Canadians Are Also Being Under Attack by Lyme Disease (Nature of Things)

If anyone knows a good Lyme Dr in the Edmonton, Alberta area- please let me know! ūüėČ

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Ticked off: Making Sense of the Lyme Disease Controversy

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EXACTLY How I Make My Colloidal Silver for Lyme

  1. Using a tester from SilverGen which has been newly calibrated with calibrating solution (also from SilverGen), test 3-4 brands of locally available “steam-distilled” water, and use ONLY water that tests 2ppm or under. Pick lowest ppm water and check at least every 6 months to make sure the water is still of good quality- this will entail RE-calibrating the tester, which means ordering more calibration solution every 6 months to make sure both the water and the CS solution you are making is exactly the ppm that you think it is (PPM means “parts per million” and is VERY important for knowing how pure the water you use is, and how strong you are making your CS).
  2. Using the lowest ppm water locally available to you, always under 2 ppm to maintain purity and therefore, safety- fill a clean 32 oz Ball jar with said water, leaving about 1-2 inches of airspace at the top of the jar (never add anything else to your water, and make sure it is room temperature (not refrigerated). Follow this video for the SilverEdge CS generator, which is the unit I have been using for almost 4 years, now.¬†***NOTE- I run my generator for 12 hrs to make the 24-25ppm “double strength” solution***
  3. Use the ppm tester to make sure the silver you are making is under 30ppm to be most effective for internal use- anything above 30ppm won’t be small enough to penetrate.
  4. I use clean 32 oz amber-colored beer bottles to store my silver in, to protect it from light. Only light and magnetism (including your refrigerator- never, ever put your CS inside or next to your refrigerator because of the coils on the back, which are magnetic) will degrade your silver, so avoid both of these when you are storing yours in GLASS only, in a DARK place, and AWAY FROM the refrigerator. Also, don’t use metal to store or measure your silver in, only glass or ceramic (like a coffee cup to drink out of). Also, do not use plastic to store (ok to measure) CS, as it collects static and will over time cause the silver ions to fall out of solution. It is probably OK to drink CS from plastic.
  5. I also filter mine through a coffee filter inserted into a funnel, to remove silver oxide gray flecks that may form on the silver electrodes, so that the end solution is pure CS.
  6. This is the method that has been working for me, at 8 oz of 24-25ppm CS, for 4 years in December. I have experience NO side effects apart from herxing (detox reaction), and the Lyme/Babsesia is in remission, with minor flares when I’m experiencing stress (stress depresses the immune system, so stress reduction is imperative to beat Lyme!).
  7. NOTE- I would always treat silver like dairy when medication is concerned (such as doxycycline, with dairy restrictions). This is because both calcium (in dairy) and silver are metals. In the case of Doxy, just pretend the silver is dairy, to avoid preventing absorption of the medicine. That’s what I did, not that I’d EVER take Doxy again!!!
  8. One last thing- CS should ALWAYS look just like regular water, until you shine a laser pointer through it. If there is silver in suspension, you will be able to see the red beam through the water (try it with plain steam-distilled water to see the difference). Old school CS makers think that the solution has to be yellow or even opaque (like mud!) to be effective, when exactly the OPPOSITE is true. To the naked eye, a high quality CS solution should look like clear, clean, regular steam-distilled water. Period. ūüėČ
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Colloidal Silver, Biofilm Busting Enzymes, and Detoxing

I’m trying to get to some of the questions and comments by posting my answers for everyone to see, since many of the same questions get asked. This is the colloidal silver (aka ionic silver) protocol I that I use. I’ve been using silver for 4 years in December. It did take 5 months to work up to the full amount I take, which is 8 oz¬†@ 24-25ppm. I take this last thing before bed, because it is an alkaline solution which will neutralize stomach acid, especially in someone like me who tends to not have enough stomach acid to digest food properly. Having enough salt in my diet helps both with digestion and fighting Lyme, as well as supporting my tired adrenal glands, which are wore out from fighting chronic infections for so long. When I was taking the enzymes to dissolve biofilms (Nattokinase and Serrapeptase), I would take them together on an empty stomach in between meals (30-45 minutes before or after food) and not with my silver.

The last thing I do before bed is brush my teeth and drink the 8 oz silver, swishing it around in my mouth quite a bit before swallowing. That way, it can help kill any bacteria in my mouth, in between my teeth or around my gums, which helps to fight cavities and gingivitis (gum disease), both caused by bacteria biofilms on the teeth, which feed on sugar. I’ve heard that folks with metal (mercury) fillings find the silver a bit irritating, but I only have one composite filling and don’t find the metallic taste any more annoying than holding a metal spoon in my mouth. If the metallic taste is too discomforting, I would¬†imagine it might be helpful to¬†use a straw to get the solution past the teeth and fillings? The only downside to taking the CS last thing before bed is that I do have to get up and use the bathroom in the middle of the night, but it is a small price to pay IMO, to be giving my stomach acid all night to recover in time to digest breakfast, and to be fighting Lyme.

