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Since its emergence and “discovery” in the late 1970s-early 1980s, Lyme disease and related tick-borne or biting-insect illnesses have become a pandemic and have set themselves apart from the typical widespread infectious diseases that we’ve seen in the past.
Never before have we seen a disease spread so quickly yet be ignored or denied by the official medical community, federal & state governments, health insurance companies and traditional media. In comparison to other diseases like HIV/AIDS or Ebola, Lyme disease has only received a fraction of the attention, funding, and effective diagnostic & treatment guidelines as its counterparts. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), in the United States alone there are an average of 38,000 new cases of HIV/AIDS per year, about 4 cases of Ebola per year and more than 300,000 cases of reported Lyme disease per year. It is also found in more than 80 countries across Europe and according to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are more than 360,000 cases that have been reported over the past two decades.
By all accounts from experts in the Lyme community these numbers are low at best, and actual cases tend to be under-reported because of the disease’s confusing set of symptoms that mimic at least 300 other known illnesses, inaccurate diagnostics and widely-contested diagnostic and treatment guidelines as put forth by government agencies like the CDC and Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA). In short, blood tests that are considered standard (Western Blot and ELISA) only test for a small range of antibodies, and diagnostic standards were restricted further in 1994 and 1995 by two medical symposiums under a CDC grant, making both tests between 45% and 69% inaccurate.
The typical scenario for a patient of chronic Lyme disease is an extended period of slowly-emerging symptoms and inconclusive diagnosis for years and even decades, official treatment that consists of a short round of antibiotics that is only effective at wiping out the infection within the first 60 days of infection, and longterm symptom management that is officially recognized by the CDC and IDSA as “Post-Treatment” Lyme disease that is not considered chronic. The official stance is that chronic Lyme disease is over-diagnosed by non-evidence based doctors and is not a legitimate condition, but governmental groups do recognize that for some reason millions of patients complain of symptom persistence after treatment. Because of this frustrating set of circumstances, millions of patients suffer every year, and according to Dr. Joseph Jemsek (MD from Washington, DC), “The most common cause of death in Lyme disease is suicide.” And those who don’t pass by their own hand, quietly die from heart conditions, organ failure and ALS and MS symptoms that rise during the term of infection and treatment.
The question remains, why is everything about Lyme disease much different than other widespread infectious diseases?
The Birth of Lyme DiseaseScientist and medical entomologist, Willy Burgdorfer
According to public record, the set of illnesses that would ultimately be called “Lyme disease” was originally identified in three towns in southeastern Connecticut in 1975, (including the towns of Lyme and Old Lyme, which gave the disease its popular name) after a number of children in the area were misdiagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. The commonality in this outbreak was the appearance of a spirochete pathogen that was isolated and identified by medical entomologist Willy Burdorfer in 1982. The bacteria was later named after Burgdorfer (borrelia burgdorferi), and he was eventually lauded as the man who discovered Lyme disease.
From this point on, there was great focus on the Lyme spirochete even though Burgdorfer reported to have also discovered parasitic worms and other bacteria present in his tick specimens. However, the medical community at large began approaching the illness as an acute, single-bacterial disease to be treated with antibiotic therapy until thousands of patients began to report persistent symptoms. Burgdorfer himself would give a set of baffling interviews until his death in 2014, hinting that there was more to this illness than the bacteria named after him. It wasn’t until the publishing of two books exposing the truth that we now know why.
Lyme & Ticke-Borne Diseases Are Weaponized Pathogens Created by the U.S. Government
“Operation Paperclip was a secret program of the Joint Intelligence Objectives Agency (JIOA) largely carried out by Special Agents of Army CIC, in which more than 1,600 German scientists, engineers, and technicians, such as Wernher von Braun and his V-2 rocket team, were taken from Germany to America for U.S. government employment, primarily between 1945 and 1959. Many were former members, and some were former leaders, of the Nazi Party” (Wikipedia).
The U.S. government made a public display of prosecuting 24 Nazi leaders for war crimes during the Nuremburg trials of 1945-1946, but it secretly integrated almost 2,000 unrepentant Nazi scientists that made up the bulk of the Axis braintrust and hired them to develop a set of secret, involuntary human experiments on the citizens of the U.S. as well as other foreign countries. The most well-known that have come to light are experiments studying the effects of radiation on military subjects, a range of mind-control experiments called MK Ultra that have inspired such movies and TV shows as “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “Stranger Things,” and the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment where involuntary subjects were inoculated by agents of the CDC with active syphilis bacteria and then monitored while left untreated.
