Lyme Disease

Lark Lands teaches an integrated approach to Lyme disease that is aimed at not only living better day to day by improving or eliminating common symptoms, but also at preventing to the greatest extent possible the long-term complications of the disease, or helping to reverse or slow progression of such problems where they already exist.

Lyme disease can not only be difficult to manage day to day because of the symptoms it causes, but can also progress over time to a point where people are too ill to lead a normal life. It is terribly important to work with a physician who is highly knowledgeable about the proper diagnosis of Lyme and the medical treatments for it in order to develop an effective overall treatment plan.

Lyme is under-diagnosed because of a lack of widespread knowledge about it, even in the medical community, and the difficulty with establishing a proper diagnosis. Sadly, failure to diagnose it in the earliest stages means that it will not be treated then, the only point at which aggressive treatment can help ensure that it does not become a long-term illness. For information on proper diagnosis and treatment, see the links to treatment guidelines below.

For the most effective approach, it is clear that aggressive medical treatment should be combined with supplementation of the nutrients that are frequently deficient with Lyme disease and the herbs which have been found to help many people. With this combination it is possible to support the body in fighting the infection, boost immune function, and help to counter all the miserable symptoms. This type of integrated approach has been very successful for many people living with Lyme disease.

Lark focuses on the day to day symptoms that can make too many people with Lyme disease miserable. Many people suffer from a wide range of symptoms and problems that can include severe fatigue, nerve problems including neuropathy (numbness, tingling, and/or burning in the hands or feet), muscle weakness, muscle spasms or cramps, muscle twitching, joint pain and swelling, stiffness, aches, pain, vertigo, dizziness, memory problems, erratic heart beat, concentration difficulties, confusion, hypersensitivity to light or sound, depression, “brain fog”, sleep problems, suppressed immune function, hormone deficiencies, bladder problems, digestive problems, night sweats, and a host of other problems. Luckily, with appropriate medical treatment combined with the proper use of supplements and herbs many people can remarkably improve.

Lark has worked with a number of people living with Lyme disease individually through her over-the-phone consults, and has given talks on the topic of an integrated approach to the disease. With both her speeches and consults her goal is always to educate people suffering from Lyme disease on an integrated approach to the illness so that they can greatly boost their chances of eliminating miserable symptoms, boosting overall health in a way that helps the medical therapies work even better, and ultimately improve quality of life. With all of the clients with Lyme disease with whom she has worked to date, there have been substantial improvements and even elimination of many symptoms, and very significant improvement in overall well being.

People living with Lyme disease are often deficient in a number of very important nutrients, including vitamins (especially B12 and other B vitamins), antioxidants (especially coenzyme-Q10 and alpha-lipoic acid), minerals (especially magnesium), fatty acids (especially omega-3’s and GLA), and amino acids (especially carnitine). Those nutrient deficiencies can leave the body vulnerable to damage that could have been prevented with optimal nutrient levels. Those deficiencies can leave the body unable to repair itself. And those deficiencies can lead to many troubling symptoms. In addition, because of the effects that the disease has on the body, many people will need much higher levels of certain nutrients, well beyond what would counter a simple deficiency state. Those higher levels may be crucial for protecting the body and helping to restore normal function.

For people suffering from Lyme disease, it will be crucial to improve the overall diet, increase the intake of specific foods that may be useful as rich sources of nutrients, and use optimal levels of micronutrient supplements, along with the herbs that have been shown to be helpful. The combination of these with appropriate exercise and physical therapy and plenty of rest will often counter symptoms and restore a much greater level of well being, while appropriate medical treatments prescribed by a Lyme-literate physician are being used to eliminate or at least suppress the infectious agents and restore hormones to normal levels.

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Lark Lands does over-the-phone individual health education consultations for those living with Lyme disease. The ultimate aim of doing the consults is to assist each person in creating and fine-tuning an individualized, integrated program based on each person’s particular needs, and ensure that each person has a full understanding of all the components of an aggressive, comprehensive, integrated approach to Lyme disease.

The intent of the consult is to help each person narrow down the flood of information that many people find online into a carefully designed program that is individualized specifically for them. Information will be provided on vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fatty acids and other nutrients and herbs that can help the body fight the infection, counter the often devastating symptoms of the disease, and provide the base needed for long-term health.

Based on the case history and other information given to her either in advance or during the consult, Lark will discuss with each person the components that should be considered for a total approach, including the nutrients and other therapeutics that might be appropriate for that person, whether the goal is addressing current problems or simply creating a long-term health plan, along with recommendations for discussions with the person’s physician about any drug or medical care issues. NOTE: no medical recommendations can or will be made. Those are appropriately obtained only from your physician.

Please see the “Consults” link for more information on how to arrange a personal consultation

For a complete overview and detailed information on both diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease many people who are advocates for Lyme disease research and education recommend Dr. Joseph J. Burrascano’s paper entitled Diagnostic Hints and Treatment Guidelines for Lyme and Other Tick Borne Illnesses published by ILADS (International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society) and available online at: http://www.ilads.org/files/burrascano_0905.pdf

Dr. Burrascano was a pioneer in understanding Lyme disease and educating both the public and other physicians on the need for a comprehensive approach to diagnosis and treatment. His paper discusses in depth the best approach for accurate diagnosis, and provides a wealth of information on the medical treatments that work best, along with information on nutrient deficiencies that are common in the disease.

Two major sets of guidelines have also been released:

Evidence-Based Guidelines for the Management of Lyme Disease was developed by the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS) and originally released in 2004 and revised in 2006. These guidelines are available online at:
http://www.ilads.org/files/ILADS_Guidelines.pdf

Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Lyme Disease were developed by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and were originally released in 2000 and revised in 2006.

If you are concerned about Lyme or think you may have symptoms related to it, it is very important to educate yourself about the disease and to seek aggressive diagnosis and treatment. Too many people have not been properly diagnosed and treated and are as a result suffering needlessly.