I was diagnosed with Lyme disease earlier this year.
Q. Dear Terry, “I was diagnosed with Lyme disease earlier this year. The doctor prescribed antibiotics, but they do not seem to be helping. I am very fatigued and exhausted. Do you have any recommendations for this disease?” — Dave F., Eau Claire, WI
A. Dear Dave, I encourage you to continue to work with your health care practitioner to determine the best treatment plan. I can make some recommendations, but that never replaces a doctor’s care and oversight. That said, I do have some safe and effective nutrients I believe can help.
If you are not doing so already, I highly recommend taking a good look at your diet. Eat as clean a diet as possible. I would recommend restricting all sugar and foods made with sugar, refined flour, and carbohydrates. That means soft drinks, sweetened and diet, crackers, candy, cookies, bread, pasta, cakes and ice cream. While I understand this takes a huge effort, it can make a real difference. Click on my healthy diet plan for more information. For additional information, I also recommend checking out the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com. You should also read the books, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.
In addition to modifying your diet, there are some natural ingredients that you may want to consider.
I believe you would benefit greatly by adding a strong, absorbable curcumin to your daily regimen. I recommend taking 750 mg of high absorption curcumin twice daily. Keep in mind that standard curcumin is very poorly absorbed, so you need to make sure the product you choose features a curcumin with excellent absorption that has been proven in published human studies. The best form I have ever found uses curcumin blended with turmeric essential oils. This curcumin has been shown in published human studies to be better absorbed than standard curcumin.
You should also consider supplementing with glutathione - virtually every person dealing with a chronic disease is depleted in glutathione. Glutathione is so crucial that your body makes its own, creating it from the amino acids glycine, cysteine, and glutamic acid. Glutathione is required for cellular defense, detoxification, and fighting the DNA-damaging risks of oxidative stress. Ideally, our cells would be full of active glutathione. But that’s not always the case. Just when we need it the most, glutathione levels can drop. This is due to age, health challenges, environmental factors, genetics, or a combination of factors. Therefore, I recommend taking 150 mg of the reduced, active form of L-glutathione three times daily in order to support optimal glutathione levels.
My final recommendation would be to take Cinnamon, Thyme, Clove, and Oregano oils - some of nature’s most powerful antibacterial ingredients – to help boost your natural defenses. Make sure to choose concentrated plant oils that are approved for internal use. 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 recommend taking 75 mg total of these four oils three or four times daily.
Terry . . . Naturally