In “Lab 257,” Carroll wrote two chapters that point out the direct effects of germ warfare experiments of Plum Island that were either intentionally or accidentally released — “1975: The Lyme Connection,” and “1999: East End Meets West Nile.” These chapters lay out the circumstantial evidence that Lyme disease and West Nile virus pathogens were being developed in the labs off the coast of Long Island and within a few years, cases of Lyme disease began to emerge across the Long Island sound in Lyme and Old Lyme, CT as well as the coast of Long Island around 1975, and cases of West Nile Virus began appearing in nearby Queens, NY in 1999. What is unclear, according to the book, is whether the release of the pathogens was a result of human negligence or an intentional release for mass involuntary experimentation. With the publishing of a second book, this mystery seems to have been put to rest.
The Smoking Gun
In her recent book, “Bitten: The Secret History of Lyme Disease Biological Weapons” published in May of 2019, author Kris Newby answers many questions left open in “Lab 257.” Through her personal interviews with Willy Burgdorfer as well as access to his personal records after his death, Newby has brought to light that Burgdorfer was not so much the man who discovered the Lyme disease spirochete, but the man who recognized his own handiwork. Burgdorfer’s role was to incorporate groups of pathogens developed in the labs at Plum Island and place them in genetically-modified ticks, fleas and mosquitoes he raised at the biological weapons facilities at Fort Detrick in Frederick, MD. Newby further identifies U.S. military programs that were tasked to drop weaponized insects from the air, along with uninfected insects throughout residential areas of the country to track how they spread. The point is now being made clear: Lyme disease is a set of pathogens developed as a bioweapon on Plum Island, incorporated into GMO insects at Fort Detrick and then distributed by the U.S. military and CIA throughout the U.S. and possibly other countries.
The Public Is Outraged, But It’s Not The First Time
Chris Smith, U.S. Congressman from New Jersey’s 4th district
As a result of being made aware of “Lab 257,” “Bitten,” and other evidence, Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey added an amendment to a federal defense spending bill in the U.S. House of Representatives in July of 2019 that would require the Department of Defense’s Inspector General to investigate whether the military experimented with ticks and other insects to be used as biological weapons between 1950 and 1975. The public response has been one of outrage and amazement, and while it is a positive step that the public is being made aware of the details behind the birth of Lyme disease, this is not the first time the general public has been outraged and a member of congress has gone to the government in an effort to try to protect the citizenry from involuntary experiments being run by branches of government, the military and public health organizations.
Since the 1990s, senators John D. Rockefeller and John Glenn and rep. Diana DeGette have identified several involuntary experiment programs the government has conducted that have harmed U.S. citizens, but as Senator Glenn recognized during a hearing in 1997…
“I began to ask the question, what protections are in place to prevent such abuses from happening again? What law prohibits experimenting on people without their informed consent? What I found, when I looked into it, is there is no law on the books requiring that informed consent be obtained. More important, I believe there is a need for such a law, as there continue to be cases where this basic right – I do view it as a basic right – is abused.” — Human Research Subject Protection Act of 1997
To date, as impossible as it may be to believe, there are no laws protecting U.S citizens from the experiments its own government has run and continues to run on the populace at large. Since Operation Paperclip, the government, military, CIA, and CDC all have a long and well-reported history of infecting involuntary subjects with harmful materials via vaccines, through the air, through water, and through animal and insect vectors. When brought to light, representatives of the experiments have been contrite but seemingly nothing has changed in the way of legislative protections.
When an experiment involving 1,200 children whose parents had not given informed consent for their childrens’ participation in an experimental measles vaccine in Los Angeles came to light in 1996, Walter Orenstein, director of the National Immunization Program of the CDC had this response: “We made a serious mistake by not telling parents that the vaccine was experimental and not licensed in the United States. And we also did not accurately explain to parents the purposes at the time of entrance into the study.” — Infectious Diseases in Children Magazine 1996
Yet no protections were put in place to keep these experiments from happening again.
Lyme Disease Has Been Armed Against Antibiotics
Educated with the knowledge that Lyme disease is a weaponized set of bacteria, parasites, viruses and other organisms, it is important to understand how the disease has been armed against antibiotics, the first line of defense most traditional doctors employ to address the disease.
