Today is August 25th and this day is quite significant in my Lyme journey. It’s the anniversary of my Lyme diagnosis.
Anxiety is on the rise and it can often be completely eliminated by addressing nutritional deficiencies and biochemical imbalances, removing toxins, improving the gut, addressing hormonal imbalances and eating real whole food!
Between June 6 and June 16, 2016, she will be interviewing world-class experts and opinion leaders on the topic of anxiety and food.
- “Anxiety: The Stressed and Toxic Gut” – Dr. Josh Axe, DNM, DC, CNS, author of Eat Dirt
- “Is Coffee Your Hidden Anxiety Trigger and How to Substitute It with Delicious and Healing Drinks” – Magdalena Wszelaki, founder of Hormones Balance
- “Gluten and anxiety: the testing conundrum solution” – Dr. Tom O’Bryan DC, CCN, host The Gluten Summit
- “Multiple sclerosis and anxiety: The Wahls Protocol” – Dr. Terry Wahls, MD, author of The Wahls Protocol
- “Anxiety and digestion: the microbiome, stomach acid, bile and the vagus nerve” – Prof. Liz Lipski, PhD, CCN, CNS, author of Digestive Wellness
- “Marijuana and anxiety: Panacea or Pandora’s Box?” – Dr. Hyla Cass, M.D., board-certified in psychiatry and integrative medicine, author of The Addicted Brain and How to Break Free
- “Anxiety and heavy metals: chelation of mercury and lead” – John Dempster, ND, host of the Mental Wellness Summit
- “Nutrients that Fuel Brain Power and Reduce Anxiety” – Dr. Drew Ramsey, M.D., psychiatrist, farmer, author of Eat Complete
Check out the complete speaker lineup here:
- Top of the World – a custom song co-created by Trudy Scott and Amma Jo
- The King’s Medicine Cabinet eBook: A complete guide on essential oils and their history, uses, cures, and recipes that will transform your health forever! By Dr. Josh Axe, author of Eat Dirt
- Using Food and Nutrition to Improve ADHD and Autism by Julie Matthews, author of Nourishing Hope for Autism [get affiliate link
- The Leptin Blueprint by Mike Mutzel, author of The Belly Fat Effect
- Hacking Fluoroquinolones by Lisa Bloomquist, patient advocate, creator of Floxie Hope
- SCD Quick Start Guide by Steve Wright, creator of SCDlifestyle
- Outsmart Your Addiction Quiz and Reclaim Your Brain e-report by Dr. Hyla Cass, MD, author of Natural Highs
- 10 Ways to Balance Serotonin Naturally by Dr. Peter Bongiorno, author of Put Anxiety Behind You
- Food for Thought – an audio presentation by Dr. Terry Wahls, MD, author of The Wahls Protocol
- Wellness Without Limits ebook by Dr. John Dempster ND, host of the Mental Wellness Summit
- “5 Steps to Restoring Health Protocol” audio book, “Lyme Disease: Why an Antibiotic Bug Bomb is Not the Answer” eBook and “Heavy Metal Toxicity: A Modern Day Epidemic Not Being Addressed” eBook by Dr. Jay Davidson, author of 5 Steps to Restoring Health Protocol
Have you signed up for the free Chronic Lyme Disease Summit yet?
It airs from April 4 – 11th, 2016 and is hosted by Dr. Jay Davidson.
The focus of this summit will be to look at the body as a whole holistically. The speakers include Naturopaths, Medical Doctors, Nutritionists, Chiropractors, Health Equipment Experts, Lyme authors, Lyme researchers, Biochemists and Scientists.
“These Chronic Lyme Disease Summit experts will cover it all, from diagnosis and testing–a truly comprehensive understanding of Lyme disease–to the protocol explanations, cutting-edge information and practical at-home health tips the top doctors are using to help people get their lives back.”
When you sign up now you will have access to 3 excellent talks to get you started. I’ve already listened and I’m motivated to start making some new changes.