I used to split up the silver in the beginning, but somehow I decided taking it all at once worked best for me, and packs more of a punch by flooding my body w/silver ions all at one time. Again, just sharing what works for me, just in case it helps anyone else who is fighting Lyme on their own. YMMV, so follow your gut and your heart- and don’t forget to pray and ask for guidance. That was what helped me the most- praying, and then listening for the answer (that still, small voice) and following the “signs”. That’s how I found silver and Kombucha tea. Ask and ye shall receive!

There is no cookie-cutter formula for victory over Lyme… It is a healing journey, and each person is going to figure out what is right for herself. One thing I wish I’d done a better job at is keeping a journal- so start one now, if you haven’t already. This way you have a record of what you tried and how it made you feel. Also, don’t forget detox. I’ll be writing a post on this soon, but detox is at least 1/2 the battle against Lyme (killing it is the other 1/2). Epsom salt baths, lemon water, Kombucha tea, chlorella, NAC, liver support herbs (milk thistle, dandelion root tea), drinking clean water w/a pinch of salt or baking soda to support the adrenals, infrared saunas, and dry skin brushing are all good things to support detox and help avoid harsh Herxheimer reactions.

Please see my links page for info on where I got my colloidal silver generator, ppm tester, and calibration solution for the tester. I do not sell this equipment, but I do believe that the methods I use create a high-quality CS solution that penetrates deep into the body to follow the Borrelia bacteria deep into the body where it hides. This requires a small particle size and non-clumping silver ions with under a 30ppm concentration for oral use, since anything above 30 ppm causes agglomeration or clumping of the ions. This renders the particles too large to penetrate deep enough to find Lyme in the bone marrow, or to cross the blood-brain barrier.

For this reason, only “steam-distilled” water of less than 2 ppm should be used to generate CS, to make sure the end product is pure, and not full of unknown silver compounds.¬† Using dirty water (tap, filtered, reverse osmosis, etc…)¬†in my opinion, as well as adding salt (something that used to be popular when using a battery -operated “Beck” generator was the only option), creates an inferior silver solution that will be less effective against pathogens and more likely to cause argyria, or grey-bluing of the skin and mucous membranes. All cases of argyria that I have heard of seem to involve silver salts, silver nitrates, or other unknown silver compounds which are too large to metabolize and get stuck in the skin. Pure silver ions suspended in pure water are so much tinier than the molecules in¬†regular antibiotics or silver compounds, so they are not only much safer and effective, they are absorbed high enough in the digestive tract to not harm the good gut flora. It is still, however, a good idea to take probiotics and consume cultured foods such as Kombucha tea, water kefir, sauerkraut, yogurt, etc… EDIT, 5/30/18: I no longer make or consume fermented foods due to Lyme causing high histamines.

I hope this helps to answer some frequently asked questions.

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HOW TO REMOVE A TICK, REDUX

May is LYME DISEASE AWARENESS month!

I have seen many posts on the Internet about how bad the ticks are this year, on both dogs and people. NOW, is when the baby nymph deer ticks are out in full-force. It is IMPERATIVE to remove a tick properly, without upsetting it or making it back out by using heat, chemicals, or any other irritation.

When a tick gets irritated enough to back out on its own, ***IT REGURGITATES ITS STOMACH CONTENTS INTO YOUR BODY***. This includes Lyme disease or any other pathogen it may be carrying (and they are many- Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Babesiosis, and other potentially debilitating and maybe even fatal Lyme co-infections)!!!

(Click here for a “HOW TO REMOVE A TICK” YouTube video, will open in new window)

So, invest a few dollars in a pair of needle-nosed tweezers so you can gently but firmly pull the tick out slowly and without upsetting it. If you get it off the RIGHT WAY, not long after it attaches, you greatly reduce the chances of getting infected. If you get it off the WRONG WAY, by irritating it and making it back out, you have greatly increased your chance of infection (or your dog’s, your child’s, etc…)!!!

PLEASE spread this important info because so much suffering and pain could be avoided by all of us learning and teaching how to safely and properly remove an attached tick. Getting the tick off in the first 24 hrs of attachment or less is best.

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If the mouthparts get torn off while you are pulling it out with needle-nosed tweezers, NO WORRIES- they aren’t the part that makes you sick, and you can get them out much like removing a splinter, or your body will push them out in a few days. It’s what is in the TICK’S STOMACH that you need to worry about.

Pass this info on to anybody you care about- it can save their health, and maybe even their life! Thank you, so much. The best way to fight Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses is to PREVENT them in the first place. For you, your pets and family. It is a good idea to keep the tick in a sealed jar, in case it needs to be tested at a later date.

