Monday, January 6, 2014
Lyme Disease Series - Part III
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Can Lyme disease really be cured? This is the third in a series on Lyme disease.
The question of whether or not Lyme disease can be cured is a recurring question that is asked every doctor who is faced with a person suffering from the disease.
The term “Cure” is almost taboo in the healing arts profession. No doctor that I know of is willing to say they can cure any illness…especially not Lyme disease.
Before we just say an absolute “No” that Lyme disease is incurable lets see what the best medical dictionaries define the word “Cure” as meaning. After all, these medical dictionaries are the basis of what even the most agnostic doctors hold up as “truth.”
The following definitions are taken from Dorland’s Medical Dictionary and Stedman’s Medical Dictionary.
1. Restoration of health; recovery from disease.
2. A method or course of medical treatment used to restore health.
3. An agent, such as a drug, that restores health; a remedy.
4. Something that corrects or relieves a harmful or disturbing situation.
1. To restore to health.
2. To effect a recovery from: cure a cold.
3. To remove or remedy (something harmful or disturbing): cure an evil.
Reading these definitions one immediately notices that at no time does the word cure mean all the bacteria are gone.
A patient of mine said it best on a Lyme forum, “Antibiotics are for killing, not healing.” Now doctors may read this and say the antibiotic “killing” of the bacteria creates healing by eliminating the cause of the disease…but in their own scientific scrutiny does this line of thought hold up to its claims? Not according to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the worlds leading, peer-reviewed, medical journal.
Articles in the JAMA encourage doctors to stop treating every suspected infection with antibiotics. This is because international research, which is cited by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, have demonstrated that a doctor will usually prescribe antibiotics for a “routine” sinus, ear, eye, respiratory infection for approximately 7-10 days. What the research found is that even without prescribing antibiotics that the infection was resolved with 7-10 days.
So the medical research and the medical definition of cure show that a “Cure” is not the absence of bacteria. The people experienced a “Restoration of health” without killing all of the bacteria. And yes for those of you who might say the body killed the bacteria via the immune system, this too is not borne out by the medical research that reveals the Strep or whatever bacteria is was is still in the body, only it is now non-pathological.
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