While antibiotic therapy is mostly effective at curbing the potential for chronic infection by eliminating rickettsiales from spreading in the first 60 days of infection, it is does not seem to be effective at completely eradicating infection once it has mutated beyond early infection. In fact, longterm antibiotic treatment (especially antibiotics that are not rotated or “pulsed”) begin to cause harm to the patient by creating imbalances in the gut biome and elsewhere.
During a presentation I attended that Dr. Lee Cowden gave in Harrisburg, PA in December of 2016, Cowden showed the audience a slide of a borellia burgdorferi spirochete with a few buds or cysts attached (see attached photo). He told us this was a spirochete that had been exposed to antibiotics in the bloodstream a few hours before. It was beginning to mutate, and the next thing that would happen, he said, is the longer body would die but the little cysts would eventually detach and become new spirochetes. They would travel throughout the body and leave the bloodstream, which is the place where antibiotics are most effective. He said that this is why it is not recommended to treat Lyme patients with antibiotics for any length of time after 60 days of infection onset. The antibiotics make the bacteria go into a hyper reproductive state, flee the bloodstream, and create biofilm defenses — a mucous-like shield that further renders antibiotics ineffective.
I had heard Lyme and co-infections described as “antibiotic resistant” but I would go a step further and call them “antibiotic intelligent.” It is apparent the scientists at Plum Island were well aware that antibiotics would be..
In the United States, the land of supposed freedom of choice, many Lyme patients spend more time researching their car mechanics than their doctors. Sometimes it’s out of their hands. In many cases their insurance companies dictate which doctors are covered, and patients are punished with “out of network” fees if they visit a doctor outside their prescribed insurance roster.
Even within this network, things can get dicey. In my situation I lived in New England, the well-known “high-risk” area of Lyme disease, when I began consulting my doctors on a set of mysterious symptoms that would ultimately be diagnosed as chronic Lyme after two years of intensive testing. The thing that made this more frustrating was that I actually lived in the state of Connecticut where the disease was first discovered in 1975 and then named after an actual town in the state… Lyme, CT. But when I complained of a set of non-specific symptoms to three of my doctors, all of them first tested me for cancer, heart disease and diabetes, and when those tests came back negative, they didn’t think to investigate Lyme disease. Instead, they accused me of being depressed, and two of them suggested I “learn to live with the symptoms because they’re not life threatening.” I didn’t get an official diagnosis until I consulted an out-of-network naturopath who first diagnosed me based on my symptoms and then sent a blood test to a lab that specialized in Lyme and co-infections testing.
In states outside of the Mid-Atlantic and northeast areas (where Lyme is known to be a problem), the situation gets even worse. I’ve heard multiple personal reports where patients have brought in ticks and showed their doctors bull’s eye rashes in full bloom, only to have their doctors say, “We don’t have Lyme in this state,” and the patients are refused treatment. Do ticks know our state borders and only stick within certain geographic regions? In states like Oregon, it’s almost illegal to be a chronic Lyme patient. Doctors there are being disbarred if they give a patient a diagnosis of chronic Lyme.
But why hadn’t my doctors been more on the ball and the least bit interested in what was happening to me when I slid through the cracks of their first-line set of diagnostics? Part of it was certainly based on their training. Lyme disease is a multi-pathogen infection that mimics at least 300 other disease, and it can be tough to spot if you’re not well trained. But I also noticed that the tests and treatments these in-network doctors were prescribing were all from the same pharmaceutical companies.
Doctors on the Take
Was I being too cynical in thinking that these doctors were being influenced by these pharmaceutical companies to use their tests and products first? As it turns out… no. In fact, the “influence” these companies use amounts to straight-up, cash pay offs. It is legal in this country for pharmaceutical companies to give financial incentives to doctors to use their products, regardless of the product’s safety or effectiveness. The more a doctor uses specific products, the more they are rewarded by the pharmaceutical companies with checks… some of them totaling in the millions of dollars.
There is no doubt this doctor-pharma relationship has fueled the current opioid and prescription-drug addiction crises in this country. The structure seems to be modeled after a tried-and-true method that has been working for drug dealers and cartels for decades. Give your mark his/her first treatment for free (in the form of free samples provided by the companies), and then pay the doctors (dealers) financial incentives based on the amount of product they push. How is any of this legal? A drug like Adderall is so chemically similar to its street-drug counterpart methamphetamines (which supposedly has no medicinal value), that the drug dealer/doctor/pharma line becomes blurred. It’s legal for you to take Adderall if your doctor prescribes it and you become addicted, but it is illegal if you purchase it from someone else.
