Terry is happy to provide his opinion on diet and nutrition, supplements and lifestyle choices. This information is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to replace the advice of your physician and is not to be considered medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Should you have any concerns please contact your physician directly.
Q. Dear Terry, “My adult daughter has Lyme’s Disease and deals with pain and fatigue on a daily basis. She is so depressed from the efforts it takes to just get through the day. How can she get her own body to more effectively fight this disease?” — Ruth T., Cincinnati, OH
A. Dear Ruth, I am sorry to learn that your daughter is struggling with this condition. Lyme’s Disease can be quite tricky to manage, so first and foremost, I encourage your daughter to work with her health care practitioner to decide which supplements are best in her unique situation. I can make some recommendations, but that never replaces a doctor’s care and oversight.
The following protocol will help give the immune system a “super-boost”:
My first recommendation is a combination that contains elderberry, along with vitamin (A, C, and D) and mineral (zinc, calcium, and magnesium) ingredients. All of these ingredients have antiviral, antibacterial, or immune-supportive properties that will help boost overall health and immune system function. I would have your daughter begin by taking 1 tablet every waking hour for the first three days. She should then drop down to 2 tablets three times daily for the next thirty days, followed by 3 tablets daily thereafter.
Another great combination I recommend features Ravensara (Ravensara aromatica), along with Myrtle (Myrtus communis), Thyme (Thymus saturoides), and Bay Leaf (Laurus nobilis) concentrated plant oils. Ravensara oil is pressed from the fresh leaves of the Ravensara aromatica tree. It is known in its native Madagascar as the “tree with good leaves” because of its many health supportive benefits. When combined with myrtle, thyme, and bay oils, this formula is extremely potent in ridding the body of pathogens. I recommend taking 200 mg of this blend four times daily for up to 10 days, then reduce to three times daily for the next 10 days, followed by twice daily thereafter.
When it comes to plant oils, just be sure to choose a formula which features concentrated plant oils that have been laboratory tested to accurately identify elements of their natural chemical composition. Unlike essential oils used for massage and aromatherapy, these plant oils are tested and “fingerprinted” based on specific molecular makeup, species, marker compounds, purity and safety for internal medicinal use. The extraordinary potency of these tested plant oils allows for relatively low doses, but very powerful health benefits.
I would also recommend that your daughter add garlic to her daily regimen. While better known for its cardiovascular benefits, garlic also has strong anti-viral properties to keep the immune system strong. In fact, during the First and Second World Wars, garlic was used medicinally and later came to be known as “Russian penicillin.” She should look for a formula that features a food-grade enteric coating. This will ensure that the active ingredients (alliin and allinase) don’t combine with each other until they reach the small intestines, where they will be better absorbed. Also, look for a supplement that provides the equivalent key compounds found in 4 grams of garlic daily – the amount recommended by the German Commission E. I recommend taking 1 capsule twice daily.
Terry . . . Naturally