The nasty surprise lurking in the long grass

  • What this bullseye rash really means
  • Get your trousers tucked in folk!
  • Six of the best natural ways to defeat this disease.

I’ve had more than a few emails recently from concerned readers about an increasingly common problem.

It’s called Lyme Disease and it can be particularly nasty.

This bacterial infection is spread by infected ticks which live in long grass and heather, especially where there are lots of sheep and deer.

Unfortunately this type of open country is where many folk are heading for our UK holidays this year.

Moorland, woods and the open hills are the highest risk areas anywhere in the UK, but particularly in the South-West, South-East, Wales and Scotland.

All desirable destinations for those who love a walk or a bit of sightseeing.

Not all ticks carry the disease, just those who have fed on an infected animal, so it is possible to get bitten without suffering.

But it is also possible that you get bitten and the symptoms don’t manifest until 3 months later.

Typically if you are infected you will see a red rash that looks a bit like a bullseye target.

You’ll feel grotty as if you have the flu, get achy muscles and suffer heavy fatigue.

Doctors tend to treat the infection with antibiotics, but they are beginning to realise that this can cure the initial symptoms but for many the longer impact is much more difficult to manage.

For those with chronic Lyme Disease the pain, fatigue and depression is hard to bear – and to hear their GP say that there is nothing else they can do is devastating.

However, lots of medics are now realising that there are natural ways to manage the disease, and I want to share a few of those with you today.

Tuck those trousers in Ray!

Of course, avoiding getting bitten in the first place is a good idea.

But that involves a lot of preparation that I don’t always think about.

Even the simple act of tucking my trousers into my socks or boots is often forgotten in my pre-dog walk routine.

Thus I must admit that I get two or three bites a year during the warmer summer months when these little demons are about.

I have a special pair of tick tweezers that allow me to remove the critters (I won’t go into the detail of this as I may upset those of a nervous disposition, but there is plenty of information online) with a constant worry that I might become ill as a result.

Clearly this worry isn’t so great that I remember to prepare before going out!

The NHS website offers a little more advice for you to follow to lower the risk of getting bitten;

  • Use insect repellent on your clothes and skin.
  • Stick to paths whenever possible.
  • Wear light-coloured clothing so ticks are easier to spot and brush off.

Nature’s ‘medicines’ that can really help

When I started researching the natural ways to help those who are suffering Lyme Disease I was pleasantly surprised by the number of qualified doctors who were contributing to the debate.

Lots of them were saying that some of these food supplements and nutritional changes had made a real difference to patients who were not responding to antibiotics.

And that is something that you don’t see very often.

So, here’s what I found;

  • Chlorella: Much loved by Good Life Letter readers because of its incredibly high anti-oxidant levels, but it also helps the body get rid of toxins. It is these toxins that cause the chronic impact of Lyme Disease.
  • Vitamin D: Again Good Life Letter readers will be no strangers to this essential sunshine vitamin, but its ability to boost the immune system really can help the body deal with the bacteria and the waste products that they create.
  • Anti-Inflammatory Diet: The systemic inflammation which results from infection can be enhanced if we eat the wrong things. This means avoiding sugar, alcohol, caffeine, gluten, and dairy products for a few months… but not forever!
  • Japanese Knotweed: This herb which is rich in Resveratrol has been used for centuries in traditional Asian medicine. It’s a potent antioxidant with antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Reishi Mushrooms: Along with other carefully selected mushrooms are really potent boosters of the immune system, and work synergistically with the body’s natural defences.
  • CBD Oil: Cannabis sativa was one of the earliest plants cultivated by humankind. The very first use of cannabis was documented in China around 4,000 BC. A very versatile plant, it has been linked with reduction of pain, fewer seizures, improved mood and sleep, protection of the nervous system, and a range of other health benefits.

Far from being untreatable this is another example of where natural remedies and ancient wisdom outshine pharmaceutical drugs.