I wanted to give a few quick bits to update those out there who are interested in knowing more about Laura’s situation. So if you aren’t sure where I am coming from, go back and read about her being diagnosed with Lyme. At this time she has been on antibiotics for about 9 weeks. Shocking for me, or my family. I had another chiropractor recently express their concern over that path.
Funny, you cannot rock me from my chosen path, no matter what you have to tell me. I hate antibiotics, and it is obvious that I do in every area of my life, so for us to choose this, we are totally convinced that the short term impact outweighs the long term negative effect. I don’t share that sentiment with chemo. But for this… I have done more research on this in six weeks than most people who are exclusively treating lyme have ever done. This is the best option. The next thing I heard from another chiropractor, was the question of the diagnosis. ”That is often mis-diagnosed”. Funny, he is right (in the completely opposite way), it is usually diagnosed as something else. It is the most common disease that returns a false negative, of all diseases (google search results).
So, my point in sharing this, is to help you see that we know where we are with this. Dr. Amy (you might recall her, PhD in biochemistry, post graduate work at Harvard, worked for me for almost two years), saw my post, and responded… “hit the doxy, and hit it hard”. She is in the middle of Lyme country up in New Hampshire. She left biochem, for chiropractic. She gets what I get, and she agrees. She also sent me some examples of some homepathics that can help. We will begin a couple in another week.
So our current position, Laura has felt a bit better this week in general. Though she has had some increased symptoms in her arms, and at times her feet. But we feel confident that she has gone through a well known phenomenon called Herxing, also known as the Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction , where the symptoms are driven by the death of the harmful organisms in the body. This is completely normal, it is healthy in a way (you wouldn’t necessarily feel confident the antibiotic was doing anything without this), and is relatively consistent in the timing which it arrives in people being treated. The only issue is, there is NO WAY to know for certain that you are experiencing this reaction. It might just be you getting worse.
So here we are at a place where we believe it is all getting better, but in the back of our minds, there is some thought that it might be worsening. Good news, we are still confident in the ability of the body to overcome, but it might take longer. For those who have been around, you might remember when I used to offer the ionic foot bath. Well we got our hands on one of those, and we have begun doing regular foot baths at home to draw out toxins. We will continue to step up the other supporting treatments until we have a full onslaught of homeopathic support.
Again, I appreciate your prayers. We are hopeful that all will be well in time. Be well and blessed! – Dr. E