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Lyme Treatment and Supplement Update June 2017

I know I haven’t written a real blog post in a while. I’ve been much more active on Instagram and YouTube lately. I have a recipe coming soon for the blog, though, so don’t worry (too much)!

I posted a video earlier this week on my YouTube channel with a full treatment and supplement update for June 2017. Watch below if you are interested in what sorts of treatments I’m doing as of late.

 


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Treatment Update: April/May 2016

It’s about that time again. Time for a treatment update. I actually don’t believe I ever did an update when my IV’s changed in January but we will discuss that in a moment. I figured this would be the perfect time for a treatment update not only because my treatment has changed, but also because May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month.

Before we get into the treatment, I’d like to quickly provide 5 “fun” facts about Lyme in honor of May being what it is.

5 facts about Lyme that you should know:

1. Less than 50% of Lyme cases present with the typical bulls eye rash

2. The standard Quest lab test (western blot and Elisa) only test for one strain of Lyme while there are 100s all over the world, 12 of which are currently known to cause Lyme (no wonder so many test negative for Lyme!) 3. Lyme is more epidemic than AIDS, west Nile, and avian flu combined

4. Annual cases of Lyme disease far exceed the number of new cases of breast cancer each year

5. You can contract Lyme disease from almost any insect that bites, from spiders to horse flys, NOT JUST ticks .

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As many of you may already know, mid December-end of March, I was completing weekly IV’s, about 3 IV’s a week. And they were seriously kicking my a**! I felt miserable and come April, I knew I needed a break.

I don’t think the IV’s were necessarily a bad thing, I think they were just doing their job REALLY well and it was a lot for my body to handle. I reached a point where I couldn’t take it anymore and I had to back off. I was completing a mix of hydrogen peroxide, vitamin C, and ALA IV’s along with Argentyn 23 (silver) and glutathione pushes. Mind you, at baby doses of them all. Man, I’m a wimp…. or at least my body is. My doctor even took the time to make fun of me on occasion ;).

Surprisingly, I felt like vitamin C was kicking my ass the most. How odd? The one IV that was supposed to be the most nourishing made me feel like I had been hit by a bus. Have any of you experienced that? Any thoughts on why vit C, of all things, would make me feel that way? I mean, not to say that h202 wasn’t also kicking my butt.

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Throughout all of that, I, of course, continued my detoxing regimen and will continue to do so until the day I die (maybe just at a lighter load in the future… well, definitely hopefully!).  So let’s move on to what I’m doing currently.

We decided to put a break on IV’s for April and May, until I seem my doctor again at the end of May. Instead, I’ve been completing:

  1. 2 ozone sauna’s a week with the goal of staying in them for 30 minutes to get as much ozone into me as possible. I’m big on the ozone right now, but due to the fact that my blood could win an Oscar for clotting skills, I can’t do ozone IV’s at the moment. I’m trying to make up for it my getting ozone into my body every other way possible.
  2. Ozone insuflation… in every hole south of my mouth (Hey, I know ya’ll like when I’m honest). Like I said, gimme all the ozone!
  3. All the usual supplements. I am not taking any tinctures or supps designed to kill or break biofilms, just your usual dietary supplements and the prescription medications I “need.”
  4. All my usual detoxing.
  5. I just began seeing a Chinese Medicine doctor who works with my main LLMD. She is going to be addressing food allergy/intolerance issues using the NAET technique. I also will be completing some more testing and muscle testing with her to determine what else may be going on or what the biggest problem is (mold? parasites? Lyme? What is the first layer of the onion that needs to be addressed to get to the other layers?). I’ll keep you posted on how those appointments go, I just saw her for the first time last week.
  6. I also have been working hard on the emotional aspect of Lyme and treatment. This includes seeing a therapist (I have a great one who also has been through the Lyme tornado) and completing a session of Family Constellation therapy, which I hope to continue in the future if finances permit.
  7. I am still doing bee venom therapy but I have dropped down to once a week.
  8. I added in Cranial-Sacral therapy once a week. Although I can’t say I’ve noticed anything from it yet, I feel something there and my therapist is fantastic. I’m excited to keep working with her.
  9. Per usual, I’m working hard to try and keep my diet in check. DANG, is that hard when you feel like crap with no energy to cook and the sugar cravings are on high.
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So, that’s the gist of it. Still working hard to get my life back. And to be honest, the life I had when I was 7 years old. That’s the energy and happiness I want back. What a puzzle Lyme is, am I right?! I feel like we are missing one tiny thing and once I figure out exactly what that is, everything else will fall into place. Fingers crossed.

 

I wanted to share a video I made about a day in my life. I posted it on my YouTube channel and I share what a day in the life of someone with Lyme disease, who is treating holistically and alternatively, looks like:

 

How are you all feeling? What treatments are you doing? What have you found works for you? How do you keep your diet on track when you aren’t feeling well? Let me know, I love reading comments and hearing from all you wonderful people!

 


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21 Day Sugar Detox and Basic Paleo Stuffed Peppers

In about mid-July Sam over at Canada Girl Eats Paleo mentioned doing the 21-Day Sugar Detox starting in August. Well, I decided to join. And It’s August. I got on board a day late… aka everyone started yesterday and I started today. I’m slow like that sometimes. Anyway, I decided to post my basic stuffed peppers recipe as a “YAY 21 DAY SUGAR DETOX!” present for you all ;). 

This is the recipe my mom and aunt cooked up for me and put in my freezer to help me survive the first month of IV. I know there are about a billion stuffed pepper recipes out there but this recipe is very basic and a good base to add your own flare to.

Now, if you think my food photography is bad, check out why you never let other people (coughMOMcough) take pics of your food for you:

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Unfortunately, this is the only picture I have of all the done peppers since I was enjoying a nap during the cooking and placing in the freezer process.

Many stuffed pepper recipes call for rice or quinoa for the filling but we’re going to use cauliflower rice. Bomb, right? Yeah.

Ingredients:

4 bell peppers (red and orange)

1 lbs. ground turkey

1 small head of cauliflower

2-3 carrots

1 onion

Olive oil

Salt and Pepper to taste

3-5 heads of garlic

 

Preheat oven to 350.

Cut the tops off your bell peppers and scoop the ribs and seeds out. Set aside.

Chop up your carrots and onion into small pieces.

Begin cooking your ground turkey over medium-medium high heat until browned.

While meat is cooking, saute the carrots and onions until soft. Put the carrots and onion in a big bowl.

Chop up your cauliflower and place it in a food processor. Pulse until broken down and looks like rice.

Peel and chop the garlic. Lightly coat a frying pan with olive oil and saute the garlic and cauliflower together for about 5-7 minutes.

Mix everything into one big bowl and season with salt and pepper.

Stuff mixtures into the peppers and place them in a baking dish. Fill baking dish with 1/2-1 inch of water. Bake for about 45 minutes until peppers are soft when poked with a fork.

Easy peasy and super basic. Eat up!

**NOTE: Many recipes use tomatoes or tomato sauce, which I’m not eating at the moment. These would certainly taste great with some sautéed tomatoes mixed in or some tomato sauce if you want to go the easy route.

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It kind of looks like a pumpkin… 🙂

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opened up and delicious!