Detox For Lyme and other chronic illness

In the Lyme community I think it’s fair to say we know a lot about detoxing and the many forms of detox from colon liver kidney to drinking lemon water, going in a sauna , lymphatic drainage and so on. I’ve been experiencing with some non conventional ways to detox.  These forms of detox are also much cheaper than going out and  buying  a cleanse when essentially food can do it all. Food is your medicine!

👊Keto Diet 👊 Keto Diet is one way to detox the body by starving off pathogens by not feeding it it’s main source of fuel which is – SUGAR. By starving off the pathogens and not feeding them they begin to die vs replicate. Taking the dish and high carbs away allows for the body to begin to heal.

👊Intermittent fasting 👊 intermittent fasting or IF gives the digestive track a huge break. Digesting food takes a lot of energy for the body and ppl with weakened immune systems typically even have a harder time and ppl with weakened immune systems tend to have problems with yeast over growth.  Sugar and carbs fuel that beast. So intermittent fasting combined with keto is like a lunch is the gut for those pathogens.

There are many ways to IF not the most Popular ways is an eating window of 8 hours ,

so you essentially fasting for 16 hours. The research says amazing things   can happen  by giving your body this break.

‘Restricting calories is a helpful metabolic stressor, like exercise. Eating within a certain time frame pushes your body in a different metabolic direction than if you were eating all the time.

Intermittent fasting will trigger AUTOPHAGY  , which is a crucial defense mechanism against malignancy, infection and neurodegenerative diseases. It’s basically your body’s way of cleaning out cells that aren’t performing at their best.

Research find short-term fasting is an effective way of triggering neuronal autophagy (cleaning up brain cells that aren’t doing well) and therefore protect your brain against neurodegenerative diseases.[*]

Intermittent fasting also triggers a beneficial metabolic reaction, that includes:

  • Inflammatory markers decrease
  • Blood glucose levels and insulin decrease
  • The neurotrophin BDNF increases

These are powerful changes that lead to several health improvements.

So IF especially fasting at least 16 hours is  cleaning up and repairing your cells.  Yesterday my first meal of  the day was salad with garlic and acv snd thsg will be the last time I do this. The detox was so intense because duh garlic and acv are so healing and detoxifying  but it was too much for my first meal of the day because my stomach was so empty and then I added in more things to kill the beast.

👊Salt water flush 👊 A saltwater flush is used to cleanseyour colon, treat chronic constipation, and help detox your body. … A saltwater flush involves drinking a mixture of warm water and non-iodized salt.  A salt eater flush will essentially flush out all the toxins bacteria pathogens. 

How to prepare salt water. A tsp of real salt with a lot of water on an empty stomach.

All these    combined modalities are detoxifying.  Keto snd IF essentially do the killing and the  salt does the flushing.  Beware you will most likely have die off from this.

What is die off?

Die-off and Its Causes

Die-off, also known as the Herxheimer reaction, is a bodily process triggered by a sudden increase in endotoxins. These harmful substances are released when microorganisms in the body such as fungi and yeasts, as well as bacteria, are destroyed. Rapid destruction of microorganisms can cause a flood of endotoxins. When this occurs, your immune system responds by triggering an acute immune response resulting in inflammation that can be experienced throughout the body. This can cause a worsening of current symptoms and the development of new symptoms.

Die-off can be the result of medications such as anti-fungals or antibiotics. What many people don’t realize when they suddenly change their diets during a detox or cleanse, or even just a switch to a healthy eating plan, is that this is also a common cause of die-off and its accompanying symptoms. Here’s why.

The bacteria and yeasts that live in your gut thrive on sugar. A small amount of these bacteria and yeasts, including the very small amounts of Candida that is critical for digestion, are beneficial. However, if you’ve been consuming a diet high in carbs, sugar, and alcohol, you likely have a lot more of these than your body needs, and they fuel your desire to consume even more carbs and sugars. When you limit your intake of sugar and carbs, it starves this overpopulation, causing a die-off.

As yeasts die they release a toxic substance called acetaldehyde, which is the same byproduct that is produced when you drink alcohol. Acetaldehyde is a neurotoxin, so it can be irritating to your brain and it can even cause neurologic symptoms, which is why some people literally feel as if they are drunk during a die-off. To make matters worse, yeast also produces a toxin known as gliotoxin, which can suppress your immune system and damage liver cells1. I’ll get more into why this is so crucial in a bit. Because your body is being flooded with toxins faster than it can clear them, you can experience a range of issues that typically last 3-7 days2.

im going to need to slow things down because the die off has been intense and I don’t know how because I quite like IF which to be honest I believe causes the most die  off do to eating keto. I also do the salt to support my adrenals so not sure how to slow it down.  Yesterday the detox was so intense and bad but I know it’s cleansing  out  the bad guys and getting me one step closer to full health and after all this is the reason to do all

this stuff , for heath 👊 and the only way out is through👊

Keto, healing , moving forward …

Just had an appointment with my amazing nutrionalist at whole health Chicago. I can’t say  enough good things about marla and she is the main reason I stay at Whc. She had Lyme so understands that and understands how important diet is with these neurological illness.

