Bartonella disease: A misunderstood vector-borne infection, similar to Lyme disease

Bartonella disease: A misunderstood vector-borne infection, similar to Lyme disease
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(NaturalHealth365) According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 30,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported yearly.  As only a small fraction of cases actually gets reported, the agency adds that the actual incidence of this disease in likely much higher. On top of that, emerging studies show that Bartonella disease, a vector-borne infection – often described as a ‘Lyme disease co-infection (but not entirely accurate) – can often be overlooked by most uninformed doctors.

Bartonella disease is a lifedraining infection – often undetected even by integrative physicians. On the next NaturalHealth365 Talk Hour, Jonathan Landsman and chronic disease expert Dr. Tania Dempsey discuss Bartonella disease – and reveal the latest, cutting-edge natural protocols for this mysterious and often-misdiagnosed condition. If you are concerned about the risk of Lyme disease or other associated illnesses, you won’t want to miss this life-changing show.

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Experts say: Bartonella disease is like the “new Lyme disease”

As previously mentioned, Bartonella is a vector-borne infectious disease, capable of being spread by a variety of insects – including flies, fleas, mosquitos and lice – as well as wildlife and household pets. In addition to being (wrongly) associated with Lyme disease, Bartonella is a significant illness on its own. In other words, it’s possible to NOT have Lyme disease, but still to be infected with Bartonella.

Bartonella causes symptoms of fever, headache, rashes and joint pain – along with gastrointestinal problems. Dr. Dempsey, our next guest on the NaturalHealth365 Talk Hour, reports that it can also cause “Mast Cell Activation Syndrome,” an over-reaction of the mast cells that contribute to the body’s natural defenses.

Mast cells often react to the presence of Lyme or Bartonella disease by releasing showers of a pro-inflammatory chemical known as histamine – the body chemical that causes watery eyes, runny nose, inflammation and other symptoms of allergies.

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Blocking the effects of mast cells can help to control symptoms, but Dr. Dempsey notes that it is vital to discover what is triggering them in the first place.

It should be noted: Dr. Dempsey – an expert on the subject of Bartonella – says that this disease can cause Hashimoto’s disease (a thyroid disorder), other autoimmune problems, and even neuropsychiatric disorders such as anxiety, depression and obsessive-compulsive disorders. In fact, Dr. Dempsey points out that Bartonella could be behind the widespread incidence of anxiety and depression in the United States – as well as the reason that some patients don’t respond to conventional psychiatric medicines.

To learn more about this often misunderstood and more common than you think infection – don’t miss the next NaturalHealth365 Talk Hour with Jonathan Landsman and Dr. Dempsey.

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Natural solutions do exist for systemic infections like, Lyme and Bartonella

Treatment for Lyme disease may include both antibiotics and/or specific herbal medicines. Treatment usually revolves around naturally boosting the immune system, lowering inflammation and managing the root causes of the symptoms.

Anti-inflammatory, immune-boosting foods include fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds, coconut, wild-caught fish, organic meats and raw cultured dairy may or may not be suggested depending on individual situations.

Other beneficial foods include berries – which are high in natural antioxidants such as anthocyanins – and bone broth, which boost digestive health with their natural stores of the amino acids proline and glycine. Probiotic-rich foods, such as yogurt, sauerkraut and kimchi, can help slow the progression of infectious disease and reduce symptoms.

Vitamins and minerals can also help alleviate Lyme disease and Bartonella. Vitamin D boosts immunity and is anti-inflammatory, while B-complex vitamins support neurological health and combat infections. Magnesium is an effective natural way to reduce joint pain.

Mushrooms such as reishi and maitake can help boost immune system function and reduce autoimmune reactions.

Finally, CoQ10, an enzyme, protects the brain and lowers inflammation and reduces musculoskeletal pain.

This week’s guest: Tania Dempsey, MD, an expert on vector-borne infections and chronic disease

Discover a safe and effective way to eliminate the threat of vector-borne infections – Sun. Sept. 24

Dr. Tania Dempsey, an internationally recognized expert in chronic disease, autoimmune disorders and mast cell activation syndrome, uses integrative medicine to get to the root cause of illness. After receiving her Bachelors of Science degree from Cornell University and her MD from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Dr. Dempsey completed her residency at NYU Medical Center/Bellevue Hospital, and was attending physician at a large multi-specialty medical practice in White Plains, New York.

