TOXICITY, A MODERN DAY EPIDEMIC

Lyme & the three shields: a co-dependant ecosystem

“It’s never JUST the ONE THING when we have a chronic health condition”

LYME

There is a big link between heavy metal loading as a protective mechanism, as a shield, primarily within the biofilm world.

Lyme, is a complex organism, in the sense that it takes on different forms.  It morphs, bio-transforms, which makes it more elusive.  It’s slow replicating.  It can hide out for a while, and protect itself.

Lyme has all kinds of mechanisms, it’s got the spiral-shaped form (spirochete).  That drills, burrowing into joints and tissues and organs, which is so often while conventional lab tests are checking the blood don’t find Lyme because the target organ of Lyme is not the blood.

Then there is a Cyst form of Lyme.  Essentially when you take antibiotics the bacteria sense this and within twenty minutes the Lyme has turned into a round cyst form to protect itself.  This is about a thousand times stronger against antibiotics in a cyst form than when it’s active spirochete form.  Making it a hard beast to kill!!

And then there is the intra-cellular form, where it goes inside the cells, which is subsequently responsible for the auto-immune relationship between Lyme and our immune system.  As our body attacks the Lyme inside our cells other cells are also attacked because our immune system is not clear on its target.

And then there is a fourth form of Lyme, which is Biofilm. Biofilm is yet another protective mechanism.  It’s a shield so that when you’re taking herbs or when you’re taking antibiotics, it’s less likely that you’re going to be able to penetrate the Biofilm.

Essentially, if you put all the Lyme forms together into a colony, plus other pathogens and fungus, and then lay a blanket on top then you’ve got the Biofilm all wrapped up in one.

The link between Heavy Metals and Biofilm is the ingredients Biofilm is made up of the following: Magnesium, calcium, copper, iron, mercury, and lead. Essentially unless the toxicity is dealt with it’s unlikely the Lyme will be dealt with also.

Where does testing for Lyme fit in?

It is well known that testing for Lyme via a regular panel can show false negatives Labs can run into issues that influence results.  The advice is to use as many TOOLS as possible. Energetic biofeedback machines are tools, kinesiology is a tool, looking at a client’s history is a tool.  It is when the Art each practitioner has developed through their tool matches up with lab result this then creates a stronger indicatory rather than just one thing.

Lyme should always be considered when complex health conditions are present. To include Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, or autoimmune conditions such as RA, Multiple Sclerosis, Lupus.

As previously mentioned, one of the reasons Lyme is so elusive is due to using a protective mechanism such as heavy metals as a shield.


The three shields: a co-dependant ecosystem

(PARASITES  / HEAVY METAL / MOULD)

1. PARASITES

Parasites is a modern day epidemic.  There are 134 species of parasites.  And Lyme disease can live inside a parasite.  So if you have Lyme disease and you have parasite issues then you’re not going to get to that Lyme bacteria if it’s within the parasite.  First, go after the parasites.

We all have parasites to one degree or another, which can take more than a month to eliminate when taking the correct herbs Ascaris lumbricoides (a type of roundworm) right down to pinworm.  There is usually a sequence with the elimination of the larger ones first.  Parasites have a 2-week replication cycle, affected by the waxing and waning of the moon.  So you can see improvements but then there’s another wave, so the rule of thumb is to be consistent and persistent.

2. HEAVY METALS

Heavy metal toxicity is a modern day epidemic.  Mercury from tuna, fillings or vaccinations.  Lead and arsenic from rice harvested in China, lead from older water pipes. Cadmium from our soil too. Aluminium is off the charts too.

It’s a big issue, one which we are all encountering since we share one earth, one atmosphere the fundamental truth is that we are all affected.

Riding the body from heavy metals helps to peel away the biofilm and release the pathogens which can be a very good thing – ultimately.  However, by the same token, the health of the individual is key as to whether they will become over-whelmend by this process and become sicker before their health improves.  Heavy metals should be the second detoxification after parasites.

3. MOULD

Mould will also act as a shield to Lyme.  Therefore if you are living in a mouldy house it doesn’t matter what treatment is used, the source of mould needs to be removed if you are going to get well.  The third and last protective mechanism is that needs to be addressed is mould.

Once we have addressed parasites, heavy metals and mould there are no great defense mechanisms for the Lyme to hide in, making it far easier to clean up by assisting the immune system to take care of Lyme.


DRAINAGE VERSES DETOX

When wishing to Detox it is vital to prepare the ground with Drainage support first.

When our Drainage systems are not working adequately the body can easily get thrown into over-whelm during a detox.  Especially when detoxifying parasites and heavy metals.

This, of course, depends on the genetic profile of the individual.  When individuals are pre-disposed genetically to oxidative stress and inflammation, then challenges attributed to detoxification will be increased.

Definition of Detox: pulling out of chemicals, heavy metals, pesticides, glyphosates, herbicides, radiation.

Definition of Drainage: pathways of detoxification not working adequately, and therefore leading to a backing up of toxic release from the system.

