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    Lyme disease (LD), also called Borreliosisor Lyme borreliosis, is a bacterial infection transmitted by ticks. It was first describer in the USA in 1975 in Old Lyme, Conneticut, however, reports of Lyme disease can be found in medical literature in Europe as early as 1883.

    Lyme disease has been reported in all continents except Antartica. In the USA most Lymedisease cases (-95%) have occured in North-Eastern states.This disease occurs in almost all countries in Europe, especially the Scandinavian countries, Germany, and Slovenia.

    Public awereness of Lyme disease has ben steadily growing over the recent years. It is the most common vector-bonrne disease in the USA (with -30,000 cases annually) and in Europe (with -65-80,00 cases anually). While these numbers reflect only reported cases, the real number of patients affected wth Borreliosis may be even up to ten times higher due to frequents misdiagnosis and false negative results that may occur in as many as 50% of the cases.



    Rootcause Bioenergy deficiency in heart muscle cells
    Therapeutic approach Optimizing bioenergy metabolism
    Key micronutrients B vitamins, CoQ10, Carnitine
    Studies conducted by the
    Dr. Rath Research insitute
    • Study 1
    • Study 2

    1. Stage I – Early Stage (appears 3-30 days after tick bite)

    • Skin lesion at the injection site, followed by redness of the surrounding skin area. In many cases this redness begins to migrate over the body surface. This is known as the red rash (erythema migrans). Some infected people suffer from this rash in several different sites of the body.
    • Flu-like symptoms: Symptoms include fatigue, chills, fever, headache, muscle and joint aches, swollen lymph nodes, and
      nausea. It is important to note that these symptoms may vanish without treatment.

    2. Stage II – Early disseminated Stage (appears days to weeks after tick bite) rashes appearing in other places on the body
    fatigue, nausea, diarrhea depression, anxiety, mood swings

    • cognitive impairment, light/sound sensitivity
    • severe headaches and/or neck stiffness due to meningitis
    • pain and swelling in the large joints (ankle, wrist, elbow, knee, hip and shoulder joint)
    • shooting pains with or without sleep disturbance
    • facial palsy with loss of muscle tone on one or both sides of the face
    • heart palpitations and dizziness due to changes in heartbeat

    3. Stage III – Bacteria occupying certain Organs (appears months to years after tick bite)

    • Neurological complications: Up to 5% of patients with untreated Lyme disease develop neurological symptoms such as shooting pains, weakness or itching/tingling in the hands and/or feet, impaired short-term memory, muscle impairment, and severe fatigue. Also, heart problems (an irregular heartbeat), and inflammation of the eyes and liver (hepatitis) can appear.
    • Arthritis: About 60% of patients with untreated Lyme disease develop arthritis (severe joint pain with swelling), usually in the knees, although pain can move from one joint to another. Note: arthritis manifests differently than arthralgia (pain, but not swelling).

    4. Stage IV – Chronic Stage

    • muscle pains
    • joint pains
    • cognitive defects
    • neuralgia
    • sleep disturbance
    • fatigue

    The causative pathogen of Lyme disease is a bacterium of genus borrelia, which belongs to the spirochetes family. Spirochetes are spindle-shaped, actively moving bacteria. There are several dozen subspecies of borrelia. About a dozen of them can trigger Lyme disease in humans. Lyme disease is manifested as an inflammatory disease that can affect many organs in the body. In its early (localized) stage it affects mainly the skin. In later stages the inflammation spreads to the joints, nervous system and also to the heart, muscles or other organs. Since conventional therapies with antibiotics do not usually destroy.

    all pathogens and, in the late stages of the disease, have only a limited effect, Lyme disease can develop or flare up, although the patient initially shows no symptoms.

    The borrelia bacteria can occur in our body in three forms, which basically reflect the stages of the disease. These include:
    1. The Nymphal Stage. At this stage after an infection the borrelia bacteria are in their original form, the spindle-shaped spirochete.
    2. The Rounded-Form Stage. At this stage the filamentous bacteria structures have contracted to a spherical shape. This is a kind of “protective mechanism” for bacteria, which particularly occurs when antibiotics are administered.
    3. The Biofilm Stage. At this stage the borrelia bacteria have built their own “nest”. This nest is called biofilm and represents a deposit of bacterial colonies, nestled between connective tissue molecules. Biofilms embedded in muscle or joint structures occur particularly frequently, but can also affect any other organ. In this way, borrelia bacteria can survive years or even decades in the human body.

    This distinction is of practical importance: Antibiotic treatment shows a significant effect only in the first stage (nymphal stage). In subsequent stages, antibiotics have limited or no effect at all. Therefore, the search for new ways to be able
    to effectively inhibit Lyme disease, at even advanced stages, was especially important. Recent research has shown that certain micronutrients – i.e. natural substances – are able to control even advanced stages of Lyme disease.

    At the Dr. Rath Research Institute, natural approaches have been researched for controlling Lyme disease. The most important research results are presented in a summary: In the first series of experiments, we examined the effectiveness of a combination of micronutrients in killing borrelia spirochetes in comparison with the most commonly used antibiotic (Doxycycline). The chart above shows that the micronutrients were as effective as the antibiotic. In a second series of experiments, we studied the same micronutrient combination and the same antibiotic with regard to their effectiveness in killing the round forms of borrelia bacteria. As the chart shows, at this stage the antibiotic is barely effective and the percentage of active bacteria remains equal to that under antibiotic treatment (red line). In contrast, when using micronutrients the percentage of bacteria that are still active is reduced by 50 % (black line).


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