Lyme Disease is caused by a bacterium called Borrelia burgdorferi that is spread through the bite of the blacklegged or deer tick. According to the Centers for Disease Control, tickborne diseases have doubled over the past 16 years and 82 percent of those cases were Lyme Disease.
As many as 60 percent of people with Lyme Disease may never be diagnosed. It can be difficult to notice a tick bite unless it produces a particular type of skin rash called erythema migrans. This rash takes the shape of a target and is one way to diagnose the potential for Lyme Disease, but most patients do not develop a rash or notice it immediately.
If the disease is diagnosed close to the time of the bite, doctors can prescribe antibiotics that may be effective against Borrelia burgdorferi. However, if the bacterium is allowed to reproduce in the human body, it often takes the form of a biofilm with a protective barrier that can be difficult to eradicate. In the meantime, the bacterium causes symptoms including issues with the brain and nervous system. Muscles and joints, heart valves, the digestive and reproductive systems and the skin can all be impacted in various ways depending on the individual and where the bacterium has taken hold in the body.
Any treatment used against Lyme Disease after the initial tick bite must then penetrate this biofilm barrier in order to kill the Borrelia burgdorferi bacterium. Monolaurin is a natural compound found in human breast milk and in coconut oil with enzymes that can effectively break down biofilms and protective cysts to access and eradicate harmful bacteria as well as viruses and fungi. A study in the Journal of Applied Microbiology reported that monolaurin was one fo two phytochemicals that could significantly act against biofilms produced by Borrelia burgdorferi; as well, monolaurin does not cause harm to human tissue.
An effective treatment against Lyme Disease must incorporate a compound like monolaurin that kills bacteria without doing further harm to an already weakened system. Following treatment, a maintenance system to repair damage and prevent Lyme symptoms from reoccurring is important.