In chronic Lyme disease, with or without the coinfections of babesia and bartonella, it is common to have nerve injury. In this video and written article Marty Ross MD discusses the steps you can take to repair the tingling, numbness, and pain that occur in this condition. These steps include
- treating infections,
- repairing nerve cell and mitochondria power plant membranes,
- increasing the master cell repair antioxidant glutathione,
- increasing the nutrient Coenzyme Q 10 (Co Q10),
- taking acetyl l carnitine if you do not eat red meat, and
- decreasing inflammation.
Treat Your Infections
The three major infections seen in Lyme disease (borrelia (Lyme), bartonella, and babesia) can lead to nerve injury. Of these borellia and bartonella have a greater chance of causing this condition. For information on treating the infections see: A Lyme Disease Antibiotic Guide, Kills Bartonella: A Brief Guide, and Kills Babesia: A Brief Guide.
Marty Ross MD Discusses Neuropathy Repair.
The video is a recording from our webinar Conversations with Marty Ross MD.
Repair Nerve Cell and Mitochondria Outer Membrane Damage
In neuropathy often the outer membrane of the nerve cell is damaged. This membrane is composed of a phospholipid fats called phosphatidylcholine and phospatidylserine.
Sometimes the energy factories found in nerve cells (and in every other type of cell) called mitochondria also get injured. When the mitochondria are injured, nerves cannot generate enough energy to repair. In mitochondrial injury the outer membrane of the mitochondria is damaged. This membrane too is composed of phosphatidylcholine and phosphatidylserine.
There is a proprietary mix of phospholipids called NT Factor which you can take to repair the nerve cell and mitochondria membranes. It includes phospatidylcholine and phosphatidylserine. Read more about NT Factor Phospholipids on this site.
- NT Factor Phospholipids 2 pills 3 times a day for 2 months then 1 pill 3 times a day for 4 more months.
Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant that repairs cell injury. It is made in every cell. I recommend taking liposomal glutathione. This type of glutathione is microscopically wrapped in phospholipid fats which increases its absorption. You can also breath glutathione in using a nebulizer or take it by IV. The nebulizer and IV versions may work more effectively in some than the liposomal oral form. Read more about the nebulizer and IV versions including dosing and how frequent to take them in the article Glutathione: The Great Fixer.
An alternative to glutathione is to take a building block of glutathione called N acetyl-cysteine (NAC). Inside cells NAC is used to make glutathione. My preference is to use the glutathione but in some it does not work or is too expensive.
- Liposomal Glutathione 500mg/5ml take 5ml 1 or 2 times a day, or
- N Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC) 500mg 1 pill 3 times a day.
Add Co Q10
Co Q10 is a key nutrient used in chemical reactions inside mitochondria that create cell fuel. Most people do not get enough of this essential nutrient in their diets.
- Co Q10 400mg 1 pill 2 times a day.
Carnitine is a transport vehicle that carries fat to the inside of a mitochondria so that it can be burned into cell fuel through chemical reactions. The key source of carnitine is red meat. So if a person does not eat red meat, they may not be able to fuel up mitochondria. The most absorbed and used source of carnitine is acetyl-l-carnitine.
- Acetyl-L-Carnitine 500mg 1 pill 2 times a day for 1 month and then 1 pill daily.
Decrease Nerve Inflammation
To lower nerve inflammation caused by inflammatory cytokines take curcumin which is a component of the seasoning turmeric. Read more about curcumin on this site. Be sure to use a liposomal variety of curcumin. Liposomal curcumin is wrapped microscopically in fat which increases absorption.
- Curcumin 500mg 1 pill 3 times a day.
Heavy Metal Detoxification
Heavy metals like lead and mercury can injure nerves. If you take steps to treat the infections, repair nerve cell membranes and mitochondria membranes, and decrease inflammation without any improvement by 6 months, then have a test to see if you have heavy metal toxicity. If you do then take a chelating agent to lower the metals. Read more about this in Heavy Metals: The Problem and Best Test.
Give It Time
Nerve repair takes time. Give this recommended protocol at least 6 months to see if it will help.
by Marty Ross MD