by Dr. Bill Rawls
Chronic and neurological symptoms of Lyme disease can be downright debilitating. Is it truly possible to overcome them? Watch as Dr. Bill Rawls discusses what it means to cure or heal chronic or neurological Lyme disease, plus he shares important stress factors to consider in your recovery. Learn more about neurological Lyme disease here.
Question: Will we ever cure chronic or neurological Lyme?
Dr. Rawls: Hmm. Depends on how you consider fighting. So, I guess technically I’m still fighting it. I probably still have these microbes dormant in my tissues. I still take herbs every day, but my neurological symptoms have been gone for about seven years, I guess. It’s been a while.
I had brain fog. I had burning feet. I had paresthesia. I had these weird shaking things at night. I had all kinds of weird neurological system symptoms. It does take time. So, healing takes time. What healing is, this is very important, you know, you hear that word a lot, but a lot of people don’t understand what it is.
What healing is, is the ability of cells in the body to recover from being stressed. So that not only includes a cell being able to repair itself, it also includes other cells being able to regenerate, to divide, to make cells, to replace cells that have been damaged beyond repair. So when you look at the capacity of the different cells in the body to do that, it’s different for different cells. So we make new skin cells every day. So you cut your skin; pretty easy to have that repaired. That’s going to take maybe a week.
Your brain cells? They are the very slowest. So you may not know it’s very slow to regenerate brain cells. They take a long time to repair. Some neurological symptoms are the very slowest to get better. Second to that, muscle and heart tissue just takes a long time.
It takes a long time for the healing process to occur. So what this is all about is setting up an environment that promotes healing, that allows cells to recover from stress. So that includes really good nourishment. You want to eat the right foods to give all your cells what they need to repair. Low toxin environment, you know. Clean out the toxins: filtered water, good clean food, clean air, low stress. Stress disrupts hormones. That disrupts communications. Cells don’t talk to one another and work together, and everything starts breaking down, and you don’t sleep.
So especially for neurological symptoms, you have a glymphatic drainage system in the brain; it’s clearing out all the debris and junk that collects in the brain. The glymphatic system works at night. Also, nighttime is when your cells have downtime to repair.
They work all day. They need to get some rest, too. So getting eight hours of sleep is really important for recovery. And then, just protecting those cells from free radicals and radiation and all the stress factors. That’s what herbs do. They’re really good, and they protect your cells against microbes. Really important to do that. There’s nothing out there that does a better job than herbs. So that’s kind of it in a nutshell what you got to do.