My internal driver feels like it is shut off, she said. It’s not like me to sit in this woe is me place. I want to eat without feeling miserable, I get migraines. I get aches and pains. I’ll be sitting around and I’ll get crushing finger pain. I will be lying around and my toes hurt like crazy, like they are in a vice.
She was 43 years old and could barely stand up out of the chair in front of me. At the onset of her disease she could not walk up a few stairs without feeling my heart bounding out of my chest. If this was not bad enough, there was the treatment: several months of antibiotics. She ended up on IV doxycycline, which she stayed on for three months. She told me, I was deathly afraid of coming off the IV antibiotics.
She did not want to live on IV antibiotics for the rest of her life. Seeking another answer, she ended up in my office.
Such a story is common when one hears about Lyme disease. It is a serious matter, and the extent of which it affects our population is difficult to appreciate. (See this short video on youtube for a further look into it: Lyme disease video.)
One of the many confusing factors surrounding Lyme disease is that it is so often misdiagnosed. Lyme disease has become the new “great imposter.” It has taken over this role from syphilis, which before the discovery of antibiotics, was much more common. Syphlilis, like Lyme disease, can produce a huge array of symptoms and was able to mimic many different diseases. Affecting internal organs as well as the skin, both these diseases may require a healthy bit of suspicion on the part of the doctor. In fact, today physicians frequently order a Lyme disease lab test if a patient has symptoms without any obvious cause.
A while back, I had a patient with chronic fatigue whose tests had turned up a suspicion of Lyme. As is often the case, the Lyme test was inconclusive. Did he have Lyme? Had he had Lyme? Would antibiotics help his chronic fatigue? So far a course of antibiotics had done nothing. It is frustrating and confusing to patients and physicians alike.
If you have any strange symptoms, particularly affecting your joints, it is best to be keep a healthy suspicion. This is particularly true if you are in areas where the tiny deer tick lives, such as Long Island, New York. The Center for Disease Control data tells us that approximately 70-80% of people who get Lyme disease have a rash that clears in the center. From the many stories of people contracting Lyme without such a rash, one wonders if this percentage is exaggerated.
But to return to this patient’s case, after a few months I found a homeopathic remedy that allowed her to heal. Here is her testimony:
I could barely function at a minimal level and the fatigue and body pain was overwhelming. Through partnering with Dr. Branch, I have been given a whole new lease on my life. I feel better than ever, and people I know continuously comment on my healthy transformation.
Classical homeopathy represents a powerful healing resource for people with Lyme disease. In this particular case, my feeling was that the disease had affected her heart, which Lyme can do. Even though studies of her heart showed it was beating normally, there were strong indications that there was weakness in her heart muscle. Classical homeopathy can help those with heart failure. I have seen evidence for this in my office.
Today I have many tools to approach the treatment of Lyme disease. This is a complex disease that often can benefit from a multi-dimensional approach. In addition to treatment with classical homeopathy, I assess the energy of the acupuncture meridians and develop a strategy around treatment with Chinese medicine, which may include working with an acupuncturist. I generally will use the herb Una de gato (cat’s claw) to help with the immunity, giving this in the form of Arcozon from Amazon Herbs Company. Depending on the case, I may use some other herbal or nutritional therapy.
This disease for many can be difficult, but precise treatment can work wonders.
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