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Lyme Disease In Dogs- SYMPTOMS

A year ago, today- my sister’s dog passed away at only 3 years old from what I believe was undiagnosed Lyme disease. I have had 3 dogs of my own that I believe had undiagnosed Lyme disease as well. Two passed at 9 years old, and the most recent furfriend I lost to Lyme was only 5. He probably would have gone sooner, had we given him steroids like my sister’s dog got on a regular basis? Steroids and Lyme (or any other infection, but ESPECIALLY Lyme) do not mix well. One knocks out the immune system, and the other takes full advantage of that to dig in even deeper. My sweet Poodle Boy has been gone less than 2 weeks, and I’m still reeling from the shock of what happened. I’m wanting to write about it while it is still fresh, but I won’t be able to tell it all in one post. It’s still too painful, but I want to help even just ONE dog owner, if I can, see Lyme disease in their dog and have a chance to save their faithful best furfriend. My dog didn’t really have a chance, with an acute Lyme infection in addition to co-infections (most likely Babesia, according to the ER vet doctor) and more than likely vaccine damage. He was sick as a puppy, as well- and I don’t know if he had Lyme already when we got him at almost 5 months old. We were the 5th house he lived at after the breeder, for whatever reason, and I do know he had a nasty Giardia (stomach parasite) bug that was keeping him from housebreaking. After we treated him for that, he seemed to feel so much better, I thought we were through the rough part, and that he’d live a full & happy life. My sister reminded me there were reports of him having seizures before he came to live with us, but we never saw any, or didn’t recognize them when we did… Seizures as a pup may have been an early infection (or a sign of congenital Lyme), and/or a bad reaction to the vaccines (which shouldn’t have been given until he got over the Giardia infection, at the very least!)? Little did we know what was lurking, waiting to rear its ugly head less than a month ago. All we know for sure is that his little body couldn’t take insult after injury, and after his last round of vaccines last November (3 of them at once: leptospira booster, 3 yr rabies, and bordatella ***NOTE: Leptospirosis is a spirochete bacteria, just like LYME! Hmmm…!), I can look back and see him “slowing down” and acting more like an “old dog”, even though he was only 5 years old (roughly 40 in human years).

He had the following symptoms of Lyme:

  • Sudden lameness, shifting from one leg/joint to another
  • Walking in pain with arched back, as if on eggshells- also, not wanting to move or walk at all
  • Lethargy, sleeping all the time, not even wanting (or able) to raise head or wag tail at times
  • Depression, not interested in anything- not toys, food, other dogs, even the mailman (The Archnemesis!!!)
  • Trouble breathing, panting, gasping for air, labored breathing- coughing and clearing throat
  • Fever- between 102-105, never below 102 in the last 2 weeks of his life. 106 is considered fatal for dogs…
  • Twitching and tremors, often coming in waves- or muscle spasms in only one leg while lying down
  • Personality changes, hard to explain, but just not acting like himself- sometime not recognizing me- dementia
  • Stiff neck and shoulders, holding a strange posture with neck and head, like a turtle sticking head out of shell
  • Loss of appetite, even for “favorite” foods- we were having to force-feed him after he started Doxycycline
  • Sensitivity to touch, not wanting to be petted, flinching upon contact- even if dog sees you reaching towards him first

My guess is that he had a headache, but how is a dog supposed to tell that he has a headache (as well as other symptoms)? All I know is that looking in his eyes, which looked vacant and glazed-over, were like looking at mine at the worst of my Lyme symptoms. The last time I was reinfected in 2010 I had a terrible headache for 10 days, straight. Dogs probably have many more symptoms that they just can’t describe to us humans, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t get headaches or even feel nauseated (in the absence of vomiting).

His other symptoms that may have been caused by Lyme or a co-infection(s) (such as Babesiosis aka Babesia) were:

  • Runny eyes and nose, lots of drainage down throat- choking and gagging, not wanting to lie on back
  • Bladder infection, incontinence, frequent urination and excessive water drinking (Lyme affects kidneys), blood in urine, dark-colored urine (his was a dark orange), an indication of bilirubin and the death of many RBCs (red blood cells)
  • Extremely high WBC count- ER vet said highest she’d ever seen, ruling out an autoimmune disorder and proof of infection(s)
  • Liver stress, throwing enzymes- jaundice, yellowing of sclera in eyes (white part) or pale gums
  • Kidney stress, protein in urine
  • Dehydration
  • Pounding, racing heart

Ok, that’s all I can take for now. There isn’t much good information out there on Lyme for dogs, so I’ll try to get as much info together as I can, as well as relating my experience with my beloved dog. I’m also wondering- why don’t cats get Lyme (they do, but very rarely)?

 

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PREVENT Lyme where it starts in your yard!

DAMMINIX- Tick Tubes

Right now, these are available on eBay for $20/6 tubes. If I had ticks in my yard, I’d certainly want to use these (or make my own with cut PVC pipes and cotton balls soaked in permethrin or pyrethrin, using protective gloves/mask). 6 tubes treats 1/2 to 1 acre of land, 1/8 acre of mouse habitat. Since mice are the primary host of deer ticks, and the reservoir where the Lyme bacteria is harbored, using these tick tubes will drastically prevent the transmission of Borrelia to the ticks that bite us and our pets. More on Lyme disease and our pets in my next post… The best way I know how to fight Lyme disease is to PREVENT it. Tick season is almost upon us, here in the US. Please check out these tick tubes, especially if you live in a rural area frequented by deer and/or mice.

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