July 9, 2015
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Alexandria, Va. – Is it possible to return to optimum health after a Lyme disease diagnosis? Dr. Gerda Edwards PhD, DNM, founder of Q. P. Wellness, says “Absolutely.” By addressing not only the Lyme, but functionality of the body, co-infections and opportunistic bacteria, Edwards helps clients rebuild their health using natural medicine protocols.
The Borrelia burdorferi spirochete is the primary microbe found in Lyme disease. There are 36 known species of Borrelia, most common infections are Lyme, Southern Tick Associated Rash Illness (STARI), Borrilia miyamoti, and Tickborne Relapsing Fever (TBRF). Lyme disease often comes with one or more of the 20 identified co-infections transmitted with a tick bite. Such co-infections serve as armor protecting the Borrelia inside the body further complicating the disease. Lyme is not always present when infected by something from a tick bite.
In order to regain health, multiple levels of healing must take place. People who suffer from Lyme need to address both the Borrelia and the related co-infections, such as Anaplasma, Ehrlichia, Babesia, Bartonella, Mycoplasma and Rickettsia. There are also various conditions that contribute to the severity of the disease such as chronic fatigue, gastrointestinal issues, joint pain, nutritional deficiencies and hormonal imbalances. Eradicating only the Borrelia is a small piece of the full healing process.
Once Lyme is positively identified, pharmaceutical antibiotics can be life-saving, but for some patients, the harsh side effects of this type of Lyme protocol are too difficult to endure. Additionally a short regimen of antibiotics is sometimes minimally effective because antibiotics can promote spirochetes to encyst in the body and resurface when the immune system is challenged. In these cases, or in cases where the Lyme itself is addressed but a variety of symptoms still exist, natural medicine can be a great course of action.
“A person who receives a Lyme diagnosis very likely had a weakened immune system prior to tick-borne infection,” said Edwards. “The person has to ask
themself, why? The answer often lies in identifying the toxic and inflammatory load on the body and finding the elements that cause added stress on the immune system.”
Stresses can be environmental. Things such as mold, mycotoxins, electromagnetic frequencies (EMF) and heavy metals fall into this category. Opportunistic pathogens may be at fault. Examples of this are other bacteria, viruses or fungi within the body. A person’s immune system may be weakened as a result of emotional causes such as beliefs, thoughts or life events, or trauma. Nutritional elements can also tax the immune system. Food sensitivities or nutritional deficiencies are examples of this. All of these factors have adverse effects on the functionality of the body and can lead to chronic inflammation and/or infection, ultimately complicating the effects of Lyme. “Knowing what caused the immune system to malfunction before it was weakened by tick borne infection is paramount to start the healing process,” said Edwards.
Addressing the Borrelia and co-infections takes daily timing of very specific supplements and a rotation of anti-microbials due to the stealth nature of tick born bacteria. Natural remedies can be used in conjunction with antibiotics for a complete approach. Rebuilding health from Lyme disease must also include eliminating opportunistic bacteria, and repairing the functionality of the body. It will take time, commitment and patience but it can be done.
In order to identify the body’s stress factors, Edwards assesses clients through comprehensive interviews and functional testing. Based on an analysis of detailed information, she develops recommended natural protocols, educates and monitors client progress.
Lyme disease is transmitted primarily through the bite of a tick, specifically the blacklegged, or as it is commonly known, deer tick. However, recent research supports the possibility that Lyme disease may also be passed by other biting insects such as mosquitoes, biting flies and mites.
People enjoying outdoor activities during the warmer months should take precaution in protecting themselves from ticks. A good rule of thumb is for people to minimize exposed skin, stay out of tall grasses or heavily wooded areas as well as checking themselves and their children for ticks following outdoor activity.
Should a person find a tick, do not squeeze it to pull it out. The tick will regurgitate and transfer its contents into the blood stream. Local services, often provided through a city’s health department, can be utilized to identify the tick. While this will not tell whether or not the tick was infected with Lyme, it will supply information as to the type of tick with which the person made contact.
About Q.P. Wellness, LLC
Dr. Gerda Edwards retired from a distinguished career in the Navy with 27 years of service to her country. Through hard work, lifestyle changes and natural medicine, she overcame some serious health challenges of her own, which led her back to her dream and passion for a career in the field of health sciences and natural medicine. She completed a comprehensive study and the body’s healing ability and Ph.D. dissertation becoming one of only a few board certified Doctors of Natural Medicine on the east coast. Founder of Alexandria, Va. based Q.P. Wellness, Edwards, along with her team, serves clients nationally and around the world as a specialist in rebuilding health from chronic illness. www.qpwellness.com