Lyme Disease – Things To Try

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My Lyme Story – In Brief

profile of woman in headscarf - looking down - ready for changeImagine my surprise upon waking one morning when I felt pain and a sense of paralysis in arms and legs. Instinctively, I jolted them into action, just to see if they would move. The forcing worked, so I sat up and discovered two insect bites on my left leg. One was at knee level and the other on my ankle. The knee was hugely swollen and had pockets of fluid in the area. It would not bend easily, completely, and without pain. In fact, there was pain throughout my body, and revolving pockets of swelling showed up in various joint areas over the next few weeks.

I didn’t think too much about it, since I could see no evidence of the presence of ticks, and I thought there was an equal possibility the bites were from a spider. Of course, animals carry ticks, which carry Lyme Disease.  Yes, I have four – as in 4 – Indoor/Outdoor rescue cats. However, I had been sleeping in a room which is off limits to them.

stick figure sitting with head in handSo, in typical holistic healer fashion, I did nothing about it. My days in July were consumed with visits from my Internet Service Provider as they tried everything they could think of to fix interconnectivity issues. I also was creating and teaching the last of my Fall classes. When I finally did go to a doctor, we concluded that – if it were going to kill me, I’d already be dead. We did no blood tests, and I got no prescriptions. That was a big mistake, so my first point to you is to see a physician immediately and request blood tests when you discover an insect bite.

person helping another person with caneTwo months later, the pain was increasing, and I still could not bend my leg to get into or out of bed, a car, or a chair. Then, I did get blood tests which showed I have a “really, really, really, really bad” case of Lyme, and the doctor prescribed Doxycycline. A number of people wanted to know what additional things I would do, as a holistic healer, so I started a Facebook page which is only about that topic. See this link to follow the conversation as I add more details or ideas over time.  https://www.facebook.com/Tyme2TalkLyme/.

Things To Do

Here is a summary of things I’m trying, along with the Doxycycline. NOTE: I am not diagnosing or prescribing any treatments of any kind. You should contact your health provider about ancillary activities in which you engage. I did that, and my doctor is supportive of each of the things I’m listing below. Again, get blood tests to find out if you have Lyme. I had not known it is “incurable,” and that a person ostensibly will test positive for Lyme for the rest of life. But, you can control symptoms.

Medications and Countermeasures for Lyme Disease

  1. According to two of my most respected physicians, Doxycycline is the most effective pharmaceutical drug.
    1. It can have horrific side effects, and I was terrified to take it; but, in my case the side effects were minimal.
    2. I asked for it in syrup form, initially, to aid in quick absorption. Later, I found the pills much easier to deal with (and more transportable for “road warriors” like me).
    3. It must be taken with food, so timing meals 12 hours apart must be planned.
  2. Antibiotics typically kill both good and bad bacteria in the body. We must offset them in order to have our digestive and immune systems work properly. Therefore, I made up the following regimen.
    1. Wake up and drink a cup of hot water to cleanse residues from the body.
    2. Drink 4 oz. of ASEA (more about that later) and wait 5 minutes before eating.
    3. Eat breakfast and take Doxycycline.
    4. At Mid-morning, take a probiotic pill with a cup of Activia.
    5. Take another probiotic with lunch.
    6. Take another probiotic 2 hours before dinner.
    7. Eat dinner and take the antibiotic.
    8. Eat no food for x hours before going to bed and drink 4 oz. of ASEA at bedtime.

