Lyme and Co-infection Diagnosis Shortcut

Lyme and Co-infection Diagnosis Shortcut

One simple tool to diagnose Lyme disease (and some co-infections) is to try a definitive treatment and see how the patient responds. A treatment for Lyme disease can be as simple as taking 1/4 teaspoon of Himalayan salt every 4 hours for up to *2 weeks. The treatment kills bacteria which causes a “herxheimer effect” or a flaring of symptoms caused by neurotoxins released when spirochete bacteria is destroyed.  Another tool for treating Lyme that is inexpensive and readily available is Cinnamon oil.

  *Please note that a few days of treatment will cause a herx if you are recently infected, but it takes longer if you have a very long-term infection.

Treatment will not cause a healthy body to feel sick – perhaps bloated, in the case of salt, but not sick.  WARNING: Some alternative treatments that are internet driven can be harmful and cause general malaise or even worse. It cannot be overstated that all of us should be supervised by an LLMD.

Treating Bartonella does not usually cause a herx, but due to the synergy of bacteria in the human body, and the cross-over of symptoms between the two tick-borne diseases it can be hard to differentiate.

Some experts believe that Bartonella is far more widespread than Lyme disease and both easier to catch and harder to treat. For instance, Bartonella has been found in over 95% of the cats tested in California, and a simple scratch can start an infection. On it’s own Bartonella can be kept at bay by a strong immune system. However, a body infected with Borreliosis will be much more susceptible to a lasting infection.

Diagnosing and treating Babesia can be even more obtuse.

According to Dr. Horowitz, diagnosing Babesia requires a panel testing.

“… what I suggest to people is a Babesia panel approach. You can’t pick it up on one test. You want to do a panel approach with these different tests if you’ve ruled the patient out for these other diseases that cause sweats and chills and especially if they have a multi-systemic illness of good days and bad days, women usually flare right before, during, or after their menstrual cycle with Lyme disease, and especially if you had a case of Lyme where you’re not getting over it and you’re very, very ill. And that’s–that’s basically the way that we do it in our practice.” see

Treating Babesia can also be tricky. With Babesia you won’t be looking for a herx but an improvement in symptoms. For me it was the drenching sweats which completely disappeared after three months of treatment with Mepron.  (Unfortunately treatment with Mepron in chronic cases usually requires longer – up to six months – to completely eradicate the infection. Additionally there can be resistance to Mepron and so each individual case needs to be treated uniquely.)

A note on treating Babesia from Dr. J. Schaller’s article in The Townsend Letter.  He says, “The more treatment given the patient, the more likely you are to get a positive direct – or indirect – Babesia test. Physicians are trained not to treat without good evidence of a positive diagnosis. Unfortunately, that means using routine local labs that will almost always miss the Babesia. However, once the physician cancer patient in our HES study was exposed to two strong Babesia medication options and the semi-synthetic herb artesunate (good-luck getting it) – not the weaker artemisinin – his Babesia antibody test converted from negative to positive, and some other indirect chemical markers of the presence of Babesia changed as Babesia organisms were killed.”

For others, the distinguishing symptoms of both Lyme disease (and co-infections) can, and probably will be something else, but either way it requires careful inspection of the symptoms, both intensity and duration.

There are many more co-infections of Lyme disease that are equally tangled with the top 3. The complications are endless and that is why it is so critical to get an experienced LLMD.



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8 Responses to Lyme and Co-infection Diagnosis Shortcut

  1. Audrea Taylor says:

    I have been battling lyme for several years now. Most recently I have been using Himalayan sea salt jujust in cooking and have weird skin eruptions. Anyone else experience this? May have no association with the salt, just curious.

    • Jenna Seaver says:

      Absolutely! That is bacteria and some types of parasites leaving your skin – it can be especially bad if you have a Lyme species that effects just the skin (most people aren’t even aware of the distinction), but you can have multiple species of Borreliosis if you have had multiple bites as I have. Using an exfoliate-type cleanser (Oil of Olay makes a good one) and then an organic moisturizer with lavender will help keep your skin as healthy as possible when you are going through this. I also get skin eruptions from cinnamon oil (which is a very effective bacteriacide) Hang in there! It is like a “skin herx” – a good sign that what you are doing is restoring your body-balance.

      I consider Himalayan salt a good diagnostic tool for people who suspect they have Lyme. If you herx from the applepoly/himalayan salt protocol, you probably suffer from Lyme disease (see my Lyme combat ebooks)



  2. Greta Harding says:

    Bartonella doesn’t usually cause a Herx? I only have Bartonella and have herxed quite a bit.

    • Jenna Seaver says:

      Hi Greta – if you experience symptom flares from treatment then you most likely have Lyme or Chlamydia Pneumonia (CPN) – both are extremely hard to diagnose after long term infection. I recommend you go to a LLMD and/or get a polyclonal blood culture from Advanced Lab Services in PA. The western blot from Igenex is also good although the CDC requires 5 positive bands for a diagnosis…most Lyme experts will diagnose Lyme disease based on even one positive band if the symptoms are present. I hate to say it but you probably have Lyme…Let me know if I can help in any way.

      • Greta Harding says:

        I have an excellent LlMD. IGenX confirmed no Lyme. Other blood tests also confirm no Lyme or CPN. I’m not sure where you’ve gathered your information. I do read about others who only have Bartonella and do herx.

      • Greta Harding says:

        BTW it is incredibly irresponsible of you to write “you probably have Lyme ” without being qualified to diagnose me. You know none of my symptoms and have seen none of my blood work. I’m sorry, but your misinformation and misguidance is damaging.

        • Jenna Seaver says:

          Sorry Greta – I am not a medical practitioner nor do I diagnose people. I am a blogger and you asked for input. I am not responsible for your health – so I don’t consider my opinion to be irresponsible. Go to a LLMD and get a diagnosis – that is what I tell everyone. Best wishes.

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