(NaturalHealth365) The link between Lyme disease and learning disorders like, autism is often disputed. The latest study from the Journal of the American Medical Association, implies the same and states that antibiotics against the Lyme disease pathogen will not ameliorate most patients’ autism symptoms.
But, the reality is that Lyme disease can cause a host of serious health problems.
Many have been critical of this latest study including psychiatrist Robert Bransfield who has written about the connection between learning disorders and Lyme disease. He states the tests used to detect Lyme, in the study, were not sensitive enough and that they only screened the children themselves.
Dr. Bransfield believes that Lyme disease might cause learning disorders if the mother were infected with Lyme – since the disease can be congenitally transferred from mother to child during pregnancy. Dr. Bransfield stated, “If someone is a teen, even if they acquired autism from Lyme disease, you won’t see an active infection,” he said.
An article published in the Open Neurology Journal, found autism spectrum disorders associated with Lyme/tick-borne diseases may be mediated by a combination of inflammatory and molecular mechanisms. Researchers believe that persistent infection and associated inflammation and molecular mimicry mechanisms are associated with gradually increasing encephalopathy and gradually increasing mental symptoms.
They state what is needed is greater interaction between infectious disease specialists, immunologists and psychiatrists to benefit from this awareness and to further understand these mechanisms.
A small study published in Medical Hypothesis followed children diagnosed with Lyme and autism. These children were given a regimen of six months of antibiotic therapy. The researchers reported improved speech, eye contact, sleep behaviors and reduction of repetitive behaviors.
What are the key symptoms of Lyme disease?
The most obvious symptom is the telltale bulls-eye rash somewhere on the body. Sometimes it is hidden behind the hair on the head. Physical symptoms of Lyme include: insomnia, headaches, parasites and a wide variety of pain syndromes including joint pain.
Cognitive symptoms begin as executive dysfunction and mild cognitive impairments and may gradually progress to dementia while emotional symptoms begin with insomnia, reduced frustration tolerance, irritability and dysthymia and may progress to anxiety disorders, depression, impulsivity and personality disorders and subsequently psychosis and/or suicidal and homicidal tendencies.
It is also thought that Lyme can go through progressive stages and caused by a combination effect of toxic load, cell wall deficiency or partial forms of the spirochetes and a significant change of the ‘inner millieu’ of the affected person. This means that the entire body, not just the Borrelia (type of bacteria) needs to be treated since the body’s toxicity can worsen the condition.
A study published in March of 2013 confirmed that the pathogen that causes Lyme Disease can exist without iron. This is unlike ANY other known organism. Instead of iron, the bacteria utilize manganese to make an essential enzyme, thus eluding the immune system defenses that protect the body by starving pathogens of iron.
How to naturally care for Lyme disease
Parents of children with learning disorders who are concerned with yeast and candida often look for another approach or adjunct beyond antibiotics to help with the disease. This is the plan I use – in my practice:
1. Detoxify according to the heavy metal burden in your body and eat more alkaline rich foods.
2. Balancing the intestinal flora by using highly effective probiotics such as HLC.
3. Enhance the body with nutrition, supplements and mineral balancing by using REBA. REBA is a device used to help determine which nutritional plan and supplements will be of most benefit to the body.
Most people test for Quinton Isotonic or Hypertonic – which is highly effective in balancing minerals in the body.
4. CEASE therapy is a very individualized program that uses homeopathic (Lyme nosodes in various potencies and other supportive remedies) and orthomolecular medicine to provide healing.
For further details on the Lyme disease protocol – please visit my website, Healing4Soul.com.
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About the author: Sima Ash of Healing 4 Soul is a clinical and classical homeopath and certified clinical nutritionist who utilizes a unique approach pioneered by Tinus Smits, M.D. called CEASE therapy. The aim of CEASE treatment is systematic detoxification of the causes of illness, leading to step by step improvement and restoration of health in the individual. For additional information, please visit – Healing4Soul.com. You can follow Sima on Facebook at ‘Cease Therapy California’ and through her weekly blog on NaturalHealth365.com
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