Physical Exercise Options for Lyme Disease

  1. You need both strength training and aerobic exercise. Since I could not do traditional aerobic exercises, I chose to use the chi machine to get oxygen, blood, and lymph flowing, nurturing, and cleansing my body. It was very helpful in removing pockets of fluid and other obstacles created by the Lyme Disease. It is so easy to lie on the carpet and let the machine do the work. Ideally, you should have someone with you to help you get down and up easily.
  2. For strength training, I use free weights for upper body. I did my own “physical therapy” working daily and gently on my knee and left leg to get them to function more normally. Once I could get the knee to bend, I started using my “Perfect 10” exercise equipment to add weights at the ankle as I bent and straightened the leg from a sitting position.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine Options for Lyme Disease

  • I’ve also been sleeping on my Amethyst Biomat each night to aid in the circulation of blood, oxygen, and lymph.
  • I contacted Reverend Sandy Young, who did a Voice Print Analysis for me to see what sound wave energy frequencies I need to counteract the effect of Lyme and/or of the medication. Both Lyme and the medications can affect eyesight, so she gave me the Lyme “reciprocal” and frequencies for eyes, as well as suggesting I take beta-carotene supplements and foods.
  • I had a consultation with a doTerra representative and got some essential oils to try.
  • I’m taking Univera products for both cleansing the system and for aid in joint repair. (It’s called ReginiCare.)

What’s Next?

Because this blog now is much too long, I’ll do follow up blogs to describe the alternative methods and their results in future posts. Meanwhile, if you have suggestions about things that have worked for overcoming the symptoms of Lyme Disease, I’d love to hear about them.

I’m doing very well.  I’m still working 8 – 10 hour days, as I have been throughout this process (but I sometimes need a nap midway through). I’m almost able to stand and move normally and no longer have to pick up my left leg to drag it into and out of a vehicle. Most of the swelling is gone, and I am through taking the medication, Doxycycline. I shall continue with several of the alternative treatments and report back to you soon. Meanwhile,….

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Eliminating Inflammation – What Can You Do?

 Eliminating Inflammation Is Vital To Good Health and Anti-Aging

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Gaze Into My Ruby Red Eyes!

stick_figure_qa_pc_400_clr_2391Q:  “Why does the body have inflammation?”

A.  Inflammation indicates that a body is trying to counteract things like illness, injury, dementia, allergies, stings, and stress.

It not only is a healing mechanism, but also is a valuable message to the body’s “owner” that something is wrong and needs attention.

We should LOVE our inflammation first (for telling us the body needs help) —  and then get rid of it!

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Why is Eliminating Inflammation Important?

Inflammation Is An Underlying Condition In Many Dis-eases

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There Are Several Natural Methods of Eliminating Inflammation

Gold kiliHere’s a Quick and Delicious Drink which is very helpful, because it is made with ginger.  There also is a version with green tea in the mix.  You can make this as a hot drink or as a cold beverage.  All you need is to add water; but I add it to juices, as well.

It’s called Goli kili ginger drink, and is available through Amazon.com, among other locations.

Over Time, We’ll Discuss Alternatives for Eliminating Inflammation

First Up:  Dr. Andrew Weil’s Suggestions

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Dr. Andrew Weil

Note:  I love Dr. Andrew Weil, who currently is Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona.  Wikipedia has all the details; but, briefly, Dr.  Weil is world-famous for establishing the field of integrative medicine, which aims to combine alternative and conventional medicine.  He is a physician, and a research biologist, who truly understands the effects of plants on the body.

Here is a quote from his blog/web site, where you can get lots of information on a regular basis:

Optimal health does not come from a “miracle” drug or a fad diet, but is instead the result of making prudent daily decisions about how to eat, exercise, handle stress and connect with others.

One solution to inflammation is to eat and drink properly, using beneficial, anti-inflammatory foods.  Click on this picture of his Anti-Inflammatory Food Pyramid, where you can get the information by looking at the graphic.  He also has created a specific diet for you to follow.

 “What Does An Anti-Inflammatory Diet Do? The anti-inflammatory diet is a blueprint for a lifetime of optimum nutrition. Simple changes in how you eat can help counteract chronic inflammation, a root cause of many serious diseases, including:

OK, you can go to Dr. Weil’s website to learn more about this and a million other subjects. Meanwhile, let’s refer to how inflammation affects/causes aging.

