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?
There are many rain drops that add to the water in a rain barrel. Eventually the rain barrel will overflow if enough drops are added. Each of the green blocks in the diagram above represents the rain drops that can fill the rain barrel.
Everyone has a valve that drains his or her rain barrel. The amount the valve is open and drains the barrel depends on a lot of factors including our genetics and lifestyle. This means that many or even most with Lyme infection for instance do not develop Lyme disease because their valves are open enough to keep up with the rain coming in.
Limit the rain and open the spigot
To recover from chronic Lyme dis-ease does not require addressing every single one of the problems identified in the green boxes above. For most following the first 11 steps of The Successful Treatment Recipe will be enough to limit the rain and open the valve. At the extreme end of things you or you and your physician will need to address each of the green boxes.
For your recovery
You can recover from this illness to live your life full. Through The Treat Lyme Book we have and are adding articles addressing the rain barrel. If you need more information participate in my Lyme Q&A webinar Conversations with Marty Ross MD. And finally consider a One to One Medical Consult online with Marty Ross MD or becoming a patient at my clinic The Healing Arts Partnership.
by Marty Ross MD