I asked how long will it take to heal? Normally I get everyone’s different or something to that effect . She said I think after doing keto 3-6 months you will have some significant healing going on. We know I’ve got yeast Lyme and co infections overgrowth citobacter overgrowth-

Citrobacter Freundii: Definition, Characteristics And Symptoms

Citrobacter freundii is a species of facultative anaerobic gram-negative bacteria. It belongs to the family Enterobacteriaceae and is known to cause a number of opportunistic infections, as well as many nosocomial infections of the respiratory tract, urinary tract, blood and some other sites in patients.

Citrobacter freundii symptoms

The most common site of infection by Citrobacter freundii is the biliary tract. This bacterium is known to cause several types of infections of the urinary tract, respiratory tract, liver, peritoneum, intestines, bone, endocardium, soft tissue, meninges and the bloodstream. It’s also the culprit behind some other diseases, including biliary, hepatic and pancreatic diseases.

The most dangerous disease caused by Citrobacter freundii is neonatal meningitis. This is an inflammation of the meninges (the system of membranes that surround the central nervous system) due to an invasion of bacteria. The number of deaths caused by this ailment is incredibly high, with death rates of patients in the range of 25-50%.

However, Citrobacter freundii does have some usefulness to it as well. In the biotech industry, it produces several vital enzymes. The phosphatase activity of Citrobacter freundii is believed to be involved in lead accumulation, which is a desirable outcome. Moreover, C. freundii is also known to be a member of the soil microbiome, and plays an important role in the nitrogen cycle.

leaky gut She would to see me transition to a paleo or Mediterranean diet. With grains being extremely limited. I foresee a paleo diet lower in sugar and carbs.

She wants to rerun the ion panel that I ran in October that showed bad gut dysbiosis a term for a microbial imbalance or maladaptation on or inside the body, such as an impaired microbiota. … They also help protect the body from the penetration of pathogenic microbes so I had a build up of amonia and he’s wants to make sure he amonia is clearing as high levels of amonia in body cause terrible symptoms : Your bloodstream moves the urea to your kidneys, where it is eliminated in your urine. But ammonia will build up in your body if you can’t get rid of urea. … Too much ammonia in your body can cause psychological problems like confusion, tiredness, and possibly coma or death.

Your liver turns ammonia into a chemical called urea. … But if you have certain health conditions, like kidney or liver failure, your body can’t make or get rid of urea. In either case, ammonia builds up. This can cause a number of problems, like confusion, extreme tiredness, and in some cases, coma or even death.

Ion panel https://www.gdx.net/product/ion-profile

I told her the biggest thing I’ve noticed is how clear my head is she said you’re definitely in ketosis then because that’s the number one symptom ppl comment on. It feels amazing to have my head be clear and stable !!!!!!!!!! All that amonia and shit ( literally) was causing chaos. I can’t tell you how good it feels to

Be able to to think. And it scary at how bad my brain had gotten.

She said you look really good and healthy and I wanted to cry because for one I know she meant it, for so long I had to fake it and boy i was barley making it, like hanging by a thread that was shredded. And for the first time in a a very long time I feel the way I look. And it made me so happy to hear her say this to me , you look healthy!!!!!!! 🙌✌️👊

Healing takes time but I am well on my, I won’t stop at anything 👊life has so much more meaning to me as I come out of the darkest fog of my entire being .

Candida ( yeast overgrowth)

50A8B11A-B1BA-4DDD-86F2-CBF4C4D0AA35.jpegThis top pic should be at  the bottom but I’m not  very tech savvy this is after stopping the kombucha and I do have a bit of make up on ? The black is just makeup that I slept in lol)  but is much better when the Candida infection was really bad and the die  off was  very bad the indent  by my eyes from my glasses sticking into my nose that problem needs to be resolved soon I go to the eye doctor today  has Candida but it’s not problematic for everyone. It’s natural to have some levels. The problem is when it becomes overgrown. If you’ve taken a lot antibiotics or steroids take the birth control pill you probably have an over growth situation going on and perhaps you don’t even know . Anyone with health issues most likely Is dealing with a case of Candida and if you don’t get it under control and is opportunistic and will keep growing and growing and sugar is its main source of fuel

  • Tiredness and Fatigue. … 
  • Recurring Genital or Urinary Tract Infections. … 
  • Digestive Issues. … 
  • Sinus Infections. … 
  • Skin and Nail Fungal Infections. … 
  • Joint Pain.

I never had an overgrowth situation until the medical system gave me prednisone my entire pregnancy. This lowers your immune system to things can flourish like pathogens. This was also when I believe my Lyme flourished .

