Lyme Disease Relief
Potential natural, antibiotic-alternative therapies.
This Lyme Disease treatment resource investigates, and has, as its prime mission and emphasis, those "alternative-to-antibiotic" treatments that have been found to be successful for Lyme Disease. With a growing global concern about the effects of long term antibiotics, and an emerging interest in natural preparations, I believe that the page is unique in the community of published lyme information. ...And one whose time has come.
Initially, some years back, I had created this page to discuss those "alternative" treatments that had been successful for me — those which had enabled me (with a very long term infection) to come off of antibiotic treatment. Recently, however, I've decided to allow it to become broader, a central resource to discuss any alternative treatments that others also have found to be successful. And while it seems that I personally am pursuing this area with a harder determination than most, I certainly do not have all the information. ...And I feel that all of it needs to be published.
Briefly, having been diagnosed with late-stage Lyme in 1993, I took antibiotics for two years. Then for that number of years since, I have relied solely on non-antibiotic "alternative treatments" improving daily, even beyond the point that I had been on antibiotics.. I stopped, not on Doctor's orders, but in spite of them. Although I had been improving, I was unwilling to continue a life of antibiotics. (See also the "Caveat" at the bottom of this page.)
The site contains medical research, a Lyme (and Candida) diagnostics page, my own history, those treatments that I've found helpful, and a search engine to search any term or condition throughout the entire site.
(For a general overview or discussion on navigating this site, click to this overview page)
Page Purpose & Mission
Every single web page, like every story has an inherent theme. As I contemplated this during preparation of this web page, one began to emerge clearly during a research afternoon (my natural interest) at the library of the Medical School of the University of Pennsylvania: I realized that publishing the results of these searches may be of interest to certain others.
With my own growing interest in alternative health treatments, and with the recent benefit that I had seen for the Lyme from Pycnogenol, I felt that one area lacking was a compiled presentation — either pro or con — of scientific research literature (such as the New England Journal of Medicine or Journal of the American Medical Association) that I knew to be out there simply for the searching.
I came to believe that a great many people could benefit from this information, and the longer I searched this, the more strongly about it I felt, seeing documented literature pertaining to treatments for such 'heavyweight' conditions as cancer, vascular disease (stroke and heart disease), fibrocystic disease, etc. So, for those who wanted this information directly, and, as for the research, for those whose physicians would need to see this information before rendering an informed judgment, I dedicate this page.
For each of the medical journal abstracts, I have highlighted those sections that I believe to be of the greatest importance to save the lay reader from plowing through very technical information to glean the nuggets. And, in the spirit of a resource, I invite anyone's submission into this page those journal articles that they believe to be pertinent and informative — as well as brief comments by health-care professionals to be listed at each article's end. Email me at the address below.
I invite your comments and discussion.
In all of this it is important to state that am I not advocating of complete non-use of antibiotics. I am personally against only the long term (i.e., permanent) use of antibiotics. In my mind, the prime goal is not to kill off every invading organism, but to do whatever it takes to rebuild and strengthen the immune system so that it will take care of this issue itself. (Thus is the value of better sleep, vitamin supplements, reduced stress, etc. that I discuss at my History page.) However, I also understand that there is a time where the infection "load" is greater than the body's ability to fight it off — and to continue further down such a path would mean destruction to the body. For this purpose, antibiotics have a critically important place. But only on a non-permanent basis. Such use would eventually destroy the immune system that was designed for the very purpose of fighting bodily infection. In the end, I believe that a good immune system has far more value than any anti-biotic ever could.
However, also worth discussing: in the case of a "new" infection, there is only one time when it's possible to completely eradicate the disease (and this with antibiotics), and this is it. Anyone who's had a recent infection should not delay even in the least by experimenting with alternative treatments. Go find a good doctor as quickly as you can, and get a proper (four to six week) antibiotic treatment. You only get one shot at it — do it with a certainty!
The information presented in these pages is for resource and educational purposes only. Nothing herein is intended to be medical advice. Only your physician can give medical advice!
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Send your questions and comments to: D. Chinnici,
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