The journey of recovery from chronic illness is often long and arduous, requiring commitment, tenacity and unwavering resolve. I see people who make this journey, in fact my “day job” is to walk this journey with people, designing the treatment plans that I think will get them better the quickest, with the least side effects and bumps along the way. One this I have seen is how profoundly mindset impacts their journey, and I believe that there are three stages of recovery from a mindset standpoints. These are the phases I see relating to mindset in chronic illness: Victim to Survivor to Thriver.
Mental illness, in general, is a huge problem in children and adolescents. Anyone in the United States can attest to the gravity of the problem by observing some of the mass shootings and suicides that have occurred in the past five years. In the United States alone, 4,000,000 children and adolescents suffer from a serious mental disorder that interferes with functioning. In fact, one-half of all lifetime mental disorders start by age 14.[i] I am not implying that Lyme disease is the root cause of this mental illness, but it is important to consider the relationship between children, mental illness and Lyme disease. Lyme disease is one possible cause of psychiatric symptoms in kids.
Children with Lyme disease have exhibited psychiatric symptoms such as rages, social withdrawal, suicidal ideation (approximately 40% of kids, according to parents, with 11% actually making a suicide attempt or gesture), irritability and mood swings, anxiety, panic attacks, paranoia, hallucinations and, in some cases, violent and criminal behavior. Children can also have violent and vivid dreams that are frightening and disturbing for them. [Read more…]
Fibromyalgia is a syndrome that encompasses a range of symptoms, including fatigue, chronic pain, muscle aches and weakness, sleep problems, headaches, and brain fog. There are 18 tender points that have been identified that contribute to the diagnosis of fibromyalgia – specific points on the body, many concentrated around the back of the neck and shoulders, that when pressed cause major pain and distress. Depression and anxiety can go along with fibromyalgia too. Fibromyalgia renders people sick and debilitated for years of their life: but what really causes fibromyalgia? [Read more…]
Today you get another excerpt from Lyme Brain, which by the way is getting close to being released! Although these excerpts talk about Lyme Brain, the nutrient acetyl-L-carnitine can be helpful for many people, so if you don’t have Lyme disease, still have a read! It’s good for protecting the brain from aging and oxidative stress, and boosting the brain’s metabolism. The book Lyme Brain will be available through www.lymebrainbook.com for purchase in another week or two. Woohoo!!
In our ongoing series on brain health, particularly as it relates to Lyme Brain, I am posting today an excerpt from my upcoming book called Lyme Brain, on the link between glutathione and brain health.
Welcome to another excerpt from my upcoming book, Lyme Brain. Today let’s look at the benefits of curcumin and how curcumin supports brain health.
Curcumin, a constituent of turmeric, has been used for centuries as an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant agent. It is also used in autoimmune issues to regulate immune function. There are many studies demonstrating its efficacy in reducing inflammation and the mechanisms by which it reduces inflammation. One such mechanism is reducing pro-inflammatory cytokines such as IL-1, IL-6, COX2, MMP-9, NF-kB, CRP and TNF, many of the same cytokines that are found to be elevated in Lyme patients. As an antioxidant, curcumin increases levels of vitamins C and E, and prevents lipid peroxidation and oxidative damage.
I feel that olive leaf extract is often overlooked in Lyme treatment. Given it’s broad-spectrum antimicrobial properties and it’s ability to support the immune system, while also crossing the blood-brain barrier, I have seen olive leaf helps fight Lyme brain. In today’s excerpt from my upcoming book Lyme Brain, you’ll learn more about olive leaf extract and how valuable it can be – and not just for Lyme sufferers! It helps to protect the brain and help it to regenerate during times of illness or stress.
Lyme Brain. I’ve been giving you sneak peeks into my upcoming book, Lyme Brain. But this particular segment is not just related to Lyme disease – it’s good stuff for all of us, especially those with any health issues that impact their cognition and/or neurological function. Exercising the brain and keeping the brain active is important for keeping function as good as it can be!
This is the million dollar question for those suffering from Lyme Brain: is damage temporary or permanent? The experience of having brain fog, memory loss, difficulty finding words and putting sentences together can be terrifying, frustrating and demoralizing all at once. In keeping with our series of excerpts from my upcoming book, Lyme Brain, I will post today on this exact topic. In fact, each Wednesday from now until the book is published in a couple of months, I’ll continue to share snippets with you! Don’t forget to sign up at www.lymebrainbook.com to be notified when the book is released.
Welcome to our series, What Causes Lyme Brain – Part 4. Today we are talking about neurotransmitter imbalance. This may be a cause or an effect of Lyme disease – imbalanced neurotransmitters such as GABA and serotonin can create anxiety and depression, and contribute to Lyme Brain, and can also be a secondary effect of chronic infection. Here is an excerpt from my upcoming book Lyme Brain: