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Seventh in our series of tips on Lyme disease is a completion to the question, "Can Lyme disease be cured?"
It would appear that everyone agrees that a “Cure” is a condition of the body returning to health. If it is true that “Cure” is a restoration of health and thereby the absence of symptoms, then “Disease” is a loss of health with the onset of symptoms.
We are really discussing the role of the bugs versus the role of the body in creating disease, and the role of the absence of bugs versus the role of the body restoring health.
Do we suppose that bacteria and viruses are somehow stronger during the winter months? After all, winter is the time of year that people typically get sick the most with infections. Of course not!
The bacteria and viruses don’t somehow get stronger in wintertime. The human body is weakened by the extreme cold and inactivity, low vit. D from lack of sunshine, not to mention the mental and emotional fear that has been ingrained in us by the media that “We are entering flu season!”
So we see that whether we are talking about Lyme bacteria or the flu, when the body is optimally healthy we enjoy a symptom-free life. When the body is weakened we experience dis-ease.
When a person gets over strep throat they are cured and the symptoms go away with or without antibiotics within 10 days. Are ALL the strep bacteria gone? No, and none of the doctors seem too concerned as long as your symptoms go away.
Does the fact that you still have some Strep bacteria mean you will get strep throat again? Are you a ticking time bomb just waiting to go off? No! If you go to a rock concert and yell and scream, while drinking copious amounts of alcohol, and smoke, then the mucus membranes in the throat will be damaged and the Strep bacteria, which were always there even in the healthy throat, create the “strep throat” illness symptoms again.
“But this is Lyme disease!” I can hear people saying. “But I was completely healthy before I got bitten by a tick!” Of course the bacteria do matter once it has gotten out of control in a person’s body. And no, you were not optimally healthy before you got bitten, even if you were a tri-athlete. No bacteria can thrive out of control in an optimally healthy human.
In medical “science” it is convenient in a disease like Lyme disease, where the laboratory tests have such a high rate of false-negative tests, that after a course of antibiotics a person is often proclaimed cured, when the follow-up lab tests come back negative. The person with the Lyme disease is left in a perplexing position because often none of their symptoms are gone and their health has definitely not been restored.
This is not good science.
Every flu/cold, infection you ever had in your life is likely still in your body. Kind of makes one go, "Hmmmm!"
Do I believe that Lyme disease is curable? Yes absolutely, to the degree that your body can be repaired. If your body has been damaged beyond repair by the medicines, by accidents, by surgeries, by radiation, by trauma by any means, it will be limited to that degree.
The restoration of health, “CURE” is the result of facilitating the restoration of the integrity and function of every aspect of the body, mind, and spirit. Every organ, system, tissue, and cell must be restored to optimum integrity all at the same time.
This is the goal of American Biological Medicine, to use the best scientific understanding and to push the natural science as we understand it, beyond the simplistic blood tests, and yes, it is simplistic to base health on the presence or absence of bacteria or antibodies present in the blood, to work with the perspective that at no time can or should a doctor harm one part of the body in order to correct another.
When through whatever methods, natural or otherwise, a person experiences a restoration of health, by definition they are cured.
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