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Lyme disease: How do I know if I have it?

Updated: Apr 27

“We never had in the last five years, a single MS patient, a single ALS patient, a single Parkinson's patient who did not test positive for Borrelia Burgdorferi (the spirochete responsible for Lyme disease). Not a single one.” -Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt

A friend of mine has been suffering from daily 7-8 level pain for as long as she can remember. Due to a health group I’m in, I came across the documentary Under Our Skin and decided to watch it. (We found it free on Pluto through the Roku app.)

Fifteen minutes in, I was appalled, and I immediately messaged my friend.

“You have got to watch this!!” I said.

She teared up watching the trailer and after watching the full movie said, “That documentary was jaw-dropping. Gave me some hope that maybe I could get better.”

She has spent over $50,000 trying to figure out how to heal from her daily pain, brain fog, exercise intolerance, and more. She has been most concerned about her daughter, who has been underweight and has experienced what pediatricians call “failure to thrive.” Lyme disease can be passed down from mother to child in utero.

Signs and Symptoms of Lyme Disease

Lyme disease has various symptoms and chronic Lyme could go undiagnosed for years. Many medical doctors and even some holistic doctors may not know what to look for.

People who have Lyme are often diagnosed with depression or fibromyalgia, which is “a chronic (long-lasting) disorder that causes pain and tenderness throughout the body, as well as fatigue and trouble sleeping,” according to the NIH.

But the reality is that many people probably have some kind of Lyme disease or co-infections. We’ll get to more about why that is later.

According to iGenex, a company that offers Lyme testing, signs and symptoms of chronic Lyme disease include:

  • Severe headaches and neck stiffness

  • Additional EM rashes in new places on the body

  • Facial palsy, also known as Bell’s palsy – paralysis of one side of the face

  • Arthritis or joint pain and swelling, especially of large joints (such as the knee)

  • Intermittent tendon, muscle, joint, nerve, or bone pain

  • Heart palpitations or arrhythmia

  • Dizziness or shortness of breath

  • Inflammation of the brain or spinal cord

  • Shooting pains, numbness, or tingling in the hands or feet

  • Intermittent fevers, chills, and sweats

  • Chronic inflammation

  • Roving aches and stiffness

  • Numbness and tingling in the limbs

  • Dizziness and shortness of breath

  • Tremors

  • Respiratory infections

  • Sore throats

  • Stomach pains

  • Heart palpitations and irregular heartbeat

  • Anxiety and paranoia

  • Rage

  • Hallucinations

  • Hearing sensitivity

  • Dysphonia (vocal cord damage)

  • New food allergies

  • Multiple-chemical sensitivities

  • Seizures

Once my friend watched the documentary, she found a LLD (Lyme literate doctor) who told her she probably was dealing with Lyme, and she got tested. The lab her LLD used was Vibrant Wellness.

It took many weeks, but when her test finally came back, she discovered 9 different types of Lyme and 7 other co-infections.

How to Test for Lyme

Lyme disease is difficult to test for. That’s because it has an “invisibility cloak of lipoproteins,” according to Drug Discovery News.

Vibrant Wellness is perhaps the best lab to test for Lyme, in addition to iGenex, ArminLabs, and DNA Connections.

One thing to keep in mind is that because Lyme hides so well, so it’s not often accurate to test for Lyme at labs like Quest or Labcorp. Some practitioners have their patients do deep tissue massage or use supplements or medications to coax the spirochetes out of their hiding places.

However, because Lyme is so expert at hiding from testing and no lab is perfect, a combination of blood tests, symptom evaluation by a skilled practitioner, bio energetic testing, and muscle testing may be best to put together the pieces of the puzzle.

How to Treat Lyme

Treating Lyme varies by person. Lyme is not just one kind of organism. There are four main kinds of Lyme, but 18 known species of Lyme-causing bacteria.

However, someone could also have another kind of co-infection, including anaplasmosis, ehrlichiosis, babesiosis, bartonellosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Lyme borreliosis, anaplasmosis, Powassan virus, and B. miyamotoi infection, and there are many different kinds of some of these.

Treating Lyme will often involve a combination of the following:

  • Medications, specifically antibiotics, such as doxycycline, cefuroxime, and amoxicillin

  • Herbs and supplements, including binders (taken 2 hours apart from anything else) to assist in the removal of toxins (my friend takes something called Biocidin shown below)

  • An inflammation-lowering nutrition plan, such as the AIP diet

  • Rife therapy

  • Addressing mold and other parasites

  • Addressing heavy metal toxicity

  • Addressing vitamin & mineral deficiencies

  • Supportive therapies, which may include:

    • Sauna sessions

    • Colonics & coffee enemas

    • Red light therapy

    • Other therapies

Causes of Lyme

The simplest explanation of Lyme is that it comes from tick bites. But other co-infections can come from other kinds of insects, including spiders and mosquitoes.

If you really want to dive deep into the history of Lyme, the book Bitten: The Secret History of Lyme disease and Biologic Warfare by Kris Newby is a fascinating read, even if you don’t think you have Lyme yourself. It’s highly likely that most of us have some kind of chronic infection that may not be causing us to be acutely ill as in the case of a stomach bug, but rather a continual drain on our body's systems and energy that may be causing a host of chronic symptoms.

Other difficult to diagnose conditions include mold toxicity, root canal infections, and now Long Haul Covid. (Download a free eBook with my story of how I got better from Long Haul Covid here!)


Chronic Lyme is a challenging illness that is difficult to diagnose. It is often at the root of mysterious, painful, and chronic conditions that many medical doctors and even some holistic doctors don’t know how to treat. It requires a skilled Lyme literate practitioner to help a patient recover.

Due to the nature of Lyme and how many possible co-infections someone may be exposed to in the world, I believe everyone should have a regular protocol of parasite cleansing. CellCore is an easy one to follow. If you are interested in this, please contact me!

My favorite supplement picks now:

  • BioMS turmeric

  • Organ+ (Save 20% with code ITCOULDHELP20)

  • Perfect Amino (I prefer the pills over the powder, save 20% with same code above)

  • Biocidin (Note that this is a strong detox supplement; you'll want to have a binder to take along with it to help your body detox. If you have never done a detox protocol before, I HIGHLY recommend working with a practitioner.)



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