(NaturalNews) Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne illness in North America and Europe. Deer ticks, which feed on the blood of animals and humans, can harbor the bacteria - Borrelia burgdorferi - and spread it when feeding. You're more likely to get Lyme disease if you live or spend time in grassy and heavily wooded areas where ticks carrying the disease thrive.
The signs and symptoms of Lyme disease vary, but it typically affects the skin, joints and nervous system. In general, Lyme disease can cause: rash, flu-like symptoms, migratory joint pain, and neurological problems. The neurological symptoms often include inflammation of the membranes surrounding your brain (meningitis), temporary paralysis of one side of your face (Bell's palsy), numbness or weakness in your limbs, and impaired muscle movement.
Conventional treatments include oral antibiotics for early-stage Lyme disease. If the disease has progressed, doctors typically recommend an intravenous antibiotic for 14 to 28 days. After treatment, some people experience continuing symptoms, such as muscle aches and fatigue. The cause of these continuing symptoms is unknown, but extended antibiotic treatment doesn't make them go away.
Healing Lyme disease naturally
When Deni Maher was diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease in 2008, she had been battling the condition for the previous eight years, unbeknownst to her. Like many Lyme patients, she had been only treating the symptoms (and many co-infections), not knowing the real issue was Lyme disease. As the symptoms grew worse--bed-ridden due to physical pain, immune problems, an enlarged liver, the inability to climb stairs, violent retching, and now facing a breast cancer death sentence--she knew her body was in red alert. "I knew I was dying," says Deni. "I had to take control and fast or I wasn't going to live."
That's when she began her quest for natural healing. Deni learned that most American's have a diet that causes the body to be acidic. Disease thrives in an acidic body, but can't survive in a healthy alkaline body. Deni explains, "The ol' saying 'You Are What You Eat' is so very true. If your body has been built on a good foundation, disease will find it hard to thrive in your body. But most of us have been eating a SAD (Standard American Diet), which causes the body to be acidic. No matter what illness or disease you are faced with it cannot live in a healthy alkaline body. Disease thrives in an acidic body."
Ways to alkaline one's body include getting plenty of sun, oxygen and organic live green foods. At the end of 2008, Deni started eating raw foods and her Lyme symptoms got better. She even got rid of three breast lumps by eating raw food. But she still felt like her body just wasn't working correctly.
Deni opted for a regimen of juice feasting, which involved feeding her body 10-12 pounds of fruit and veggies a day for 92 days. That's when she saw a real shift. The results were dramatic and undeniable. All of her symptoms were either gone or had improved. Most of her chronic pain was gone.
"My healing continues," Deni says. "Today I am breast lump free ... and most of my symptoms from Lyme disease are gone, as long as I eat mostly raw foods and juice. It is all work in progress and I continue to work towards the best ME possible. I will prevail and so can you."
About the author: (http://www.holisticvoice.org) Allison Biggar is a writer and filmmaker who believes in using the media to empower people to make a difference. Currently, she is directing a documentary on people who have cured themselves of disease naturally without drugs, surgery, chemotherapy or radiation.
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