Adam N. from France
How long do you believe you have had Lyme/tick-borne illness?
How long did it take you to get a diagnosis?
Did you see multiple doctors before you were diagnosed with Lyme? If so, what types?
In 2015, I began a never-ending medical wandering: neurologists, dentists, ENT, internist, cardiologist - you name it. 25 specialists, countless doctors' appointments, many blood tests, no answer. I was sent home with no diagnosis - in the best-case scenario I given a pain killer or antidepressant prescription drug.
None of them believed me. How could a happy and active young man with no prior health issues decline almost overnight in such a dramatic way? I was physically, mentally and spiritually fractured. Ignoring the root cause of my crazy symptoms was honestly the worst part. For one year, I was sent home with no proper diagnosis. I was VERY depressed. I felt lonely, desperate and misunderstood.
Were you diagnosed with anything else before Lyme?
Anything else you would like to share about trying to find a diagnosis:
I had to study really hard and become my own doctor. I was finally able to diagnose myself based on my symptoms and personal history with chronic neurological Lyme disease and many co-infections (mycoplasma, chlamydia, Yersinia, EBV, candida, shingles), mast cell activation syndrome and MARCoNS. Those diagnoses were confirmed via state of the art testing in two different ultra-specialized German labs. At that time I had a very poor diet and overall bad lifestyle habits. My adrenals were burnt out, my hormonal and immune systems completely dysregulated. I was severely deficient in many nutrients and my overall toxic burden was really high with all kinds of toxins including mercury and mold. My CD57 was extremely low (16), my vitamin D level was almost 0, and I had many food sensitivities. I couldn't touch any electronic devices without getting burnt. I was told my case was way too advanced to be cured. I refused this prognosis and began my health journey on my own, talking full responsibility of my health .
How long have you been treating Lyme for?
I have been treating it holistically and naturally for 3 years now.
Do you have any coinfections? If so, which ones?
Mycoplasma, chlamydia, Yersinia, EBV, candida, shingles, mold, strep and staph.
I also suspect bartonnella and babesia even though the test came back negative.
What types of treatments have you tried?
I used medicinal herbs, homeopathy and rife machine. No antibiotics. In a nutshell, my strategy was the following:
1. Opening up the detoxification pathways – detoxification of all internal and external sources of toxicity. I had to seriously reduce my EFM and mold exposures, start chelating heavy metals naturally through food and herbs, cleansing my liver/spleen/kidneys/bowels and lymph system using different herbs (red root, dandelion, milk thistle etc) and detox kit from PEKANA line, clean up my environment (natural cosmetics and house-care products), organic food and very clean diet, infrared sauna, skin brushing, etc...
2. Strengthening of metabolism and repair of the most damaged systems and organs – In my case, I had to correct my strong vitamin A, D et B deficiencies and damaged intestinal lining, lower inflammation (especially in my nerves) with many herbs, nourish my adrenal glands (adaptogens, vitamin C, quercitin, ribes nigrum, magnesium, cortisol manager, aschwagandha, etc), treat my hypothyroidism, regulate my immune system with adaptogens, increase my stomach acid with betaine HCL and celery juice, deeply rehydrate with a good water purifier, rebuild my mitochondria with excellent nutrition and the mitochondria supplement from Pure Encapsulations, replenish my normal flora with probiotics, do chiropractic care for my musculoskeletal pains, as well as acupuncture and earthing, and rebuild the myelin sheath with supplements, herbs (Chinese skullcap, St. John's wort), omega 3, etc...
3. Getting rid of pathogens by natural remedies in a logical order – which means first addressing parasites and viruses, and then bacteria. In my case, I used herbs (like pau darco, cloves, artemisia annua, black walnut), supplements, and food to kill parasites first. Then I put EBV and shingles into dormancy with homeopathic nosodes (from the brand Desert Bio) and herbs (olive leaf, lobelia, lomatium), and supplements like monolaurin and L-lysine. For babesia, I used sida acuta, cryptolepsis, artemisa; for bartonella, I used houttunyia; and finally - I focused on killing the lyme spirochetes with antispirochetal herbs (teasel root, samento, salseparellia) and rife frequencies. The candida was treated all along with anti-fungal herbs, a berberine supplement and a very clean diet. I also treated biofilms with serrapeptase, manuka honey, monolaurin, berberine, and I used sprays (xylitol, argentyn 23) and essential oils to treat the mold in my sinuses.
All throughout, I used the unlimited power of the mind to make sure my body mind and spirit were all aligned towards full recovery. I practiced written intention, positive thinking, Healing Quotes, Affirmations and Prayers.
List up to 5 of your biggest (past or current) symptoms:
I don’t have any lyme symptoms left.
What is the biggest way that Lyme has affected your life?
Lyme took away my health, my social life, my job and my lack of care.
Yet it never stole my will for life or my ambition. It never defined me as a person.
I see my Lyme disease experience as a bracket - A life-changing, eye opening, long, dark, and painful bracket, but still a bracket. And I decide to retain the positive out of it. Thanks to the disease, I was able to learn a lot, not only about myself and my capacity of resiliency, but also about society, our medical healthcare, health in general, the healing process, the power of thoughts. It forced me to take care great care of myself and become meticulous about my environment, what I put in my mouth, who I surround myself with, what I think, and what I decide to spend my energy in. Lyme is a teacher. It teaches you about balance, moderation, self-care, stillness, hope, resiliency. I think there is a silver lining with everything in life. It just depends on your perspective at the moment. Lyme disease put me on the road of inspiration. I now help people all around the world to overcome their chronic disease. I wrote a book and discovered about my creativity. I gained a spirituality and I am now living a much more meaningful and conscious life, taking care of myself, other beings, and the environment.
Any advice for someone newly diagnosed with Lyme?
If you just got bitten, run to your medical doctor and take antibiotics (at least 6 weeks) + medicinal herbs for potential parasitic, viral and fungal coinfections.
If you were undiagnosed for a very long period of time, a healing journey, one of a personal transformation awaits you. Do not panic. Take your time, learn, study, experience, and with time, patience, fortitude and positivity, you will get where you want and deserve to be.
You may find Adam on Instagram as @The_herbal_dude. This is where he shares wellness tips and inspiration for patients with chronic diseases.