Luckily, there is an online tool you can use to check whether your doctor is taking money from any of these companies. The tool is called Dollars for Docs, and it was created by ProPublica, an American organization that describes itself as “an independent, nonprofit newsroom that produces investigative journalism with moral force.” Their mission is to “expose abuses of power and betrayals of the public trust by government, business, and other institutions, using the moral force of investigative journalism to spur reform through the sustained spotlighting of wrongdoing.”
Dollars for Docs allows you to input your doctor’s name and state he/she is practicing, and the results show if they have received funding. The only limitation of the tool is it only tracks doctor payments from August 2013 to December 2016. The main page also shows the states with the highest pay-outs (California and New York state tops the list with $2.11 billion and $759 million respectively), as well as the best-paying pharma companies and the teaching hospitals with the most pharma funding. Doctors are even singled out by the frequency of their payments and the amounts they’ve received in a hall-of-shame-like list. Some of these physicians have received multiple millions of dollars in pay-offs.
Mimosa Pudica is a flowering, creeping perennial that is native to South and Central America. It’s nicknamed “Sensitive Plant,” “Touch-Me-Not” and “Bashful Plant” because of its unique reaction to being handled or disturbed. When touched, the plant’s leaves fold up and recoil almost immediately and then re-open a few minutes later.
The plant itself has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries to treat skin disorders, jaundice, cough, and indigestion, and it has also been used as an antidepressant and antivenom agent. But more recently, it has been discovered that the plant’s seeds are a powerful anti-parasitic, antimicrobial and intestinal cleanser.
When taken in capsule form with water, the seeds expand in the gut and form an elastic, sticky paste that adheres to invaders of the intestines. Once parasites and antimicrobials are stuck to this gelatinous mass, they are dragged out of a person’s system in the next bowel movement. Because the digestive tract does not break down mucilaginous herbs like Mimosa Pudica seeds, the gel the seeds create can pass through the entire intestinal tract intact, dragging things that don’t belong with it.
Gut Health & Parasites:
As many doctors will tell you, the basis of your immune system lies in your gut. After taking long-term antibiotics or other pharmaceuticals (especially steroids), Lyme patients can develop severe cases of digestive imbalance, yeast or Candida Albicans overgrowth, ulcers and Leaky Gut Syndrome. All of the above is a perfect environment for parasites, which concerns most people reading this because, according to the New York Times, at least 50% of the population of the Western World has some form of intestinal parasite.
Well-known Lyme doctors like Dr. Lee Cowden and Dr. Jay Davidson point out that internal parasites can hinder your Lyme treatment and should be addressed before trying to continue. Further, Lyme bacteria (spirochetes) can bore into the bodies of intestinal parasites to protect themselves from antibiotics and herbal antimicrobials.
The good news is that Mimosa Pudica seeds can drag all of these pathogens out of a person’s digestive tract without the damaging side effects of pharmaceutical anti-parasitics and antibiotics. With repeated and steady use (2-4 capsules taken two times per day), the seeds also have the following benefits:
Anti-ulcer and gut-healing properties: Because the seed gel can adhere to ulcer-causing bacteria like H. Pylori and others, it can remove the cause of the ulcer while also helping to heal the wounds themselves. Those who frequently take pain medications and NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) can be prone to ulcers in the intestinal tract and Mimosa Pudica seeds can help remove the acid these drugs cause and restore the mucosal integrity of the intestinal walls.
Immune Support: As mentioned earlier, the bulk of a person’s immune system lies in the gut, so that fact that Mimosa Pudica seeds remove the agents that compromise the intestines (i.e. parasites, pathogens and ulcers), is the first step to better immune system response. The second step involves Mimosa Pudica seeds’ ability to raise antioxidant levels in the body when poisonous toxins are present. This means that the presence of the seeds is a powerful immune system booster, while also being an amazing gut cleanser.
Antidiarrheal: Patients with gut imbalances frequently have chronic diarrhea. If it persists, it can be dehydrating and eventually dangerous. Worse still, many patients take over-the-counter remedies like Imodium A-D that slow intestinal movement, creating constipation and thereby slowing the removal of the body’s toxins. On top of this, Imodium A-D can actually become addictive with frequent use. Mimosa Pudica seeds on the other hand, contain high amounts of tannins, flavonoids and polyphenols that are natural antidiarrheals that have no adverse side effects. In a 2011 study, Mimosa Pudica was shown to be effective against diarrheal disease (see study).
