The Dirt on Lyme Disease

By Rosanne Lindsay, Naturopath

In 2015, the magazine, Business Insider called Lyme Disease a “hidden epidemic” and “public health fiasco.” Lyme is often identified by its tell-tale bull’s-eye rash.

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If ignored, the rash disappears and goes deeper to develop into joint and muscle pain, fatigue and neurological disorders — such as numbness, tingling, weakness, and cognitive impairment.

If treated with antibiotics, the symptoms are suppressed for a time. However, in Nature, nothing stays hidden for long. Eventually, the truth reveals itself at a later date.

Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth. – The Buddha

If you want the dirt on Lyme, you’ll have to unearth what remains hidden.

As a traditional naturopath and herbalist, I see many people who experience the common symptoms of fatigue, joint and muscle pain, and general discomfort. These symptoms may have started with fever and chills, and a headache, many years ago. But, eventually the disease expresses itself cyclically, on an annual or semi-annual basis. People may eventually live with these symptoms a daily basis.

Symptoms change if even the old definitions do not.

The number of Lyme disease patients who do not fit the CDC’s epidemiologic definition continues to grow. The CDC’s case definition does not include many of the most common neurologic, psychiatric and chronic manifestations including fatigue, headaches, dizziness, irritability, poor memory and concentration, sleep disturbance, arthralgias, numbness, and myalgias. – Expert testimony by Dr. Daniel Cameron, MD, House Congressional Hearing.

When people think that their symptoms could not possibly be Lyme-related, either because: 1) they have never noticed a bull’s-eye pattern rash around a bite site, 2) they do not spend time in Nature, or 3)  they have not seen a tick in the city, I ask them to think again.

The Vectors: Biting Insects

Image by <a href="">OpenClipart-Vectors</a> from <a href="">Pixabay</a>The latest information on Lyme is not headline news.

Today we know that the bacterium that causes Lyme disease is spread, not only by ticks, but also by biting insects, in general. That means many species of deer ticks, horse flies, deer flies, and mosquitoes can ALL harbor Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacterium responsible for Lyme disease.

How did all of the various species come together to host a bacterium-spirochete responsible for “a public health fiasco?”

To understand the complexity of the conundrum, we turn to a study in the 1996 Journal of Bacteriology. The eubacteria B. burgdorferi has a linear (vs. circular) double-stranded DNA chromosome similar to other double stranded DNA animal viruses, most notably seen in the African swine fever virus.

These findings suggest that the novel linear plasmids of Borrelia originated through a horizontal genetic transfer across kingdoms.

Did genetic transfer across kingdoms take place in Nature? Or did the transfer happen in a lab?

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The Tick Transfer

Lyme disease is named after Lyme, Connecticut—the town a few miles from a top-level biowarfare lab called Plum Island Animal Disease Research Center. Not only did this facility do outdoor tick experiments, but it also has a history of pathogen leaks. Note: The African Swine Fever virus keeps coming up…

According to a 1977 Newsday newspaper article, “The only place African Swine Fever virus existed in the Western Hemisphere was on Plum Island where it was experimented upon.”

According to a 2005 report by the GAO, the Plum Island experimented with pathogens that can potentially cause fatal diseases in humans, including West Nile virus, Nipah virus, Rift Valley Fever.

The origin of Lyme disease had once, over several years, been a focus of a 2012 Congressional House hearing. But, the Senate refused to take up the issue, a symptom of gridlock. The one thing gridlock in politics can accomplish is to keep secrets buried, indefinitely.

“Americans deserve the Truth: Did DOD Weaponize Ticks with Lyme Disease?” was the headline on September 22 in the Congressional Record as the Smith measure came before the House. – Karl Grossman, Shelter Island Reporter, 2021

In 2022, Russia claims the U.S. did similar experiments in Ukraine biolabs:

The biolabs in Ukraine studied the possibilities of transfer of African swine fever and anthrax through infecting birds, bats, and reptiles,. – Igor Konashenkov, ministry spokesman, daily briefing in Moscow. October 2022

The Nature of Healing: Heal the Body, Heal the Planet

by Rosanne Lindsay, N.D., M.A.

