Today's blog is more informational than inspirational. I've received a lot of questions about my current condition, including the Cowden protocol for Lyme. In the spirit of helping others gain understanding, here are some answers.
Q) I’ve heard that Lyme disease is no worse than a cold. Why aren't you well yet?
A) The bacteria that make up Lyme are quite stealthy. They can sense when their current environment is hostile to them, and when they do, they can build a hard cyst type of shell around themselves and live in the human body for years that way.
Lying dormant within the cyst, they multiply. Then, when they sense that it's safe to come out, they do so all at once, flooding the body with bacteria. Late stage Lyme is next to impossible to completely eradicate from the body because the bacteria can adapt and overcome many protocols, continuing to multiply.
Q) When and how did you get Lyme?
A) For me, Lyme began when I was just 12 years old when I was bitten by a Lyme carrier tick while camping with my family. However, back then we didn't know anything about Lyme disease because in the 60's it hadn’t been discovered yet.
As a kid and young adult, it seems there was always a bug bite, a rash, ticks and mosquitos. My family were and still are very outdoorsy kind of people. Our vacations included hiking and camping in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California. There’s really no telling how many times I could've been bitten by a carrier tick, and thus, re-infected.
I was sick a lot as a kid and always, always fatigued. Doctors couldn’t figure it out, and I figured my friends just had way more energy that I did.
Q) When were you correctly diagnosed? How long were you sick before being diagnosed?
A) I was sick for about ten years, seeking answers and being told it was all in my head. Finally, in 2005 a good friend at work gave me the personal number of a doctor friend of hers. She had spoken with him the evening prior and he told her to have me call him at his home number. I phoned him that evening and he faxed me a checklist and some other forms to fill out and asked me to fax them back to him right away, so I did. He called me about twenty minutes later. He said that all of my symptoms were indicative of Stage III or Late Stage Lyme. I had no clue what that meant but I made an appointment and they ran some tests. They took a vial of my blood and sent it to IGeneX labs in Palo Alto, California for testing. They performed the most accurate test then available to determine Lyme disease, called The Western Blot test. All of the tests came back positive. My entire body was infected with Borrelia Burgdorferi, the bacterium that makes up Lyme disease. In addition to that, Borrelia’s two best buddies, Bartonella and Babeosis were present. This bacterium is like bullies that hang out together and their mission is to invade and live within the human body. They are smart, relentless and deadly. They multiply over time and can live everywhere inside their host. My immune system was barely functioning at the time and all of this bacterium had been slowly killing me and now that process had accelerated to the point that my entire body was shutting down.
Q) What is the Cowden Protocol for Lyme?
A) The Cowden protocol is a holistic, step-by-step, do-it-yourself Lyme disease treatment protocol developed by Dr. Lee Cowden, M.D. through Nutramedix.
The protocol itself incorporates a multifaceted approach to treating chronic Lyme disease through powerful antimicrobials that work just as good, if not better, than doxycycline, by addressing the 3 anatomical forms of the Lyme bacteria (i.e., spirochetal, cyst-form, and L-form), co-infections, detoxification support for the brain, nervous system, liver, kidneys, blood, and lymphatic system, immune modulation, heavy metal removal, Krebs cycle support and energy support due to magnesium deficiency, biofilm dissolvers, and the removal of excess sulfur.
Q) Will you still be working at your charity, Little Glimmer of Hope Foundation?
A) Yes, we are still in operation, working to help people with Lyme disease in any way we can. However, my hours are more limited at this time. The best way to reach us is by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our volunteers or I will get back to you within a few days. Thank you for your patience during this time.
Here’s to your health,