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Chronic Lyme disease

Chronic Lyme disease / Lyme disease

Herbal treatments to help address symptoms of Lyme disease (borealis, burgdorferi, borreliosis and Chronic Lyme disease) and to help relieve pain and discomfort associated with Lyme in cats and dogs.

The immune system is a complex array of cells that are found throughout the body that provide a fortified defense against unwanted invaders, directed at facilitating balanced, normal function. The animal immune system is intricate and keeps animals healthy and protects them against all sorts of invaders including viruses, bacteria, microbes, parasites and toxins and works to protect healthy cellular response and against invasion by potential allergens and pathogens.

If the immune system is weakened, every bodily system in the animal body is at risk. Chronic Lyme disease is a bacterial infection transmitted by the bite of a deer tick (blacklegged tick, or bear tick). Dogs are especially susceptible to this disease, while cats are less likely to contract this disease due to constant grooming. This bacterial infection affects each animal differently and is a common, but often, undetected infection in dogs and cats.

A growing body of research exists with the CDC that there is a link between Borreliosis infection (also known as Chronic Lyme Disease) and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Rheumatoid Arthritis. Once infected, Lyme can present a dizzying array of symptoms in animals including skin lesions, bone pain, lameness, fever and chills, heaviness in legs, dizziness and loss of balance, memory loss, acute fatigue and lethargy and mild to severe neuropathy. Due to the explosion of toxic microbes in the body replicating on a continual basis, it is not only difficult to isolate and identify the symptoms, but also to attribute these symptoms to Lyme.

The bacterial agent responsible to Lyme disease is the spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi. This disease is found in most countries around the world and transmitted by ticks, which are small blood-sucking invertebrates. Ticks have a three stage life-cycle (larvae, nymph and adult).

Ticks have a life cycle of approximately three months and experience 4 stages, from egg to larva, from larva to nymph and nymph to adult. If left untreated, tick-borne diseases can cause serious health complications and sometimes even be fatal.

During the nymph stage, Lyme disease transmission is most likely. The nymph tick embeds itself into your pet’s skin for several days before causing symptoms of Lyme disease. The nymph tick is so small (pin-head size) that they are often over-looked by pet owners.

Lyme borreliosis is the most common tick-transmitted disease in the northern hemisphere. A complete presentation of the disease includes a skin lesion resulting from a tick bite, followed by heart and nervous system involvement, and later on by arthritis. Late involvement of eye, nervous system, joints, and skin can also occur. The only sign that enables a reliable clinical diagnosis of Lyme borreliosis is erythematic migrans. Other features of some diagnostic value are earlobe lymphocytoma, meningoradiculoneuritis (Garin-Bujadoux-Bannwarth syndrome), and acrodermatitis chronica atrophicans.

The many other symptoms and signs have little diagnostic value. Microbial or serological confirmation of borrelial infection is needed for all manifestations of the disease except for typical early skin lesions. However, even erythematic migrans might not be pathognomonic for Lyme borreliosis, especially in the southern part of the USA where there is no microbiological evidence for infection with the agent. Treatment with antibiotics are typically beneficial for early stages of Lyme borreliosis, but new strains have steadily resisted antibiotic treatment and some of the new strains have been identified as antibiotic-resistant.

Although a Lyme vaccine exists, it has not proven to be effective. There is no effective vaccine in development for Lyme. Even worse, Lyme is now presenting year round! The Lyme tick has mutated and is being found actively in moose and deer population, and has become more virulent and deadly.

Research is also ongoing in the treatment of Lyme disease due to its immunomodulation action on neurotoxins. Once infected by Lyme disease, spirochetes or spiral shaped bacteria, worm their way into muscles, tendons and practically every organ in the body. Once embedded, they begin dismantling the body’s immune defenses, leaving the body open to other pathogens. Most antibiotics work by destroying the cell wall of bacteria, however, the Borrelis burgdorferi (Bb) bacterium of Lyme can exist without the cell wall, but also, the bacteria can change forms or hide to avoid detection by introduction of antibiotics into the body, making antibiotics useless in some cases. 