Antimicrobial: In a 2015 study, Mimosa Pudica was found to have “significant activity” against the bacteriums E.coli, S.aureus, B.subtilis and S.typhi. The combination of the plant’s high flavonoid levels in combination with the stickiness of the seed gel make it a formidable disruptor of microbial activity in the intestinal tract.
The above material is provided for informational purposes only. The material is not nor should be considered a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
You know the drill if you have Lyme disease. You may have gotten a positive Lyme diagnosis, and you’re in the process of finding the right protocol or treatment that helps you get back to normal, if you can. Perhaps you’ve caught Lyme early and your doctor goes the traditional route and uses Doxycycline or Rocephin to try to nip things in the bud. You may also know that by taking antibiotics for any length of time, you’ll start to create an imbalance of yeast (candida albicans) overgrowth in your intestinal tract that needs to be addressed by counter-active measures like probiotics… and some changes in your diet.
As a nutritionist who has late-stage Lyme, I’d like to share some dietary plans and how they can assist with managing the Lyme bacterium and imbalances of yeast and potential fungus in your gut. You may also have co-infections like Babesia, and then you are dealing with not only bad bacteria but parasite overgrowth as well.
My two favorite diets for Lyme (in which will be featured in my upcoming book: “The Lyme Disease Healing Plan and Recipe Book”) are the Paleo and the Ketogenic Diet. In the nutrition arena there are always different dietary protocols coming out, and Paleo was all the rage last year, with Keto eventually becoming the hot topic recently. The basic goal of both diets is to starve out bad bacteria, fungus and parasites in their tracks. It’s not certain that either diet will completely eradicate Lyme and co-infections on their own, however, so I would recommend following them in conjunction with a balanced treatment plan like the Cowden protocol or other herbal Lyme treatments.
So what is the Ketogenic Diet exactly?
The “keto” in a ketogenic diet comes from the fact that it allows the body to produce small fuel molecules called ketones. This is an alternative fuel source for the body, used when blood sugar (glucose) is in short supply.
Ketones are produced if you eat very few carbs (that are quickly broken down into blood sugar) and only moderate amounts of protein (excess protein can also be converted to blood sugar). The liver produces ketones from fat. These ketones then serve as a fuel source throughout the body, especially for the brain. The brain is a very hungry organ (as it should be, it is the body’s control tower) that consumes lots of energy every day, and it can’t run on fat directly. It can only run on glucose… or ketones.
How Burning Off Fat Stores Helps Get Rid of Lyme
On a ketogenic diet, your entire body switches its fuel supply to run mostly on fat by burning it 24/7. When insulin levels become very low, fat burning can increase dramatically. It becomes easier to access your fat stores to burn them off. If you have Lyme, your body can be significantly impaired due to the overgrowth of bacteria, fungus and parasites. Because these organisms feed off of sugar, eliminating “sugary” complex carbs is your ticket to wellness!
The Lyme bacteria cannot survive because it does not have fuel, just like a vehicle will not run properly without gasoline.
Other Keto Benefits That Will Make Your Body Happy
Keto is mostly known for its weight-loss benefits, but there are also other less-obvious benefits, such as feeling less hunger and having a steady supply of energy. This may help keep you alert and focused. Increased energy levels are a godsend to those with Lyme, as many of us suffer from chronic fatigue. Also, if you have cognitive issues from Lyme, a keto diet can assist with this as well. It’s a win-win, ladies and gentlemen!
What Exactly Do I Eat on Keto?
Adding in low glycemic fruit, like avocado, berries, or green apples is part of a keto diet, along with consuming mostly protein, and good quality fats. Many people today are still confused about healthy fats vs. unhealthy.
Some examples of “good” fat include: Omega 3/6 fats such as wild-caught salmon, wild-caught tuna, cod, grass-fed beef, (must be grass-fed to get the Omega’s) walnuts, almonds, flax seed, coconut oil, cage-free organic eggs and the like. Contrary to antiquated science, eggs do not raise cholesterol and should be eaten if tolerated. Vegetables should include dark, green leafy veggies like kale, romaine, arugula, baby greens, Swiss chard, and collard greens. This low-carb diet essentially starves out the bacteria that fuels Lyme.
