Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that’s caused by the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi. You can get infected if you’re bitten by a tick that carries the bacteria. Commonly, black-legged ticks and deer ticks spread this disease. These ticks collect the bacteria when they bite diseased mice or birds. Lyme disease is also called Borreliosis or, if the symptoms are neurologic, Bannwarth syndrome.
Chronic Lyme disease occurs when a person who’s treated with antibiotic therapy for the disease continues to experience symptoms. The condition is also referred to as post Lyme disease syndrome or post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome.
Chronic and advanced Lyme disease has been an epidemic in the Western world for many years. But it’s not the only such problem. The frequency of many infectious diseases has been rising too – despite improved hygiene, a rich diet, vaccinations and antibiotics. And of course, we are seeing many more disease-resistant bacteria, which are now a major cause of death in hospitals worldwide.
Is the problem really the evil pathogens? In Biological Medicine, we don’t think so. As Pasteur famously said, “The microbe is nothing. The terrain is everything.” The scientific evidence is overwhelming that at an epidemiological level, our “terrain” has been degrading for years. If only conventional medicine would open its eyes to this reality, people would suffer many fewer severe and chronic infections.
Consider Chronic Lyme, for example. The conventional diagnosis is terribly flawed, which means many cases are over-diagnosed. The conventional treatment is massive doses of antibiotics, which undermine the foundation of the immune system – the microbiome of the intestines. Because the antibiotics suppress the immune system, the “terrain” of the body is made more favorable to the pathogen by the conventional medical treatment itself.
We’ve seen scores of such advanced Lyme patients at Swiss Biological Medicine Center, and almost all of them present to us after years of suffering. Fortunately, we can offer them, at long last, a real solution!
The beginning point in Biological Medicine is always to ask, “Why did my patient get sick?” In cases of chronic infection, this almost always involves immune suppression and chronic inflammation. These co-morbid conditions can be the result of many factors, often including toxicity. This underlying weakness makes the terrain of the body tolerate a low-level, long-lasting infection, even if antibiotics push back against the initial acute phase of the infection.
In such complex cases, it isn’t enough to simply take a probiotic. Our diagnostics reveal the full picture, including the makeup of the microbiome, the toxins that have been buried in cells, co-infections (other pathogens typically have exploited the weakness of the immune system, so there can be many!), and the loci of chronic inflammation. From this comprehensive understanding we are able to rebuild the immune system and finally rid the body of the entrenched infection.
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