Trudy Scott, CN, shares my story of how I learned to use supplements and amino acids to help my daughter when she suffered from severe anxiety and OCD due to Lyme and coinfections. I listened to one of Trudy’s online expos and learned how to use amino acids and nutrition to support the brain and help with healing.
Listening to a summit very similar to this is how I learned to help my daughter and our family.
I highly recommend that you take the time to learn as much as you can because knowledge is power toward healing.
I’ll be the first to agree that life is busy and it’s hard to fit something like this into an already full schedule, but I find that if I pop my headphones into my iPhone, I can listen while doing other things.
Here’s the link to register, see the list of speakers and view the schedule.
CHRONIC LYME DISEASE SUMMIT
Have you been keeping up with the news about Lyme Disease, new strains of Borrelia, Bartonella infections and the many other news posts online?
I try to keep up on all the latest news when it comes to vector-borne diseases, meaning any diseases that are transmitted by any bugs.
If you follow me on Facebook I’m sure you’ve seen my plethora of posts on vector-borne “everything” but have you had time to read any of them?
Quite honestly, I’ve had a hard time keeping up but that might have something to do with my cute new puppy.
Lyme disease and co-infections are getting a lot of attention lately and that’s a good thing. The more information that’s made available the easier it will be for you and I to make wise decisions for ourselves and our family when it comes to prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
Below are some of the blogs, posts and articles I’ve been reading over the past few months.
Have You Been Bitten By A Partially Fed Tick – Daniel J. Cameron, MD, MPH
Lyme Treatments & Protocols – What Is Lyme.com
LDA’s ABC’s of Lyme Disease, Gastrointestinal Lyme – Martin D. Fried, MD
Veterinarians Warn Pet Diseases Can Be Transferred To People – Gary Sinderson
New Lyme Disease Bacteria Discovered In Upper Midwest: CDC – Medline Plus
Lyme Disease: Gene Signatures May Catch The Infection Sooner – National Institutes of Health
Have you read an informative post or article? Share it in the comments section.
Just one year ago today I began my blogging adventure. I honestly didn’t think blogging was something that I would want to do or have time for. My sister, close friends and even acquaintances I shared my story with, kept insisting I put my experience down in a blog for others to read.
My sister wanted a place where she could send her friends and contacts so they could easily find information about Lyme disease.
Other Moms I met along the way wanted a place where they could go to find encouragement to homeschool either while being sick themselves or taking care of their children who were sick.
Then there were those I met who really needed a one-stop place to go to in order to find the information they needed about tick-borne diseases and to learn how to find the medical help they needed.
I’m really glad I was encouraged to embark on this blogging journey. I had no idea how blogging would help me use my passion to get the word out about tick-borne diseases and I’m thrilled that my blog has been able to help others.
I love hearing stories about how you found my blog, shared with a loved one or how much it has encouraged you. All of your feedback encourages me to keep going. It helps me to know what information to share and quite honestly keeps me blogging. When I don’t hear from you I sometimes get discouraged and wonder if I’m spending time writing for no reason.
Living with chronic pain and disease has been an experience I wouldn’t wish on anyone, but I know it’s a reality for many. My hope is that you are encouraged and are able to find the resources you need here.
If you have just a minute could you leave me a comment and let me know how my blog has helped you? What are your favorite sections or posts? What would you like to see more of in future posts?
I wouldn’t have a 1 year blogging anniversary without you. So thanks for visiting, reading, interacting with me and sharing my blog with others. I’m looking forward to what this next year has for all of us while we’re on this journey together.
One of the more embarrassing symptoms of Neurological Lyme is the sudden onset of anxiety and fear.
Sometimes, sheer panic attacks can rise out of nowhere in an otherwise self controlled person.
It seems that even in a society where neurological disorders abound, its symptoms; anxiety, depression and mood disorders are not tolerated very well by others and many times criticized within Christian circles as a lack of faith.
