Lower inflammation cytokines to feel better, boost your immune system, and to decrease Herxheimer reactions. In this article I review the good and bad of cytokines and provide detailed plans for you to lower these chemicals made by white blood cells. Everyone with Lyme and tick borne illnesses should take steps throughout treatment to lower cytokines. Here is how.
Cytokines are proteins made by various types of white blood cells to turn on the immune system to attack invaders like:
- bacteria (for example, Lyme germs and the co-infections),
- intestinal yeast,
- lyme and mold toxins,
- environmental toxins, and
- heavy metals toxins like lead and mercury.
Cytokines are good, right? Well yes and no.
In the right amount they promote healing. In excess, they cause all of the major Lyme disease symptoms and suppress the immune system. The problem in chronic Lyme and associated diseases is that they are usually made in excess. Fortunately there are some great steps you can take to lower cytokines.
Good: The right amount of cytokines
- make antibodies work more effectively,
- increase active white blood cells,
- recruit white blood cells to where they are needed,
- turn on white blood cells, and
- decrease viral and bacterial replication.
Bad: Too many cytokines:
- suppress the immune system,
- cause pain,
- decrease hormone production from organs like the thyroid and the adrenal glands,
- disturb sleep,
- decrease brain function,
- increase fatigue and tiredness,
- waste muscles,
- cause depression, and
- decrease the function of various organs throughout the body resulting in many other symptoms and medical problems.
Let’s Be Clear; They are Excess Cytokine Symptoms
So to be correct, most Lyme symptoms are really excess cytokine symptoms. And other conditions that increase cytokines add to your cytokine pool.
That is why some people with Lyme disease must also address other cytokine producing problems like MTHFR and mold detox issues, yeast overgrowth in the intestines, parasites, and viral infections.