How These Five Remedies Stop Persistent Gut Problems Caused by Listeria in People with Lyme Disease

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For people with Lyme disease that have recurring digestion problems, leaky gut, or small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)
by Greg Lee

I used to play football and baseball with other neighborhood boys at Mr. Johnson’s field. Occasionally we’d have to go looking for one of our balls at the far end of the field which had tall grass and weeds. Sometimes I’d come out with “hitchhiker” weed seeds clinging to my clothes.

How are hitchhiker seeds similar to people with Lyme disease that have chronic digestion problems?

Just like seeds that sneak on to your clothes, Listeria can be a dangerous pathogen which sneaks into the intestines
In several different recalls of food products, Listeria monocytogenes was cited as a contaminant in multiple food processing plants which produce frozen food, fruit, ice cream, cheese, and sunflower seeds. In another incidence, Listeria was found in whole cantaloupes that ended up sickening 147 people and resulted in 43 fatalities[1]. According to one CDC report, Listeria can be fatal in 21% of cases[2] even despite early antibiotic treatment[3]. Fatality may be as high as 40-60% in patients with a central nervous system infection and concurrent debilitating disease[4]. People over 65, pregnant women and especially their unborn children, and immune compromised patients like people with chronic Lyme or co-infections are at greater risk. Fortunately, the risk of getting a Listeria infection is low, about 2-3 people per million in the US. However, the risk is greater in immune compromised people, even at low doses of Listeria contamination on food[5]. This infection usually starts with symptoms in the digestion system.

Listeria often presents with bloating, nausea, and diarrhea
This infection can produce symptoms of fever and muscle aches, sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. In 55-70% of cases, Listeria can affect the central nervous system (CNS)[6].  When Listeria spreads beyond the digestion tract, it can produce symptoms of headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, convulsions, meningitis, septicemia, and death[7]. Some immune compromised patients may not have any symptoms. Listeria employs multiple methods to spread through unsuspecting people.

Listeria uses multiple methods to help it to spread through the body
The first line of defense against food borne Listeria are the endothelial cells which line the intestines. Listeria employs multiple strategies to invade several different types of cells and spread through the body: intestinal epithelial cells, hepatocytes, placental cytotrophoblasts, endothelial cells, macrophages and other immune cells[8]. In one lab study, listeriolysin O (LLO) is a toxin produced by Listeria which enables it to move freely inside of and to propagate between endothelial cells[9]. This toxin also disables “T” cells which enable this bacteria to evade the immune system and survive longer[10]. Listeria has also developed drug resistance to multiple antibiotics.

Listeria can persist due to drug resistance to many antibiotics
Unfortunately, mutant strains of Listeria have developed resistance to several antibiotics including: ampicillin, cephalothin, penicillin, meticillin, oxacillin[11],  tetracycline, streptomycin, cefotaxime, and gentamicin[12]. Listeria uses a mechanism called an effux pump to sample drug molecules to develop drug-resistance[13]. This bacteria can also produce biofilms under which many species of pathogens may live, which suggests that Listeria is likely capable of long-term infection in the gut[14]. In one study on sanitizers, Listeria under a biofilm demonstrated increased resistance of 1000 times[15]. In another lab study, Listeria has also been shown to be capable of receiving drug resistant genes from other bacteria that contaminate food[16]. Unfortunately, some Lyme disease patients with chronic digestion problems have tested positive for resonant frequencies for Listeria in their intestines.

What else can help people with Lyme disease to fight a drug-resistant, biofilm forming, intracellular Listeria gut and central nervous system infection?

Here are five strategies for stopping Listeria infections in the gut and the central nervous system
Here are four strategies for helping to stop Listeria from spreading. Making remedies into a small particle size can increase their anti-Listeria properties. When anti-Listeria medicines were processed into small particles and wrapped with a lipid or a fat outer layer called a liposome, they had a 90-fold greater effect at killing the intracellular infection in mice[17]. Liposomal remedies have been shown to be more effective at penetrating and delivering remedies into Listeria infected cells than their non-liposomal equivalents[18]. In other studies, herbs, specific frequencies of light, and dietary changes inhibited Listeria.