Fear can be a very normal and natural response to protect ourselves. Sometimes it can be because we’re not trusting God but it is very possible that fear can be present because of a physical problem.
In our home, we’ve experienced different levels of fear as a result of having Neurological Lyme Disease, Babesia and Bartonella.
These three infections together create a perfect storm in the brain. They have been studied and reported to cause mild to very severe psychological disorders.
One of my children developed a crippling fear that kept her from being able to function normally. She had severe panic attacks, obsessive compulsive disorder and anxiety. She was unable to discuss certain topics, complete her school work, or watch normal television shows and when she was much younger, couldn’t leave the house or be away from me.
This was a real eye opener for me and for the rest of my family. At first we had no idea what she was going through. When we finally realized the severity of her illness we had to learn new ways to relate, parent and live every day life with her.
Homeschooling took on a whole new meaning and I had to dig deep and seek help for her and me just to do the bare minimum.
Before my daughter became ill, I experienced episodes of fear. This occurred soon after my Lyme infection.
I became fearful and had panic attacks over having Lyme bacteria inside my body, I was afraid of going outside because of possibly getting another tick bite. Sometimes I just felt panic inside but had no idea why.
Living in fear is no way to live. It certainly isn’t how God wants us to live. He tells us more than 365 times in the Bible to “fear not”, “don’t be anxious”, and “do not be afraid”. My daughter and I believed God could and would protect us. We did not lack faith, we had no control over what was happening and we didn’t understand it.
But how do we get rid of fear when it’s not just a matter of our own thoughts controlling us? What do we do when there are physical causes for the neurological disorders that cause fear and anxiety? These symptoms will not resolve unless those physical conditions are taken care of. Sometimes that means medication.
God certainly wants us to seek Him, to have faith and trust Him, but He also wants us to be wise and get the help necessary to heal, especially when your fear is not because of a lack of faith.
May I also suggest that making minimizing statements to a fearful person such as “get over it”, “stop over reacting”, or “you just need to have more faith” will not help the situation or the person and could only make matters worse.
Learning coping skills together from a qualified therapist is an excellent way to begin to overcome fear. These skills will help you recognize triggers in order to stop the pattern and will also help you learn to calm yourself in the midst.
Learning to create a calm environment not only within your home but also within yourself are also great ways to gain control over fear.
Fear that is brought on through a physical condition like an infection, needs to be addressed by treating the infection. It could be a hormonal imbalance or brought on by trauma. It’s important to find out what is causing your symptoms.
While all of the above helped my daughter, none of these alone helped her to regain freedom from the conditions that consumed her.
We sought God, we prayed earnestly, we meditated on scripture and sought prayers from others.
These all work together to provide the necessary healing protocol for our Neurological Lyme symptoms which produce fear and anxiety.
I hope that our experience will help you to see that fear is real but it doesn’t have to control your life. Don’t be afraid to get the help you need.
DISCLAIMER: I’m not a doctor and this post post is for information purposes only and not intended to take the place of your doctor.
I put together a short list of some of the scripture passages that we have come to love and hope they encourage you.
|The Shark Sonic Duo|
Years ago when I became ill with chronic Lyme Disease, we had to make choices that would help us run our home with as much ease as we could.
I was not physically capable of doing simple things like mopping the floor or scrubbing the bathroom tub.
In the beginning of my illness my husband hired a wonderful friend to come in once or twice a month to help with the deep cleaning but that only lasted a short time.
I finally realized how important it was for me to buy products that would make it easier for my family to do the every day jobs that needed to be done.
Many times this has meant spending more money than I normally would. This hasn’t always been easy for me because I’ve always been a penny pinching kind of woman.
I’m really quite excited about two purchases that I’ve made over the past year and wanted to tell you about them.
Initially, I threw out my old standard mop and purchased a Shark Steam Mop which I really did love. I was always amazed at how much dirt it picked up. It was easier to push around than the old mop and kept me from having to scrub the floor but it was still a little bulky and difficult to maneuver with the intense shoulder pain I had with Lyme.