Most antibiotics work by destroying the cell wall of bacteria, however, the Borrelis burgdorferi (Bb) bacterium of Lyme is corkscrew in shape and can bore into cartilage and tissue (brain and endocrine system), avoiding detection by antibiotics AS WELL AS can change shape to live within cell walls (intracellular), evading the reach of antibiotics. Finally, microbes living within cell walls help disguise Lyme spirochetes and develop resistance to antibiotics, potentially making antibiotics useless for some pets and people.

Lyme has presented new strains of bacterium that are resistant to antibiotics and once the course is complete, the strain returns with even greater ferocity. The introduction of a holistic Lyme regimen, particularly Noni, has been established as important due to its immune system modulating effect, its use as a broad-spectrum antimicrobial, its cellular protective properties and its ability to block bio-neurotoxin molecular actions. When combined with Cat’s Claw Extract, the defense against Lyme is even greater.  One studied cited an average of 60 percent of patients improved after Lyme infection by utilizing a Noni/Cat’s Claw regimen.

Herbal Nutrition: (LIsted in order as suggested by holistic vets)

Herbal remedies may be used as a compliment and adjunctive treatment for Lyme disease; as an adjunct to the antibiotics; to help promote balanced immune response and to boost immunity when underperforming; help attack microbes that encourage Lyme dissemination; may help provide neuro protective benefits by safely crossing the blood-brain barrier, which is vital with Lyme infection to help protect healthy brain cells; may help protect the neurological, endocrine and immune/digestive system response; as a restorative liver tonic; to promote systemic liver health; to improve red blood cell integrity, immunity and liver function; help to prevent breakdown of red blood cells, fever, exhaustion and fluid loss. 

I Feel Good –  (learn more) promotes healthy immune response, reduces inflammation, provides dermal support and growth of healthy cells and tissues in the body’s defense mechanism, reduces the histamine trigger for contact allergies, seasonal and chronic allergens, pathogens, skin rashes, infections, hot spots, inflammation, swelling, hair loss, itching and geriatria (dull coat, lethargy), for all types of arthritis, including Degenerative Joint Disease, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and symptoms associated with rheumatism, including pain, strains, injuries, muscle pain, swelling and lack of mobility.

I Cell-Ebrate Life - (learn more) promotes healthy cell, connective tissue, skin and coat support and antioxidant protection, standardizes normal cell operation, encourages free radical scavenging of cysts and tumors, provides nutritional, biochemical and plant botanical support of healthy immune cells, optimal immune protection and systematic health and strength, supports bone, teeth and muscle health and integrity, for animals that need extra joint, immune, circulatory and vascular support.

Seal ‘Em & Heal ‘Em – (learn more) promotes healing for all types of wounds, including hot spots, abrasions, bites, cuts, scrapes, skin irritations, infections, hemorrhaging conditions, ulcers, provides cellular support of tissue, skin and coat, for gastrointestinal distress, as a neurasthenic that blocks the activation of nerve fibers and tissue response to inflammation, supporting the body's tissue repair mechanism to stop mutations, and in the treatment of all types of Lyme disease, including Lyme borealis, burgdorferi, borreliosis and Chronic Lyme disease (CLD).

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Conventional Remedies:

Lyme disease can be a debilitating condition for dogs and cats, so if your animal shows signs of Lyme disease, it is very important to act quickly and get your dog to the vet for a check up. Your vet will inspect your animal for ticks visible to the naked eye and blood tests may be performed to check for the bacteria in the blood.

Both animals and humans are generally prescribed amoxicillin or doxycycline for the treatment of Lyme disease (to kill the spirochete). For more advanced cases, Tetracycline or penicillin is also used. Vaccines are available for both pets and humans, although their use is still fairly new and effectiveness has not been established.

The introduction of a holistic Lyme regimen, particularly Noni, has been established as important due to its immune system modulating effects, its use as a broad-spectrum antimicrobial, its cellular protective properties and its ability to block bio-neurotoxin molecular actions. When combined with Cat’s Claw Extract, the defense against Lyme is even greater.  One studied cited an average of 60 percent of patients improved after Lyme infection by utilizing a Noni/Cat’s Claw regimen.

 

 

 

 

 

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