Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Health

The Fourth of July is one of our favorite times of the year, but it makes me think of more than country pride and independence. It reminds me that we all have a right to pursue life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness and health. 

Do you feel like health is attainable, or does it feel like it’s impossible to grab onto? For Lyme disease and co-infection patients, it can be hard to remember what being healthy even feels like. However, healing is possible for you.

Read on to learn more.

Life, liberty and the pursuit of health.

Life, liberty and the pursuit of health

America’s Independence Day reminds me of one of my favorite quotes by former President Harry S. Truman: “America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.” 

That’s how I believe a patient’s chronic Lyme journey needs to be approached as well. We should run after life, liberty and the pursuit of health. 

Unfortunately, it can often feel like we aren’t living in freedom and opportunity because of the trials we are facing, the expense of seeking help and health, and the complexity and disappointment of searching for answers. It can feel like you’re in the fight alone when doctors throw up their hands in confusion or carelessly dismiss your symptoms. It’s difficult to continue fighting for answers, hope and relief. 

Carrying the torch: Lyme advocacy, care and research

We need more doctors to step up, be more curious, and become advocates for those suffering from mysterious symptoms. 

As some of the great Lyme-literate doctors of our time are beginning to retire, including Richard Horowitz, Daniel Cameron, Karen Vrchota, Neil Nathan, and Stephen Buhner (d. 2022), other doctors must carry on the torch of Lyme advocacy, care and research. These doctors have courageously fought for the health of those with chronic Lyme and co-infections, and now younger doctors must step up to the plate and continue their good work and research.

I implore doctors to be courageous; to stand up for what is right for their own health and the health of others; to use their imagination to solve difficult problems; and to be determined to pursue health for their patients and not give up. 

When I was sick, I couldn’t pursue my dreams and happiness. I had goals and tasks I wanted to accomplish in life, but I wasn’t feeling well enough to do it. I know that’s how chronic Lyme patients feel as well. Any time your body and mind are riddled with chronic inflammation and illness, accomplishing any task can feel leagues more difficult than when you were well. 

Knowing how chronic illness can affect the quality of your life, I have empathy for my patients. As a doctor, my goal is to help those with chronic illnesses and chronic Lyme and co-infections feel well again so they can pursue their goals and dreams once more, unencumbered by disease. 

Affected by Lyme: I know what it’s like

Lyme disease and co-infections have personally affected my family.

When our first two children were young, my wife and I experienced one hardship after another because our health was on the rocks. We discovered she was dealing with Lyme and other tick-borne illnesses, which rocked our world. I was using every resource I could to try to help my family. 

This time in life shaped us into who we are now. My career of helping those with Lyme disease and co-infections happened because of my mission to help my wife heal. It was because Lyme struck my family that it became my life’s work. 

I know there are thousands of individuals and families struggling to find hope amidst the turmoil of disease, and we have stats to prove it.

Upper Midwest a hotspot for Lyme and co-infections

Just like my wife, hundreds of thousands of people are struggling to live their everyday lives because of chronic Lyme disease and co-infections. In Minnesota and Wisconsin alone, there are at least 100,000 new cases of Lyme disease every year.

In 2022, a John Hopkins study found that even people who get properly diagnosed with Lyme disease and get the proper antibiotic regimen within 30 days still have a 10% failure rate to come back to full health. This 10% are left with chronic pain, fatigue, and/or neurological symptoms. As we know, Lyme has an immense effect on the nervous system. 

In the study, they also estimated that 20-30% of people don’t get properly diagnosed and treated.

With these estimations in mind, that would mean that 10,000-30,000 people in Minnesota and Wisconsin alone develop chronic, long-term problems with Lyme disease every year.

While the upper Midwest and the Northeastern states are hotspots for ticks infected with Lyme disease and co-infections, animals and birds can spread ticks throughout the United States.

Multiple reasons Lyme falls through the cracks:

Why are so many victims of Lyme disease and co-infections going unnoticed? There are several reasons. 

