Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Lyme Will Be A-Changin'

Sung to Bob Dylan’s, The Times They are A-Changin’

“Come gather ‘round people, wherever you roam
There are ways to mend your achin’ bones
It ain’t easy, if you think your alone
But if your life is worth savin’
Believe you can heal, believe that it’s real
And the Lyme will be a-changin’.”

Bryan Rosner, http://www.lymebook.com/,  is an investigative  medical journalist who has an extensive knowledge of Lyme. All of his books are intelligent, informative and must read for anyone who has or knows someone who has Lyme. One book, When Antibiotics Fail: Lyme Disease and Rife Machines, is a fascinating book about the alternative treatment of rife therapy.  

After reading Bryan’s book, I was convinced that I was the perfect candidate for rife therapy. A friend of mine, who was also diagnosed with Lyme, and I split the cost of an analog rife machine.  Our machine looked like it came from a B science fiction movie. It was white, about the size of a large bread box, and weighed about 25 pounds. It had knobs in the front and two plasma tubes inside that were filled with gas. The front tube was filled with xenon gas and the back tube contained helium. When turned on, the lights from the tube would arc and give off a high pitched sound.

The rife machine worked by producing electronic frequencies that would penetrate the body and zap the targeted microorganism. When the targeted bacteria, virus or fungi was hit by this frequency, it would vibrate to death or disablement. “It’s similar to when an opera singer hits the right pitch and shatters a glass.” ( When Antibiotics Fail: Lyme Disease and Rife Machines, copyright 2004 by Bryan Rosner) The particular wave frequency the rife machine delivers is specifically for microorganisms, so it can’t harm you.

So, we began to rife. We did this on our own without a doctor’s guide.  We had the complete list of all the frequencies for the pathogens and diseases. That was our guide. We rotated between the Lyme, candida, Epstein-Barr virus frequencies and so on. And, like antibiotics, we were experiencing that “Herxheimer reaction”. The toxins from the targeted bacteria made our symptoms worse. So, we had to stop for awhile until our symptoms subsided.  But we were getting impatient. Months went by and we just weren’t seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

My friend stopped rifing and started an innovative therapy known as the Marshall Protocol. The Marshall Protocol,, has improved my friend’s health and he is now a leading advocate for the protocol.

 I still felt rifing was beneficial and helping me. I felt I was going in the right direction. I wasn’t ready to give up on it yet. But I needed guidance. I needed to find a doctor who was open to alternative therapies.

Dr. Lovejoy was that doctor. Dr. Lovejoy was a holistic chiropractor and therapist who believed in the Eastern philosophy of healing the mind, body and spirit. She also used lab, blood work and other Western methods for treating her patients. She uncovered allergies I never knew I had, (like corn, cow’s milk and gluten) and what supplements my body responded positively to. She also treated me for emotional problems that I was unaware of, and what treatments would be the most effective.

One of the ways she tested me was by muscle testing. Muscle testing – also known as  applied kinesiology, is a form of  diagnosing a problem or priority in the body.  Kinesiology, or the study of muscles or body movement, has been around since the 1940’s. Originally, manual muscle testing was used to “evaluate muscle function and strength, and to assess the extent of an injury.” Then in 1964, and American chiropractor, George Goodheart (that’s his real name!), “founded what has become known as applied kinesiology when he linked oriental ideas about energy flow in the body with western techniques of muscle testing.” (thefreedictionary.com)

I would lie down and raise one arm straight out. The doctor would touch a point on my body that is related to that muscle, then push down on my arm(or leg) for a strong or weak response. If I couldn’t resist her pressure, then “an imbalance is suspected in the related organ, gland or body part. This diagnostic technique uses muscles to find the cause of a problem, and is based on traditional Chinese medicine and its idea that the body had common energy meridians, or channels, for both organs and muscles.

Muscle testing is not common in the United States. It is practiced mostly by a specialized group of chiropractors and other health practitioners. It is more widely accepted and used as a diagnostic procedure in Europe.

I was fascinated by how Dr. Lovejoy performed this unusual type of testing. I’ve never experienced anything like it before. I felt I was in good hands, literally! Dr. Lovejoy was highly recommended to me and I trusted her.

Through muscle testing, Dr. Lovejoy found that the toxic heavy metal, mercury, was causing big problems for me. I needed to have my metal fillings (amalgams) removed. (Doc Brown had tested me for heavy metals, but the tests always came back negative.)So she recommended a holistic dentist who knew how to properly remove the fillings.  (I had four altogether), and suggested I start a heavy metal chelating therapy as soon as my amalgams were removed.

The holistic dentist gave me literature on different self-healing alternative treatments. One of them was oil-pulling.

Oil-pulling is an old Aryuvedic method of healing consisting of swishing a few spoonfuls of cold-pressed sunflower seed oil in your mouth for about ten minutes and then spitting it out. It supposedly pulls toxins out of your body through your salivary glands. It is a common practice in India.

There are websites about oil-pulling. It doesn’t give much information but I thought I would give it a try. I knew no one else who was doing it. Dr. Lovejoy vaguely heard of it. As you know by now, I was open to anything that could help me. So, I started oil-pulling.

Even though Dr. Lovejoy was helping me a lot, I got to a point where I needed a break. I was seeing doctors consistently for years and I felt my health was on the up swing. I really believed I could manage my own for awhile. My sore throats were gone. My energy was returning and my guts felt better. I wanted to see where the oil-pulling would get me.

I was also preoccupied with the health of my son, Zack. Zack had started this new holistic therapy that I had heard about on Lymenet. It was from Germany and it turned out to be a godsend. 

This therapy would eventually put my son and me into remission.

To be continued….

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