What is the algorithm for overcoming chronic Lyme? What do we as individuals -- that deal with this condition on a daily basis -- need to do to get better?
And not just what we need to do, but when and how we need to do it. You see, in living with this condition since 2009, I've learned a lot, but there are few pieces that never really leave my mind for more than a day.
The first thing is that the only thing any person with chronic Lyme absolutely knows to be true is how they feel. Everything else is guessing with the best of them.
The second is that you can take all of the exact treatment modalities you need to heal your case of the condition, but if you don't take those modalities at the right time or in the right manner, you might as well not take them at all.
Case in point. I have a suspected "biotoxin illness" and "excessive yeast". Before I treated the excessive yeast, I took modified citrus pectin to clear myself of biotoxins.
Once I started feeling relatively good on it, I no longer increased the dosage, and in time, ended up coming off of it. Why keep taking something if you're feeling good? Well, I now know it's because what made me feel relatively good is that I kept taking that something.
So, I foolishly came off of the modified citrus pectin, some time passed, and I started treating the excessive yeast with high dosage probiotics.
It was rough at first, but as my probiotic dosage increased, my energy levels increased, symptoms waned, and I just became a more normal person. I was doing really good!
However, as I continued to increase my probiotic dosage further, things started to take a turn. Symptoms came back, energy levels decreased, and I really just felt that I was back at square one. What gives?
What gives is me, and what I gave is up on the modification citrus pectin. In taking a higher dosage of probiotics, I would ultimately end up killing excessive yeast cells, which mean't their biotoxins would be hanging around to eagerly put me right back in my place.
No problem! I'll just start on the modified citrus pectin again.
Not so fast.
I couldn't just walk right back up to the dosage of the modification citrus pectin again. It had been some time since I'd been off of it, which mean't biotoxins built up, especially after killing excessive yeast, which means my initial modification citrus pectin efforts before were only great for a future slap in the face.
What am I doing now? Now I'm starting back on the probiotics, while at the same time trying to work up the modification citrus pectin, again.
I'm sure this is a very familiar treatment process for you. The point I'm trying to make is don't just take what you know you need to heal. Take it at the right time and in the right manner as well.
Each one of us has our own healing algorithm to figure out. Doctors on this condition can sometimes be helpful -- but they cost a lot of money and I find them to not really be worth the investment.
I would love to sit here and write that I am completely over this condition, but 10 years later, I still am not.
However, the above reflects it's very clear to me why I'm still dealing with the condition.
Now, that's not to say that I haven't had times where I was doing really good, because I have. Those moments are great -- they can last months -- and really remind you it's possible to heal.
But then there are times when the roller coaster goes down because the logic that needs to be applied to keep you feeling good can sometimes not be figured out, if it's remembered to be called upon at all.
Is it possible to even completely heal from chronic Lyme? I don't know. I've read stories of people who claimed to be healed from the condition, and I've interviewed people who've allegedly put the condition to rest and are leading normal lives. Seriously, good for them! I wish them nothing but good health and the greatest reward for accomplishing the impossible.
Those people, if they did in fact overcome chronic Lyme, figured out their algorithm to heal. They were able to identify the logic that needed to be applied to get themselves over this condition.
But let's say, hypothetically, that all of these people are lying and they never actually overcame any alleged chronic Lyme. I really hope not because I like to think humans can be great. And they can be.
If they didn't, hypothetically, that's still no reason to lose hope that the condition can't be beat. Just because a solution has yet to be found doesn't mean a solution can't be found.
If a solution hasn't been found, you have every capability to find one. There is no law written in the Universe that states a solution can not be found to a problem that's yet to be solved.
For me, I'm still working my algorithm out. In the meantime, I say keep it coming and make it double.
Thanks for reading and best to you all!
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