A Yale University researcher in the 70’s first identified that Lyme disease is caused by bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi and spread by the blacklegged tick. The CDC reported in 2013 that 300,000 Americans get Lyme disease every year. Lyme disease can progress from feeling feverish, tired and achy to far more serious conditions. It can impact the immune and nervous systems, the eyes, brain, heart and other organs.
Accurately diagnosing Lyme disease baffles doctors for two reasons. First, tests for the disease can yield both false positives and false negatives, and second, early symptoms mimic those of many other health conditions, including the flu. Patients also get misdiagnosed with arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, MS and lupus. Only around 60 percent of those diagnosed will present a telltale bullseye rash.
Doctors in New England and the upper midwest encounter Lyme disease so frequently that they routinely prescribe antibiotics – regardless of whether patient blood tests return negative because if left untreated Lyme disease can prove deadly. On August of 2013 a 17-year-old young man from Poughkeepsie, New York, died from Lyme carditis (inflammation of the heart) after suffering flu symptoms for just three weeks.
Recent Study Shows HBOT
is An Effective Treatment:
For most people, if Lyme disease is diagnosed early, a course of antibiotics frequently knocks out the infection.Many, however, don’t completely recover, even after multiple courses of medication. Lyme Research Alliance’s website lists 87 symptoms associated. The headaches, arthritic pain, fatigue, confusion and neurological symptoms can feel unbearable. Thankfully, many symptoms successfully respond to hyperbaric oxygen therapy – even when other treatments have failed.
HBOT floods the body with pure oxygen at higher than normal air pressures. This allows blood to send vital nutrients to cells, to promote healing. The immune systems are boosted and impaired functions are often fully restored. In one Texas A&M University pilot study by Dr. Donald Freeman and Dr. William Fife, 40 Lyme disease patients received HBOT five days per week for around four weeks, some in conjunction with antibiotics. All but two of the patients improved, and saw improvements even after they discontinued the HBOT and antibiotics.
Each patient did report Herxheimer (Herx) reactions, which often occurs with aggressive antibiotic therapy. Reactions are caused by the die-off of the bacteria that cause Lyme disease, and include grogginess, headaches or a low-grade fever. Once Herx symptoms subsided, patients reported feeling energetic and improvement in pain. They were able to think more clearly and the glands and organs resume functioning normally during the course of treatment.