Candida is a big deal. Here we are almost seven years later and I haven’t even come close to combatting it ( until maybe now) it’s very opportunistic it’s hides in biofilm to protect itself

From the immune system. And what feeds it ??! What feeds it is sugar all kinds of

Sugar . So if you want to tackle Candida you have to basically give up all forms of sugar be it coconut date maple syrup high carb fruits. It’s not fun. But it is necessary because until you’re free of the overgrowth you will be ill. And it sucks going through it too. My body got so very toxic from letting the Lyme and other infections go for so long and remember the prednisone helped it flourish , so anti fungals, what kill the pathogens end up making me feel so darn sick because when the pathogens die they leave toxic waste in the body called die off and die off isn’t any walk in the park . It’s like having the flu. So fun times I need to

Monotor when I tackle stuff because I can’t be going to Work feeling awful and not only does it make me feel awful if I take too much my head hist gets super fogged up so it’s hard to think and or concentrate. Also my belief isn’t to go into to eat with the Lyme etc but to improve the immune system so the Lyme , Candida and all the other Pathogens dont have a chance. Whole doing some light killing, not heavy to the pint you’re ill but light to the pint you can still function. My doe off was so bad one night I had ragging D I thought for sure Iowa’s so sick with the flu bit after thoughtful consideration it was the mega spore probiotic whooo the stuff is the real deal. I’ve never taken a probiotic to knock me off me feet before and you maybe be thinking Why would I want to do that? But my point is that the probiotic which is very effective it was causing die off in the body because it was killing the Euston pathogen’s I just needed to slow it way way way down . So my body is sensitive. But the keto diet alone is killing stuff off and thankfully the keto diet makes me feel good!!!

I’ve been aging massive breakouts in my face. I couldn’t figure out what was causing I thought fluctuating hormones . Google tells me it’s Keto rash. But what is Keto rash??? Well I

Believe it’s yeast die off. So pathogens are dying a slow death and my skin issues is the result of things dying. Somots like yeah my face is freaking out like a sixteen year old but I can’t stop now why would I stop? Clearly what we I’m doing is working because shit is dying I just need to find away to not have my face freak out like it is now but I’m also happy to know I’m for once killing this beast! How long will it take? Crap if I know. I think it’s gonnna year some time to heal. I’m giving myself this year to really work hard at diet and healing my gut. I

Think a year is a good amount of time to heal my leaky gut etc. 2019 you’re my year!!!! My yeast face 😂 I’ve had perfect skin my whole life 😭🤪 and I will again , this is temporary ☘️👊✌️ Inwas drinking kombucha last 4-5 days  and i believe it made my face so much worse hello Candida I  found out kombucha feeds Candida. Oh my!! 😭🤮 but here’s my face todsy don’t mind the black makeup I didn’t remove and well it’s early in somdonr mind me but pint is my face is that much better , I do have coverup in but it’s still way better just in one day. Candida is a beast.  Well apparently I’m not that tech savvy to edit this and add a new picture I’ll try and figure it out and add a van for the meantime the pictures are from yesterday on my face looked a lot worse it does look a lot better and I haven’t had kombucha in two days

Hello 2019

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve been here. And my gosh has my life changed . I am finally on the road to healing . I briefly looked at my older

Blog posts and my god my life is 180 these days and I’m here to tell you why.

I took my life from negative to positive . It all started with stem cells may 2017. I went out west to Infusio Beverly Hills and had Stem cells. At this point I was 110 lbs i was unbelievably sick malnourished high anxiety depressed. Stem cells was my last ditch effort we had already spent $6000 on ozone therapy and about the same on hyperbaric oxygen therapy . $12,00 to remove root canals. Removed all mercury fillings.

I was very sick the day I arrived to Infusio. After the two week holistic treatment of ivs etc I got the stem cells billions of my own stem cells. Healing was hard . I developed mast cell activation disorder where your cells are just out of control in short mast cell:

Dictionary result for mast cell

noun
noun: mast cell; plural noun: mast cells
  1. a cell filled with basophil granules, found in numbers in connective tissue and releasing histamine and other substances during inflammatory and allergic reactions..

I was having horrible histamine problems before Infusio but I don’t know what was going on histamines can cause an array of symptoms for me it was effecting my gut horribly i was having reactions all over the body . Stem cells maybe made this worse do to the cells releasing histamine. So my healing was hard trying to combat the histamines etc but I made pact with myself that after I left Infusio I would start working out . I knew healthy ppl worked out and I wanted to act and do like a healthy person. The inflammation was low right after ahem cells as well so it was perfect time.

I also incorporated a zeolite product about five months ago called advanced trs that has truly been a part of my healing. Zeolite binds to viruses infections bacteria HEAVY METALS, toxins etc and escorts it out of the body safely . If you are interred in learning more about trs please reach out to me . Ppl who are benefiting : Alzheimer’s , dementia, als , Parkinson’s Lyme autism, adhd,excema roseaca etc etc if you’d like to learn more or Ofer from me here is my link

I’ve tried every diet in the books paleo , vegan aip- auto immune paleo . High carb low carb . By far the most healing is the #keto diet . Lyme Candida pathogens all love one thing and thats sugar sugar sugar starve them from their main food source and they start to die. The pathogens they can’t survive when you are eliminating their food source , their life , their joy . And by Don for this they DIE . It’s a hard long process though unfortunately. Sheiks I’m eating keto I’m also working hard on having my gut from years of abuse. My gut hewing protocol combined with keto is crushing the Lyme citobacter / another pathogen we found in my gut . Just a brief look at this pathogen it’s not pretty but rather scary : CITROBACTER SPECIES

Citrobacter species are most often associated with neonatal sepsis and meningitis; species members are rare causes of sporadic pneumonia, which occurs almost exclusively in neonates and immunocompromised individuals. Citrobacter organisms were first isolated in 1932 by Werkman and Gillen,337who proposed the generic term Citrobacterand described seven species. A bewildering array of taxonomic changes338 ended in 1977, when Brenner and associates339 designated the following species: C. freundii, C. amalonaticus, and C. diversus. Citrobacterorganisms are enteric gram-negative rods that are closely related to Salmonella organisms. In humans, Citrobacter species are most often reported as a cause of meningitis in the neonate..

