This is going to be a very short post because I’ve just started really focusing on the connection between Lyme and the liver. I got my gallbladder out in 2005 and know this is very common for those of us with Lyme. I also know that Lyme can infect any organ, mimicking lupus. The Lyme spirochete produces biotoxins, and having co-infections like Babesia or mold, for example, will add a toxic load to the liver. After having 2 “gallbladder attacks” this year has brought my focus to the liver and knowing I have to be more serious about detoxing and also managing stress (both attacks happened during times of stress). It has been necessary to set firmer boundaries in relationships that were previously just wearing me out. I recommend looking at any source of stress and simplifying your life as much as you can to heal from Lyme or any disease.
In my case, this was a long-standing pattern and I finally healed it by bringing compassion and forgiveness to the other people involved as well as myself. Patterns will continue to get our attention until we do this. Honestly, I feel like a new person after a rough few weeks of transition, and someone even commented today that I look brighter and lighter. An estimated 95% of all diseases are stress-related, and in many cases, there are things we can do to remove or at least buffer the sources. Most of all, be kind and gentle for yourself, set healthy boundaries where needed, and never think it’s too late to change or break a cycle. The liver is associated with the emotion of anger, in Chinese medicine (and the gallbladder- rage), so those of us who are survivors of abuse and/or neglect need to work with forgiving other as well as ourselves, to resolve anger and help heal the liver.
There are herbs like dandelion root tea and milk thistle that are good for the liver. Also, foods like radishes and beets, as well as cruciferous vegetables and leafy greens which help bile flow more easily and liver tissues regenerate and heal. Avoiding stress and toxins (including alcohol, sugar, and pharmaceuticals like Tylenol which can cause liver damage), dealing with emotions like anger, frustration and sadness (not suppressing or denying, but actually looking within to see where they are coming from and what needs to be done or acknowledged to feel and release these emotions), and eating liver-friendly organic foods are all good places to start taking better care of this important and often over-taxed vital organ. This is essential to recover from Lyme or any other health issue. I will write more on the liver as I learn and digest what I’ve learned so far.