭐

➡ Each body is different and will react differently to different diets. There is no supreme one-diet-cures-all. So, there’s no need to blame others for their illness because they are not on a certain diet.

Some Lyme patients have found great help from a low-inflammatory diet like the paleo diet (The paleo diet really helped me with my digestive system… see my paleo diet for Lyme disease video!). Other Lyme patients find help from veganism or a low-FODMAP diet.

➡ Lyme can affect the digestive system, making it difficult to absorb nutrients. You might be on the best diet, taking all the vitamins, but the digestive system won’t absorb any of it. If this is the case, I recommend getting them intravenously.

Every body works differently, so it is important to find the foods that work best for you.

But, there is one food that I recommend all Lyme patients avoid…. CANE SUGAR!

If I could go back in time to tell my lyme-self one thing, it would be to never eat cane sugar again!

Lyme Disease is caused by a bacterial infection. Bacteria feed off sugar. Eating foods high in sugar, is feeding the Lyme disease.

Avoiding cane sugar can be really difficult to do, because cane sugar is found in like…. A lot of things! I have found it in peanut butter, bread, yogurt… canned fruit! Why is there extra sugar added in canned fruit? It’s already sweet!

But, cane sugar itself is not a bad thing, so don’t shame yourself for eating it. You are not a bad person for eating it.

Diet is not something you “should” or “shouldn’t do.” Diet is a lifestyle choice, and it’s okay if you can’t get it perfect.

But you might find out it becomes a little easier when you find a diet that makes your body feel better. If you do decide to try a diet, make sure to do it under the supervision of a doctor literate in nutrition.

💚 LYME PATIENTS: What foods do you stay away from? 💚

💚 Lyme Awareness Day 21: YOU ARE NOT ALONE 💚

➡ Comment a “💚” in the comments if you have Lyme disease!

➡ Help show others that they are not alone in their symptoms, isolations, and frustrations!

➡ It is so easy to think badly of ourselves when we are so young with so many health problems.

➡ But there are MILLIONS of people suffering from Chronic Lyme Disease, many of them undiagnosed.

💚 Let’s erase the shame! Having Lyme disease is NOT YOUR FAULT. You are not weird or immature for having Lyme 💚

YOU ARE NOT ALONE IN HAVING LYME DISEASE.

Don’t believe the lies the Lyme tries to tell you. Lyme might take over your health, daily life, and finances, BUT IT CAN’T TELL YOU WHAT KIND OF PERSON YOU ARE 💚

You are so loved and important!

And YOU are an OVERCOMER! ❤

Tag a friend who needs to hear this!

💚 Lyme Awareness Day 20: Glutathione 💚

Welcome, welcome, welcome, to Lyme Disease Awareness Day 20. Yesterday, I talked about the DREADED herxheimer reaction, and today I am talking about one treatment that can help aid this process along.

Glutathione is an antioxidant. Antioxidants help balance free radicals in the body, which can damage cells and cause inflammation.

The antioxidant glutathione can aid in the healing of Lyme disease. Many Lyme patients have found great help from using glutathione.

➡ Glutathione helps detox Lyme, lowering the severity of Herxheimer reactions.

➡ I took glutathione through an intravenous (IV) push, although it can be taken orally.

➡ For more info on glutathione and Lyme, I recommend reading Dr. Horowitz’s book, Why Can’t I Get Better: Solving the Mystery of Lyme and Chronic Disease.

It’s also important to be taking other antioxidants like vitamins A, C, and E, preferably from food sources. What we feed our bodies is very important to the healing process, which I will talk about in a later video, so hit that subscribe button, hit that follow button, hit that like button…

💚 Lyme Patients: What have been your experiences with glutathione? 💚

💚 Lyme Awareness Day 19: The Herxheimer reaction 💚

When Lyme Disease is treated, the bacteria that cause Lyme begin to die off and release toxins into the body. This detox process is called The Jarisch–Herxheimer reaction, or “herx” for short.