Along side zeolite keto diet I’ve incorporated a fantastic gut healing protocol for my leaky gut. Symptoms of leaky gut syndrome include:

  • Arthritis and Joint Pain
  • Brain Fog
  • Chronic Diarrhea or Constipation
  • Consistent Gas and Bloating
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Increased Cases of Cold and Flu
  • Mood Swings and Bouts of Depression
  • Skin Breakouts
  • Sugar Cravings

👊bone broth bit can only eat broth with dao anxume to break down the histamine. Dao has legit saved my life . Will blog more about histmeines and dao another day . I think many ppl are dealing with histamines. And don’t know it.

Collagen

. Helps Repair a Leaky Gut

One of the main reasons I use collagen supplementation in my clinic is to help repair a leaky gut. Nearly 60-80% of your immune system is housed in your gut. As you likely know, leaky gut is a common root cause of autoimmune disease and thyroid dysfunction. When you have a leaky gut, toxins, food particles, and infections can pass through your intestinal wall and into your bloodstream, causing inflammation, and over time this chronic inflammation can lead to autoimmunity. Therefore, if you have been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease or thyroid condition (the vast majority of which is autoimmune) then you likely have a leaky gut and you would benefit from adding collagen into your diet.

That’s because your Intestinal wall is made up of microscopic folds or “villi” which are actually built of collagen. The amino acids in collagen quite literally, “seal the leak” or perforations by healing damaged cells and building new tissue. In addition to aiding in healing a leaky gut, collagen supplementation can help a number of other gastrointestinal disorders, such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), by assisting with water absorption within the intestines.

👊L glutamine – l glutamine helps to tighten up the junctions in the gut .food particles permeate through these junctions and it’s bad news food shouldn’t be in your blood. When it’s in your blood it causes food reactions food sensitivities, excema roseaca , adhd neurological problems auto immune illness and more . L glutsmine helps to heal these junctions and helps to heal the body.

👊 candex – candex breaks down cel walls so for ppl with overgrowth of Candida this is effective song store no sugar to combat Candida. Citobacter is also an overgrowth.

👊megaspore probiotic this is effective st healing for snd crowding our the bad bacteria , Candida and citobacter . I started a few days ago and had horrible die off so need to slow it way down . But this probiotics gets rave reviews for healing git.

👊Aloe vera has long been heralded by Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) as the “Plant of Immortality.”  That’s because this plant goes a long way in repairing damage caused within the body.

Gel inside the aloe plant leaves can help fix the lining between the bloodstream and intestinal wall that is damaged by these undigested proteins.

By creating a stronger lining, it will be harder for toxins to permeate into the bloodstream. Doing this also slows down inflammations from forming. This can help deter autoimmune diseases, leaky gut syndrome, and even cancerous cell growth.

Aloe can be taken in capsule form. However, many health food stores also sell aloe vera juice. Lastly, you can also buy a plant. Just rip off the leaves and squeeze out the goop. Eat it or throw it into some water

👊dgl DGL is an herb that has been used for over 3,000 years in the treatment of digestive issues including ulcers and indigestion. It’s made from whole licorice, but the manufacturing process includes the removal of glycyrrhizin, which can cause an elevation in blood pressure. DGL supports the body’s natural processes for maintaining the mucosal lining of the stomach and duodenum.

👊caprylic acid also known as octanoic acid, is a naturally occurring fatty acid that comes from coconut oil. Calcium and magnesium caprylates act as buffers, and may also help slow the dispersion and release of caprylic acid to support its activity throughout the gastrointestinal tract. Caprylic acid is known for it’s antiviral and anti fungual For those who feel that you may be suffering from Candida or yeast overgrowth, these are safe, effective, and natural ways to treat Candida.

“I frequently get asked how long it will take to heal a leaky gut. That of course varies from person to person and depends on how the gut became leaky in the first place. Typically, I find that when one follows my 4R Program for healing a leaky gut and adds in the above supplements, it should be about a three-month process.”

2019 is the year I heal from all.im happy to

Be back and on the other side of Lyme disease and all the bull shit that accompanies it.i have so much I want to ten about so stay tuned.

Keep fighting the good fight i here to show you it’s possible to tim your nightmare around. I’m living proof!!!  oh and I started exercising  regularly 2 years ago and Ive never looked back it has been a  huge part of my healing journey!

