Wouldn't it be grand if we all had superb detoxification mechanisms? Unfortunately, some of us don't, and let's suppose you are one of these. Whether borrelia has compromised your body's ability to remove toxins, or you were born missing a key gene involved in the detoxification process, you will need to address any deficits in order to heal.
So what are the chances that you can't detox properly? Some LLMD's estimate that approximately ten percent of Lyme sufferers have this problem, so it's well-worth getting a test to find out if you are the one in ten who needs a little detox help.
If you don't, you may suffer consequences, since biotoxins produced from Lyme disease, when they aren't removed by the body, cause all kinds of damage. Besides increasing inflammation, they deprive cells of oxygen and interfere with hormones and other biochemical processes. The presence of borrelia biotoxins may explain why some people don't recover from Lyme disease, even after many rounds of antibiotics or other protocol. As long as there's leftover bug goop moving about the system, you will still suffer symptoms just as if you still had an active infection.
How can you know whether you have trouble getting rid of biotoxins? A good start would be to have your physician order the 5-part HLA genetic marker test from Lab Corp or the two-part test from Qwest. As several HLA tests exist, you'll want to make sure that your physician has ordered the right one. The Lab Corp test is number #012542. If your results show a 15-6-51 or a 16-5-51 pattern, then this means that you lack a necessary gene for removing biotoxins.
Performing a visual contrast sensitivity test canlikewise be useful. This test measures the effects of biotoxins on the visual system and is a good indicator of their effects upon the body overall. Dr. R. Shoemaker, a biotoxin expert, is one practitioner who utilizes the VCS test on his patients. It can also be found by doing a search on the Internet.
Fixing detoxification problems can be simple or relatively complicated, depending upon how much damage the toxins have already done to the body. A powerful toxin binder such as cholestyramine should be a foremost consideration, along with other supportive supplements and/or therapies to aid in the functioning and rebuilding of bodily systems that have suffered a serious blow as a result of biotoxins. This may include bio-identical or synthetic hormones, enzymes and fatty acids, as well as other nutrients. Indeed, for some Lyme disease patients, by the time that they have discovered their detox problems, much damage has already been done and biochemical supports will be required if symptoms are to be eradicated.
But don't despair! There is hope for those who cannot purge themselves of the trash that borrelia and its cronies leave behind. Solutions exist, and if you and your physician are knowledgeable about biotoxins and are able to successfully address these, you will increase your chances for recovery from Lyme disease.