It’s been over 10 years since I wrote my first Lyme disease book. In 2014, I completed my last book, Freedom From Lyme Disease.
Now, in 2015, I’m reflecting on the final frontier in Lyme disease treatment. As it is very difficult to COMPLETELY eradicate the bacteria, we are faced with controlling the final symptoms after 99% of the bacteria are removed or under control.
As it turns out, the two areas with a very high degree of importance in this time frame are FOOD and INFLAMMATION.
During this final healing period, food reactions become much more pronounced. Food sensitivities – as well as inflammatory foods like sugar – have an exaggerated effect as the body is desperately attempting to maintain equilibrium (and now for the first time, can actually have a chance at doing so). Therefore, the goal in the last phase of healing should be strict control of the diet, eliminating most sugars and greatly limiting fruit, as well as trying to eliminate ALL food sensitivities including gluten, most grains, and other foods a person can be allergic to. This can literally be the make or break in the Lyme disease end game, as food reactions can throw a person into old Lyme symptoms while a clean diet can allow one to feel normal.
In contrast, early on in the recovery process, food reactions and sugar made things worse but the body was too overwhelmed to really notice, so the results of eating a good – or bad – diet didn’t really make much of a difference.
Remember, the key elements here are: avoid sugar (even fruit sugar) as much as possible, avoid carbohydrates as much as possible, and avoid all food sensitivities including gluten and other personal allergies.
The next area to consider, then, in the final phases of healing, is inflammation. Inflammation can remain at a low grade long after most bacteria are gone, and it can allow depression, anxiety, brain fog, fatigue, and other symptoms to persist. For inflammation, use the diet guidelines above but also consider herbs like curcumin, nettles, tart cherry, and others.
If you listen to your body and control your diet and inflammation, along with using the rotation protocol described in my books, you should be able to maintain a very low level of symptoms during the final phases of healing.