 

A run-in with the devil

This is how I feel, on a daily basis.  I ask myself often, what did I do to ever deserve this life?  My life has been compromised and the times ticking by and I want to live life.  I want to get to the gym, I want to take bike rides, or go for little jogs around the neighborhood, or eat gluten filled pizza.    .And every once in a while I think long and hard about what bull shit this is.  But feeling sorry for myself  wont get me anywhere, except in a more depressive state.  Believe  me, I know, I was just in herx from hell (pleas e read my other post regarding herxing) .  I allow myself to cry and to feel sorry , but I try to pick up the pieces and move forward.  I feel like i’ve paid my dues and it’s time for me to see the other side.  And i’ve had many discussions with God asking him for forgives.  I know it’s not that easy. And I know God doesn’t dislike me, but I sure would love if my prayers could be answered.  But it’s not just in gods hands, I have  some control ,or I should have control over my body healing.  I don’t like  when people say the phrase, “Its in Gods hands.”   This phrase sounds like a cop out to me.  Like  if God wanted me better, he would get me better, but no,  you have to work at something if you want to see changes, and not just rely on God.    I can chose to let myself wither away , and people would say well it’s in Gods hands, but no, I’m choosing to work so hard to get myself well, with God by my side!  Walking next to me!

I use to be super social, life of the party , was loud and funny,  I made social plans  often.  Now most weekends are spent trying to get well.  I’m  still funny but not like I was before.  Now i’m not as confident with my words because of the brain fog and so many times  I stay silent as the words don’t come to me.  I cant drink anymore due the antibiotics and well alcohol really isn’t good for me at all.  And i’ve known this for some time.  But having glass of wine is so fun and relaxing and well this is how people socialize , around a table, with friends, with a large glass of wine and a big bowl of gluten.  I find other recreational ways to unwind but it’s not the conventional way 🙂 But  really, I’ve never been the conventional person, from the  way I learn to things that bring me joy!

But what i’ve learned most of all is the people who have truly been there for me…most I don’t even know in person or don’t know very well.  The people who have checked in on me and offered to bring me food, or comfort or friendship are not the people I would have thought to be the ones.  I’m not blaming anymore , it’s just how it goes. The people  who know me best are the ones who are in the war zone with me.   I know who’s got my back and I thank you from the bottom of my heart!!!  I thank you for your compassion and understanding.  For your check-ins, letting me cry on your shoulder and your heartfelt sympathy and most of all, using the right words to encourage me along,  not just in a generic , “oh things will get better, or ha ha, it’s in GODS hands!!!

Manuka honey

We always have honey in the house.  I don’t use refined sugar for anything.  We use raw honey, maple  syrup or coconut sugar.   My kids don’t miss the refined , white sugar and my my little Ainsley asks for teaspoons of honey often.  And I gladly give it to her knowing all the great benefits of it 🙂

The taste is definably different than the raw honey we buy.  Manuka has maybe a  slightly more bitter taste.  Still tasty and sweet enough that a 3 year old ate it 🙂

My grocery bills are astronomical and so I usually  just buy the essentials .  It doesn’t leave much room for fun stuff anymore,  especially  since we fork out so much money on my meds and supplements(which is about  the only thing I splurge on these days).  But today I splurged…yet again on my heath.  But my health is worth the splurge!!


I’m having issues with tolerating all the antibiotics i’m on to try and combat lyme , so someone mentioned trying to get some good beneficial bacteria in my body  (along side the  100 billion in probiotic strength I’m taking).  I also have many viruses in my body and manuka is also anti   viral so it’s win-win.

The healing property of honey is due to the fact that it offers antibacterial activity, maintains a moist wound condition, and its high viscosity helps to provide a protective barrier to prevent infection.

The most common uses of manuka honey is:

1. Gastritis
2. Stomach Ulcers
3. Tonsillitis
4. Sinusitis
5. Skin ailments eg eczema, hives, rosacea, rashes
6. Building Body Immunity
7. Facial masks
8. Common Flus, Coughs and Colds
9. Cuts and Burns

Manuka honey has so many benefits , here’s what dr Axe says,

 

Manuka honey, produced in New Zealand by bees that pollinate the Manuka bush, is one of the most unique and beneficial forms of honey in the world. There are many Manuka honey uses that range from healing sore throats and digestive illnesses, to curing Staph infections and gingivitis.

Historically honey has been used for medicinal purposes dating back thousands of years. Seeing that it is one of nature’s richest antimicrobial sources, it shouldn’t surprise us to hear that many archeologists claim that while excavating the tombs of Egyptian royals from thousands of years ago, they discovered unspoiled honey in pots! (1)

Whether it was with the Far Eastern Vedic tradition or ancient Greek mythology, or in Biblical times, where the promised land was known as the “land flowing with milk and honey.” cultures around the globe have praised honey for being an amazing healing treasure.

Yet because of industrialization, honey isn’t what it used to be. Like most things today, not all honeys are created equal. In addition to the more than 300 varieties of honey to choose from, you have the following options:

  • Raw or pasteurized
  • Filtered or unfiltered
  • Comb (with the edible beeswax inside) liquid, or whipped
  • Local or imported

As a rule of thumb, you get what you pay for.  Most products at conventional supermarkets are not much different from high fructose corn syrup. To get good honey today, you pretty much have to go to your local health food store, local farm co-op or go online to purchase the real deal.

Manuka Honey Nutrition Facts

What makes Manuka honey different is its amazing nutritional profile. Regular raw honey is already known for its tremendous nutritional and immune boosting abilities. Generally speaking, the typical raw unfiltered honey is a rich source of: (2)

  • Amino acids
  • B vitamins (B6, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid)
  • Calciumraw honey, honeycomb
  • Copper
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Manganese
  • Phosphorus
  • Potassium
  • Sodium
  • Zinc

Yet with Manuka honey, the nutritional content is up to 4 times that of normal flower honeys. This is what is called the Unique Manuka Factor.

