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What is Lyme Disease? A Mess of Things.

Chronic Lyme dis-ease is a total load illness. This means there are many different things that add up to create the disease. That is why for most, treating Lyme infection (borrelia) and the co-infections (babesia, bartonella, ehrlicia, and anaplasma) is not enough to regain health. Another way to look at this is to think of chronic Lyme dis-ease as a rain barrel that is overflowing. An overflowing rain barrel represents disease. There are two factors that determine if the barrel overflows.

  • One is the amount and number of drops added. Is it sprinkling out or is there a rain storm?
  • The other is the opening of the rain barrel spigot. Is this valve set closed or wide open or in between?

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