DETOXING LYME DISEASE - You can’t get better without these steps!
Posted on December 13th, 2007 by Michaelbstark
This was posted by my friend, Sue Massy, who has beat this bug and has helped hundreds of others.
Detoxifying and Excreting the Toxins of Borrelia
Borrelia (The Lyme Bug) produce numerous toxic BLPs. These toxins are important because they trigger many harmful responses in the body including the inflammation that is damaging to healthy tissue, and cause the dysfunction of the immune system. These toxins are fat-soluble lipoproteins and are very difficult to rid the body of. The body normally detoxifies fat-soluble substances in the liver and excretes them from the bile. Unfortunately, the toxins appear to be reabsorbed from the gut and circulate back into the body.
Treatments designed to aid the body in eliminating these toxins is a very important part of a complete and comprehensive Lyme disease therapy.
Glutathione is the most important detoxifying agent in the body to get rid of undesirable toxins such as BLPs produced by borrelia. It forms a soluble compound with the toxin that can then be excreted through the urine or the gut. The liver and kidneys contain high levels of glutathione as they have the greatest exposure to toxins. The lungs are also rich in glutathione partly for the same reason. Glutathione is a small molecule found in almost every cell. It cannot enter most cells directly. Instead glutathione must be synthesized inside the cell from its three constituent amino acids: glycine, glutamate and cysteine. The rate at which glutathione can be made depends on the availability of cysteine, which is relatively scarce in foodstuffs. Furthermore, the cysteine molecule has a sulfur-containing portion which gives the whole glutathione molecule its â€˜biochemical activityâ€™, I.e. Its ability to carry out its vitally important functions. Glutathione is the major antioxidant produced by the cell, protecting it from â€˜free radicalsâ€™ (â€˜oxygen radicalsâ€™, â€˜oxyradicalsâ€™). These highly reactive substances, if left unchecked, will damage or destroy key cell components (e.G. Membranes, DNA) in microseconds. Oxyradicals are generated in the many thousand mitochondria located inside each cell, where nutrients like glucose are burnt using oxygen to make energy. (Mitochondria can be thought of as the batteries that provide the power for the cells to operate). High levels of oxyradicals are also generated from inflammation or immune dysfunctions such as in chronic LD.
Thus, glutathione is required in many of the intricate steps needed to carry out an immune response. For example, it is needed for the lymphocytes to multiply in order to develop a strong immune response, and for â€˜killerâ€™ lymphocytes to be able to kill undesirable cells such as cancer cells or virally infected cells. The importance of glutathione cannot be overstated. It has multiple roles as indicated and, indeed, as one examines each system or organ more closely, the necessity for glutathione becomes increasingly evident. Glutathione values decline with chronic disease and age. Higher values in older people are seen to correlate with better health, underscoring the importance of this remarkable substance for maintaining a healthy, well-functioning body.
The two dietary supplements, undenatured whey proteins and NAC (N-acetyl-cysteine), are the best cost effective way to increases the production of intracellular glutathione.(***AGAIN, WHEY PROTEIN… LIKE GOATEIN FROM GARDEN OF LIFE. NAC IS IN THE FORMULA “LIVER MAX” WHICH MANY OF YOU HAVE BEEN ON)
The biliary system gives us a chance to trap the toxins while they are in the gut. Substances that trap fat-soluble compounds can be taken orally to do this. Care must be taken not to use these chronically because they can have side effects and reduce the absorption of healthy fat soluble vitamins and nutrients. (AF BETAFOOD IS EXCELLENT BECAUSE IT LIQUIFIES THE BILE AND THEN PURGES, CLEANS, THE LIVER, GREAT PRODUCT TO START WITH)
Chlorella ( I USE AND RECOMMEND PURE CHLORELLA FROM PREMIER RESEARCH LABS, THERE IS A LOT OF JUNK CHLORELLA OUT THERE)
Very effective detoxifier
Stimulates the immune system
Contains growth factors that stimulate the regeneration of damaged tissues.
Cholestyramine (Questran or Cholistad): a prescription that traps lipophilic compounds. Cholestyramine can cause constipation as a side effect.
Milk Thistle: Is probably the best herb that helps the liver detoxify and excrete bile.(This is in the LIVER MAX, once again)
Exercise & Sauna: increases the production of bile and mobilizes lipids. Heat therapy is a very effective detoxifying therapy. (Infra-red sauna)
Scrubing skin with sponges or brushes enhances the skins ability to remove toxins.(I would say ‘dry skin brushing, which is BEFORE you shower or take a bath. Brush from feet towards heart, fingertips towards heart in back-and-forth motion and circular)
Using fiber (psyllium) to scrub the GI tract removes dead epithelial cells that contain toxins.(I usually start people on EXPERIENCE, a 90-day Colon Cleanse product)
NAC (N-acetyl-cysteine): The best supplement that increases the production of glutathione, which is used in detoxification. (In the LIVER MAX, once again )
Taurine: An amino acid that aids in detoxification by providing a good source of sulfur.(I recommend not just taking 1 amino acid…they should be taken as a group..there are 8 essential and all can be taken in PLATINUM PLUS)