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This is a question I am often asked. Having a diagnosis of Lyme myself I have given this a lot of thought. Cancer is said to be “cured” if a patient remains asymptomatic for a period of 5 years. Does asymptomatic equal cured? What is cured?
With my own diagnosis my goal is to focus on feeling well and living well. I don’t really think about finding a cure for Lyme as much as I think about finding my wellness point. Two thoughts cannot occupy the same space at the same time. If you have the thought “ I have Lyme,” you cannot at the same time be thinking, “I am well.”
At raSa health I have patients who come in with diagnoses of everything from Thyroid disease to Cancer and Lyme disease to headaches. I do not treat the diagnosis. I do treat the person who has the diagnosis. In fact, I treat the wholeness of that person. In the 5 levels of health and healing model adapted from Dietrich Klinghardt, M.D., I recognize my patients are much more than their physical bodies. They also have an energy body, a mental body, an informational body and consciousness.
When I care for a patient with a diagnosis of Lyme disease, I treat beyond the symptoms. I treat the system. Lyme disease is no longer one infection. Richard Horowitz, M.D. renamed Lyme disease “MCIDS. Multiple Chronic Infection Disease Syndrome. There are multiple layers to Lyme disease and there is no one herb, antibiotic, tincture or remedy that can address each and every one of them.
A common thread I see in those of us with a Lyme diagnosis is we have multiple issues on multiple levels to varying degrees. Each patient must be addressed according to their uniqueness. The healing comes when we can identify the level the original wound appeared and begin the unwinding through each of the levels affected. This is different for each of us. Lyme is not “cured” by an antibiotic. The symptoms may be reduced but the Lyme Disease is NOT cured. Just like cutting off a cancerous breast doesn’t cure the cancer or if you abandon a child doesn’t mean you are not a parent.
The cure is a process. A journey of life itself. The cure is not found on the highways or the freeways of life…but more likely to be found in the ditch or the pothole. Those patients who are willing to look at the potholes and get down under their own hood and assess the damage, the corrosion, the rust, and dents are the ones who often “find the cure.”
Killing bugs doesn’t create a cure anymore than war brings about peace or darkness brings about light. There are several steps in our approach to caring for a patient with a diagnosis of Lyme disease.
Accept that Lyme or whatever diagnosis has come into your life is there for a reason. It is a messenger. We never benefit from killing the messenger.
Recognize that Lyme may not be only affecting your biochemistry and physiology but also your energy body, your mental body, your informational body and your consciousness.
Be willing to look under the hood. Assess the damage. Ask the tough questions. Where in my life is there a wounding that is asking to be healed. Where in my life does resentment need to be replaced with forgiveness or worry and control asking to be replaced with faith and surrender.
Get a plan. Just like you would get an estimate to have your auto repaired we need an estimate and a plan to return to our wholeness.
Ask yourself does my plan include:
Repairing the biochemistry
Rebuilding the physiology
Detoxing and unloading the system
Healing the trauma
Is there a cure for Lyme disease? This is how the dictionary defines “cure.”
1. Restoration of health; recovery from disease.
2. A method or course of medical treatment used to restore health.
3. An agent, such as a drug, that restores health; a remedy.
4. Something that corrects or relieves a harmful or disturbing situation: The cats proved to be a good cure for our mouse problem.
5. Ecclesiastical Spiritual charge or care, as of a priest for a congregation.
In my 10 years of working with patients who have a diagnosis of Lyme disease, the difference between those who were “cured” and those that weren’t is listed here. Those who
- Had the ability to embrace the idea that recovery was possible,
- Followed a course of treatment,
- Corrected their harmful or disturbing situations and
- Found their spiritual charge.
Is there a cure for Lyme disease is not the question I would ask. Instead, Is there a cure for a broken heart? A wounded human being? A confused physiology? Yes! Yes! Yes! There is a cure. There is a cure for all human beings because we are not human beings but spirits being human. And spirit has only one cure.
The cure is always Love.