Lyme disease treatment

November 12, 2012

Lyme disease treatment

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection caused by an individual being bitten by an infected tick – it is not infectious to other humans and cannot be ‘caught’ or transmitted from one individual to another. Ticks are commonly found in wooded areas and will fasten onto their host and remain in place, sucking the blood of the host, until sated – at which point they will drop off. The longer the tick remains attached to the host the greater the risk of infection.

The first indication of a tick bite is generally a red spot – often likened to a bull’s eye target – that steadily increases in size, leaving a pale central area. This symptom is often referred to as erythema migrans.

Lyme disease has a number of varied symptoms that often depending on the stage of the disease.

  • Rash

  • Flu like symptoms

  • Pain in the joints and muscles

  • Cognitive impairment

  • Reduced mental function

  • Headaches

  • Swollen glands

  • Extreme fatigue

Lyme disease treatment

Lyme disease treatment generally begins with a course of antibiotics – the length of which depends on the severity of the condition and which may be as long as thirty days. Other lyme disease treatments include a number of so-called ‘alternative treatments’ – many of which have been found to be beneficial.

Salt and Vitamin C in lyme disease treatment

Salt is an extremely useful mineral containing electrolytes and anti-bacterial properties useful to normal bodily functions. In ancient times, man was used to consuming larger amounts of salt than is recommended today – salt was frequently used in preservation of foods. Recent studies have indicated that the rise in cases of Lyme disease coincided with the overall decrease in the consumption of salt – specifically this has been noted since the 1970’s when the first cases of Lyme disease were documented. It has therefore been proposed that salt maybe a useful lyme disease treatment. This research appears to be confirmed by recent cases of Lyme disease appearing in Japan – where a low salt diet is known to be gaining in popularity with the introduction of low-salt soy sauce. Researchers believe that the sodium chloride content of salt is responsible for killing the parasites that cause Lyme disease. Anyone deciding to use salt as a lyme disease treatment should take great care to stay hydrated, drinking plenty of water will ensure that the salt treatment is correctly circulated throughout the body, the addition of vitamin C – either in tablet form or as a liquid supplement to the water – will rejuvenate the body, allowing cells to rebuild. Ensuring that you remain correctly hydrated through this treatment will mean that there is no possibility of taking too much salt or vitamin C – any excess will be flushed out of the system by the water.

Salt and vitamin C protocol

The proposal to include salt and vitamin C as part of lyme disease treatment first arose in 2004. Researchers based their thinking on the supposition that Lyme disease is an infestation of worms as well as a bacterial disease – this assumes that ticks are capable of transmitting many different kinds of pathogens to their host and may contract new pathogens that will then be transmitted to the next host. It has been previously noted that many Lyme disease patients appear to be infected with differing bacterial organisms. It is believed that the worms transmitted by the ticks afford protection to the bacteria making it antibiotic resistant. The idea of combining salt and vitamin C supplements in the treatment of Lyme disease is a new one and there is still much ongoing research into the effectiveness of this type of treatment. Anyone considering following this treatment program should consult their medical practitioner before starting the regime and take care to consume plenty of water during the treatment period.

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