The following article was excerpted From the Writings of Dietrich Klinghardt, MD, Ph.D., edited by Eve Greenberg, LPC, CN, Explore Staff Reporter and Director of the Klinghardt Academy of Neurobiology published by Dr. Mercola. Dr. Klinghardt’s has vast experience with Borrelia burgdorferi through his research and professional practice, and he enjoys a highly regarded reputation that reaches between continents and is presented through workshops and lectures around the world.
Dr. Klinghardt’s Treatment of Lyme Disease
We watched the discussion, which infection may be the primary one: mycoplasma, stealth viruses, HHV-6, trichomonas, Chlamydia pneumoniae, leptospirosis, mutated strep, or what else?
The new kid on the block is Borrelia burgdorferi (Bb) and some of us have looked at it for a long time as possibly being the bug that opens the door for all the other infections to enter the system. Another one is Lyme disease, which has become a buzzword in the alternative medical field.
Since none of the recommended treatments are specific to either one of the microbes, we can never assume that we really know what we treated once a patient has recovered.
Microbiologist Gitte Jensen, PhD, had shown that the older you get, the more foreign DNA is attached to your own DNA. Somewhere along the line, pathogenic microbes invade the host’s DNA and become a permanent part of it. Since you use only 2 percent of your DNA, it may not be a problem. In fact, it may make you who you finally become. It may also cause a number of symptoms and chronic illness.
Genius Guenther Enderlein’s discoveries take us off the hook: if one microbe can change into another given the right environment, why bother to find out who we are infected with? The book “Lab 257” suggests that Bb is an escaped man-made US military bio-warfare organism (just like myoplasma incognitus and HHV 6).
Other authors suggest that different subtypes of Borrelia, which cause illness in humans, such as B. afzelii and B.garinii have probably existed longer than B.burgdorferi and occur naturally and have been with us for a long time, maybe centuries or much longer than that.
Making the Diagnosis
It appears that many patients with MS, ALS, Parkinson’s disease, autism, joint arthritis, chronic fatigue, sarcoidosis, and even cancer, are infected with Borrelia burgdorferi. But is the infection causing the illness or is it an opportunistic infection simply occurring in people weakened by other illnesses?
My experience is based on:
a) Using direct microscopic proof of the presence of Borrelia burgdoferi (Bb) and other spirochetes (4, 5)
b) The information many affected clients have brought to me
c) My own clinical training and experience (30 years in Medical practice, 15 years Bb cognizant)
d) ART testing (autonomic response testing), which is the most advanced and scientifically validated method of muscle testing (6)
e) Regular lab parameters affected by Lyme:
- Abnormal lipid profile (moderate cholesterol elevation with significant LDL elevation)
- Insulin resistance
- Borderline low white blood cells, normal SED rate and CRP
- Normal thyroid hormone tests but positive Barnes test and excellent response to giving T3
- Type 2 (high cortisol, low DHEA) or type 3 adrenal failure (low cortisol and DHEA)
- Low testosterone and DHEA
- Decreased urine concentration (low specific gravity)
- Complex changes in cytokines, interferones, NK cells, white blood cell indicators, etc.
Bb tends to infect the B-lymphocytes and other components of the immune system that are responsible for creating the antibodies, which are then measured by an ELISA test or Western Blot test. Since antibody production is greatly compromised in infected individuals, it makes no sense to use these tests as the gold standard or benchmark for the presence of Bb (7).
We also are aware that in endemic areas in the US up to 22 percent of stinging flies and mosquitoes (2, 8, 9, and 10) are carriers of Bb and co-infections. In South East Germany and Eastern Europe 12 percent of mosquitoes have been shown to be infected. In addition, many spiders, flees, lice and other stinging insects carry spirochetes and co-infections. Making the history of a tick bite a condition for a physician to be willing to even consider the possibility of a Bb infection seems cynical and cruel.
To use conventional diagnostic tests such as the Western Blot, one has to think in paradoxes: the patient has to be treated with an effective treatment modality first before the patient recovers enough to produce the antibodies, which then are looked for in the test. A positive Western Blot proves that the treatment given worked to some degree. A negative Western Blot does not and cannot prove the absence of the infection.
Having taken another route altogether, we have recognized that today many if not most Americans are carriers of the infection. Most infected people are symptomatic, but the severity and type of the symptoms varies greatly.
The microbes often invade tissues that had been injured: your chronic neck pain or sciatica really may be a Bb infection. The same may be true for your chronic TMJ problem, your adrenal fatigue, your thyroid dysfunction, your GERD and many other seemingly unrelated symptoms.
Many Bb symptoms are mistaken for problems of natural or premature aging.
In most places the diagnosis of an active Bb infection is made only if the symptoms are severe, persistent, obvious, and many non-specific and fruitless avenues of treatment have been exhausted. Acute new “typical” cases of Bb infection are rare in my practice. Symptoms tend to get stranger and more obscure every year.
Frequently, if the patient is fortunate enough to see a practitioner who is “Lyme cognizant”, the diagnosis of a supposedly fresh case of symptomatic Lyme disease is made when a significant tissue toxin level has been reached (threshold phenomenon) or when a new co-infection has occurred recently.
The symptoms can mimic any other existing medical, psychological or psychiatric condition.
Biological treatment of Lyme disease and chronic infections: (based on over 900 successful treatment cases)
The treatment of Lyme disease requires 4 distinctive steps:
- Decreasing toxic body burden/unloading the system
- Improving disturbed physiology
- Decreasing microbial count
- Immune modulation
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