How to Fix Muscle Wasting in Tick-Borne Infections and Mold Toxicity

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Causes of Muscle Wasting in Lyme, Tick-borne Infections, & Mold Toxicity

Muscle wasting in tick-borne infections, like Lyme disease, and mold toxicity has a number of different causes.

  1. Increased cytokines from white blood cells fighting the infections or toxins, can lead to muscle wasting.
  2. Decreased physical activity leading to muscle atrophy and loss of muscle mass.
  3. Nerve injury from Lyme and Bartonella leads to muscle mass loss. In addition to sending electric signals that make muscles move, nerves also release chemicals that maintain muscle mass.
  4. Mitochondrial energy factory dysfunction can also lead to muscle mass loss. Mitochondria are the energy factories in each cell.

Fixes for Muscle Wasting

To improve muscle mass I suggest the following.

  1. Get moving. Exercise to tolerance. Find an amount of activity you can do that does not lead you to get worse the next day.
  2. Get rid of the infectious or toxic cause. Treat your infections with antimicrobial herbs or antibiotics. Use binders to remove mold toxins if you have mold toxicity.
  3. Lower cytokines with liposomal curcumin 500 mg 3 times a day. My favorite curcumin product is Thorne Meriva 500*.
  4. Repair the mitochondria with phospholipids and micronutrients. ATP 360 by Researched Nutritionals contains the micronutrients and phospholipid fats I recommend to support healthy mitochondria function*. Start at 3 pills 1 time a day. 
  5. Repair the inside of the mitochondria with liposomal glutathione. I suggest 1 tsp of Researched Nutritionals Tri-fortify*.
  6. Repair nerve injury and mitochondria injury with the peptide called BPC-157. The product I recommend that contains this peptide ingredient is called BPC-157 by Integrative Peptides*. Take BPC-157 1 pill 2 times a day. In 1 month if no improvement, then increase to 2 pills 2 times a day.


Additional Information

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* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


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Marty Ross, MD is a passionate Lyme disease educator and clinical expert. He helps Lyme sufferers and their physicians see what really works based on his review of the science and extensive real-world experience. Dr. Ross is licensed to practice medicine in Washington State (License: MD00033296) where he has treated thousands of Lyme disease patients in his Seattle practice.

Marty Ross, MD is a graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine and Georgetown University Family Medicine Residency. He is a member of the International Lyme and Associated Disease Society (ILADS), The Institute for Functional Medicine, and The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M).

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