Chronic Lyme Disease
Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected black-legged ticks.
Typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin rash called erythema migrans.
If left untreated, infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system.
Lyme disease is diagnosed based on symptoms, physical findings (e.g., rash), and the possibility of exposure to infected ticks.
Laboratory testing is helpful if used correctly and performed with validated methods.
Most cases of Lyme disease can be treated successfully if caught early.
Steps to prevent Lyme disease include using insect repellent, removing ticks promptly, applying pesticides, and reducing tick habitat.
How do we test for Chronic Lyme Disease?
The human immune system consists of several different types of white blood cells with one category being called Lymphocytes.
Lymphocytes consists of 3 subcategories of white blood cells known as B-Cells, T-Cells, and Natural Killer Cells.
B-Cells are responsible for antibody production.
T-Cells and Natural Killer Cells are responsible for killing foreign invaders.
CD57 is a natural killer cell.
"CD" stands for "Cluster Designation" which is simply a molecule on the cell that gives the CD57 cell its identity.
The "57" in CD57 is just an implication of the numerical order it was discovered in.
CD57 natural killer cells are designed to kill many types of bacteria, but are uniquely attracted to Borrelia burgdorderi (i.e., the Lyme bacteria) due to its type of cell wall.
Borrelia's cell wall consists of lipopolysaccharide which is a lattice type of structure.
CD natural killer cells, CD57 specifically responds to this type of foreign invader.
It is generally believed that the lower the amount of CD57 natural killer cells in the body, the more chronic or progressive Lyme disease is, and the higher the amount, the closer a person is to remission.
A CD57 natural killer cell level of about 200 is believed to be the area in which it is safe to discontinue use of a protocol without the risk of encountering a relapse.
Even if your symptoms disappear, you should still continue with treatment until your CD57 reaches about 200 to avoid a relapse.
200 is also the level where CD57 natural killer cells should naturally reside.
High CD57 levels with symptoms could be an indication that one is actually dealing with a co-infection as opposed to Lyme itself.
How do we treat Chronic Lyme Disease?
High dose Vitamin C IV's
Other nutrients as needed
Oral supplementation of nutrients as needed
Every case is unique and requires a thorough exam, history and blood work. Please contact us to learn more.