  1. Doctors assume you must have a bulls-eye rash or you don’t have Lyme.
  2. Doctors run outdated tests from the early ‘90s.
  3. Doctors think IgG is a past infection, even though it just means you’ve had it for longer than a month.
  4. Doctors constantly miss tick-borne co-infections.
  5. Doctors don’t run enough species of Borrelia (Lyme) and co-infections.
  6. Doctors don’t know about bacteria in biofilm or stationary forms and how different they are from “active” bacteria.
  7. Rheumatologists, neurologists, cardiologists, and infectious disease doctors have all been taught for 30 years that chronic Lyme isn’t real.

One positive note I need to make is that more medical professionals are recognizing that chronic Lyme exists and that it’s a problem. In 2022, the CDC officially recognized chronic Lyme/post-treatment Lyme disease as being real.

We can thank determined, educated patients and caring, curious doctors and advocates for impressing the significance and prevalence of these diseases on health officials. It took decades, but they finally took notice. 

Our hope is that people will get quicker, more accurate diagnoses, better care, and that they will be able to find healing.

How our approach can help you overcome Lyme

For years, our company vision has been to empower patients, restore their health, and help them chase their dreams once again. We help them accomplish these goals through our clinic‘s complete protocol that focuses on multiple facets of healing. 

Our complete protocol.

Stage one:

First, we must deal with chronic Lyme and/or co-infections. We need to figure out what stage the bacteria are in. We must drill through biofilms (depending on the stage and if they have formed) in order to reach the bacteria and kill it all.

Stage two:

Next, we will focus on how the immune system is responding by checking on inflammation and potential sources of the inflammation. We figure out how to boost the immune system so the immune system can finish the work of the herbs and/or antibiotics. 

In a past study by Columbia University, they reiterated that you can’t kill off Lyme unless the immune system finishes the work for you. This is why it’s imperative that your immune system is working properly and that it gets strengthened.

Stage three:

Thirdly, we need to make sure your body has the raw materials it needs in order to function and repair itself. Do you have the immune and detox nutrients you need? Does your body have the proper nutrients to help heal nerves, mitochondria, and joints? How are your hormones functioning? These are all vital questions to ask during this stage of the healing process.

Stage four:

In the last stage, we focus on rebuilding the body through physical and mental training. You have to exercise your body and brain in order to fully heal it. 

Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Summary

We hope these reminders of hope will inspire and motivate you to stay determined and persevere. You can get better!

In summary: 

  • Doctors and patients alike must be courageous, they must stand up for what is right for their own health and the health of others, they must use their imagination to solve difficult problems, and they must be determined to pursue health and not give up.
  • Lyme disease and co-infections have personally affected my family.
  • A John Hopkins 2022 study found that even people who get properly diagnosed with Lyme disease and get the proper antibiotic regimen within 30 days still have a 10% failure rate. This 10% are left with chronic pain, fatigue, and/or neurological symptoms.
  • In the study, they also estimated that 20-30% of people don’t get properly diagnosed and treated.
  • It’s estimated that at least 10,000-30,000 people in Minnesota and Wisconsin alone develop chronic, long-term problems with Lyme disease every year.
  • The upper Midwest (particularly Minnesota and Wisconsin) and the Northeast are hotspots for Lyme and co-infection activity, but animals and birds are spreading infected ticks throughout the nation.
  • There are multiple reasons patients fall through the cracks of the medical system. This needs to change.
  • Younger doctors need to take over the work, care and advocacy that retiring Lyme doctors of the past have done. We must strive to continue the good work and make more discoveries that will help heal patients.
  • There are four stages of healing in our complete Lyme protocol at Restorative Health Solutions: Deal with chronic Lyme and co-infections; monitor and support the immune response; give the body what it needs to heal and repair with raw materials; and rebuild the body and brain with exercise and training. 

Thanks for reading and sharing! Have a blessed American Independence Day as we celebrate this country’s freedoms and opportunities!

By Dr. Kyle Warren

Edited by Meghan Feir Walker