Written by Dr. Diane Mueller: Lyme disease is a bacterial infection spread by ticks. It causes flu-like symptoms and a characteristic bullseye rash. Studies estimate that anywhere from 40-80% of Lyme disease patients are also infected with parasites. This is far higher than the general population. So there’s a connection to between parasites and Lyme disease.
While the bacteria that causes Lyme – Borrelia burgdorferi – is well known, research shows there may be another factor that exacerbates Lyme symptoms: parasites.
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A number of parasitic organisms have been found in Lyme patients. The most common include:
Based on the high rates of co-infection, experts often recommend Lyme patients get tested for parasites may include:
Unfortunately, current lab tests are not able to identify every human parasite. Parasites often go undetected because they can burrow deep and hide from tests. It’s good to just assume parasites may be present and take action.
Treatment also differs – Lyme is treated with antibiotics while parasites require anti-parasitic medication. Treating both concurrently may improve outcomes.
It may be gross, but seeing parasites in your stool can actually be a good sign!
It is very common for those with chronic illness to start passing parasites in their stool when on an anti-parasitic protocol, especially when combined with supplements that heal the gut lining.
As the gut lining heals, it may push out parasites that were burrowed deep in the damaged tissue. So don’t be alarmed if you start to notice them! Keep going with your anti-parasitic protocol.
Parasitic co-infections are very common in people with Lyme disease and chronic illness. Evaluating for and treating parasites alongside other treatments could help resolve stubborn symptoms.
Don’t rely on lab tests alone – assume parasites may be present and take action. Using anti-parasitics, gut healers, and disrupters like NAC can help eradicate parasites.
Seeing parasites pass in your stool while on these protocols is gross but can be a good sign of healing! Work with a practitioner to create a customized parasite cleansing plan. Eliminating parasites may help you finally feel better.
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