Dr. Ingels, author of The Lyme Solution
In this video, Dr. Ingels (ND) presents his firsthand experience with LD. He had many symptoms and even the “classic” bullseye rash. LD took a toll on his job, relationships and overall health. He initially used antibiotics over 8-9 months and felt worse. He says conventional medicine failed him and that he believes in the body’s innate capacity to heal. “The Lyme Solution” is a 5-part plan: • fix your digestion and heal your gut • teach you to eat food that nourishes your body and reduces inflammation • treat your infection naturally • remove toxins that affect your immune system • get the best sleep and exercise If you’ve been feeling any combination of these symptoms and you haven’t discovered why you feel this way, then it’s time to find out if it’s Lyme disease. Find out now at his website at http://www.DarinIngelsND.com
Conventional medicine didn’t fail him – it just wasn’t enough and rarely is. In response to feeling worse before better that’s how this disease rolls. Syphilis is similar in this regard. It’s called a herxheimer reaction. When you take antimicrobials like antibiotics, your body experiences an autoimmune type response when it finally identifies dead pathogens floating around in your blood stream. The immune system all of a sudden understands who the bad guys are. The body’s reaction of inflammation and pain are the outcome of successfully killing pathogens.
Experience has shown me that people often do not give credit to antibiotics. He admits he took them for 8-9 months effectively reducing pathogens. The unfortunate truth about Lyme/MSIDS treatment is you are going to feel worse before you feel better. The herxheimer reaction is very real: https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2015/08/15/herxheimer-die-off-reaction-explained/. LLMD’s all admit that one of the challenges is in balancing killing with the ability to detox, thereby reducing the herx as much as possible.
This complex disease will sift you like wheat and take you to some very low places. It is unlike anything you’ve ever dealt with before. I felt like death on a stick for over 4 years of treatment using antibiotics, blood ozone with UV light, IV vitamins, hormones, herbs, detox treatments, probiotics & supplements, and more I’ve probably forgotten. But antibiotics WORKED! At times they worked too well and the herxes were surreal. But, my husband and I are living examples that taking oral antibiotics for years can work. We are off all treatment but a maintenance dose of herbs to keep things at bay.
One of the most difficult aspects of this journey is people can not believe how badly they feel, how poorly doctors are educated, necessitating their own advocacy, and how long it takes to recover. In my experience it’s also quite common to need numerous doctors. Lyme/MSIDS can affect every organ in your body and wreak unbelievable havoc. Doctors typically have their specialities or “hobby horses” they know well. Lyme/MSIDS patients often “out grow” their own doctors and need help from other sources whether it be diet/nutrition, psych help, heart issues, bone/joint issues, dermatology, pain relief, and on and on. I know patients that see 3-4 different medical professionals for very real issues. Don’t be afraid to seek out help from other sources.
Please notice Ingel’s treatment took 3 years. His approach is NOT a magic bullet. Nor is it curative in that it eradicates all pathogens (at least regarding Bb). Treatment takes YEARS and there are many facets to successful treatment but never underestimate the killing prong of treatment that antibiotics can accomplish. Dr. Horowitz, a knowledgable Lyme literate doctor, has gone on record stating herbs alone have about a 70% success rate in his practice. Some patients have severe psych and cognitive issues. Would you treat tertiary Syphilis with herbs alone? Neuro Lyme is no different.
In my experience the folks that do poorly on antibiotics can not detox properly or are using the wrong drugs or wrong dosage. If they can fix their detox pathways, and get the proper drug and dosage, antibiotics work, if they can’t, they often have to choose something else. I am thankful there are options. Never diss something that doesn’t work for you because it will work for someone else.
Another reason for treatment failure is NOT EVERYTHING IS LYME. There are other coinfections necessitating other drugs, as well as the fact borrelia has 3 forms necessitating antimicrobials that address each form. There’s a lot of guess work involved in treatment and a lot of experimentation. One of the reasons I write about the different pathogens is that so you can understand how they work and what it takes to effectively deal with them. Beyond that complexity there’s the importance of supporting the immune system, obtaining refreshing sleep, detoxing, addressing the gut, psychological/cognitive needs, addressing things like mold and MCAS, and so on to infinity. Every patient is different requiring different components of individualized treatment.
I don’t want any of you to come away thinking there’s a “magic bullet” to tick borne illness – that this book or one particular treatment is going to “cure” everyone. If someone claims that they are selling something. A magic bullet doesn’t exist for everyone. Period.
I had an extremely negative experience with well-meaning people who attempted to make me feel guilty about taking antibiotics. It was probably when I was at my lowest and very vulnerable. Mind you, I hadn’t taken antibiotics for my entire adult life so I’m not even a huge fan; however, they were the most effective treatment I’ve used, and were for my husband, as well as many, many patients I’ve dealt with over the years. Again, we used many other adjunctive therapies as well.
Bottom line: Give credit where credit’s due. Antibiotics work. Don’t get a “mightier than thou” attitude & diss treatments you don’t like or didn’t work for you. Remain open minded regarding treatment – remembering we are all different. Don’t be afraid to try numerous things. Stick with those that work. When you reach a plateau, work with your practitioner and switch things up and remain open to that one thing that might really make a difference for you. And mostly, remember that this complex illness is unlike anything you’ve ever treated before and will require savvy, wisdom, knowledge, open-mindedness, patience, and most of all humor.