Example of Drainage issues that need to be addressed PRIOR to Heavy Metal Chelation and parasite cleansing:

Leaky Gut is a drainage issue. When constipated it’s the draining pathways clogged. The kidney is a draining pathway. The liver bile duct is one of the most important draining pathways in the whole mix. The lymphatic system is draining pathways. The glymphatic or the brain lymphatic system, the skin.  Keeping all these pathways clear and healthy during detox will help to minimise symptoms. Making sure you prepare the body and then focus on drainage during the detox is key.

Parasites often clog up the liver bile duct area.  Certain parasites love the liver bile duct-like strongyloides and flukes residing there and clogging it up.  Killing off parasites is a part of opening up the drainage pathways, hence why it is the first step in breaking down the three shields. Elimination of parasites is also a fundamental step within a heavy metal detox regardless of whether Lyme is present. Both Heavy Metals and Mould spore can live inside parasites since parasites are hungry for both.

Liver

Optimising the liver and gall-bladder via bile excretion is paramount. All toxins leave via the bile duct. Draining off ammonia can be a game-changer for some health conditions.  Which also relies upon the Liver/Bile-duct working properly.

A clogged Liver automatically slows down and clogs the lymphatic system, which affects the brain-draining system, the glymphatic system.

  • Consider coffee enemas (see blog on enemas)

  • Castor oil packing

  • Liver / Gallbladder flushes

  • Milk thistle in with your coffee if you’re a coffee drinker

  • Dandelion root coffee

  • Chanca Piedra, herbal assistance

  • Carbon, charcoal or clay for the gut

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5 Healthy Daily Habits

1.  Go to bed at 9pm

2.  Commit to NO BLUE LIGHT from computer screens or phones past sun-down. And when you do, wear amber glasses to block out the light.

3.  Have your last meal 3 hours before bedtime

4.  Break your fast more than 12 hours after your last meal, with a protein Break-Fast

5.  BREATH. Practice breathing OUT twice as long as you breathe IN. This way you positively engage the parasympathetic nervous system. Allowing your body to heal naturally.


Go to bed at 9pm

ALTHOUGH ACTION-ING THIS IS NEAR IMPOSSIBLE WHEN YOU HAVE KIDS, IT’S WORTH KNOWING THAT OUR BODIES HAVE THEIR OWN AGENDA AND CONDITIONS WHEN IT COMES TO HEALTH.  IF YOU ARE NOT ACTUALLY GETTING TO BED BY 9PM, BE SURE YOU DON’T STAY UP IN FRONT OF YOUR COMPUTER.

WHICH BRINGS US TO THE SECOND POINT.


Blue light and sleep

LIGHT FROM THE THE BLUE END OF THE SPECTRUM IS NATURAL AND COMES FROM SUNSHINE. HOWEVER, COMPUTER SCREENS, IPADS, FLAT-SCREENS, LED LIGHTING AND SMARTPHONES ALSO ALL EMIT LARGE AMOUNTS OF BLUE LIGHT.  

RESEARCH HAS SHOWN THAT ALL LIGHT TOWARDS THE BLUE END OF THE SPECTRUM IS ESPECIALLY EFFECTIVE AT KEEPING YOU AWAKE BECAUSE IT SUPPRESSES THE PRODUCTION OF THE SLEEP-INDUCING HORMONE MELATONIN.

THEREFORE TIME SPENT WITH GADGETS BEFORE BEDTIME TRICKS THE PINEAL GLAND INTO STILL BELIEVING THAT IT IS STILL DAYTIME. 

IDEALLY, SWITCH GADGETS OFF AT LEAST 2 HOURS BEFORE BEDTIME.


Prepare your last meal early, and then eat 3 hours prior to bedtime at the latest

THIS GIVES YOUR BODY THE RECOMMENDED 12 HOURS FASTING PERIOD REQUIRED. 

DURING THE NIGHTTIME HOURS YOUR BODY SHOULD IDEALLY BE EMPTY ENOUGH TO CARRY OUT A SEMI DETOX DURING THE HOURS WHEN YOU SLEEP.  BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 1-3 AM OUR LIVER (THE GRAND-PARENT ORGAN) COMES INTO ACTION AND WORKS VERY HARD CLEANING-HOUSE! WHEN WE HAVE EATEN CLOSE TO BEDTIME, WE ARE UNABLE TO CLEANSE OUR BODIES ADEQUATELY, AND CAN EVEN WAKE THE FOLLOWING MORNING FEELING DRUNK AND SQUEEZY FROM THE FERMENTATION IN OUR GUTS. 


Breakfast 12 hours after your last meal with a high protein breakfast

AFTER 12 HOURS OUR BODIES WILL HAVE HAD THE TIME TO CLEANSE ADEQUATELY. THEN STARTING OUR DAY WITH A PROTEIN BREAKFAST PROVIDES THE BODY WITH THE BEST OPPORTUNITY TO STRENGTHEN THE LIVER AND AID LIVER PERFORMANCE. IT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE A LARGE BREAKFAST, EVEN NUT BUTTERS WITH PROTEIN POWDERS, BERRIES AND YOGHURT MAKE A GOOD, HIGH PROTEIN YET BALANCED BREAKFAST. 