Unique Manuka Factor

Mountain Landscape, New ZealandIn 1981, researchers at the New Zealand University of Waikato discovered that Manuka honey has a considerably higher level of enzymes than regular honey. These enzymes create a natural hydrogen peroxide that works as an antibacterial. Some strains of this New Zealand honey are particularly rich in hydrogen peroxide, methylglyoxal and dihydroxyacetone.

This medicinal trilogy helps make up what is referred to as the Unique Manuka Factor (UMF), a global standard in identifying and measuring the antibacterial strength of Manuka. (3) Essentially, the UMF is a guarantee that the honey being sold is of a medicinal quality.

UMF is not found in the nectar of all Manuka flowers and, comparatively speaking, regular Manuka only contains the hydrogen peroxide antibacterial property that is common to most types of honey.

What separates UMF Manuka from other Manuka varieties is that it has both the natural hydrogen peroxide and its own natural UMF antibacterial property, which greatly enhances it effectiveness. The UMF properties of Manuka is extremely stable and, unlike the hydrogen peroxide common in most honey, is not easily destroyed by heat, light and enzymes in the body.

How to Verify Genuine UMF Manuka Honey

The minimum UMF rating recognized is UMF5, however, it is not considered beneficial unless it carries a UMF 10+ level of antibacterial activity in the honey. Anything ranging from UMF10-UMF15 is a useful level, and anything UMF16 and up is considered a superior quality.

Genuine UMF Manuka Honey will have these four things:

  • It will have a UMF trademark clearly labeled on the front of the container.UMF 20 sign label stamp
  • It will be from a New Zealand UMF licensed company and labelled in New Zealand.
  • It will have the UMF company’s name and license number on the label.
  • It will have a UMF rating number of 5-16+. If it is labeled without the UMF or without a number, then it is not the genuine article.

According to the UMF association the UMF rating actually tests the antibacterial performance of a honey and compares it to phenol, a disinfectant. The Active Manuka Honey Association(AMHA) that does the testing states:

“The presence of the special non-peroxide activity can be detected only by an array of scientific testing directly relating to the phenol standard. The rating has a one-to-one relationship to the phenol standard. “

This means that a UMF rating of 20+ is equivalent in strength to a 20% solution of phenol. The ideal UMF rating varies depending on your purpose, but laboratory studies have shown that manuka honey with a non-peroxide activity level of UMF®12 to UMF®15 is effective against a wide range of very resistant bacteria.

Here is an explanation of what manuka honey UMF you should use:

0-4 Non-therapeutic

4-9 Maintenance level with general honey health benefits

10-14 Supports natural healing and bacterial balance

15+ Superior levels of phenols that are highly therapeutic but shouldn’t exceed taking 1 tbsp at a time


What do you think, is manuka helping you in your health journey???

back at it with lyme

I’ve been missing in action for some time.
to be honest I haven’t been really addressing lyme and slowly getting more and more sick.
I saw my Dr a few weeks ago who really likes natural treatments.  He said we can continue on this road of naturals or we can try to hit this hard.  I chose to hit it hard , I  want this infection gone and I think the only way to get it is to hit it hard!

Well hitting it hard it too much for my fragile body.
I thought I was doing very well the first for the past year, but that all halted about   week into aggressive treatment.
Monday -Friday Ceftin, Monday Wed Friday minocyline and Thursday friday tindazole.
I was happy and motivated and felt like this could possibly be a breeze for me.  HA was i ever wrong!!!
Saturday I started with aggressive diarrhea that hasn’t stopped and i’ve been off ABX since Friday (it’s tueday now).
Dr wants me to be checked of C-diff an infection that could have been created from the abx.  As if I need another infection in my fragile body.
The diarrhea is awful and i’m losing more weight , and the night sweats are unbearable.  I’m waking drenched and freezing.  But the worst is the the mental herxing i’m going through.  The depression and sadness and the fear I will never be well again.  And the fear that the abx aren’t going to work for me.  Although my dr says, this isn’t our only ABx option.
For people that don’t know what herxing is…

What Is A Herxheimer Reaction?

The technical definition for a Herxheimer Reaction (i.e., herxing or die off) is the release of endotoxins from the destroyed cell walls of the bacteria responsible for Lyme Disease, Borrelia Burgdorferi, that causes an additional inflammatory response (i.e., debilitating physical and mental state) contingent to the amount of endotoxins released, which is directly correlated to the amount of Lyme bacteria killed (i.e., lysed).
In layman’s terms, a person with chronic Lyme Disease who is experiencing a Herxheimer Reaction has recently killed an amount of Lyme bacteria worthy of causing them to enter a debilitating physical and mental state in which their already present symptoms become exacerbated. They feel as horrible as the amount of Lyme bacteria that have been killed. The more Lyme bacteria that are killed, the more endotoxins that are released. Endotoxins are released from the Lyme bacteria’s cell wall when its cell wall is destroyed by either antibiotics or the immune system. The more endotoxins that are released, the greater the body’s inflammatory response is in order to control the pernicious nature of these endotoxins. It is chronic inflammation that is responsible for much of the symptoms a person with chronic Lyme Disease experiences and a flood of endotoxins only increases it. Having understood that premise, it should now make sense that because people with chronic Lyme Disease have ever-present symptoms, they have chronic inflammation.

