Antibiotic treatment is highly effective, especially during the early stage of the disease. Administration of a correct set of antibiotics at the time of development of erythema, is associated with a high chance of complete cure. After that period, things get complicated. Unfortunately, treating chronic Lyme disease (usually over one year after infection) requires a much longer treatment with high doses of several antibiotics. There is no single regiment effective for all patients. Duration, doses and types of antibiotics depend on advancement of the disease, existing co-infections and numerous other factors. Treatment with antibiotics is necessarily associated with regular hepatic tests and a strict diet.
Many patients are forced to discontinue long-term antibiotic treatments because of hepatic, renal and other side effect of antibiotics. Another threat is destruction of patient's beneficial intestinal flora (despite using probiotics). That leads to a significant weakening of the patient's immunological system and may lead to development of candidiasis (uncontrolled proliferation of Candida fungi, a natural component of our micro-flora). Paradoxically, a systemic Candida infection causes symptoms similar to Lyme disease ...
Regardless of the treatment of antibiotics, we recommend initiation of the parallel therapy with Rife machine as soon as possible. The therapy may be used before, during and after antibiotic therapy. On all of those stages Rife machine allows achievement of durable results, including disappearance of all symptoms.
Lyme disease along with co-infections pose so serious challenge for medicine, because there are as many types of the disease as many patients. In human organism the bacteria builds some unique ecosystems, adapting to local conditions. For that reason one antibiotic is effective in some patients, other in others, and some patients are resistant to all antibiotics (following discontinuation the disease recurs with a double strength). There is no anti-Lyme disease antibiotic effective for all patients and every time.
The conventional medicine has one cure for Lyme disease and associated co-infections - antibiotics. However, there is a dispute concerning how long should antibiotic be used for, and how strong (dosage and selection of antibiotics used concurrently). There are two main streams of that dispute. We will adapt the American terms for them: IDSA and ILADS. Currently valid Polish national Health Fund's guidelines for the treatment of Lyme disease are very similar to the IDSA standard.
IDSA - - according to that standard Lyme disease is hard to catch and easy to cure. Simplifying, the therapy consists in administration of a single antibiotic, most commonly Doxycycline, for 3 to 6 weeks, depending on advancement of the disease. An exception is the diagnosis of neurologic Lyme disease. In that case a 4th gen. antibiotic (able to penetrate through the blood:brain barrier) is administered intravenously (Biotraxon or Ceftriaxon) in hospital setting. Neurologic Lyme disease is diagnosed based on tests of the cerebrospinal fluid. After the treatment a patient is considered cured, regardless further presence or absence of symptoms. If symptoms persist after the treatment, they are referred to as "post-Lyme disease syndrome". That phenomenon is explained in various ways (e.g. by persistent damage caused by the disease, by patient's "hypersensitivity", etc.). That standard of treatment is currently largely abandoned in the US as ineffective, and causing rapid recurrence (according to IDSA nomenclature it is no longer Lyme disease, but a post-Lyme disease syndrome).
ILADS ILADS - according to that standard Lyme disease is easy
to catch and hard to cure. The antibiotic therapy is tailored to the advancement status of the
disease. A three-month treatment is recommended in case of early Lyme disease. In case of late
Lyme disease (over a year after infection) an at least one-year treatment is a recommended
standard. Late Lyme disease is considered cured after being symptoms-free for at least 2 months,
but not earlier than after a year from the start of the treatment. ILADS antibiotic therapy
involves much greater doses of antibiotics compared to the IDSA standard. The use of more than
one (3 to 5) antibiotics at the same time is normal in that standard. One of antibiotics used is
also intravenous Ceftriaxon/Biotraxon.
Some patients receive an aggressive antibiotic treatment for many years with no significant improvement. On the other hand, other patients are cured of all symptoms within a couple of months. Many Polish doctors use that standard of treatment, but it is not refunded by the National Health Fund. Depending on the cost of medical service in a region, the overall cost of the ILADS standard treatment (drugs, supplements, nursing services, medical visits) is estimated at 1 000 EUR to 3,000 EUR a month.
The ILADS approach requires a serious self-control in terms of the use of drugs, supplements and - most important - a strict diet. Neglecting the diet favours the destructive effect of antibiotics on human organism, and may lead to an equally serious disease - candidiasis.
Hot dispute is going in the USA between doctors and patients opting for the ILADS approach, and
the establishment gathered around IDSA. Insurance companies refuse to finance the long-term
antibiotic treatments, because they opt to the IDSA standard (the cost associated with the ILADS
standard is several times higher compared to that offered by IDSA). However, the number of
patients unsuccessfully treated with short-term mono-antibiotic treatments is growing. It seems
that the number of patients with chronic Lyme disease is close to the critical mass.
It seems, something is going to change for better in Poland in the close future. On Nov. 30th, 2016 the US House of Representatives passed the "21st Century Cures Act". It assumes formation of the National Working Group for Lyme disease. Both IDSA and ILADS representatives are invited to the joint commission. The commission may develop some new standards of treatment, and vote for a bigger budget for studies on treatment of Lyme disease. Importantly, work of the commission will be publicly available, which gives rise to hope that Lyme disease patients will be able to influence the IDSA position. We keep our fingers crossed!!!