Breath 

BREATHING EXERCISES HAVE THE POWER TO RESTORE HEALTH ON THEIR OWN.

AT THE MORE EXTREME END OF THE SPECTRUM WE CAN TAKE ICE-MAN (FOR EXAMPLE), WHO HAS ACHIEVED BEYOND HUMAN POTENTIAL THOUGH BREATHING EXERCISES ALONE.

FOR US REGULAR FOLK, A REALLY GOOD BREATHING EXERCISE IS TO BREATH OUT TWICE AS LONG AS YOUR BREATH IN AND TO DO THIS FOR 7 MINUTES.  THIS ENGAGES THE PARASYMPATHETIC NERVOUS, WHILST SYSTEM REDUCING STRESS HORMONES AND SIGNALLING IN THE BODY PRESENT WHEN WE ARE SYMPATHETIC DOMINANT (FIGHT & FLIGHT).

DIAPHRAGMATIC BREATHING ENGAGES THE DIAPHRAGM DURING THE BREATH.  YOU CAN PRACTICE DIAPHRAGMATIC BREATHING BY PLACING YOUR HAND ON THE STOMACH AREA, WHILST WATCHING THE STOMACH EXTEND AS THE BREATH IS DRAWN DOWN TO THE BASE YOUR LUNGS. WHEN YOU BREATH OUT, THE STOMACH GOES FLAT.

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The very notion of detoxification brings up images in the mind of juicing, skin brushing, saunas, salads, perhaps tinged with deprivation.

The desire to detox usually comes from desperation.  From having over-indulged from either recent events such as Christmas, or from an over-spent youth and abuse in former years.

Facing the fact that we are now really fat, sluggish, depressed, even riddled with adult acne forces the better side of self to buckle down, grow up and parent ourselves to a more healthful future.

Or, Detox can become a way of life.  Again perhaps from desperate circumstances.  Not a misspent youth, but rather having drawn the short straw in some way, resulting in chronic fatigue/fibromyalgia or multiple chemical sensitivity.  This can be due to genetic predisposition or it can be due to chronic overt stress in youth, alcoholic or abusive parents, or living in a chemically toxic environment for some years.

Detoxification, however, is not all about cleanse, cleans cleanse.  There are in fact TWO pillars to detoxification; cleanse and nurture.

It is the Nurture aspect of Detoxification that has pays a dividend to potentially sub-optimal functioning genetic pathways.  Nurture includes making use of optimal nutrient intake.  Especially where there are some genes which require higher doses of nutrient intake.

In this post, I will explore some of these key nutrients and their impact on health.

What are the key ingredients to create successful detoxification?

BETAINE which is also known as trimethylglycine: supports the short route of methylation by transferring a methyl group from itself to homocysteine, converting it into L-methionine in the liver and kidneys.  It is a powerful lipotropic nutrient found in high concentrations in food such as beets and beet greens and has a powerful effect upon the liver’s detoxification pathways and it can help to reduce homocysteine levels.

High homocysteine is a marker of potentially poor heart health.

ZINC (GLUCONATE) converts vitamin B6 to its active form.

MAGNESIUM (CITRATE) is essential for the activation of enzymes.  Methylation cannot take place without a magnesium molecule.

PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE (VITAMIN B6) has been shown to improve the absorption of magnesium as well as other minerals into cells.  It also enhances transulphuration which improves glutathione production.

RIBOFLAVIN (VITAMIN B2) specifically support MTHFR 677 and is included as co-factor for this enzyme which converts food folate to methylfolate.  MTHFR is the key  folate metabolising enzyme and low status of riboflavin may interfere with the metabolism of folate, particularly in individuals homozygous for the MTHFR/ C677T

CYANOCOBALAMIN (VITAMIN B12) is involved in the conversion of homocycsteine L-methionine.

CHOLINE (B GROUP VITAMIN) mobilises fat from the liver and plays an important role in fat metabolism and liver detoxification.

ROSEMARY supports oestrogen detoxification.  It stimulates the liver enzymes involved in activating oestrogen hormones.  These are responsible for oestrogen dominance and various associated problems.

BROCCOLI extract and DIM, essential sulphur from broccoli and DIM support sulphation (a phase 2 detox pathway within the liver).

N-ACETYL L-CYSTEINE (NAC) supports glutathione production that aids the detoxification of many water-soluble environmental toxins and the removal of unstable compounds from the liver including unhealthy oestrogen, drugs, and metals such as mercury and aluminium.  If this pathway is under strain then this can lead to the accumulation of such unstable compounds and can contribute to the toxic symptoms of fatigue, depression, allergy, asthma, infertility. obesity and hormonal imbalances.

ALPHA LIPOIC ACID is a potent antioxidant that supports the intermediary phase of detoxification and recycles used glutathione.

SELENIUM is a strong antioxidant that supports glutathione production and the intermediate phase of detoxification.

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