Inflammation and Aging Processes


Here’s a new word for you:  Senescence (/sɪˈnɛsəns/) (from Latin: senescere, meaning “to grow old”, from senex) or biological aging (also spelled biological ageing). (Thanks, Wikipedia.) I advise you to read this article only if you have sophisticated vocabulary and a serious interest in the subject.  The bottom line is that some theories of aging relate directly to the levels of inflammation and free radical damage present in the body.

Since there are so many anti-inflammatory foods, herbs, and options, and since we all want to preserve health and youthful bodies, I am going to refer you to the April My Get Well Guru newsletter for “Health Nuts” and to future posts on this My Get Well Guru website, for some quick solutions, such as the use of ginger, aloe vera, and other items, rather than writing a whole thesis on this blog.  In the meantime, let’s reduce our…

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Amethyst BioMat

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Richway Amethyst BioMat

 

The Richway Amethyst BioMat – Professional

U.S.F.D.A.  Medical Device  #2954299

I experienced the luxurious warmth and healing sensations of this amethyst BioMat at a Take Back Your Health Conference a few years ago and could not resist buying one, despite the high cost.  Because most people can benefit from its use, but cannot afford its price, I now am offering rented time on the mat at a wonderful massage and exercise studio I found in Fairfax, Virginia.  It is called, Isola di Pace.” The address of Isola di Pace Massage Studio is:   10396 Willard Way, Fairfax, VA. Time slots will range, typically from 15 minutes to 55 minutes, although one could book more than one session in a row.  (Some people sleep on these mats all night, which I also have done.)

What Are The Benefits Of Using The Amethyst Biomat?

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Easy Does It at Isola di Pace

Whether you simply need to release stress or you want to address health issues, simply lying on the activated BioMat provides a feeling of well-being for a healthier mind and body. In my experience, some of the benefits of the BioMat are that it:

  • Reduces stress, anxiety and fatigue, while creating deep relaxation
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Provides warm, soothing pain relief for muscles and joints, including chronic neck and back pain,  arthritis, neuralgia, bursitis, muscle spasms, and age-related stiffness and pain
  • Alleviates migraines and tension headaches
  • Reduces allergy symptoms  (what a surprise – lying on my back helped enormously with allergy symptoms in my sinuses and chest!)
  • Improves immune system function
  • Improves cardiovascular health by increasing blood circulation
  • Improves lymph circulation to remove wastes and toxins from the body
  • Burns calories
  • Improves muscle tone and skin quality

 What Is In It, And

How Does The Amethyst Biomat Work?

Amethyst__Magaliesburg,_South_AfricaBioMats use quantum energy technology, combining far infrared rays (which penetrate 6 inches into the body), negative ion therapy, and the superconducting properties of pure amethyst.

See Credit below for Amethyst Photo

BioMats encourage the dilation of peripheral blood vessels, increasing the delivery of oxygen-rich blood to muscles and promoting the elimination of metabolic waste products.  In addition, BioMats stimulate the sweat glands, so they release toxins and waste, including heavy metals, residual alcohol, nicotine, sodium, sulfuric acid and cholesterol.

The deep heat from the far infrared rays raises your body temperature, provoking an immune reaction and conditioning your immune system.  Your immune system is further purified by the elimination of toxins and waste.

Contact me or see my page to learn many more details.

Credit for Amethyst Photo

(This photo: “Amethyst. Magaliesburg, South Africa” by JJ Harrison (jjharrison89@facebook.com) – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.) – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Amethyst._Magaliesburg,_South_
Africa.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Amethyst._Magaliesburg,_South_Africa.jpg

Disclaimer:  I am making no medical claims for how this BioMat will affect you; and, as always, you should check with your health care provider before use.

