Lyme Disease and Other Chronic Infections
Nagging stomach pain was the main reason Andrea came in to see me two years ago. She had been working on the issue with a Nutrition Response Testing practitioner in another state before she moved to Lancaster. She stated she had improvement but was not yet “healed”. She wanted to continue with a natural approach using Nutrition Response Testing because she had already gotten results using this method and wanted to avoid taking drugs. She was also suffering from various joint pains, headaches, and trouble sleeping.
Andrea’s case is important because on the surface it looked very much like Lyme disease. But what Nutrition Response Testing revealed was viral immune system stress, along with the need for gut healing, toxin binding, and mineral and B vitamin insufficiency. Andrea could have gone chasing a Lyme diagnosis, but she knew to continue with Nutrition Response Testing would get her where she needed to be. All her symptoms eventually completely healed, and currently, she only suffers from some shoulder pain from her job as a massage therapist.
Chronic infections run the gamut of bacteria, viruses, parasites (intestinal and otherwise), yeast and mold. They can affect anybody system. To make matters worse, some are masters of hiding from the immune system, called Stealth Pathogens. These invaders lurk in the background, causing chronic inflammation.
Stealth pathogens are difficult to find, and even if you do find them, are even more difficult to treat. Conventional laboratory tests are lacking when it comes to finding these pathogens.
White Blood Cell (WBC) counts are useful as a starting point for identifying a chronic infective pattern. However, these levels are not diagnostic and nonspecific. We have seen that Nutrition Response Testing is the best method for identifying the presence of immune system stress associated with these infections.
|Name of test||Standard Laboratory Range||Functional Range1||Chronic Infection (subclinical)|
|WBCs||3.4-10.8 x 103/uL||5.0-8.0 x 103/uL||Usually slightly low|
|Neutrophils||35-74%||40-60%||High, normal, low|
|Lymphocytes||14-46%||24-44%||High, normal, low|
Therapeutically, herbal and whole food supplements provide the best support for handling chronic immune system issues and infections. Proper diet is also vital to immunity. A high fat/high sugar Western-type diet has been shown to create an inflammatory environment in the gut of mice. Effective natural therapy will encompass correct diet, supplementation, immune modulation, exercise, and stress reduction.
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- Weatherby D, Ferguson S. Blood Chemistry and CBC Analysis. Jacksonville, OR: Bear Mountain Publishing; 2002.