HOPE TO HEAL

Hope for those suffering from Lyme Disease

The Come Back Kid

I’ve been on Dr Zhang’s protocol for 1 yr. His book recommends 6 months to 1 yr depending on how sick you are and how long you’ve been infected with Lyme and even longer if needed. Since I’ve had Lyme for over 36 yrs, I go the distance when advised. I feel 100% healed today. My recent bout with Hymoletic Anemia was corrected with food and supp’s. And I’m continuing with Dr Zhang’s Herbs for a few more months. Then I’ll have my blood work done again to see how my CD 57 is and how my liver enzymes are. I expect everything to look really good!

I’m still Rifing after 3 yrs and pursuing food as medicine and using Dr Zhang’s Chinese Herbal Medicine and other supp’s to stay where I am and even progress further where possible.

Since being diagnosed 4 yrs ago, I have been on an all out battle to defeat this hideous disease and it’s many co-infections. I have never once believed that it was not beatable! Not once!!!

Yes, I had many days of despair and pain, but I never gave up. I clung to My God and what He promised me. I took everything seriously and never cheated on my diet. I’ve been faithful to eating Traditional Nutrient Dense foods that Dr Weston A Price discovered to bring health and healing to those who ate them. I detox regularly. I go to bed before 10PM. And I try to live a stress free life that includes gardening, caring for farm animals and serving others through various charities, including my own; Butterflies and Bumble Bees. I have found that serving others is one of the most important things we can do to heal. When we focus on others and take our eyes off of ourselves we just feel better. I don’t and never have referred to myself as a “Lymie”. That in NO way defines me. I believe that those are negative words that only bring you down. I speak positive words of affirmation that not only lift me but lift others as well. Even in the worst of times I believe that it is important for you to do something outside of yourself.

My only real complaint right now are my feet. Nothing new to lots of Lyme patients. It’s been almost a yr since I tried to walk/run again. I made up my mind this week to try again. Since I feel 100% then I should be exercising! No excuses!!!

We have a really nice new Senior / Community Center just 2 miles from my home. The best part is an indoor track. Plus I found out on Monday that since I’m now 50, I am a Senior!!! YIKES!!! BUT being a Senior qualifies me to use the Fitness Room for FREE during certain hrs of the day.

I set out Monday to just try and walk. I revamped my running shoes with some cushioned inserts and headed out the door. I decided that if I was indeed nearly 100% healed than I should be exercising regularly to shed the 30 pounds that I’ve gained from sitting! No more excuses! If my feet hurt then I’ll have to find a remedy! One thing I’m using is Traumeel. It’s a homeopathic ointment for trauma or injuries. I’m rubbing into my feet 2-3 X and day.

I walked a couple laps to warm up and then the old me kicked in. I broke out in a run…I just couldn’t help myself. I love to run! I decided to run half a lap around and walk half a lap. I did this for 30 min’s which was estimated to be 2 miles. I was very happy. OK, I was just short of doing back flips!

My new plan is to workout 3 days a week. On Mondays and Fridays I’ll walk/run 30 min’s and use the fitness room for resistance training for 30 min’s. On Wednesday I’m going to take a Pilates class to help strengthen this old body. I really need it. I’m not going to tell my doc. I’m going to wait and surprise him with a HUGE weight loss by my next appointment in March. He’ll be ecstatic!

Today, I was able to run 1 lap and walk 1 lap for 30 min’s.  My muscles are encouraging me with pain. Good Pain! I have to keep reminding myself that I’m a Come Back Kid!

Photo credit linked to Flickr.com

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January 14, 2009 Posted by | detoxing, Diet, Infections, Lifestyle, Supp's | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Detoxify or Die

I can’t impress upon you how important detoxing is when healing from Lyme Disease & co-infections. Most experts agree that our symptoms are a manifestation of the biotoxins and neurotoxins in our bodies. It only goes to reason that if you can get these toxins out on a regular basis then your symptoms will decrease. When your symptoms decrease you will have less stress and your body will heal faster. Whether you are using the Rife Machine, natural ABX, synthetic ABX or herbs, you must detoxify.

My chosen methods of detoxing are; coffee enemas, hydrotherapy, infrared sauna and diet. Of course there are others, but these are my favorites.

I know that the topic of coffee enemas is a bit private. OK, a lot private, but sometimes these things must be talked about. For further understanding of coffee enemas you can study the work of Dr Max Gerson. Coffee enemas were in the Merck Medical Manual until 1970. They were removed as a form of treatment, due to the lack of space not due to a lack of effective treatment. Dr Max Gerson found them vital for cancer patients to heal. He used them regularly for his migraine head aches and in our family we can attest to there effectiveness for this malady. Order some brochures or other printed material and research it. You will be glad you did.

Hydrotherapy is the use of water in detoxing. It was from Dr Richard Schulze, an herbalist that I learned to do this. It really takes guts, but it is very effective. Stand in the shower and use as hot, hot, hot as you can stand without burning your skin, for 30 seconds, then switch to cold, cold, cold for 30 seconds. Do this 7-8 times and it will wake you up. Hydrotherapy shocks the body. It forces the blood in and out. Focus on areas that are painful or if you think it needs attention. Dr Schulze’s patients have sworn by hydrotherapy to reduce or eliminate cysts or tumors. I did them for one complete year and have resumed them since realizing that Bartonella is quite active in my body. (I do not agree with Dr Richard Schulze on his adoption of the vegetarian diet. Dr Weston A Price proved other wise and it is that diet that I adhere to.) As Dr Schulze so accurately says, “this won’t kill you, but the disease you have will!!!”