Shapeshifter: Borrelia to Biofilm

The culprit behind Lyme is said to be the bacterium, B. burgdorferi.  Yet, this bacterium can exist in many morphological forms, including spirochetes, spheroplast (or L-form), round bodies, and biofilms. Whether genetically engineered or not, they have learned to adapt to survive and thrive.

Image by <a href="">maxek</a> from <a href="">Pixabay</a>When conditions are considered unfavorable for the bacterial form, B. burgdorferi has the ability to morph into the dormant round body, then hide in a biofilm form. When conditions are favorable, however, it can shift back to its spirochete form.

This morphing ability might confuse even the experts who like to name new species after themselves. For instance, in 2016, a new species, called Borrelia mayonii, was discovered by the Mayo Clinic (hence mayonii). Published in the February 2016 Journal Lancet Infectious Diseases, this species was found mainly in Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota, with different characteristics.

Instead of the telltale bull’s-eye pattern associated with B. burgdorferi, rashes on these patients were diffuse or spotty. In addition to the fever, headache, rash and neck pain that accompanies the usual form of Lyme disease, patients who had contracted the new species of bacteria also experienced nausea and vomiting.

Could the original form have morphed into a new version of itself? Could the bacterium be having a good laugh about its new Italian-sounding identity?

I no longer identify as B. burgorferi. I am mayonii! – Lyme bacterium

The Power of Natural Immunity

Dr. Thomas Rau, Chief Medical Director of a Switzerland based clinic, found that those who do not heal have underlying co-factors, such as vaccine viruses, metals, and toxins, that prevent natural healing of Lyme disease. Dr. Rau’s team led further investigations into why some people were more vulnerable than others. Can you guess what they found?

People have the natural ability to overcome Lyme disease, unless they have a block to their vitality due to injury or blockages in the body.

Dr. Rau conducted one of the most effective treatment plans for Lyme disease in the world. He claims that only 10 to 20 percent of tick bites led to stage 1 Lyme disease. If untreated, 30 percent of stage 1 diagnosis led to stage 2, of which one percent led to stage 3.

The Stages of Lyme Disease

Stage 1: common flu symptoms
Stage 2: problems of the skin, joints, nervous system, and heart
Stage 3: neurological problems and paralysis, psychological issues, eye problems, and chronic fatigue

It’s worth repeating: people self-heal, but only if the innate immune system is strong. Pathogens have no power of their own. Thus, it is important to detox chemicals and metal residues in the body and open the eliminatory channels.

Medical Remedies

In the medical world, Lyme is considered to be a bacterial infection and treated using the antibiotics doxycycline and amoxicillin. However, if the spirochete travels to the brain, antibiotics cannot follow.

Physicians who go outside their “standard of care” can face disciplinary charges as Swedish doctor, Kenneth Sandström did in 2017. Although antibiotics may be a good first step, if the spirochete shapeshifts to a mycoplasma form, or biofilm, then all bets are off.

All mycoplasmas lack a cell wall, and therefore, all are inherently resistant to most antibiotics (penicillin). Even the CDC warns against the long-term use of antibiotics for chronic Lyme Syndrome.

Image by <a href="">Lukasz</a> from <a href="">Pixabay</a>Enter the vaccine!

While the fallout of Lyme disease is not headline news, soon the Lyme vaccine will be!

In 2018, the Lyme vaccine trials had just completed the first phase of testing. By August 2022, both Pfizer and Valneva initiated Phase 3 of the Lyme vaccine study. The vaccine would inject a monoclonal antibody into someone against tick saliva before a bacterium is transmitted.

Meanwhile, in 2021, during the Coronavirus pandemic, 11 pathogens, including B. burgdorferi, were found on children’s masks from a lab analysis initiated by parents.

Fortunately, when old strategies fail, Nature is ever present!

