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Lyme Disease and Co-Infections

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Lyme Disease and Co-Infections

Dr. Jack Kunkel

Lyme Disease and Co-Infections

Borreliosis, also known as Lyme disease, is caused by a bacterium called Borrelia burgdorferi.

Lyme disease is most commonly transmitted to humans by tick, but can also be transmitted by anything with a vector such as mosquitos or spiders.

Lyme disease is mainly a combination of bacteria and parasites that invade, suppress, expose, compromise, and exhaust cellular function. Although Lyme disease is rarely life-threatening, delayed treatment can result in more severe disease.


Early Stage

  • Erythema migrans (EM) rash (swollen lymph nodes may occur in the absence of rash)
  • tiredness (fatigue)
  • muscle and joint pain
  • headaches
  • Fever or chills
  • neck stiffness.

Late Stage

  • Numbness, pain, or paralysis of nerves/facial muscles
  • Meningitis
  • Brief bouts of arthritis
  • Memory and cognition issues
  • Fatigue, headache, and sleep disturbances

Where Does Lyme Disease Occur?

In the United States, the vast majority of cases of Lyme disease occur in New England, the Mid-Atlantic states, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. It also occurs, although much less frequently, on the Pacific Coast, primarily in Northern California and Oregon.

Despite its prevalence, an overwhelmingly large number of people are treated incorrectly for Lyme in the United States.

How We Treat Lyme Disease

The only way to treat Lyme disease for good is to attack it at the root, which means catching and eliminating co-infections on a cellular level is key.

Common Co-infections with Lyme Include:

  • Mycotoxins
  • Babesia
  • Bartonella
  • Rickettsia
  • Ehrichlia and Anaplasma

How Others Treat Lyme Disease

Most general practitioners will recommend a 2 to 4 week course of oral antibiotics or a combination of herbs.

This treatment is ineffective because the antibiotics can actually change the Lyme into a different type of bacteria or into a persister cell which is even harder to kill than Lyme.

Understanding Coinfections

Sometimes, when a tick (or something else with a vector) bites you, it can give you more than just Lyme disease. It can also give you other kinds of germs called co-infections.

That’s because sometimes, bugs like ticks or spiders can carry more than one type of germ at the same time so when you get bit by a bug that is carrying more than one germ, you can get a “coinfection”. This means you have more than one type of germ in your body at the same time, and it can make you feel even more sick.

Here are common reasons why you may have chronic Lyme

You have been or are being exposed to mold, industrial toxins, and radioactive elements. Plus, you may have a parasite infection; the parasite nematode provides a safe house for Lyme

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