About a year ago, I purchased the Shark Sonic Duo Carpet and Floor Cleaner. I originally purchased this because of the way it scrubs and almost moves itself across the floor or carpet. No pushing and pulling for me and definitely no scrubbing. After all, it’s dual scrubbing action scrubs 1,000 scrubs per minute, that’s a lot more than I can do and when my Lyme symptoms are flaring it does all the work for me.
The Sonic Duo is not a deep carpet cleaner but works very well to clean carpets, Oriental and throw rugs and when you have an 8 year old boy running through the house with his friends, it’s an easy way to clean up the dirt and spills they make.
An added benefit is that I can switch out the refillable bottle of cleaner and the pads to clean my old kitchen floor.
It works very well, even in tight spaces like the bathroom. It comes with scrubbing pads and refillable bottles for the hard floor and carpet cleaner solutions. Everything is color coded which is great for me when I’m having a little brain fog. My older girls even prefer to use this over the steam mop.
I’m not saying you should run right out and buy this because it is quite expensive, but, if you were already thinking about it or like me have been looking for something that can help you out then it’s definitely worth looking into.
Check out more about this helpful machine.
Next time, I’ll share with you my favorite Lyme Friendly Cooking Helper.
Sorry, I’ve been kind of quiet on my blog lately. Summer is almost at an end and for a Lymie I’ve been pretty busy.
This is the time of year I’m focused on getting ready for the fall, fitting in last minute doctors appointments and check-ups, purchasing the children’s fall clothes and finalizing our plans for the upcoming homeschool year.
Besides trying to keep up with the best of them, the past few months have been kind of hard on me. I’ve been having pain off and on so everything I’ve needed to do seems to take twice as long. I don’t know why I’ve been having this cyclical pain but some days it’s pretty hard.
I had been reading a lot about Turmeric and how it’s really great for inflammation and pain management. Some articles even tout that it’s safer and more effective than Ibuprofen. So, I did some research and found a brand that I wanted to try.
I’m actually really impressed with how quickly it worked. In just a few days my knee pain went away. My husband started taking it for sinus inflammation and said it was helping him.
I’m having other aches and pains too and some difficulty walking again but really only in the mornings or after sitting for awhile.
My kids are doing well. I noticed when my son, Little Man, has a flare of pain in his legs, he also gets very angry about things that usually don’t bother him.
Lyme and co-infections can cause rage, anger, moodiness, and many other emotional and psychological symptoms. In children that may be the first sign you see.
My baby girl, Princess, has been doing pretty good but sometimes she gets so busy with activities she forgets her homeopathic remedies. This is a really bad thing for her because her symptoms come back. So, as busy as I am, I still have to remind her.
Miss Sunshine, my 2nd born daughter, just turned 18 and has been working hard at her physical fitness training.
She had once been so incredibly sick with tick-borne diseases that she couldn’t even lift her head from her pillow for weeks at a time.
I had all but forgotten those terrible days until this weekend. On Friday she had all 4 impacted wisdom teeth removed. Seeing her sleep and in pain reminded me of those difficult days.
My eldest daughter, Graceful, has been doing really well. During my last update I promised to tell you about something new we are doing for her, if it was helpful. Well, it has been so, let me tell you about it. It’s been over a month now and she’s consistently felt well.
At the insistence of a very good friend, we started her on Plexus Slim, ProBio 5 and Bio Cleanse. My friend kept telling me how much these products were helping her.
Honestly, I wasn’t impressed with the ingredients and I was honest with her about it but continued to listen to her experience with them.
I even talked to her up line and I called James Easling who is Shoshanna’s husband. She runs the Bulk Herb Store and she and her son both got tick-borne diseases and are seeing great results with Plexus.
My friend finally had enough of me saying “No” while my daughter was so weak and wasn’t getting out of bed. She handed me a starter kit and said “I insist you try this for her!” So I did!
