Taking Charge of Your Health

Is there a cure for Lyme disease? This is
part of the Lyme education that we’re giving to people that have Lyme disease
or may be affected by Lyme disease. Check it out. Hello, everyone. This is Dr. Jason
West and this is our Lyme series, it’s designed to give you information and
empowerment that if you have Lyme or you know someone that has a lyme, you can be
better educated. One, if you’re a patient and two, if you’re part of the inner
circle because Lyme disease can be a really really lonely frustrating disease
because what happens is, people get these unusual symptoms, no one has the same
symptoms. What happens is, their neighbor, their friend, their doctor, their
nature path, their chiropractor, their cousin will start telling them different
things that they’ve heard or they’ll go on the internet, what happens is
they’ll find you know, a treatment that seemed to work really well for someone
and then it didn’t work for someone else, and so the internet is a wonderful place
to get information and a terrible place to get information. And so, the purpose of
this video is to get information from someone that’s been in the trenches,
that’s been treating Lyme disease for over 15 years and it’s not just me
saying that we have some wonderful patient outcomes that I’ll tell you
about here in the video. Now, one of the questions that I guest get asked all of
the time, is there a cure for Lyme disease? And the answer is we need to
talk about what you mean by the word cure. Do I think it’s possible that you
can be asymptomatic? Yes. Do I think it’s possible that you can be normal?
Yes. Do you I think that Lyme disease is ever going to get out of your system? No,
I don’t think that that’s possible and here’s the analogy I like to give when
people ask me is there a cure for Lyme disease? The answer is, it’s kind of like
the canker sore. Now, what happens with canker sores is caused by the herpes
simplex virus one, we estimate that nearly everybody has been exposed to the
canker sore virus but not everybody gets the canker sores. Now, some people get it
because they get it in the sun or they’ll have a hormonal change or
they’ll get really stressed or they’ll eat something that they’re allergic to
and bam, they have a great big bowl of canker
sores. Does that mean that people that don’t have canker sores don’t have the
virus? No, it means that our immune system is handling the virus and that’s what we
have to talk about when we talk about the cure for Lyme disease. Is there a
cure? Then the answer is, if we put everything in place, the bio mechanics, the
biochemistry, the mind-body healing, I do think you can have a normal life.
I don’t believe Lyme disease is a death sentence but I do think that there are
some factors that you have to take into account. So the first one is this, how
long have you had the disease and how much organ damage has occurred because
sometimes you can help people to get their health back, their immune system
working but there’s scar tissue that’s occurred from a chronic residual
infection of the Lyme disease in the nerves or in the muscles, you can’t get
people to 100%. I do believe you can get the disease to stop progressing. Now when
we talk about Lyme disease, remember it’s a multifactorial and multi organ system
involvement condition, you put 40 people in the room, they’re going to have 40
different conditions or 40 different presentations. It seems like wherever you
have weak conditions or weak organ system, that’s where the disease goes. And
so, some people have stomach problems, some people have headache, some people
have sleeping problems, some people have joint problems, and skin problems and
Lyme really likes nerves and so you get a lot of nerve problems, Peripheral neuropathy, I think it’s a factor, a multiple sclerosis, it’s a factor and Lou
Gehrig’s disease, I think it’s a factor in Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s and
there’s some really neat studies out there that shows that chronic infection
can cause neuropsychiatric, neurobehavioral, fatigue, autoimmune
disorders because what happens is we get a chronic inflammatory response in the
organ or in the tissue, the immune system comes in, it’s not quite strong enough to
get rid of the problem so it causes a chronic inflammatory problem and now we
have autoimmune problem where we have polymyalgia rheumatica, we have
autoimmune, we have chronic fatigue syndrome, all those things because the
immune system isn’t quite strong enough. An antibiotic approach, I recognize that
there are some people that get very good outcomes with the antibiotic
approach. I think a better approach is long-term immune system stimulation and
putting the building blocks in so that the body can repair.
So to summarize, Lyme is a lonely disease, there’s a lot of different symptoms and
presentations. When we talk about cure, I do think that you can have a decrease in
symptoms, I think it’s possible for people to have a totally normal life,
it’s not a death sentence. There’s a lot of factors involved in that but you’re
always going to have Lyme in your system. Now, one of the reasons why I say that
something called the retained antigen theory and the retained antigen theory
is something that I learned about 25 years ago in my undergrad work that
basically says that your body has a tendency to hold on to the microorganism,
I think in the lymphatic tissue and what happens is we need to train the
immune system that if we come into the contact with that outside in the
circulation and the Oregon tissues that we can kill that offending organism. Now
it’s a hypothesis in the immune world, I do think so there’s some validity and
some considerations for that, I do think it’s possible for you to get over or get
rid of the symptoms of Lyme and then in the future have some type of trauma. I’ve
chopped emotional stress and you can have a flare-up. So, if you’ve been
diagnosed with Lyme or you think that you have Lyme, it’s really a wake-up call
to live your life as healthy as possible to make sure that you can manage stress
as best possible, there’s no way to get rid of stress, stress isn’t a disease but
man, it sure has a huge flare up or a huge contributing factor for Lyme
flare-ups and symptom flare-ups and then the biggest thing is to make sure that
we get a good zen spot where we have good emotions, good relationships, good
health, good immune system, that’s the way to take care of chronic disease whether
it’s Lyme, whether it’s autoimmune disorders, whether it’s cancer, whether it
is arthritis, all of those steps that you do for Lyme disease work with other
chronic disease conditions. I can’t wait to share with you some of the really
neat patient outcomes that we have. Not only on this channel
but our blog at Daily Dose of Vitamin H. and this is Dr. Jason West, we’ll see you on the next video.

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