Listeria Stopping Strategy #1: Essential Oils
In one lab study, five plant essential oils: bay, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg and thyme significantly reduced the toxin listeriolysin O[19], which can help to prevent Listeria monocytogenes from spreading through the body. In another lab study, nanoemulsions of anise oil were more effective at inhibiting Listeria than anise essential oil[20]. Other lab studies indicated the effectiveness of oregano[21], lemongrass[22], spearmint[23], clove[24], myrtle[25], ajowan[26], orange[27], peppermint[28], geranium[29], artemisia annua[30], cinnamon Chinese cassia, red thyme[31], lemon and cinnamon[32] essential oils against Listeria monocytogenes. In lab experiments, thyme and oregano[33] essential oils were also effective at eliminating the biofilm forms of Listeria. Encapsulation the oils in liposomes, increases their effectiveness at targeting intracellular L. monocytogenes in endothelial cells[34] and the central nervous system[35]. Not only oils can help with stopping Listeria, so can specific wavelengths of light.

Listeria Stopping Strategy #2: Light Therapy
Light Emitting Diode (LED) frequencies of 405 nm[36] and 461 nm[37] inactivated L. monocytogenes in multiple lab experiments. Applying these wavelengths to the skin may help with stopping a cutaneous Listeria[38] infection. In studies on the penetration depth of laser wavelengths of 405 nm, this frequency was able to penetrate to a depth of 0.08 mm with 55% transmission into fair colored skin, and 2.5% in darker skin[39]. In addition to light, herbs can also help with stopping Listeria.

Listeria Stopping Strategy #3: Herbs
In addition to essential oils and light frequencies, these herb extracts have anti-Listeria properties in one study: rosemary, Echinacea angustifolia, thyme, tea tree, and peppermint[40]. In other studies, green tea was effective at inhibiting Listeria in food[41]. A green tea compound called epigallocatechin gallate (ECGC) was also effective at inhibiting the intracellular growth of L. Monocytogenes in a macrophage study[42]. Processing these herbs into small particle liposomes enhances their ability to penetrate and stop intracellular Listeria[43] and potentially disrupt it’s biofilms[44]. Not only herbs, but also tiny electrical frequencies can help to stop a Listeria infection.

Listeria Stopping Strategy #4: Frequency Specific Microcurrent
Frequency Specific Microcurrent uses millionth of an amp electrical currents to reduce bacterial infections, toxins and inflammation[45]. Frequencies for reducing pathogens, neutralizing toxins and inflammation, and promoting healing are combined with frequencies to target Listeria hiding inside blood cells[46], and organs like the intestines[47], liver, spleen[48], and the central nervous system[49]. These paired frequencies have been helpful in reducing symptoms in patients with meningitis, headaches, and confusion. In addition to microcurrent, dietary changes can also help to fight Listeria.

Listeria Stopping Strategy #5: Dietary Changes
In multiple studies, these foods and supplements inhibited the growth of Listeria: virgin olive oil[50], zinc and isomeric vitamin A[51], feijoa fruit extract from New Zealand[52], Lactobacilus[53] and Bifidobacterium[54] probiotics. Eliminating alcohol intake may also help with boosting the strength of your innate immunity against Listeria[55]. Multiple strategies can help people with Lyme to stop a persistent Listeria gut or brain infection.

A combination of anti-Listeria strategies can help to resolve a chronic gastrointestinal problems or infections in people with Lyme disease
Similar to taking the hitchhiking seeds off your clothes, anti-Listeria remedies and treatments may help to resolve chronic digestion problem, gut infections and meningitis. Processing these oils and herbs into a small particle liposome can enhance their antimicrobial, antibiofilm properties, and ability to penetrate inside cells and into the central nervous system. Some patients will also take these oils or herb extracts in an enema to increase their delivery into the intestines. Since some of these oils and herbs have cautions on their use, work with a Lyme literate natural remedy practitioner to develop a proper, safe, and effective strategy for your condition.

– Greg

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