Lyme Disease is a series of varied symptoms caused by the Borrelia burgdorferi bacterium. The bacterium enters the bloodstream through the bite of a blacklegged or deer tick. From there, the bacterium can cause fever, headache, skin rash and fatigue. Over time, it can form protective biofilms that prevent antibiotics or the human immune system from killing it. Chronic infection can produce additional symptoms including nerve and joint pain, heart murmurs, dizziness, short-term memory problems and inflammation.
How is Lyme Disease Diagnosed?
The most common reason to suspect Lyme Disease is because a tick bite was noticed. The bite may form a bullseye patterned rash, followed by fever and aches. A medical professional may run a blood test, but that may produce a false negative. In fact, it can be difficult to prove the presence of the Borrelia burgdorferi bacterium once it enters the biofilm stage.
What is a Biofilm and How Can it Be Destroyed?
Biofilms are a form that the Borrelia burgdorferi bacterium can take for protection from the human immune system. Individual, free-moving bacteria gather together and form complex arrangement of cells that adhere permanently to a surface, including inside the human body. Once the bacteria congregates and adheres in this manner, it’s difficult to kill it.
To break through a biofilm and kill the bacteria, an enzyme is needed that effectively destroys the complex and protective barrier. Monolaurin is one natural product that contains both enzymes to penetrate the biofilm and fatty acids to kill bacteria.
Can Lyme Disease Lead to Chronic Illness?
Lyme disease can spread to any part of the body and mimic other illnesses, including arthritis, multiple sclerosis and fibromyalgia. Because of its impact on the brain and nervous system, Lyme Disease may even produce symptoms with memory that resembles brain ailments like Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s.