The founder and director of Armonk Integrative Medicine., Dr. Dempsey focuses on targeted, individually customized treatment for chronic and autoimmune diseases.

Sources for this article include:

CDC.gov

jonathan landsmanAbout the author: Jonathan Landsman is the host of NaturalHealth365.com, the NaturalHealth365 Talk Hour – a free, weekly health show – and the NaturalHealth365 INNER CIRCLE, a monthly subscription to the brightest minds in natural health and healing.

Reaching hundreds of thousands of people, worldwide, as a personal health consultant, writer and radio talk show host, Jonathan has been educating the public on the health benefits of an organic, non-GMO diet along with high-quality supplementation and healthy lifestyle habits, including exercise and meditation.


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Jody Avery
Jody Avery
3 years ago

It is no wonder people don’t get better. Most probably don’t know what is wrong. This means the doctors aren’t up to speed on diagnosing this condition. That isn’t the only problem the medical protocol for this is not the solution.

Magee Henkel
Magee Henkel
3 years ago

I have a close friend with these symptoms and the doctors aren’t sure what she has. Some think it is arthritis others say Lyme disease. No matter what it is she isn’t getting much help from them. It seems weird that they list all the possibilities and have no answers. Treatment has been some powerful medications.

Wendy Allen
Wendy Allen
Reply to  Magee Henkel
3 years ago

Zyto scan tells what infections a person has and how organs/glands are working. Alternative doctors may offer Lyme/coinfection help. Ozone/herbs/strong probiotic/Far Infrared sauna can be bought on Amazon and more may help. Hair test may help since some minerals may be low and heavy metals maybe high.

Tyron Garvin
Tyron Garvin
3 years ago

The evolution of diseases has been costly. New and dangerous conditions are beginning to appear. The struggle to just name what a person has is becoming a guessing game. These are licensed healthcare providers who seem baffled by the host of symptoms people are coming in with.

Ty Shlackman
Ty Shlackman
Reply to  Tyron Garvin
3 years ago

The CDC manufactures phony diagnoses for people’s illnesses and then those phony diagnoses are passed on unwittingly by both allopathic and alternative medicine doctors and practitioners including those claimed to be “experts”.

Blake
Blake
3 years ago

Are we ready for the growing number of people presenting symptoms that can mimic different conditions? The medical community can’t even handle the conditions it understands. This is a scary situation and I think it is just getting started.

Ty Shlackman
Ty Shlackman
Reply to  Blake
3 years ago

The medical community exists to serve the pharmaceutical industry.

Ty Shlackman
Ty Shlackman
3 years ago

Please stop promoting CDC propaganda. The CDC should not be used as a source of information for any article. THE CDC is run by Big Pharma criminals who do nothing but lie. Lyme Disease is a phony made up disease so you can be sure Bartonella is too. All these symptoms being blamed on bacteria spread by animals are really caused by viral infections from the Herpes family of viruses. Patients then don’t get better because they are then given antibiotics which only make viral infections worse causing them to grow stronger and more aggressive or if patients are told they have an “autoimmune” disease they’re then put on steroids and immunosuppressive drugs which weaken the immune system and also make the viral infections grow stronger.

Ty Shlackman
Ty Shlackman
3 years ago

Fish, meat, and dairy are not anti-inflammatory or immune boosting foods. They are all acidic foods. Viruses and other pathogens love to feed off protein and fat and animal hormones. Bone broth is not a healing food. It doesn’t matter what minerals or amino acids it has because it has no fiber. Nutrients cannot be properly absorbed and assimilated by the body without fiber. It doesn’t benefit digestive health in any way. Yogurt, sauerkraut, and kimchi don’t contain beneficial bacteria. Yogurt is dairy and dairy products feed pathogens. Fermented foods even if plant based contain the wrong kind of bacteria. They contain bacteria that feed on death and decay not on life.

Ty Shlackman
Ty Shlackman
3 years ago

Hashimoto’s disease, anxiety, and depression are all caused by the Epstein-Barr virus. Go read the Medical Medium books and read the blog posts and listen to the radio shows from the Medical Medium.