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Classes – Wellness

 

Classes – Wellness – Complementary & Alternative Medicine (CAM)

Holistic Healing / Natural Remedies

All You Need To Know … As An Introduction

As Above, So Below

As Above, So Below

As a certified practitioner of several Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) and wellness  modalities, I teach Introductory classes, which explain the concepts involved.  So, if you have ever heard the term “holistic healing,”  “Complementary and Alternative Medicine,” or “CAM,” and you wondered what the heck that means, these wellness classes provide the answers for natural ways of healing yourself – meaning non-synthetic, non-pharmaceutical, and non-surgical ways of increasing your health. 

The critical thing is to penetrate the cause, not just the symptoms, of whatever the dis-ease expression is.  That involves the mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of a person, as relates to his or her physical manifestations of balance and imbalance: thus, the expression, “As Above, So Below,” but without specific religious connotations.  I have worked successfully with people of many faiths and with some who had no religious philosophies.  I also have worked successfully with many animals, and it is pretty safe to say that they had no religious beliefs of any recognizable kind.  The treatments still worked.

Because there is a lot of experiential evidence (about the efficacy of things, like acupuncture) that was not obtained via traditional Western scientific study methods, I disagree with some of Wikipedia’s conclusions. Still, see what it offers for the (partial) definition of some of these terms, as follows:

Alternative medicine is any practice that is put forward as having the healing effects of medicine, but is not founded on evidence gathered using the scientific method.[1] It consists of a wide range of health care practices, products and therapies.[2] Examples include new and traditional medicine practices such as homeopathy, naturopathy, chiropractic, energy medicine, various forms of acupuncture, Traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, and Christian faith healing. The treatments are those that are not part of the conventional, science-based healthcare system,[3][4][5][6] and are not backed by scientific evidence. Complementary medicine is alternative medicine used together with conventional medical treatment in a belief, not proven by using scientific methods, that it “complements” the treatment.[n 1][1][8][9] CAM is the abbreviation for Complementary and alternative medicine.[10][11] Integrative medicine (or integrative health) is the combination of the practices and methods of alternative medicine with conventional medicine.[12]

Even the National Institutes   of Health recognizes some of the CAM modalities.  One source for learning more about Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine is the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), a division of the United States National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the National Institutes of Health. Articles are available from PubMed and PubMed Central.[5]  Click here for more info.

Classes – Wellness

INTRODUCTION TO COMPLEMENTARY AND ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE

Red Rose

Did you know that ROSES have enormous healing powers?  Imagine what else you will learn!

This particular class is a four hour seminar (with breaks and snacks); but it can be an all-day seminar, too. See list of topics below. The cost is determined by number of participants, commute time and distance, etc.

In this class on wellness, we shall discuss topics, such as:

Why Anything Works = Energy!

Who and What Can Be Healed

Categories of Holistic Approaches – ingestants, physical manipulation, energy work

Some Principles, Ethics and Theory

Thoughts Are Things – how we create wellness and dis-ease through thought patterns

Sources of Messages – Clairvoyance, Clairaudience, etc.

Causes of Dis-Ease

Body as Messenger – where it hurts is a clue for healing

Correspondences – Chakras / Colors / Notes on Scale

Cleansing and Protection – cleansing not only the body, but the aura

What Happens During Healing sessions and afterward.

The only complaint I’ve ever gotten about this class (and about my other metaphysics and meditation classes) is that the students wanted the class to be longer! 

They even said this when the class was four hours long!  So, you can see we had fun and learned a lot.  The highest compliment I got recently was that not a single person even looked at his/her cell phone during the entire class!  YEA!  Contact me.  You’ll love it, too!

How To Book Me For Classes – Wellness

I do hope you and your friends will schedule a class with me.  Get in touch, using the contact form below, by email (getwellstaywelll at Outlook.com), or by leaving a voice mail message at (540) 636-4311 to arrange it.

Some classes can be customized to your needs. I plan to offer wellness classes as webinars + videos on CAM topics and more in the future.  Follow me to find out when and stay tuned!

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