Five Strategies for Reducing Brain Overwhelm Due to Lyme Disease

For people with Lyme disease or co-infections that feel overwhelmed by light, sound, emotions, or social interactions
by Greg Lee

screen bugs

During summers in my childhood, I was often bothered by all sorts of flying insects that would try to buzz, bite or sting me. Fortunately, we had wire screens on our windows which kept the bugs out. When I was about four years old, I discovered that my scissors were sharp enough to easily cut several holes in the screen. Soon afterwards, insects started flying into my room and bothering me. When I complained to my mom, she found the holes and scolded me about cutting the window screen.

How are holes in a wire screen like a person with Lyme disease that is easily overwhelmed by light, sound, or social gatherings?

Similar to a cut window screen that lets bugs in, your brain stem can get inflamed which can let in too much sensory information
An important filter for the brain which is located at the base of the skull is called the pons. It acts like a screen which receives important stimuli from your eyes, ears, nose, skin, and mouth into your brain and filters out unimportant input. Unfortunately, toxins from Lyme disease, co-infections, or mold can create inflammation in the brain stem. Also, the web of capillaries in the lower part of the head can circulate toxins from infections in the mouth and the sinuses right into the brain and brain stem which can also inflame the pons. Inflammation in the pons and other parts of the brain stem can lead to too much sensory input overwhelming your brain.

Too much simultaneous sensory input into the brain can leave a person feeling overwhelmed
Many people with Lyme disease, co-infections, and/or mold exposure can feel overwhelmed by too much light, loud sounds, or social interactions. These stimuli can feel like a shock going through their brain or entire body. They may try to protect themselves by wearing dark shades, putting in ear plugs, or withdrawing from social events. Prolonged exposure to too much light, sound, or social interaction can leave these people feeling exhausted, irritable, or like a zombie. Fortunately, there are treatments and remedies that can help to eliminate feelings of overwhelm by reducing inflammation in the brain stem.

Anti-inflammatory treatments and remedies help to reduce feelings of overwhelm
In patients struggling with feeling overwhelmed, inflammation in the brain stem has been detected by electrodermal scanning techniques. As these people undergo treatment and take remedies for reducing inflammation specifically in the brain stem, they report being able to withstand light, sounds, and social interactions with less feelings of overwhelm. Here are five treatments and remedies for reducing underlying brain stem inflammation which can lead to feelings of overwhelm.

Strategy #1 Anti-inflammatory Frequency Specific Microcurrent
Frequency Specific Microcurrent uses very low power electrical currents to reduce inflammation and toxicity1. Patients report significant relief in feeling overwhelmed by sensory input when anti-inflammatory and antitoxin frequencies are combined with frequencies for the clearing the brain stem, mouth, sinuses, and capillaries in the blood brain barrier. In addition to frequencies, cold laser delivered remedies can also help to reduce feeling overwhelmed.

Strategy #2 Cold Laser Delivered Remedies2
Shining a 505 nm cold laser though homeopathic remedies onto the base of the skull have reduced headaches and feelings of pressure quickly in several patients. The homeopathic remedies that have had a noticeable effect on lowering pressure in the head include: Bartonella, Babesia, oxytocin, and vasoactive intestinal polypeptide (VIP) from, and colloidal silver from Argentyn. Follow up electrodermal scans have measured reduced inflammatory compounds in the brain stem. Herbs and supplements can also help to reduce inflammation.

Strategy #3 Liposomal anti-inflammatory herbs and supplements
In order to increase how anti-inflammatory remedies can penetrate into the brain stem, we use ultrasound to make very minute particles of herbs or supplements and then mix them with a lipid or a fat which creates a particle called a liposome3. Liposomal herbs and their compounds that help to reduce inflammation in the nervous system include: curcuminoid compounds in turmeric4, Bacopa monnieri5, oxymatrine6 and matrine7 compounds in Sophora flavescens, ruscogenin compound in Ophiopogon japonicus8, Acanthopanax senticosus9, hirsutine a compound found in Uncaria rhynchophylla10, and salvianolic acid which is found in salvia root11.

Turmeric is contraindicated in pregnancy and cautioned with weak patients that do not have hypercoagulation12. Sophora is contraindicated in patients with coldness in their stomach13. Ophiopogon is contraindicated in people with cough caused by mucus accumulation, patients with diarrhea and coldness in their stomach. This herb can cause drowsiness so it is cautioned while driving or operating machinery14. Acanthropanax senticosus can increase serum levels of digoxin, can increase the effects of serum barbituates by inhibiting their metabolic breakdown, can stimulate the production of adrenaline, and can increase the efficacy of antibiotics15. Patients with bleeding disorders including hypermenorrhea, hemoptysis, or hematuria should use salvia root with caution16. Liposomal glutathione is also effective at protecting the nervous system17. In addition to liposomal herbs, essential oils can help reduce inflammation in the nervous system.

Strategy #4 Essential Oils and Coconut Oil Detoxification
Using an oral rinse of coconut oil and anti-inflammatory essential oils of frankincense18, furocoumarin free (FCF) bergamot19, and lavender20 help to remove microbial toxins in the mouth and deliver anti-inflammatory essential oils into the nervous system. A 50:50 combination of coconut oil and essential oils can also be held under the tongue to increase delivery into the sinuses and the nervous system. Cupping also helps to pull out inflammation out of the head.

Strategy #5 Cupping and Bloodletting Draws Out Brain Inflammation
Cupping has been practiced for thousands of years in Asia and the Middle East. When suction cups are placed on the back of the head, they are said to draw toxins to the surface. When this is combined with acupuncture needling, a small quantity of blood is drawn out of the body into the cup. Upon analysis, the extracted blood has been found to be high in toxins21 and inflammatory compounds22. Many treatments and natural remedies can help you to eliminate feelings of overwhelm due to toxic inflammation.

Multiple treatments and remedies can help to reduce overwhelm from nervous system inflammation caused by Lyme and co-infections
Similar to fixing a cut window screen to keep out pesky flying insects, there are multiple treatments and remedies that can help your brain stem to reduce inflammation which helps it to filter out overwhelming sensory input. Electrodermal scans can help to detect changes in inflammatory compounds in the brain stem.

Patients report greater tolerance and ease with light, sound, or social interactions which would have overwhelmed them in the past after receiving anti-inflammatory treatments like Frequency Specific Microcurrent, cold laser delivered homeopathics, and cupping and bloodletting; and remedies like liposomal herbs, liposomal glutathione and essential oils. Since some of these herbs have contraindications and different treatment methods require specialized training, work with a Lyme literate Chinese medicine and essential oil practitioner to develop a safe and effective strategy for your condition.

– Greg

P.S. Do you have experiences where treatment or remedies that helped you to eliminate feelings of overwhelm due to Lyme disease or co-infections? Tell us about it.

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