Due to frequent requests about the protocols I followed to get well from Lyme disease, I am sharing them here. It should be noted that the supplements I took were prescribed by my Naturopath based on test results, so they are specific to my body chemistry. When I struggled from suicidal depression, it was also dealt with naturally with amino acids (determined by more tests) in conjunction with some soul searching and healing. I do not suggest that my protocols are appropriate to others, and I hope this is helpful in some way. I would also like to say upfront that the protocols to support my body are only about one half of what I attribute to getting well. The other half (I believe) has to do with aligning myself energetically to wellness and healing.
TESTING: (this information provided by my Naturopath)
The following lab tests were done over a period of one year.
1. Metabolic Analysis Profile
2. Adrenal Stress Profile
3. Organic acids
4. Amino Acids
5. Essential Fatty Acids
6. Toxic elements (RBC)
7. Nutrient elements (RBC)
Using these functional tests along with the traditional chem screen and ELISA testing helped to develop a complete picture of my nutrient, neurotransmitter, and hormonal deficiencies. Some of the tests also targeted digestive function which was a big part of correcting my immune system.
Low gluten/sugar/dairy. For a while I juiced a lot of carrots/apples (Gerson’s Therapy), but what I ultimately went back to is what resonates with me; green smoothies (predominantly kale, spinach, dark green leafy veges + banana - because I like bananas), small amounts of organic chicken, fish or lamb. I love vegetables so eat loads of them, like broccoli, asparagus and brussel sprouts. Although Lymies are encouraged to NOT drink any alcohol, I chose to continue with my evening wine and chips. I don’t eat much rice, potato or bread as a general rule, but put me in a restaurant with fresh bread and butter and I’ll eat quite a bit while I wait for dinner. 🙂
(I learned that my body works hard and deserves to be nourished. I also learned that I do not have to do everything perfectly. There were times when simply wanted a meal from Boston Market and I enjoyed every mouthful.)
Amino Acids (Amino-NR, AdreCor, Pure Adrenal 200, 5HTP)
Superfoods (some in powder form): Cacao powder, gogi berries, wheatgrass, blue/green algae, chlorella
(probably some others I’m forgetting)
(I practiced, each time I swallowed a pill, to have each one be an act of kindness towards myself. I became aware that I had not been kind to myself over my life and this new way of being felt very loving.)
(all by NutraMedix)
(I learned to commit to a long protocol, even when I did not want to…and it developed my ‘commitment muscle’.)
For a couple of months I added the Salt/C+ Protocol and built up to 13,000 mg each of salt and vitamin C per day. (my Naturopath was not happy about the salt intake with this but he understood my need to take it on because it empowered me)
(I read the protocol thoroughly…it’s quite extensive. I learned a lot about diet, detoxing and a variety of other methods to deal with bacteria/fungus, rifing, coiling, hyperbaric treatments etc…and I got that there is more than one way to skin a cat - just have to find what resonates and works for me.)
Coffee enemas (per Gerson’s Therapy)
Detox baths with baking soda, Epsom salts, milk-thistle, chamomile
French Green Clay
Dry skin brushing
(I learned that if you want a space to have something new in it, you have to first clear that space of what is already there. I applied that to wellness. If I wanted wellness to show up in my body, first I had to rid myself of as many toxins as possible. This also reduced the amount of work my body had to do to deal with my toxic load.)
Chiropractic adjustments - to keep my neurological system free of obstruction
Network Spinal Analysis - to release core tension in my spinal cord (also provided stress/pain relief)
Massage - this soothed me when I needed hands on nurturing more than anything
Energy work - Chakra balancing/Reiki/Esoteric Healing/Meditation
(I believe in servicing my car regularly, and while this is an oversimplification, I believe that my skeletal structure , central nervous system and energy fields deserve ‘servicing’. Can’t expect my organs to function optimally if nerves to them are pinched.)
Walking - 20 to 30 minutes a day, outside (at my sickest I walked/staggered 3x per week) 🙂
(Learned that stiffness and pain of arthritis and general inflammation is reduced by gentle exercise. And it just feels really good to get outside, away from day to day living to breathe fresh air and get a change of scenery and energy. I know there are a lot of other benefits too…oxygenating the blood, flushing my system, sweating…)
Spent as much time as possible lying down and resting. Sometimes it was the most I could do.
(I learned that my body deserved to rest after 40 something years of being hammered by sport and long hours of working and years of being sick. It was just time to recuperate…no excuses necessary. I learned that I do not need to be sick to rest.)
Although I did not always ask for support, it was always available for me from family, friends and healthcare providers. Not sure what I would have done without my online Facebook family where we share every little ache, emotional twitch, cognitive screw up, new ‘cure’, jokes, tears and more. Talking to people who have had similar experiences is very comforting. A special hat-tip to Lisa, Paul, Pam and Cathy for being online with me so many months around the clock.
(Love is present everywhere…we need only be open to experiencing it.)
I personally believe that every challenge is an opportunity, that to stand empowered in the face of life’s ups and downs there is something to be responsible for. Last year was the most enlightening year for me to date. I had the time to just be with myself and take a good look at my whole life. It was the things I learned about myself, that have opened up my life in a new way, and that leaves me so grateful for the year I was the sickest.
(So much learned it will take a book to write it out. In a nutshell, my deepest lesson is that I matter, I am deserving and worthy of love, at my core I am whole and complete, I do not need anything and I have everything I could possibly wish for. Regardless of my circumstances, a fulfilling life is possible. We don’t ever lose our lives until we stop breathing…so although there was a time I thought I had ‘lost’ my life, I learned that this is my life, in this very moment, just as it is, and it’s up to me to make the most of it.)