The word “Detox” has become a popular buzz-word fad thing in the last few years, but a herx is not your regular detox.

If you are healthy and not dipping yourself in toxic waste, your liver can do all the detoxing for you. A detox diet or detox cleanse or whatever probably isn’t really going to help you detox any more than what your body regularly does.

However, a herx detox is a lot different.

➡ Herxing is often considered worse than the Lyme disease, described as all of the symptoms hitting you at once, lasting hours or days.

➡ Herxing can be so intense that it can deter Lyme patients from going through the healing process. A treatment could cause a herx so bad, that they think it was a side-effect of the treatment and so they will stop the treatment. But really, a herx means the treatment worked and is killing off the lyme bacteria.

💚 Herxing means you are in the process of healing from Lyme disease. So, Keep moving forward! 💚

There are some things that can help aid the herxheimer reaction, so that they are less intense and shorter. I will be talking about one tomorrow, so subscribe, follow, like, turn on post notifications, asdfghjkkl;, so you will not miss it!

What helps aid you in the detoxing process of Lyme disease?

💚 Lyme Awareness Day 18: Your Fact! 💚

For Lyme Disease Awareness Month Day 18, I am asking you to share your fact about Lyme Disease.

What would you like others to know about Lyme disease?

➡ What does it feel like to have Lyme disease?

➡ How has Lyme disease affected your life, body, loved ones, finances…?

➡ Share your Lyme fact in the comments! The more we talk about Lyme Disease, the more Awareness we will raise!

💚 Lyme Awareness Day 17: Lyme is a PANDEMIC💚

Yes, I said it: a PANDEMIC. If you have been following me, you have seen me talking about a pandemic for YEARS before… some guy ate a bat… and then everyone ran out of toilet paper…

ANYWAY,

➡ According to the CDC, there are 300,000 new cases of Lyme each year in the United States, however because of inaccurate testing (which I talked about on day 7), many leading Lyme disease organizations estimates that there are up to 2 MILLION new cases in the United States alone.

➡ To put these statistics in perspective (but not to compare diseases, because all of these diseases are terrible to get), breast cancer has 232,000 new cases per year, HIV has 50,000, and Hepatitis has 17,000.

➡ West Nile Virus has 2,000 new cases per year, yet receives over twice the funding as Lyme.

As of making this video, the United States 1.42 million cases of COVID-19. 80-99% of these cases recover in about 2 weeks. For Lyme disease, 40-63% of Lyme patients continue to report symptoms after 30 days of standard treatment. This is where the term chronic lyme disease comes from, which I will talk more about in a later video.

➡ While it is very possible to die from Lyme-related complications, it is relatively rare. It will more likely cause debilitating issues and ruin your life, causing you to live in some sort of zombie-like state, where your body feels like death and you don’t have much of a life, but somehow your still living this living death.

BUT! THERE IS HOPE! ❤

I recovered from Lyme disease after living with it for 10 years, and others have too. Unfortunately, not everyone will respond positively to the treatments that worked for me, which is why it is still an issue. For more information on my treatments, check out my Chronically Healed video or my Lyme disease video day 8.

This is why I am so adamant about Lyme Disease awareness. It is the silent pandemic that no one seems to care about. But you can help! I challenge you to share this video or any of my lyme disease videos, or even just tweet one random fact about Lyme disease.

Let’s get the momentum rolling for this Lyme Disease Awareness Month! The definition of a pandemic is “a disease prevalent over a whole country or the world,”  Lyme has been reported in all 50 states and 6 continents. So, hashtag it: #Lymepandemic!

💚 Lyme Awareness Day 16: Mental and Emotional Health 💚

This is one of the most important Lyme facts I am sharing with you, so listen up!

➡ Anxiety, depression, and emotional sensitivity can be SYMPTOMS of Lyme disease. Lyme can cause anxiety and depression as symptoms.

➡ Many Lyme patients are falsely diagnosed with mental health disorders, preventing them from receiving proper treatment.