So herxing is good, it’s killing stuff off, but to feel so depressed and sad and in such a dark place due to the herx isn’t good.  So this is my body saying slow down!
Well right now i’m in a standing halt.  My dr wants me to check for C-diff before I do anything else.  And if I have Cdiff , it’s just more ABX to treat.
This all make some so uneasy, and the reason i’ve spent two years playing around with natal supplements.  I’m scared to death what the abx will do to me.  But i’m more scared never living a healthy life again.

Lyme disease, Adrenal fatigue, EBV, hashimotos … happy fuc*ing new year!

My gosh it’s been a really long time since I’ve checked in.
Lots of changes have been made.

I started a new protocol for lyme almost three weeks ago.  ABX didn’t fare me well and I tried Cowden and I failed.

I had ‘run into’ a girl on one of my many health FB pages.  She too had lyme and told me she had a great protocol she was following and knew of many people having success stories. (I feel like there aren’t enough success stories with lyme?  anyone else?  Maybe it’s  the groups I ‘follow’  but everyone is very sick, very ill and not getting better…  Again maybe it’s the crowd I’m hanging out with!)

So this woman told me she was doing a rather progressive lyme treatment where there  are only three dr’s in the US that are practicing this EXACT protocol.  And one happened to be near me, well 2 1/2 hours, near me.

I wasn’t having success with anything I was doing and to be honest was’t really even treating lyme as nothing was ‘working’.  I needed a NEW approach.

The protocol is using Des bio, which is homeopathics.
http://www.chroniclymedisease.com/deseret-homeopathic-series-lyme

it’s also using something called a Mead machine.  The mead machine checks for bacteria and infection in your body.  So for me it showed I had borellia/Babesia, bartonella, and EBV .  I didn’t have mycoplasma or candida.  YAY me!!!!!
The machine also is similar to muscle testing.  It checks for supplements, etc to see how your body is reacting to them. If you body likes or dislikes something.
So the protocol is to take the nosdose, herbs, supplements for the infections that you personally have and to report back at the 5 week mark to check how your body is responding NOW to the infections  The tinctures are of the actual bacteria in your body.  Plus lots of detox, stuff for metals and parasites. So basically,  my body or the infection will be attracted to what i’m giving it (bacteria) and then it will be swept away while detoxing.  ETC.  This is the gist of it!
This is the short.
Many people will ‘clear’ some of the  infections after a few months. Andthe proof is in the pudding, as they feel better.  They are getting their life back and so on. This is what drew me to this protocol.  Was so leery of it but I had several people reach out to me telling me des bios was the game changer for them.  That they were getting their life back.
It’s very ‘progressive’ and new agey.  Many of us  have been told we will never ‘clear’ the infections. So it sounds like quackery to hear we can.    Well, these dr’s ,using THIs protoco,l are having luck with getting patients better.   But I’m not here to debate this protocol and the ‘clearing’.   But it is what i’m doing now and what is ‘seemingly’ working for me.
The protocol is also working hard to strengthen the immune system as it works hard at getting rid of the infection.  Which we all know in lyme this is key, we need an immune system to actually do it’s job, that it stopped doing because it was beat up by an infection that was in our body (or at least my body) for WAY longer than an infection should be.

But… I do feel i’m being beat the fuc* up by Adrenal fatigue.  Have been for quite some time.

I styarted  Hydrocortisone and I feel it’s really helped me get going in the day and accomplish stuff.  I do however have severe insomnia.  This has been ongoing for years now.  It gets better at times, but right now i’m dealing with a very BAD time.  Again it’s been going on for a long time.  I look back and a period in September I was sleeping.  But it was iffy, my notes would show slept well tonight and then next two nights, Twitched  and had awful night, and so on.  I wold have one good night for every 3 bad, which by many peoples standards , this is NOT good sleep!

I started taking Seriphos at night thinking I have high cortisol.  But I don’t think my cortisol is HIGH at night because one i can’t sleep and two last nigh (and several other nights) I fell asleep  for like one minute and wake in a startled panic.  Like body shake and my heart is racing and pumping.  The racing and pumping has been going on for months… nothing new.

I did do a saliva test.  But…
ha, there’s always a BUT…

I had been on HC before the test.  I went off HC for about 5-7 days, felt like near death off of it  and then did the test.  I showed high cortisol ALL day and even at night.  But I don’t  think i’m HIGH as i feel such relief from the HC.  I think I needed to be off the HC for longer than I was and therefore my results were totally skewed.  Right  now I can’t get off the HC so I have to guess what’s going on with me.   Which i’ve basically done since lyme hit me…Not the greatest way to live 😦