Keto and Lyme “Disclaimer”
As a nutritionist, I don’t think Keto is a “cure all” approach, but it can most certainly prevent the disease from progressing in many cases. There are also supplements that you would want to check out along with herbal medications known to help stop pathogen overgrowth.
Please keep in mind that everyone’s body is different, and Lyme does come in all flavors, shapes and sizes, so to speak. Therefore, it is recommended that you consult with a professional who is both knowledgeable of Lyme disease and who specializes in nutrition.
What if You Don’t Have Time or Are Too Fatigued to Prep Meals Due to Lyme?
There are also many services like Blue Apron or Hungry Root that allow you to have fresh foods delivered to your door for you to cook and prepare, and you can customize these plans according to your dietary restrictions. It saves time, money and you don’t have to measure out proportions of fats, carbs and proteins. It does it all for you! Easy peasy!
Keep a Symptom Log and Food Diary
In closing, if you have tried different approaches to obliterate your Lyme disease, this is a diet that is most certainly on the list to try. I would recommend keeping a food diary and a symptom journal to see how you progress. If it is working well for you, you should notice a decrease in your Lyme symptoms. If not, something may need to be tweaked, or supplements added as I mentioned earlier. Good luck!
The above material is provided for informational purposes only. The material is not nor should be considered a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
About the author:Christie Korth has been very passionate about health and wellness since healing herself from a crippling case of Crohn’s disease through diet and lifestyle changes. She is the CEO of Happy & Healthy Wellness, Inc. and the award-winning author of “The IBD Healing Plan and Recipe Book.” She has also has been treating late-stage Lyme disease for several years and is writing a book about her experiences.
Cistus Tea is another one of those amazing Lyme and health therapies I recently heard about through another Lyme patient who had found out about it by doing her own research. She had come by the information via Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt’s website, and she was following his instructions and dutifully drinking several cups of it a day to help break down biofilms the Lyme bacteria can produce to protect itself from antibiotics and other antimicrobials. She also told me it had an interesting side effect. “If you drink 2-3 cups of it a day, it keeps the ticks away.”
I was intrigued enough to do my own research, and like with anything else new I hear about through Lyme patients or Lyme groups, I purchased a small amount and tried it for myself. It tends to be sold in loose-leaf form, and the tea you prepare by steeping the leaves in a tea ball or diffuser in hot water tastes very much like a traditional green tea. It also has no caffeine so it won’t leave you jittery or anxious after drinking several cups.
However, Cistus Tea, or Cistus Incanus has many more healing, antimicrobial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties than your garden-variety green or black tea.
The plant itself grows in arid Mediterranean regions and is a genus of flowering plants in the rock rose family. The harsh growing conditions cause the plant to produce high levels of polyphenols to protect itself, and it’s these micronutrients that give the plant its healing properties. Polyphenols tend to be found in nuts, berries, teas and red wines, and they are packed with antioxidants and a range of health benefits.
However, Cistus Tea is not your ordinary tea and it has such a variety of health benefits, you could almost classify it as a Super Tea… much like how some people are calling certain foods, Super Foods.
Here are some of its benefits:
Cistus Tea can knock out colds and flu without toxic side effects or pathogen resistance (see study): Leery about getting the flu shot? Would you rather boil a few cups of hot tea instead to get possibly better effects? Not only do studies show Cistus Incanus has strong antiviral properties, a 2009 study showed it also has strong antibacterial properties by knocking out upper respiratory infections caused by the common cold bacteria and Streptococcus (see study).
Cistus Tea is a strong antifungal: Many Lyme patients know that mycotoxins from mold spores can wreak havoc on Lyme treatment, and overgrowth of Candida Albicans, an intestinal fungus that tends to appear in the presence of antibiotics can cause thrush, yeast infections, urinary tract infections, and an array of intestinal issues. The good news is, daily ingesting of Cistus Tea goes a long way to reduce the presence all of these toxic fungal strains (see study).
Cistus Tea breaks down biofilm, especially in the mouth: Cistus Incanus has been proven to be a powerful biofilm-breaker while restoring a healthy microbial balance in the human body. Drinking Cistus tea, or even using it as a mouth rinse, has been shown to decrease adherence of bacteria in the mouth and ultimately breaking down biofilms (see study).