We keep our fingers crossed!!!
The therapy of doctor Royal Raymond Rife
It is a therapy originating from the US, and used there. Vibrations of the electromagnetic field generated by a plasma lamp are used for killing bacteria causing Lyme disease and co-infections. The method may be used before, during and after antibiotic treatment. According to our experience it is a highly effective way of elimination of pathogens, particularly suitable in treatment of Lyme disease and co-infections.
Welcome to our Centre. Use our professional therapy according to doctor Royal Raymond Rife's method. We use the world leading Rife machines and apply proprietary, refined combinations of frequencies tailored for individual pathogens.
The therapy may be implemented on any stage:
- directly after being bitten by a tick,
- on the stage of erythema,
- in early Lyme disease (less than a year from the infection),
- and in late Lyme disease (over a year from the infection).
After being bitten by a tick...
Of course the tick has to be removed as soon as possible. Do not use any kind of creams, oils or butter. Use forceps (do not attempt pulling a tick out with your fingers) to grab it close to the surface of skin and not to damage its abdomen, and pull with a swift movement (do not twist, just pull straight from the skin). If any parts of a tick remain in the skin, they have to be removed and the site has to be disinfected. Non-skilful removal of ticks favours injection of pathogens to human blood.
If you are not sure if you can remove a tick properly, immediately report to a doctor, who will offer a professional attendance. Most often you will hear from the doctor that being bitten does not necessarily mean being infected (which is true). The doctor will recommend observation of the bite site. In case of development of erythema you should report to the doctor again.
At this point you should stop and think !!!The fight against a potential infection is the easiest directly after being bitten. A low dose of antibiotic may definitely do the job. If you or your doctor do not like the idea of prophylactic antibiotic therapy, you should ask for tests of the removed tick. Place the whole tick on a humid cosmetic pad, pack in a plastic bag and send it to a laboratory. If that is impossible, at least check with the local sanitary station (Sanepid in Poland) if there are current cases of Lyme disease in the area. Each local station should have a current map of infections. Having that knowledge we make the decision either to do nothing and hope for the tick not to be infected, or look for an experienced doctor who will, if need be, offer a preventive dose of an antibiotic.
Waiting for emergence of erythema may be deceptive, as it is present in just 30% of cases of infection. What if erythema does not appear, and yet the infection is present? We will be glad that no erythema is present, and the disease will develop in obscure... However, even administration of an antibiotic at the stage of erythema does not guarantee a cure. A symptomatic Lyme disease may develop also after an antibiotic treatment.
After being bitten:
o using forceps remove a
tick or immediately report to a doctor,
o have the tick tested for Lyme disease or at least check the history of infections in your area,
o discuss a prophylactic dose of an antibiotic with your doctor.
foetal infection from the mother,
a child drinking infected breast milk,
other insects (including mosquitoes) feeding on human blood.
Tick bite is the most common route of infection. Majority of people with Lyme disease does not remember being bitten. That is because very often the culprit are tick nymphs (juvenile form), size of a pinhead. They are hard to find, especially in some less visible places. Also a bite of a tick larva may lead to infection. Larvas are even smaller than nymphs. The mystery of being unaware of a tick-bite may be solved if we take a look at other possible routes of infection.
There are opinions that a tick has to remain for over 24 hours in the body, to cause an infection. That's a myth. Early removal of a tick reduces the risk but does not eliminate it. We have seen many cases of early removed tick and resulting Lyme disease.
You should remember that ticks are also active in winter, when days are warmer. If a temperature is over 10 degrees for a couple of days, there is a risk of being bitten by a tick also during winter months.
American sources reports a possible sexual transmission, infection via the placenta or via breast milk. Additionally, Borrelia bacteria often infect the urinary bladder, and therefore they are found in urine... There is also a growing body of evidence of transmission by mosquitoes and other insects feeding on blood.
A tricky disease...
Lyme disease and co-infections cause a broad spectrum of symptoms. Any organ may be attacked, and chronic Lyme disease involves several organs. Blood tests, CSF tests, ultrasound examinations, X-ray, MRI, ECG, EEG and other investigations often demonstrate no abnormalities.
Absence of 100% reliable diagnostic tests that could confirm active Lyme disease and co-infections is a great problem. Diagnostic methods used by the Polish national Health Fund are insufficient. Often the only available option is a diagnosis based on symptoms, and subsequent treatment on that base.
Non-diagnosed patients are often considered hypochondriac, and referred to psychiatrists. Prescribed anti-depressant drugs are seldom helpful... It is often so, that Lyme disease patients appear healthy, and if we consider the absence of objective test for the disease, it is obvious that sometimes doctors simply do not know what to do, and tend to push the problem away.
Friends, relatives, and doctors find it difficult to understand the great suffering associated with the disease. Being not understood, at pain hindering everyday activities, resulting in loss of job, deterioration of relations, may lead to suicidal attempts.
For that reason we would like to stress it once more time: even after a past ineffective and long-term ILADS antibiotic therapy and in the most severe cases, introduction of Rife therapy gives a chance for complete recovery.