And living has been tough as I can’t sleep at night so I’m relying on xanax and clonazapam for sleep to come.  Terrible, terrible, I know.  But i’m trying to throw myself a bone here… for one, I have lyme and I’m trying to heal, for two I have lyme and I’m trying to heal, three, I need to sleep, I have to.  And while i figure out what in sams hell to do about my cortisol and sleep issues I have to do something.  I know the clonaz is NOT the answer and it is a mere band-aid right now.  Maybe a bad band-aid?  who’s to judge?  I have lyme and my life is not like your’s, you normal person, YOU!!!!  And by normal I speak of my neighbor or the mailman, or anyone who doesn’t have a chronic illness….
so I try hard to throw myself a bone and know I wont always be on clonaz.  Shit, I was on it for nearly two years (I had no clue i had lyme and this was the medicine my conventional dr thought would be necessary for me to sleep due to my twitching, which was the lyme (the twitching).  Anyways, point being, I’ve gotten myself off this shit before.  So I don’t worry about it…

Anyways, I just feel the AF is what’s holding me back right now.  And it’s holding me hard.  I’ve never dealt with this bad of AF.  I’ve been dealing with AF on and off (probably more ON) for 5 plus years.  But the rut i’m in right now with sleep is the worst it’s been.

My game plan, my science project, is to try and take some HC before bed and see if maybe i’m LOW cortisol at night and see if this helps.  Right now i’m at do or die and the seriphos isn’t working.

For me a low cortisol symptom is WEAKNESS!  I get super weak in my knees.  If i’m feeling weak , if i pop a 2.5-5’er  of HC i usually feel better.  I often feel weak at night!
So, I will try it on for size.  I need a miracle to happen right now!  I know to heal the adrenals I need to be off the crack but in order for me to heal I need to sleep.

So it’s  a VICIOUS cycle I face.

Also  I have genetic mutations that come into play AND I have neurotransmitters that are off.  But of course RIGHT?!
I know i’m LOW gaba and high serotonin. Serotonin makes us happy and gabs calms us.  But too high or a good thing, we know isn’t good!!!  Anytime i take something to increase serotonin (5htp etc) I get brain zaps.

So I have neurotransmitter shit going on too.  I’ve used GABA in the past and I feel like at one point it was working and then more recently it  has felt like it’s isn’t , so I stopped taking it.    I also take L-theanine.

Ok, so not that I was going to go out  last night and celebrate , but even if I wanted to , I simply couldn’t.  My AF is so bad, so , so so bad, especially at night, that it makes it hard for me to do much but rest at night.

This is not how a healthy person lives!  This is how I live.

But on a happy , positive note I think the lyme treatment is working.

I just hope for a better 2015…2014 was not a good year,  but you wold never know by looking at me….fuc*ing chronic illness!!!!!!

it’s all bothering me, all of it…

Food that is.  Everything I eat … basically instant headache! And some rather unpleasantries in the bathroom…

So i’ve decided I need to go on an elimination  diet .  Take out , like everything!  And then slowly add back in food, like a food a day.  It sounds easy , but I know I will be failing…

It’s funny, when I did several months of ABX treatment my gut was fine.  Now it’s not 😦

I belong to a CBS mutation group and it cold be the mutation rearing it’s ugly , ugly head that is causing me issues.

Here’s a pretty easy explanation of what CBS (and other mutations are).
http://www.mthfrsupport.com/other-gene-mutations-that-must-be-addressed-before-starting-an-mthfr-protocol/

Also, if you haven’t tested through 23and me yet, I really think it’s a big piece to this ugly puzzle.  Had i not done this testing, I wouldn’t really know what was causing me such issues in the gut and most likely could have been diagnosed with IBS or something ridiculous like that.  But having this knowledge really helps.  Plus i’m able to piece symptoms etc together.   But it also confuses things immensely!

Right now I have no clue if it’s oxalates or sulphur bothering me.  So i’m going to strip it ALL down and  go back to the basics.  Well, even more basic , than basic.

My PLAN is to eat organic meats (ground beef, chicken) bone broth  the first few days…
Then add in an apple or something easy, ligth—i’m already dreading this.  Perhaps this is why i’ve been putting this off for months…

here is the proper testing for genetic mutations…
https://www.23andme.com

MIA…

I’ve been missing…I guess the terminology is , MISSING IN ACTION, but there has been no action.

A lot of tears but no action.

I have been herxing very badly now for 3 weeks or so.  When I herx i twitch bad/internal vibrate,  and it effects my sleep.  On a a bad night I dont stop vibrating till 1-2a, last night I hadn’t gone to sleep and it was 330a.

When this happens, I panic.  I  cry, I sob.  I have young children who i need to tend to in the morning. And all i can think of is , omg I have  4 hours, omg , i have 3 hours…
Last night I literally was up all night. I vibrated all night. Usually the vibrations go away around 1-2a but last night they never went away.

During these terrible nights, I always have a conversation with god.  Who the fuck else am I going to talk to ?

And I beg for a different life.  I beg to be rid of this horrible disease that is stealing every ounce of me.

I often think , ah, karma, karma will catch up to me.  And then i’m brought back to reality, karma doesn’t keep tabs on what i’ve done, karma could give  a rats ass.

No one knows how devastating my life is.  I never let on to anyone how shitty my life is.
I’m either MIA , and that isusually  when i’m down and out or i’m doing well , and people see me then.  No one knows what a great actor I am.

The worst thing about this disease is the insomnia I’m faced with.  I can’t think of anything worse than not sleeping.