Lyme syndrome, borreliosis or Borrelia, typical Lyme rash, point. A human, a leg bitten by a deer tick. (Source: Shutterstock)
Lyme disease (Borreliosis)
Definition of Lyme disease
Lyme disease (Borreliosis) is the most wide-spread bacterial infection of the body caused by the bacterium "Borrelia burgdorferi", which belongs to the spirochaete. It affects especially the skin, the neural system and the joints.
Causes of Lyme disease
It is mostly transferred into the body by bits from ticks.
The rate of infections is especially high in the period between March and October. In Germany, about every 20th to every third tick is affected with Lyme. Ticks can be found in grass blades, undergrowth and bushes. Ticks can be transferred also by game, cattle and birds living outside.
Symptoms of Lyme disease
As a typical early symptom of this (not transferrable) infectious disease the floating redness or rash (Erythema migrans) can be seen, some days or several weeks after the bite. This reddening can be seen in about 90% in the area of the bite, an at least 5 cm circular reddening, wich is in the middle pale and is widening toward the outside. Adults show this floating reddening usually on the legs, children on their head or neck. Untypical symptoms like fever, muscle and headache can occur.
The earlier the disease is known and treated with antibiotics the more good the chances that the disease can be cured completely. The chances of complications are much less if the disease is treated early and properly.
The late effect, a chronic neuroborreliosis, can occur even if it has been treated immediately with antibiotics. If the visible symptoms vanished, it is possible, that after month or even years later unspecific and intensive symptoms can occur like chronic pains, tinnitus, dizziness, fever attacks, insomnia, joint inflammations, headache and neural paralyses.
Lyme disease very often is not found for a long time, because the floating redness (rash) does not occur always or is not detected. The borrelia can invade the body undetected, especially in the joints and tissue. Symptoms like fever, headaches and more usually are interpreted as a flu and therefore will not be treated. The infection spreads into the whole body with many different unspecific symptoms.
A Lyme disease infection always leads to a deficiency of the named substances and this in turn leads to a slower detoxification function of the body and a weakened immune system.
Diagnosis of Lyme disease
Doctors divide lyme disease into stages I to III.
The stages are not always clearly be seen and can be diversified. If this illness is not treated at an early stage, it can become chronic and cause the symptoms described above. If the immune system cannot control the infectious diseases, the parasite, borrelia, spreads through the body.
Stages of Lyme disease
Following the bite by a tick unspecific symptoms do occur.
Flu-like symptoms, fever, muscle aches, head- and joint aches, very often tiredness and lack of energy. The redness (Erythema migrans) can be found after a tick bite in about only 70% of the patients.
Does occur about after 4-16 weeks. The germ shuts itself off into the muscle/neural tissue. Now we name it acute Lyme disease which affected the organs. The germ invades the body via the lymphatic system. Symptoms like Bannwarth syndrome (inflammation of neurons and neural roots), heart problems, palpitations, neurological problem like paralysis, dizziness and more. Besides problems of the inner ear, tinnitus, muscle aches. Spleen, lung and kidneys can be affected as well.
Does occur months or years after the bite. Now we speak from organ manifestation. Many of the patients do suffer arthritis (joint inflammation), heart problems, stroke-like symptoms with paralysis, bad vision, skin irritation, the neural system can be affected chronically. Bladder and walking disturbances.
In the late stage it is a "chronic lyme disease". A widespread sort of problems can occur, like paralysis, paraesthesias, neural blockage, MS-like symptoms, joint aches, tiredness, aches of the back muscles and discs, pain of the temporomandibular joints, and loss of the memory.
Treatment of Lyme disease with whole-body hyperthermia
Lyme spyrochetes do die if exposed to temperatures over 40,6º Celsius. These are optimal requirements for using whole body hyperthermia. The germs can be killed because of the heat and in competition with antibiotics they can be reached deep within the body.
During whole body hyperthermia the patient will be treated for a period of 2-3 hours using temperature between 40,5 and 41,0º Celsius. Certainly, the patients will be monitored and accompanied intensively by our doctors and therapists during this therapy. These high temperatures activate “killer-cells”, who eliminate the bacteria immediately. This treatment will be repeated, when necessary. Because of the hyperthermia all metabolism and detoxification methods will be activated intensively. The emerging sweats do activate the excretion of toxic substances. Fever is a natural defense reaction of the body and in this way hyperthermia uses this and more healthy reactions of the body therapeutically.
Treatment of Lyme disease with laser blood irradiation
The laser blood irradiation is a minimal-invasive kind of therapy. With this technic a laser light will be let directly into the bloodstream with the help of a small vein catheter. It causes positive changes of the immune system. Nearly all patients show a general stabilizing and more energy. The laser blood irradiation in Lyme patients is a further development of the photodynamic laser therapy, which was used earlier as an antibacterial photodynamic therapy (PDT) mainly in dental medicine to destroy bacteria.
Using laser blood irradiation will be, in opposite to the photodynamic laser therapy, no light sensible substances (photosensitizer based on herbal substances) will be given into the blood stream. The laser light will be given directly into the blood stream and causing photochemical reactions an increased sensibility to light be produced in parasites, bacteria and viruses, that they can be destroyed or killed.
Combined therapeutic plan against Lyme disease
In order to ensure the success of the treatment against Lyme disease, we recommend an individually prescribed treatment.
The use of hyperthermia is a very important component of this treatment, supplemented for example by autohaemotherapy, intestinal cleansing, bioresonance therapy and especially the substitution of certain micronutrients such as vitamins, minerals and amino acids.