Katina had many years
with an undiagnosed illness.
Auto Immune Disorder Diagnosis
Who gets Auto Immune
Within the past thirty years the incidence of autoimmune
diseases has increased at a startling rate. The majority afflicted are
women, often in the 30-60 age bracket, though men are not exempt.
Why Is Auto Immune
Disorder on the increase?
One theory for the increase is that recognition and diagnosis of auto
immune disorder has improved in our modern era.
Another theory is that the stressors placed on recent
generations of high achieving, multi-tasking women, residing in the fast paced
westernized cultures make them susceptible to an auto immune disorder due to the demands on their
adrenal glands and hormonal balances.
What Are The Symptoms of an
Auto Immune Disorder?
Common symptoms of an auto immune disorder include the
- violent headaches
- pronounced fatigue
- profound body pain
- mental dullness
- depressive pall
Specifically, an auto immune disorder may manifest with
severe issues, such as
- violent headaches
- skin rashes
- neurological problems like tremors
- speech impediment
- cognitive dysfunction
- too ill to function, bed bound.
For many years I lived with these symptoms of auto immune disorder; I was unable to cook, drive, walk or shower without assistance.
The emotional impact of chronic illness
My homeopathic career of 18 years washed away, along with my financial savings, marriage, home, and friendships.
With enormous loss and trauma ransacking a once stunning
life, my spirit broke in the process. Depression, anxiety and despair are
common feelings for those compromised in chronic illness.
Isolation, sickness and a broken spirit is an abysmal vortex to plummet through.
Multitudes of doctors, hospitals and dollars later, a savvy
nutritionist finally gave my CFS/ME, fibro, migraine complex the correct Lyme
“What?” I pathetically screeched. “I’ve had the test three
times in five years. Each test was negative.”
“The commercial Lyme disease test is grossly inaccurate, with a 70%
false negative finding,” he informed me. “Practitioners must use a Lyme disease
Thus began my initially shocking, but ultimately successful
road to recovery.
What is Lyme Disease?
Lyme disease is an infectious illness started by a tick bite,
often a deer tick.
Lyme disease is found in 89 countries of the world. The USA,
Germany, Scandinavia, Belgium, France, and Australia are currently at epidemic
status. Much of Canada and Eastern Asia are under siege as well. (Note from Katherine:
Lyme Disease is in the UK too.)
The majority of doctors are working with outdated data and
diagnostic information from the 1970’s.
The old answer for ‘What is Lyme disease?’ was: "a short
term infection caused by a bacterial organism, known as borrelia burgdorferi,
easily eradicated with two weeks of antibiotics".
Thirty five years later, clinical findings and millions of
auto immune compromised individuals paint a different portrait. Chronic Lyme
disease is often misdiagnosed as an auto immune disorder.
Treatment for Lyme disease
The borrelia bacteria is aggressive and replicates quickly.
Two weeks of early antibiotics are insufficient, according to ILADS
(International Lyme and Associated Disease Society) current understanding. Six
weeks is needed up front.
Older cases, wrongly diagnosed as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, MS, IBS, fibromyalgia,
bells palsy, dementia, require an integrative medicine approach to achieve
recovery to wellness.
Recovery from chronic Lyme disease is a long, slow, arduous road.
I elected not to undergo the 24 months of IV antibiotics offered to me.
I embraced healing Lyme disease through alternative healing treatments: a regime structured with
powerful herbs known for their antibacterial qualities.
Equally critical was assessing the damage and depletions
affecting multiple body systems- immune, gastrointestinal, neurological and
endocrine-by the vehicle of metabolic profile analysis.
From there with the
help of a certified nutritionist, the treatments were a detoxification diet,
and natural healing supplements supervised by an Integrative Medicine physician.
Still bedridden with Lyme Disease, the healing journey took time and patience.
Homeopathy and acupuncture brought additional alternative healing.
Where can you find Lyme
disease specialists testing labs?
Lyme disease test: Currently,
the gold standard Lyme disease specialists test labs of the world are
Igenex, Clongen in USA; Borreliose Centrum, Augsberg, Germany.
(Note from Katherine T Owen: The Lyme disease practitioners who treated Katina in the USA,
New Hampshire are named in her book.
You can find Lyme
disease specialists testing labs in the UK listed in Dr Myhill's excellent article on Lyme Disease.)
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Healing Lyme Disease, or any auto immune disorder or chronic illness necessitates a journey to your soul’s center.
Learning to change our thoughts by specific visualization
exercises, positive affirmations, healing prayers and clear intention
statements can initiate a trickle of immune enhancing brain neurotransmitters which
helps our mood as well as prompts healing.
The human being is an amazing resilient creature.
Through ten years of healing Lyme disease I was projected
into unknown caverns, and unveiled remarkable discoveries. Ultimately, I
view the healing journey as one of personal transformation and spiritual growth.
I was asked to change. Stubbornly, I held onto my former
belief systems and structures for many years. During the solitude of
confinement in illness, I realized my spirit was asking me to expand.
In doing so, I explored metaphysics, embraced change and experienced healing at a core level. Spirituality helped me move beyond the grip of
traditional societal expectations and onto a new vibration, where the borrelia
organism no longer needed to exist.
Happy and whole now, I offer hope and inspiration to the all
too many living with chronic auto immune disorders.
Spirit is calling you! Listen within. Honor your intuitions
and the guidance rising. Each path is unique and you can heal: mind body and
Lyme is sometimes misdiagnosed as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome-ME. For a discussion on the possible causes of CFS/ME click here.