Cistus Tea has strong anti-inflammatory properties: It has been proven that Cistus Incanus can reduce inflammation while also inhibiting the production of cytokine enzymes that cause inflammatory response and the horrible feeling you get during Lyme symptom spikes or treatment (see study).
Cistus Tea can be ingested as a tick repellent! According to Dietrich Klinghardt, the Sardinians have discovered through the decades that when giving Cistus Incanus to their pets or livestock, the animals who ate the tea leaves exhibited no ticks whereas those who didn’t eat the plant had dozens of ticks. This trick seems to work with humans and it’s a great side effect of the tea and a pleasant alternative to putting on chemical repellents to keep ticks away. You can sprinkle the leaves on your pet’s food to keep them tick-free as well.
Kriya Yoga is an ancient technique that was hidden in secrecy for many centuries. It was revived in 1861, when the great yogi Mahavatar Babaji taught the technique to his disciple Lahiri Mahasaya during their meeting in the Himalayas.
Kriya has been taught in an unbroken link of spiritual succession to this day. Paramhansa Yogananda brought the practice to the United States in 1920 and personally authorized his disciple, Swami Kriyananda to initiate qualified people into Kriya.
These five Kriya Yoga positions were taught to me by my friend Justin Ram Das who works at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY. He suggested they be used to start a daily, personal practice. By doing these every day at a set time, you can help retain and contain any energy that has leaked from your energy field throughout the day, week, month, etc. It will keep you limber, more relaxed, more focused and will open up and expand your aura.
I’ve found that people with Lyme disease tend to have profound energy leakages and these techniques can help counteract that problem.
Ego Eradicator: Start in the Easy Pose (legs crossed, spine straight) and raise your arms 60 degrees outstretched. Curl your fingertips into your palms so that they rest on the balls of your palms. Extend your thumbs and point them upwards. Breath in and out through the nose rapidly in the powerful Fire Breath mode. Hold this pose while doing Fire Breath starting for 1 minute. Increase to 3 minutes if you can.
Cat Cow Pose: Start on your hands and knees with your wrists directly under your shoulders, and your knees directly under your hips. Place your shins and knees hip-width apart. Center your head in a neutral position and soften your gaze downward. Begin by moving into Cow Pose: Inhale as you drop your belly towards the floor. Lift your chin and chest, and gaze up toward the ceiling. Broaden across your shoulder blades and draw your shoulders away from your ears. Next, move into Cat Pose: As you exhale, draw your belly to your spine and round your back toward the ceiling. The pose should look like a cat arching its back. Release the crown of your head toward the floor, and push your chin to your chest. Inhale, coming back into Cow Pose, and then exhale as you return to Cat Pose. Do this for 1 minute to start and increase to 3 minutes as you progress.
Sat Naam Pose: The ancient words “Sat Naam” (pronounced SOOT nom) almost literally means “true identity” in the Gurmukhi language. As a chant, it connects you to your Higher Self and helps you vibrate more highly with the Divine.
Sit with your haunches on top of your heels and stretch your arms vertically over your head. Lace your fingers with index fingers pointed upwards. For women, the left thumb should be placed over the right thumb. This is reversed for men. The right thumb should be placed over the left thumb. This is important.
As you say the SAT syllable, pull energy from the heavens directly down your hands and arms into your core and resting in your pelvic floor. When you say the NAAM syllable, flex your kegel muscle to anchor the energy. Do this for 1 minute to start and then increase to 3 minutes as you progress.
Arm Raises: Sit in the Easy Pose (legs crossed, spine straight) and extend left hand forward as if shaking hands. Bring the right hand underneath the left and grasp the back of the left hand with the right. Lock the hands together. Raise arms 60 degrees, and inhale. Move arms slightly below the navel and exhale. An alternative pose is to clasp your hands together to make a large fist and lace your left thumb over your right (for females) or your right over your left (for males). Do this for 1 minute to start and then increase to 3 minutes as you progress. Close your eyes and try to visualize the building and clearing of your aura.
Aura Ripples: Extend both arms forward, parallel to the ground with palms facing each other about 6 inches apart. As you inhale, open the arms, stretching them back and toward each other. They drop slightly as they open. Exhale and bring them forward to the original position quickly. Use a deep rhythmic breath and visualize your arms pulling energy into your aura from all time and space. Do this for 1 minute to start and then increase to 3 minutes as you progress.
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