I had TERRIBLE anxiety! It felt like my brain was constantly and frantically trying to claw itself out of my skull. It felt like there were loud, overlapping commercials SCREAMING in my mind constantly. No wonder I had insomnia! It was so strange how my mind was always freaking out, because I lived a pretty calm life.

I can’t imagine what this anxiety would be like if I had been a child. You would have absolutely no way to describe it, let alone manage it. Many children with Lyme disease have behavioral issues, and I completely understand why if they are experiencing the anxiety like I did. I would definitely act out if I had anxiety like that and had not developed the cognitive skills yet to communicate about what it was I was feeling.

➡ I tried everything for my anxiety. No pills helped. Therapy helped me cope, but didn’t really help the symptoms. Nothing helped until I was able to effectively treat the Lyme. Once the Lyme was gone, my anxiety vanished.

➡ I also used to think I was immature for crying over little things. I would be super happy one day, and the next, crying my eyes out. “Why am I even crying?” “I DON’T KNOW!” But once the Lyme was gone, so was my emotional sensitivity.

It could be detrimental to treat your anxiety or depression as a mental issue, WHEN it is being caused by a physical issue. It is never your fault if you have anxiety or depression, whether it is caused by a physical or mental issue.

❤ Living with a debilitating and isolating illness can also lead to anxiety and depression, which I will talk about more in a later video❤

💚 LYME PATIENTS: What are your mental and emotional symptoms? 💚

💚 Lyme Awareness Day 15: Lyme disease can be debilitating 💚

We are just about half-way through Lyme Disease Awareness Month!  If you have been watching my lyme awareness videos, you have learned that many Lyme disease patients do not respond to a conventional 30-days of antibiotic treatment.

I have explained some of those reasons why, and how incredibly difficult it is to find effective alternative treatment when this happens.

Lyme disease can take a debilitating toll on the body with Exhaustion, pain, and anxiety.

➡ Many Lyme patients are unable to work, drive, or take care of themselves, resulting in a dire need for caregivers and financial support.

➡ Patients who were unjustly left undiagnosed and untreated face YEARS of recovery.

➡ Unfortunately, Lyme disease is not considered a “disabling condition” according to the US government, making it very difficult to receive disability payments.

💚 If you know someone with Lyme, BELIEVE them when they say their symptoms are debilitating 💚

➡ Getting out of the house takes extreme effort, and they are probably hiding their symptoms so they can appear as “normal” a possible. Lyme is sometimes called an “Invisible Illness” or “Invisible Disability”

❤ Thank you for your patience and understanding for those who have chronic Lyme disease! ❤

How has Lyme disease affected your ability to live life?

💚 Lyme Awareness Day 14: Co-Infections 💚

It’s Lyme Disease Awareness day 14, and today I’m talking about Lyme Disease co-infections

When you are bitten by an insect that carries the lyme disease bacteria, there is a good possibility that that insect is also carrying other diseases. These are called co-infections

➡ These infections are not all bacterial- some are viral and parasitical, meaning that antibiotics will not kill them.

➡ If antibiotics failed to treat your lyme disease, it could be because you have a co-infection💚

➡ Co-infections of Lyme include:

▫ Babesia ▫ Bartonella ▫ Mycoplasma ▫ Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever ▫ Anaplasma ▫ Rickettsia ▫ Ehrlichia

If you have Lyme, there’s a good chance you are carrying other tick-transmitted diseases. More advanced Lyme tests will be able to test for co-infections.

It is EXTREMELY important to know if you have had these co-infections because they can affect you for the rest of your life.

I had the Lyme co-infection babesia, which is a malarial-like parasitical infection

If you are ever diagnosed with babesia, you are banned from donating blood for the rest of your life. Even though I no longer experience symptoms, I can never donate blood because of this previous diagnosis.

Babesia is not really something blood donations check for, and some people have gotten infected with it from donated blood. There is also a chance that babesia can be transmitted through an infected organ, so please consider this when you opt to be a blood or organ donor if you have ever had Lyme+co

💚 LYME PATIENTS: What co-infections do you have? 💚