I went home that day and got my daughter started on the Slim right away. Within a few hours she was up laughing and spending time with us. My jaw dropped when she ran down the stairs to go grab a movie and then ran, not walked, back up the stairs.
Ok, well, I thought it might’ve just been a burst of energy from taking this stuff. Over the course of days, weeks and now months, she has consistently been able to maintain her blood sugar and energy levels. She’s eating better too. She still complains of pain but at least she’s up out of bed. Twenty year olds should not be stuck in bed.
If you’re curious about these products visit http://www.plexusslim.com/
My husband has been doing well but decided on his own that he should do a detox and cleanse. More power to him! I know cleanses are really good for you but my gut is so sensitive after years of medication that the thought of a cleanse sends me running the other way.
I do try to detox but I use more gentle methods likes epsom salt baths, essential oils and herbs.
I may address this area of my health in the future but this busy time of year wouldn’t work for me.
I’m still working on my post about Bartonella and I have some other changes coming up too.
I hope you’re doing well and enjoying the last bit of your summer. If you’ve tried any new products or found something that is working well for you, I’d love to hear about them.
Menu planning! Do you love it or hate? Do you even bother to plan out your meals?
There are some really great reasons why you should, especially if you have limited energy due to a chronic illness.
I used to sit faithfully at the kitchen table planning out a months worth of meals, This was long before everyone was using the Internet and Pinterest hadn’t even been thought of. Yes, I’m admitting that I’m that old.
I diligently sat and wrote down all of our favorite meals for each season. I included page numbers and titles of the recipe books I may have needed. I looked through countless magazines looking for the yummiest but most nutritious meals I could make. I even went as far as making a weekly grocery list that corresponded with my menu plan.
During busy seasons I may have only planned a week at a time but sometimes I would come up with several months since I was already surrounded by my planning supplies.
You may absolutely hate menu planning and that’s OK. I can’t say that I love it, but there are some benefits and I bet you already know them. I heard a young girl speaking on the radio while I was driving to work explaining how she helps her Mom save money by planning their menu.
It’s true, taking the time to plan your meals can actually save you time and money. You won’t dread dinner time because you’ll already know what you’re making. You won’t need to order carry out or swing by the grocery store to pick up frozen dinners.
Having a plan gives you peace of mind and extra time. You can even make some dinners ahead of time, like on your good days, and then you’ll have them ready to pop in the oven on those busy days or when you’re not feeling well enough to cook. Get your kids involved too, mine always love helping to prepare their favorite meals.
Somehow I got out of the habit of planning my meals, especially when I was very sick. Lately, I’ve found myself asking each of my 4 kids what I should make and that became my meal plan. It became a problem when my 8 year old only requests spaghetti.
Early on in my Lyme treatment I required a very strict diet. I eliminated all sugar and carbs to help cut down on inflammation and to prevent Candida from the high doses of antibiotics. This took a lot more planning. I didn’t want to make two separate meals so I did some digging and research in order to find meals and snacks that were nutritious but met my dietary restrictions.
Once I finished this diet and slowly began to eat a less restrictive diet I got lazy. I try to make nutritious meals for my family. I do my best to fill up the kitchen with fresh, local or organic produce, fruit, nuts and seeds, and healthy snacks. I buy local meat and have my milk delivered from a farm.
So, I am working hard to feed my family well but I haven’t been making a menu and I noticed that I was dreading dinner time. I found myself sighing every afternoon before I have to leave for work and frustrated that I had no idea what I wanted to make for dinner or what my daughter could make.
A few weeks ago while my son was playing Lego’s at the Library, I decided to look online for a menu. Usually menus made by others don’t really suit our tastes but I happened upon one that I could live with.
I can download it in Microsoft Word and tweak it a little and then print it out and place it on my fridge. Whala! It took less than 5 minutes and I had a monthly menu. Perfect!
My thanks goes out to Erica over at Confessions Of A Homeschooler for doing all the hard work for an old Mom like me and helping me to get back on track making meal planning a breeze.