The other area of detoxing is diet. Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride suggests that the body detoxes from 2-10 AM. She recommends not eating breakfast until at least 10 AM, allowing the body to properly detox. Dr Campbell-McBride allows juices first thing in the morning. Not canned juices. Fresh carrot, green veggies and juicy fruits. My favorite is, carrot, celery, chard or kale, beet root, and an apple. You can use which ever veggies are your favorite, but consider the biggest bang for your buck. Another great detox food is Beet Kvass; a blood tonic made from Beet Root. Beets are a wonderful detox food for the liver. Always consider nutrient dense foods even for your juices.

During my most toxic days, I used the Infrared Sauna every day for 20 min’s at 125*F. During the winter months I usually ramp it up to 135*F, but it takes some time to get use to. It increases your heart rate and takes a little while afterwards of resting to get your heart rate back down to what’s normal for you. So, don’t rush these things. Make sure you take plenty of time to rest. Your skin is your largest organ. Not only does it absorb toxins but it is an excellent way to detox the body. If you dry brush your skin before entering the sauna, you will stimulate your lymphs and slough off dead skin cells.

And of course drinking lots of clean filtered water is one of the very best ways to detoxify your body. It will replace the fluids lost during saunas and enemas and it will flush out toxins. It’s recommend that a person consume at least 64 oz of water a day.

Here is a wonderful explanation of detoxing for cancer. Even though Lyme is not Cancer, the elements of detoxing remain the same; the need to eliminate biotoxins & with Lyme neurotoxins from the blood.

INTRODUCTION TO DETOXIFICATION

This article may come in handy. It is from canceroption.com newsletter.
An Introduction to Detoxification
by: Michael Guthrie, R. Ph.

“Cancer cells produce a large number of toxins that inhibit the immune response, damage tissues and cause weight loss and other complications. Thus, a spreading cancer becomes more and more difficult to control because of an increased toxin load. There are safe, and effective ways of reducing the toxin load on the body.

Detoxification is an important aspect of cancer protocols, and any kind of detoxification of the body, and is often a neglected part of optimizing treatment and clinical results. We live in a toxic world with air and water pollution, food and medication additives derived from petroleum and coal tars and other carcinogenic (cancer producing) sources. Drinking water sources when tested may show elevated levels of TCE, PCB, chloramines, dioxin and other carcinogenic substances. Even our supplemental vitamins, nutraceuticals and pharmaceutical drugs are often synthesized from sources such as genetically engineered corn, sugar or soy. These sources of raw materials are often cheaper than less allergenic sources and corn allergies constitute one of the most common food allergens in the US. Traces of allergens may cause down regulation of our immune system or a sidetracking of our bodies immune system with a consequential less than optimum immune system to fight cancer and opportunistic diseases and organisms. Cosmetics, food with hydrogenated vegetable oils, pesticides, flea collars, decaffeinated coffee and a host of other daily-encountered substances are carcinogenic!

By detoxification of the body, we can optimize the well being of our healthy cells including our immune system. Everyone has some levels of mutated cells produced daily, however our immune system keeps these abnormal cells in check. Cancer cells and cancer-associated viruses are more likely to mutate and adapt to toxic environments than healthy cells. Indeed, cancer is induced in laboratory animals by giving the animals toxic substances which cause cancer by mutating normal cells to survive the toxin. Toxins in our body can accumulate in the subcutaneous fat layer under our skin and in the liver. The liver is the largest immune organ in our body and is a source of Kupffer’s cells. These cells filter and destroy foreign bacteria, fungus, viruses, mycoplasma and cancerous cells. Since the liver is our body’s major waste disposal system and largest immune organ, it is important to enhance liver function, reduce excessive stress and detoxify this major organ.

By detoxification of the body, we enhance our clinical approach to cancer and other illnesses. It is also important to restore nutrients necessary for optimum utilization of healthy cells and immune system. Many traditional approaches to treatment of a serious disease can cause depletion of these essential nutrients. By utilizing detoxification and restoration of necessary levels of nutrients, clinical approaches are integrated and optimized for enhanced healing and well-being. Detoxification is accomplished through various supplements as well as via far-infrared saunas.”

My doc has been very pleased even with the portable saunas.

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Resting in my opinion is one of the most cherished gifts you can give yourself. Learn to say, “no” and “I need help”. You will become stronger and those around you will learn compassion.

How will you know if you are detoxing?

1. Your body odor will stop or if you’re really dumping toxins, it will increase. (stop using regular deo/antiperspirants from the drug store). Not only are they toxic, but they clog your glands and you can’t detox. Remember your skin is one of your major detox organs. Sweat glands were made to sweat!!! I haven’t used deo/antiperspirants for over 15 yrs. I use a crystal stone sold in any health food store. Most days I remember it, but there are many that I don’t. I no longer have BO, since I practice regular detoxing.

2. You will feel better. Sometimes you feel worse, before you feel better. Sometimes upon dumping the colon and releasing lots of toxins you have a head ache. Pay attention to where the head ache is. You will learn a detox h.a. from another h.a. Mine are in my frontal lobe as opposed to an over all head ache. It is vital to be constantly replacing and replenishing the colon with good quality flora especially if you’re using coffee enemas. My favorite is Friendly Flora from

Dr Rons.

3. You may experience things like, sinus drainage, fatigue, energy, intensified itching, or an intensity of symptoms prior to a relief.

Every one of us is different and will have different experiences from detoxing. But one thing is universal, we must all detox.

Most of Dr Natasha Campbell-McBrides work is done with Autistic Children. What I have found is that the same principles apply to those of us healing from Lyme Disease and co-infections. In this video clip she discusses some of the detoxing results. I recommend you watch all these videos that she and Donna Gates present for parents of Autistics. The info on the gut flora is vital to healing.

October 10, 2008 Posted by | detoxing, Diet | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment