Lyme disease is an illness transmitted by ticks infected with the Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria. Originally more common in the US, this infectious disease is now becoming increasingly prevalent across Canada. The symptoms include rashes, fever, fatigue, and arthritis-like feelings. The disease can also cause heart, brain, and nerve problems.
In Canada, there is now new hope for those suffering from this potentially debilitating condition: a private member’s bill (C-442 – Federal Framework on Lyme Disease Act) has just been passed unanimously by the Senate after the Third and final reading. The Bill only awaits Royal Assent before becoming law.
Why is legislation needed?
Until now, Lyme disease has not been formally recognized in Canada as a disease. As a result, education of doctors, diagnosis, and treatment effectiveness have been limited – proponents of the Bill believe that a national strategy will help to reverse this situation.
(Private members’ bills rarely pass through both Houses of Parliament and receive unanimous support, so this was a significant achievement by Elizabeth May and the Green Party.)
What barriers to recovery from Lyme disease still remain?
“One simply cannot expect to recover from chronic Lyme disease without addressing metal toxicity” states Dr. Donald Liebell of Virginia Beach, Virginia. He prefaces this statement with:
“There’s no doubt about it… we are living in a toxic world. Many of your symptoms are caused by environmental and industrial toxins. Heavy metals are a tremendous concern and threat to your health.”
The significance of heavy metal toxicity is that infectious microbes thrive in very acidic pH. The Lyme’s bacterium is known to generate lactic acid as a form of self-protection and proliferation, therefore making the acidity higher.
In “Sick & Tired”, Dr. Robert O. Young states that the over-acidification of the body is the single underlying cause of all disease. Study after study agrees with patient testimonials from Dr. Young and others – the body, when in healthy alkaline balance, prevents viruses and bad bacteria from thriving.
Which is the worst heavy metal?
Dr. Lee Cowden, MD, of the University of Texas Medical School is no doubt as to the impact of heavy metals and toxicity: “It is critically important to work as hard on getting the toxins out of the body as on working on getting the microbes out of the body. The worse culprits are heavy metals.”
“Mercury is one of the main issues that block the ability to clear Borrelia from the body in the first place, and other Lyme-related bugs.”
Why is help sought from PES by those with Lyme disease?
There is a definite connection between how people feel physically and the levels of acidity and toxic load of heavy metals they have accumulated.
As mentioned earlier, Lyme disease is known to generate lactic acid. This adds to the already high level of acidity in those who experience flu-like or fibromyalgia symptoms.
Fatigue is probably the major symptom of Lyme disease, and the cause of the discomfort is an overly acidic body. Toxins produced in an acidic body environment reduce the absorption of protein and minerals, which, in turn, weakens the body’s ability to produce enzymes and hormones.
The result is not only fatigue, but poor endurance, an inability to create muscle tone, and a general feeling of weakness and malaise.
When the pH of your body is too acidic, the load on your immune system is increased, and your energy levels drop. It becomes very hard for your body to fight viral and bacterial infections.
Research has determined that the severity of symptoms is not solely related to the number of bad bacteria in your system but rather how well your immune system can respond to bacterial attacks. You need to have as strong an immune system as possible!
The experiences of those who had been suffering from Lyme disease confirmed, without a doubt, there was a connection between how they felt physically, the levels of acidity, and the degree of their toxic load of heavy metals in the body. Once the level of acidity and heavy metals had been reduced, the Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria causing the Lyme disease could no longer survive.
For more information on resisting the Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria, see our later post “Resist Lyme disease with these 5 easy steps.”