Natural Remedies

The successful persistence of spirochetes within the host depends on evading the host’s immune system, e.g. hiding of spirochetes within the extracellular matrix rather than using the host tissues for reproduction or growth. Parasites and Vectors, May 2019

In 2017, a study published in the European Journal of Microbiology and Immunology revealed that the sweetener, stevia, can terminate late-state or chronic Lyme disease. Researchers found that the stevia whole-leaf extract was an effective treatment against all known morphological forms of B. burgdorferi. In other words, stevia kills Lyme better than antibiotics.

Cannabis is also a known to put Lyme out of commission. Further, homeopathy can uproot Lyme disease easily. For some specific homeopathic remedies in use, see Joette Calabrese’s Practical Homeopathy. Naturopath, Dr. Klinghardt recommends Cistus tea.

Master Herbalist and author, Stephen Buhner, believed that the most important herbal remedies against Lyme are the strongest bitters. Master Herbalist, Matthew Wood agrees:

…the strong bitters make you shake or shudder and that means a chill is going down through the sympathetic nervous system and that these remedies (1) will “shake out” deep chills (like in Lyme and malaria) and (2) go deeply into the body.

The extremely powerful bitters with a reputation here are: teasel, andrographis (“father of bitters” in Ayurveda), and cat’s claw. Sweet Annie (Artemisia annua) is from a very bitter family, but is less bitter than its cousin; it should be classified here. I believe these remedies drive the spirochetes or co-factors out of the muscles, and the brain, into the blood, where our own immune system slowly kills them off.

Support for some herbs identified above, as well as Skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora), Black walnut (Juglans nigra), and Japanese knotweed (Polygonum cuspidatum), are found in the 2020 Journal of Front Med (Lausane), titled, “Evaluation of Natural and Botanical Medicines for Activity Against Growing and Non-growing Forms of B. burgdorferi.”

Other herbs such as boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum) and Cryptolepis sanguinolenta), also demonstrate the versatility and power of how Nature works with the body’s intelligence to bring back balance, thus showing how all healing is individual.

Nature offers many options to restore health. So there is no need to “live with Lyme” or any disease. You can eliminate it and go back to your life without fear that Lyme has a hold on you. Then, if it happens again, you know the herbs are there for you. For more information, seek out a natural health practitioner.

From Lyme to Covid!

Image by <a href="">Silvia</a> from <a href="">Pixabay</a>A diagnosis of “Chronic Lyme” is often used an excuse to prescribe long-term antibiotics, just as “Long Covid” is an excuse to market new medical drug treatments coming down the pipeline. Is there a connection between Lyme and Covid? Is Lyme linked to African Swine fever through Covid and U.S. biolabs in Ukraine? 

Defense Ministry alleges US-sponsored labs studied possibility of transfer of African swine fever, anthrax through infecting birds, bats, reptiles. – Elena Teslova, October 2022

There’s the question of whether COVID-19 might have started at a laboratory in China. And for decades there’s the issue of how Lyme disease began. Both cry out for vigorous and full investigations. – Karl Grossman, Shelter Island Reporter, 2021 

No matter how or when Lyme was created, Lyme disease is here, in a majority of the population. Whether you notice a bull’s-eye rash or not, whether you are a city slicker or the backwoods type, whether human or dog or sheep, or a bat in a lab experiment, the Lyme bacterium does not seem to discriminate against any mammal.

Over the last few decades, Rife machines and other frequency therapies have attempted to target pathogens, including parasites and Lyme. Unfortunately, these machines are unable to keep up with these shapeshifters, which easily shift their frequency when targeted.

Thus, the best defense against Lyme disease a strong offense. Today a strong offense not only requires a strong innate immune system, but also a strong mind with the ability to acquire knowledge, discern that knowledge, and act on that knowledge.

Since all healing happens from within, it makes sense to embrace the inside-out dynamic of self-healing that is Nature’s way.

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Rosanne Lindsay is a Traditional Naturopath, Herbalist, Writer, and Author of the books The Nature of Healing, Heal the Body, Heal the Planet and Free Your Voice, Heal Your Thyroid, Reverse Thyroid Disease Naturally. Find her on Facebook at Consult with her remotely at Listen to her archived podcasts at Subscribe to receive blog posts via email using the form at the bottom of this page.

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