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Lyme Disease, its Coinfections and the Immune System: Kinesiology protocols

Over 200,000 Lyme disease infections occur each year, according to Harvard medical school researchers. I’ve recently become aware of a growing number of people being affected by the disease in my local Hampshire area, which motivated me to find out more about the Lyme and why it is becoming so prevalent.

I attended a course at the Classical Kinesiology Institute entitled ‘Lyme Disease, its Co-infections and the Immune System: protocols for the kinesiologist’, which was quite an eye opener. I learnt that that with around 300 species of Lyme worldwide there is no one-size-fits-all treatment for the disease or any of its coinfections, and due to so many strains it is not always easy to detect.

Whilst antibiotics are helpful in many cases of Lyme, especially if caught early, they aren’t always effective.  Let’s take the Borrelia strain for example, which comprises 52 species. Borrelia is adept at generating a biofilm, where it is shielded from antibiotics as well as the immune system.

Borellia bacteria live deeper within the body’s tissues than any other bacteria and scavenge on our tissues by releasing enzymes which break the tissue down, causing problems in areas such as the joints, heart, eyes, gut, brain and nervous system.

As the strains of Lyme and its co-infections are varied, so are the symptoms wide-ranging, from mild lethargy and nerve problems (such as pain and numbness) to severe arthritis and debilitating mental dysfunction.

The strains Babesia and Bartonella have been found to make psychological symptoms worse. For me this begs the question, could some cases labelled as mental illness actually have a physical cause, i.e. Lyme disease?

We all know we can get Lyme from ticks. However, that’s not the only way to become infected - the disease can be also passed on via blood, saliva and semen. Borrelia DNA has even been found in breast milk, and Bartonlla is known as the cat scratch disease for obvious reasons.

It’s hard to say exactly why Lyme is becoming so prevalent, potentially several factors, but there is certainly a correlation with poor immune response. The stresses of modern life, poor diet, reduced vitamin and mineral content in food due to modern farming methods, traffic pollution, electromagnetic stress from electronic devices and toxicity from dental amalgams all negatively impact the immune system.  

The kinesiology Lyme disease protocol is based specifically on supporting the immune system with the aim of strengthening it and making the body's environment inhospitable for the bacteria. The protocol uses herbal tinctures and supplements which, with permission from your doctor, can be used alongside antibiotics.  And, where relevant, it includes suggestions for dietary changes and help with stress management. 

If you would like more information on Lyme disease search online for Stephen Buhner, an award winning writer of many books on the subject.  Image courtesy of

It all starts with good digestion . . .

You will no doubt be familiar with the old adage, “We are what we eat”. However, perhaps more accurately it should be, “We are what we digest and absorb”. If we are not digesting our food properly then we are unable to absorb the vital vitamins and minerals needed for optimum health. 

Acid reflux, heartburn and indigestion

An adequate amount of stomach acid is vital to help break down food, activate important enzymes and hormones, and protect us against bacterial overgrowth in the gut. Unfortunately levels of stomach acid typically decline with age and older adults are more prone to digestive problems.

Acid reflux and heartburn are often attributed to too much stomach acid and acid suppression medication is usually prescribed to manage the condition. However, what is less commonly known is that low levels of acid can also be to blame – when stomach acid levels are low and food is consumed, the body tries to aid digestion by sending the little acid that remains to the top of the stomach. This causes reflux, making it seem like too much acid is to blame. If you are on acid suppression medication but experiencing no long-term benefit this is something you may wish to explore.

Kinesiology muscle testing is a simple and painless way of finding out whether supplementation with natural sources of acid (or digestive enzymes) could help.  It can also look to see whether B vitamins (often depleted in times of stress) or Zinc might be implicated, as the body needs these for acid production. 

I once heard an NHS doctor say that 80% of our ‘feel good’ hormones, serotonin and dopamine, are produced in the gut. Perhaps little wonder then that clients report such a dramatic change when their digestion issues are resolved!

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The ICV – Could this little known valve be behind your IBS type symptoms?

The Ileo-Caecal Valve (or ICV for short) sits between the small and large intestine and plays a vital role in our gut health and overall wellbeing.

A malfunctioning ICV allows waste products to build up in the body, causing toxicity and a range of symptoms, which may include:

  • Constipation

  • Diarrhoea

  • Abdominal pain

  • Chronic tiredness

  • Stiff neck

  • Joint Pain

  • Mid-back pain

  • Carpel tunnel

  • Frozen shoulder

  • Headaches

  • Skin problems

  • Depression

Here’s how it works (or doesn’t!)…..

After food is broken down by the stomach it goes into the small intestine, where all the essential vitamins and minerals needed by the body are absorbed. Once the goodness has been taken out, the remaining waste product heads towards the large intestine, via the ICV, to be formed into faeces and expelled.

The ICV is like a gatekeeper sitting at the end of the small intestine – opening at the appropriate time to let the waste matter through to the large intestine, and closing afterwards.

Problems occur when the valve either stays shut (allowing waste matter to build up) or remains open (allowing faecal matter to flow backwards) - in both cases toxic matter is absorbed into the body via the small intestine, resulting in many of the symptoms listed above.

Causes of ICV malfunction

One of the main causes of ICV malfunction is emotional upset, which is why many IBS sufferers experience a worsening of symptoms when stressed.  

Another cause is food sensitivities.  Although it can often be difficult to identify the offending foods because, unlike allergies where the allergic reaction is usually instantaneous, food sensitivities can sometimes take days to manifest.

How kinesiology can help

A kinesiology assessment can help to identify ICV involvement in your symptoms.  It can also help to address any emotional cause as well as identify specific foods that might be causing you problems.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact me for a non obligation chat.

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Thinking of doing a post Christmas detox?

If you are thinking of doing a post Christmas detox, you may want to consider supporting your liver, otherwise you could end up feeling worse!

The liver is the main organ that deals with detoxification, removing toxins from the blood and changing them into harmless water soluble substances that are secreted via our urine, bile, faeces or sweat. Sometimes however the liver needs a bit of help.

The detoxification process within the liver is two-stage, comprising phase I and phase II detoxification pathways, with both phases essential for effective detoxification. In the case of phase I pathway being activated but phase II pathway being sluggish, the liver is put under serious pressure, leaving toxins to circulate around the body causing various uncomfortable symptoms, not least feeling like you have a constant hangover!

So, if you find your detox regime leaves you feeling even worse than before you might want to consider the following to give your liver a helping hand.

Vitamin C, Milk Thistle, Molybdenum, Glutathione and N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) are just some of the supplements/nutrients that can help to support the liver, either as standalone or as part of a liver support complex.

 Other ways of helping to eliminate toxins include: 

  • Saunas: Helps to improve circulation and therefore assist detoxification
  • Contrast showers: Alternating warm and cold water helps to encourage lymphatic flow
  • Dry skin brushing: Encourages lymphatic flow – brushing should be gentle and start at the extremities and move towards the heart (there are plenty of diagrams on the web)
  • Exercise: Improves lymphatic flow - doesn’t have to be strenuous, just walking can help.
  • Drinking lots of water: Helps to keep the bowels working properly so that toxins are removed in a timely way through regular bowel movements.

If you would like to know more, or need some assistance or advice with supplement selection please do not hesitate to contact me.

IMPORTANT: If you are on prescription medication, pregnant or breastfeeding you should always check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking supplements. Even ‘natural’ supplements can contraindicate with prescription drugs.