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Lyme Disease 

Lyme Disease is considered to be one of the fastest growing illnesses in the world. In fact, it is thought that over 30% of the population have symptoms attributed to Lyme disease although these same people are being treated for something else.

Causes and Spread

Lyme disease is an infectious disease caused by a spirochete (spiral shaped bacterium) known as Borrelia burgdorferi which is mainly in the US but there are many variants of the Borrelia bacterium – Borrelia garinii being dominant in the UK.
Lyme disease is most often spread by ticks, but can also be transmitted by fleas, mosquitoes, and mites. Evidence has suggested that these insects don't actually need to bite you for you to become infected.

More Serious Spread

Worryingly, there is also evidence that Lyme disease can be spread by a number of other non-insect methods including from person to person through sex, or from mother to baby in the womb. Researchers have found that dairy cattle and other animals can acquire the disease and pass it on to humans through the food chain and that Borrelia can even survive the blood purification processes that donated blood is subjected to, which would indicate that Lyme disease may be acquired through blood transfusions; very much in line with Hepatitis and HIV infections.

The Symptoms of Lyme Disease

Being the great mimic of many other diseases, it is extremely difficult to detect Lyme disease and it could lie dormant for many years without detection, yet its very presence results in a weakened immune system which is laid wide open to infections with other pathogens such as viruses, bacteria, fungus and parasites.

All carriers of Borrelia are at risk of developing Lyme disease at some time however, yet it was found that only 12.5% of those infected had any clinical symptoms. There are therefore very few symptoms or unexplained illnesses (or even already diagnosed illnesses!) where Lyme disease should not be considered a factor. Some authorities estimate that up to 90% of the US population could be carrying the Lyme spirochete and that Lyme is a factor in over 50% of chronic illnesses. This estimate is also deemed to be valid for other parts of the world including Europe.

Typical Initial Symptoms

  • Fatigue
  • Joint and muscle pains
  • Mild fever
  • Headaches
  • Drowsiness
  • Swollen lymph glands
In fact all the symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and FibromyalgiaThe Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation lists a total of 75 symptoms in multiple body systems that infection with Borrelia may cause. Some of these include:

 Head, Face & Neck 

  • Unexplained hair loss 
  • Headache, mild or severe, Seizures
  • Pressure in Head, White Matter Lesions in Head (MRI)
  • Twitching of facial or other muscles
  • Jaw pain or stiffness

 Eyes & Vision  

  • Double or blurry vision
  • Pain in eyes, or swelling around eyes
  • Light Sensitivity  
Musculoskeletal System  
  • Bone pain, joint pain or swelling, carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Stiffness of joints, back, neck, tennis elbow
  • Muscle pain or cramps, (Fibromyalgia)
 Neurological System  
  • Tremors or unexplained shaking
  • Burning or stabbing sensations in the body
  • Fatigue, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Weakness, peripheral neuropathy or partial paralysis
  • Pressure in the head
  • Numbness in body, tingling, pinpricks
 Psychological Well-being 
  • Mood swings, irritability, bi-polar disroder
  • Unusual depression
  • Disorientation (getting or feeling lost)
  • Feeling as if you are losing your mind
  • Over-emotional reactions, crying easily
 Cognitive Symptoms 
  • Memory loss (short or long term)
  • Confusion, difficulty in thinking
  • Difficulty with concentration or reading
  • Going to the wrong place
 General Well-Being  
  • Unexplained fevers (high or low grade)
  • Continual infections (sinus, throat, chest, etc.)
  • Low body temperature
  • Allergies & Chemical Sensitivities
  • Increased affect from alcohol and possible worse hangover

Treatment Options

Being a bacterial infection, antibiotics used to be the main treatment option of Lyme disease. However, and as with many other organisms, most antibiotics seem to be ineffective especially as treatment of the bacterium could sometimes take well over eighteen months to be successful in any degree.
A personalised treatment with herbs, homoeopathy and tinctures, coupled with measures to ensures support of the immune system with vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and lifestyle advice as well as emotional support, seems much more effective and cuts the treatment time considerably, sometimes to only a few months and without the risks of side effects or bacterial resistance.

Diagnosis

All this is provided that Lyme disease can be diagnosed which is not only extremely difficult using conventional test methods, it is also virtually impossible in that it is important to first know where in the body the bacterium is. So far there has not been a single test that has even come close.An Integral Health DNA Hair Test not only can identify the epigenetic factors which possibly give rise to cause/causes of an imbalance in the body and the potential for signs and symptoms of disease; it is also able to highlight the nutrient and lifestyle recommendations specific for each unique individual, helping to ensure they are able to achieve optimum health - naturally.

Click here to download your Integral Health Hair Test form and attach three to four strands of your hair from anywhere on the body.  We must have the root on at least one of the hairs, that is the white or black bulb on the end of the hair.   Simply Cellotape the hairs in the space provided on the Integral Health Hair Test form and send it to us at: Integral Health, Suite 215, 14 Chertsey Road, Woking, GU21 5AH along with payment of £130 (retest £95) made out to 'Integral Health' or click Hair Test Payment for other methods of payment.  

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