Why Lyme Disease Adrenal Fatigue Exhausts You and Four Ways to Replenish Your Vitality

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For people with Lyme disease that have a mid-afternoon drop in their energy, can’t get out of bed, or are depleted after Lyme disease treatment
by Greg Lee


Driving back from my local IKEA store, my car started to shake, sputter, and slow down. My anxiety levels started to rise as I realized I was in a part of town with a lot of crime. The thought of criminals seeing my broken down car with a big furniture box on top, left me feeling vulnerable like a defenseless deer in mountain lion country. As my friend and I were coasting to a stop, he shouted, “Get off here!” We got off onto an exit ramp. At the end of the ramp, I felt a wave of relief as we slowly came to a stop right in front of a guardhouse of a massive military base.

How is a broken down car similar to adrenal fatigue caused by a Lyme disease infection?

Just like a stalled car on the side of the road, Lyme disease can leave you feeling exhausted
Bonnie would feel like taking a nap every afternoon at work around 3 pm. On weekends she would sleep twelve or more hours to catch up on her rest. Unfortunately, it would take more and more caffeine to boost her energy temporarily. After a demanding family gathering, she crashed and couldn’t get out of bed for two days. Her doctor diagnosed her with fatigue and told her to get more rest. She decided to get another opinion.

Various medications, supplements and treatments gave her some more energy
Chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture, and green smoothies brought some relief, however her fatigue would quickly return. After many months, her doctor gave her the diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome and prescriptions for steroids and antidepressants. These medications helped a little. For several years afterwards, Bonnie just took the medications and still struggled with her fatigue. Fortunately, she heard about a Lyme literate acupuncturist two hours away. She received a new type of scan that checks for electrical frequencies of different infections.

Electro-dermal scanning technology helped to discover the underlying factors in persistent fatigue
Bonnie received an electro-dermal scan that checked different systems of her body for illness, infections, and possible remedies. The scan identified elevated frequencies corresponding to neurological Lyme disease, protozoa in her digestion tract, and adrenal depletion. Her 23andMe genetic report showed a mutation in a gene can decrease enzyme activity and increase fatigue.

Can natural remedies help her to replenishing from Lyme disease and co-infection adrenal fatigue?

Here are four strategies for restoring vitality caused by adrenal fatigue in people with Lyme disease
Given the identified locations of her infections, Bonnie’s treatments and medicines were focused on clearing out her infection from her nervous system and intestines. Protozoa infections like Babesia can move through the blood, so anti-protozoa remedies for clearing infection from her entire body were also used. Given her concerns about antibiotics disrupting her gut health, she chose a natural approach first. A combination of energy replenishing treatments and natural medicines helped to restore her energy.

Strategy #1: Use sublingual essential oils to target central nervous system Lyme
Bonnie received a mixture of essential oils that have inhibited Lyme disease in lab studies: cistus1 and clove2, combined with others including lavender3, and frankincense4 to reduce inflammation and protect the nervous system. Every night, she held a few drops under her tongue to allow the oils to diffuse into her nervous system. Within a few days her head felt clearer and she reported sleeping more deeply. Bonnie also took liposomal remedies to target toxins and infections in her body.

Strategy #2: Take liposomal remedies to detoxify and reduce infections
In animal studies, a simultaneous Lyme disease and a protozoa infection decreases immune response and increases mortality rates in mice5. Liposomal remedies are extremely small natural medicines which are covered in lecithin. Cells easily absorb liposomes because of their size and lecithin covering. Bonnie took a customized liposomal mixture of glutahione6 and vitamin C7 to help reduce toxins and inflammatory compounds that produce fatigue.  She also took liposomal herbs that inhibit leptospirosis8, another spirochete infection, and protozoa in different experiments: artemisia annua9, andrographis which contains andrographolide10, scutellaria and coptis11, scrophulariiflora12, and achyranthes13. In patients infected with Lyme disease and co-infections, liposomal herbal formulas have been highly effective at increasing stamina and energy levels compared to herbs in alcohol tinctures, decoctions, or powdered herbs. Frequency Specific Microcurrent treatments also help to target infections, reduce toxicity, and increase vitality.

Strategy #3: Apply Frequency Specific Microcurrent to reduce infections and compounds that deplete energy reserves
Frequency Specific Microcurrent treatments sends a pair of low level electrical currents, referred to as A/B, into the body to inhibit infection, reduce toxicity and inflammation, and increase vitality14. The “A” current was delivered into Bonnie to inhibit spirochetes (20, 45, 47), protozoa (32, 113), infectious toxins (spirochete 55/00, protozoa 60/30). The “B” current pair was used to target the central nervous system (1, 89, 94), the digestion tract (22, 31, 85). She also received frequencies to revitalize her adrenals (49, 81 / 273, 315). Bonnie felt much more replenished and energized after receiving microcurrent treatment. Taking remedies to increase energy also helped.

Strategy #4: Take remedies for replenishing vitality
In Chinese medicine, there are herbs which are used to replenish kidney essence, also know as Jing15. Bonnie took a liposomal herbal combination which had several jing nourishing herbs including lycii berries16, cooked rehmannia17,  eucommia18, cornus19, and cordyceps mushroom20. She also took a supplement for addressing genetic problems affecting enzyme activity and replenishes mitochondrial energy. She felt a difference in her symptoms soon after getting treatments, taking her remedies, and sleeping more deeply.

Bonnie felt an increase in energy in a few short days
Four days after her first treatment, Bonnie did not feel like taking an afternoon nap. She even made plans to go out with friends on the weekend. Despite the unusual taste, she was extremely pleased to see how liposomal remedies, essential oils and energy replenishing herbs worked at giving her more vitality.  A combination of these four strategies can help you replenish from Lyme adrenal fatigue.

These four strategies help to stop the energy drain from a Lyme disease and protozoa infection
Let’s go back to my stalled car. It turns out that I just ran out of gas and we got back on the road in a short time. Just like putting gas in the tank, electro-dermal testing helps to identify which infections may be the biggest energy suckers. Liposomal remedies can be used to reduce the underlying infections, toxins, and inflammation. In Bonnie’s case, sublingual essential oils, liposomal remedies, Frequency Specific Microcurrent, and energy replenishing herbs all worked together to help her to stop feeling exhausted and regain her vitality back. Since some of these herbs and essential oils have cautions on their use, work with a Lyme literate herbalist that understands the proper use of liposomal remedies to develop an effective, safe, and targeted strategy for your condition.

– Greg

>> Next step: Click here to take our What Lyme Brain Type are You? Quiz to help identify underlying causes of neurological Lyme.

P.S. Do you have experiences where essential oils, natural remedies, or treatments helped to restore your energy from Lyme adrenal fatigue? Tell us about it.

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Comments 4

  1. Great post Greg! I just want to mention that there are several other strategies, aside from supplementation, that can also be used to combat adrenal fatigue. Two of the most important are reducing stress and getting more/better sleep. Here are a couple of links that I hope you and your readers find useful!

    The Essential Guide To Sleep Hygiene

    Stress-Busting Tips From 50 Health Experts

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      Hi Ester, Frequency Specific Microcurrent uses electrical frequencies similar to a very low power TENS unit. Rife uses electromagnetic frequencies. They are two different kinds of frequencies.

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