Lyme and Living with Bugs

Foreign organisms (bacteria, viruses, parasites, fungus, amoebas) in our body can both help and hurt us. Humans have been co-existing with infectious disease throughout our entire evolution and this continues to be a reality of modern living. Borrelia (Lyme) has been found in humans as far back as the Iceman in the Italian Alps (3100-3400 BCE) and even earlier found in amber that is millions of years old. Infection has made us stronger through immune strengthening, genetic adaptation and mutual give and take relationships. Our body contains a complex set of bugs known as micro biome. These bugs do everything from helping us better process the food that we eat to optimizing energy production and emotional health. Why then, despite our modern medical technology and scientific understanding, are we beginning to struggle more and more with infection? Why, instead of living harmoniously with these creatures, are we now beginning to lose our peaceful co-existence?

Acute Lyme along with most other infections has a strong potential to be eradicated through simple immune competence and often through the addition of herbs, pharmaceuticals or even nutritional and lifestyle medicine. Unfortunately, many of these acute exposures are often missed perhaps without an apparent exposure or non-specific symptoms beyond simple cold and flu. In addition, there are often other stressors to the body that can complicate the body’s response and presentation. However, acute infection is typically more straightforward than chronic infection and often follows a more predictable course.

At Revolutions, we can help navigate the complexity of most infections to individually tailor appropriate treatments to balance the body and mind. The goal of treating infection is not always as simple as killing but rather healing the individual that the infection resides in. In chronic infection such as Lyme, this process can take time while establishing a positive momentum of healing and supporting palliative efforts for quality of daily life.