If you’ve been following a strict gluten-free diet, but continue to suffer from lingering neurological symptoms, you may need to explore the possibility that you have Lyme disease. In fact, there are many parallels between celiac disease and Lyme, and the Gluten Free RN has called in an expert to discuss the similarities between the two disorders and why a gluten-free diet is part of the proper treatment for both.
Dr. Usha Honeyman, a chiropractic and naturopathic physician out of Corvallis, Oregon, joins Nadine to explain the fundamentals of Lyme disease. She shares her best advice around prevention and treatment, exploring why it can be difficult to get an accurate diagnosis.
Nadine and Usha also cover the inflammation of the gut that plagues both celiac and Lyme patients, the neurological component of Lyme disease, and the relationship between Lyme and illnesses like MS, Parkinson’s and ALS. Listen in to understand what can happen when Lyme goes untreated and how antibiotics coupled with a gluten-free diet may restore your health!
The fundamentals of Lyme disease
- Most common insect-borne disease in US
- Primarily carried by tics (disable immune system at bite site)
- CDC estimates 300K new cases each year
How to prevent Lyme infection
- Repellants, Insect Shield clothing
How the political controversy in medicine has led to conflicting information around Lyme disease
The treatment for Lyme disease
- Long-term antibiotics
- T3 to raise body temperature, make white blood cells more efficient
- Probiotics to support immune system
Why Dr. Honeyman advises Lyme patients to go gluten-free
- Lyme causes inflammation of gut
The neurological component of Lyme disease
- Spirochetes permeate blood-brain barrier
- Cause brain fog, balance issues, sensory disorders, etc.
The alpha-gal reaction in Lyme patients in the Southeast US
The strange gait and lower-face movement in Lyme patients
- Bell’s palsy is red flag for Lyme disease
The importance of having a Lyme-literate doctor
- Skin scraping of rash for diagnosis available in research setting
- ELISA and Western blot miss 80-90% of Lyme patients
The consequences of untreated Lyme disease
The three forms of Borrelia
- Spirochete-form, intracellular and cystic