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Lyme disease or Lyme borreliosis

What is lyme disease

Lyme disease is also called Lyme disease or Lyme borreliosis. Lyme can develop when you become infected by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi after a tick bite. There is also evidence that the disease can be transmitted differently. For example, by other animals/insects or even through blood-to-blood contact. The disease has been known since 1975 and has been spreading rapidly ever since. According to the Lyme Association, there are currently an estimated between 250,000 and 500,000 Lyme patients in the Netherlands. This number grows by several tens of thousands every year.

Recognizing Lyme Disease

The first stage of Lyme can be recognized in approximately 50% of cases by a red spot on and around the site of the tick bite. It is crucial to recognize such spots and consult a doctor immediately. Some people have contracted the bacteria without even realizing they had a tick bite. Or without seeing a red ring or spot. You may feel ill a few days to weeks after the tick. For example, you may have these complaints: fever, headache, muscle pain, pain in your joints and fatigue. The diagnosis is not always easy, so it is advisable to obtain information about possible symptoms yourself and compare this with personal observations. A lot of information about the course of the infection and about tests can be found on the sites lymevereniging.nl and testjegezondheid.nl.

Traditional treatment for Lyme disease

A regular GP will usually prescribe a course of antibiotics when the Lyme infection has been diagnosed. If the Lyme infection is still in the early stages, there is a reasonable chance that a course of antibiotics will be sufficient. The problem with Lyme disease is that antibiotics do not always help. This is, for example, the case when antibiotics are started too late. If antibiotic treatment is started too late, there is a good chance that the Lyme bacteria have already settled deeper in the body, in places inaccessible to antibiotics. Taking antibiotics only leads to weakening of your own body. After all, damage to the intestinal flora, and therefore weakening of the body's own immune system, is an unavoidable side effect of all chemical antibiotics.

This is even more the case when repeating a course of antibiotics, or when taking an even heavier course. Patients who experience this are not only tormented by the Lyme bacteria, but also by the antibiotics, which no longer have any effect on the infection, but do affect the condition of their own body. For this reason, many patients in the fight against Lyme disease, after a short or longer period of time, look for an alternative to antibiotics.

Natural approach

At Green Vitality we strive to raise awareness and support the challenges of Lyme Disease

Natural approach by Green Vitality

Unfortunately, conventional allopathic medicine cannot or does not yet offer alternatives to antibiotics. Therefore, patients often look for other treatment methods. For example, in (the) various natural remedies, bioresonance, biophoton therapy and homeopathy.

These alternatives also include a naturopathic therapy that focuses on extract from the root of the Teasel. Good results have been achieved with this therapy in Germany and the US.

At Green Vitality we strive to raise awareness and support the challenges of Lyme Disease, with a focus on natural approaches that promote the well-being of the individual focus.

History of Lyme

The history of Lyme disease stretches back centuries, testifying to a complex relationship between humans and nature. The first description of disease symptoms related to ticks was recorded in 1764 by the Scottish biologist and preacher John Walker. During this period, many people from Scotland emigrated to North America, suggesting the possibility that the bacterium may have come with one of the emigrants.

However, it was not until 1883 that internist Alfred Buchwald in Breslau, Germany, described the disease as we now know it as Acrodermatitis chronica atrophicans, the third stage of Lyme disease. In 1909, the Swedish dermatologist Arvid Afzelius referred to red skin lesions after a tick bite as 'erythema migrans' at a conference. In the 1950s, the relationship between tick bites and a combination of symptoms treated with penicillin was widely recognized.

The crucial moment, however, came in 1975. In Old Lyme and the surrounding area in Connecticut, a cluster of young people developed joint complaints. Researchers from Yale University discovered that it was the same disease as the tick-borne disease in Europe.

It is also notable that Borrelia DNA was found in an 1884 tick in a German museum, a dead mouse from Cape Cod who died in 1894, and even in the Italian ice mummy Ötzi, who is 5,300 years old. Ötzi is therefore the oldest known carrier of Lyme Disease, which shows that this condition has been affecting humanity for centuries.