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What is Lyme disease, symptoms and treatments

Lyme disease (Neuroborreliosis) is caused by a spirochete, Borrelia burdorferi, transmitted by tick bites, mainly in the summer time. The site of the tick bite is red with a pale centre gradually increasing in size to form the unique marker lesion, a bull’s eye which may become large over a period of time. There are 20 known species of Borrelia that can cause human illness, and it is not uncommon for people with Lyme’s disease to harbour at least two species. The microbes disseminate through the circulation, causing first, sore throat, dry cough, fever and headaches, followed by cardiac arrhythmias and neurologic abnormalities (facial nerve paralysis). Pain and swelling may develop in the large joints, sometimes progressing to chronic arthritis.

The effects may persist for months, allopathic therapy includes antibiotics. The internet offers a wide variety of different diets to help manage the symptoms of Lyme’s disease. Nutrition is important in Lyme disease treatment, the role of nutrition is central not so much in the killing of the bugs, but in the underlying strength and resilience of your health. Immune support, inflammation management, hormone regulation and detoxification functions can all be vitally influenced by your nutritional intake and status. Continue reading ‘What is Lyme disease, symptoms and treatments’ »

A natural way to help Diabetes

Diabetes is a chronic disorder of carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism characterized by fasting elevations of blood glucose levels, an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, renal disease and neuropathy. Diabetes can occur when the pancreas does not secrete enough insulin or if the cells in the body become resistant to insulin, so the blood glucose cannot get into the cells, which can lead to serious complications. The classic symptoms of diabetes are frequent urination, excessive thirst and appetite. Diabetes is divided into two major categories, type 1 and type 2, or insulin dependent diabetes mellitus, which occurs in children and teenagers.

Type 1 diabetes is associated with complete destruction of the beta cells of the pancreas, that manufactures the hormone insulin. Type 1 diabetes can also result from a defect in tissue regenerating capacity. Type 1 diabetes appears to have an autoimmune component, due to the antibodies of the beta cells being present. It is probable that the antibodies in the beta cells develop in response to cell destruction due to other mechanisms, including chemical or free radical damage, viral infection and food allergies. Continue reading ‘A natural way to help Diabetes’ »

Helping Parkinson’s disease the natural way – Health Zone Clinic

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological disorder which results from a deterioration of neurons in the region of the brain that controls muscle movement. The degeneration creates a shortage of the neurotransmitter dopamine, causing the movement impairment, that characterize the disease.
People with Parkinson’s disease often experience trembling, muscle rigidity, difficulty walking, and problems with balance and coordination.

Although there are many theories about the cause of Parkinson’s, the etiology remains unexplained.
Various research papers have suggested mitochondrial abnormalities, environmental neurotoxic exposures, selective generation of potential toxins or reduced detoxification capacity. Infectious agents and genetic factors are also possible reasons for the disease.
Biochemical changes including increased levels of neurotoxic metals, the inhibition of mitochondrial complex 1 activity, and depleted glutathione levels occurring in the substantia nigra, all suggest that oxidative stress is present and pathologically involved in Parkinson’s disease.
Studies have also highlighted glutathione deficiency may be a common factor in parkinson’s with nigral damage. Continue reading ‘Helping Parkinson’s disease the natural way – Health Zone Clinic’ »