by Dr. Bill Rawls
The concept of eradicating borrelia from the body once and for all probably sounds ideal to most Lyme patients, but is it really necessary to get well? Here’s what Dr. Rawls has to say. Read our in-depth guide to understanding borrelia here.
Question: Can you wipe Lyme totally out of your system?
Jenny Buttaccio: Can you wipe Lyme totally out of your system? Is that a goal?
Dr. Rawls: I don’t think so. You know, the further, I think everybody is really caught up on this idea of I’ve got this infection with this bacteria called borrelia, and I need to kill borrelia and wipe it out of my system to get well.
And again, what I’m looking at is a reactivation of the dormant microbiome; that includes a very wide spectrum of microbes. The degree at this point, we’re just beginning to understand it. So I think borrelia is in there with a lot of other things, too.
And this idea of, well, I have to kill every one of these microbes. It’s not going to happen. Every living organism is being found to have dormant microbes inside cells. So you want to keep them that way.
I have been in very good health, robust health for more than a decade since my recovery, and I’ve been taking herbs continually. I don’t think I’ve eradicated all the microbes from my system. Maybe I’ve worn them down a lot. Maybe some of those cells have passed along. But, you know, there are other things there. And so I think the herbs are a big part of why I can retain such robust health.