Lyme disease is one of the more difficult illnesses to diagnose and is even harder to treat. And once remission is reached, the goal becomes maintenance.
Even after the Lyme bacteria is no longer present, it’s not uncommon for symptoms to remain. These can linger for months, years, and even longer. But what would a medical professional do after successfully treating their Lyme disease?
According to Heather Lowery, physician assistant and former Lyme patient at NYCIM, a minimalist approach is best. The problem she sees with many Lyme patients, and a lot of patients in general, is that they are severely over-supplementing.
The dangers of over-supplementing
Over-supplementation is real and especially harmful to patients with an already over-taxed system. From organ damage and lead poisoning to cancer and nutrient toxicities, supplements can range from ineffective to toxic and anywhere in between. Quality, quantity, and personalization are all factors to consider before beginning a supplement. Likewise, whether herbal or mineral, supplements can be quite powerful and harmful for the wrong patients.
Yet, over half of Americans take at least one supplement per day with a third taking multiple supplements.
Some of the most common supplements include creatine, fish oil, calcium, vitamin D, B12, and curcumin. Although each of these is necessary for human survival, many people are simply not at risk of a deficiency and receive their supplement recommendations from social media, marketing, and personal recommendations.
Yet, as Heather Lowery says, supplementation can be beneficial and necessary to keep internal balance.
With 1 in 3 Americans diagnosed with at least 10 mineral deficiencies, it isn’t surprising that minerals are in Heather’s stack. Magnesium and selenium are two minerals a lot of us don’t get enough of—and should consider asking our licensed health practitioner about adding to our stack. Read our article, How to avoid becoming mineral deficient, for a closer look at the root cause of mineral deficiencies.
Because oil pulling is not a supplement, it is something we can comfortably recommend to everyone. Oil pulling is an ancient practice that is extremely beneficial to oral health, as it removes bacteria and toxins, naturally whitens teeth, freshens breath, and improves gum health. Check out our oil pulling article for a complete breakdown plus recommendations on oil pulling.
Probiotics – link to article
Whether you suffer from a GI disorder or you’re looking to improve your gut health, a probiotic may bring some much-needed relief to your inner milieu. Unfortunately, not all probiotics are created equal. If you’re looking to add a probiotic to your daily routine, here are a few we recommend in our article, The 7 Best Probiotics: A Clinical-Based Product Review.
NAD+ is an essential building block in cellular energy production. Without a sufficient supply, our mitochondria cannot adequately convert the nutrients from food into usable energy. As we age our levels of NAD+ naturally decline. But this decline is often accelerated from things like chronic stress, poor sleep, lack of nutrients, and the use of drugs or alcohol.
Full disclosure, Nadovim was developed by the genius-physician minds at Innovative Medicine. It was designed to address the needs of 95% of patients we’ve seen at NYCIM and is currently available to the general public.
Instead of prescriptions they come in and they’re like, here’s my 5 million supplements and this is doing this, this, this, and this…and you’re like, you are supplementing yourself to death.– Heather Lowery, PA
Heather Lowery is a highly trained and skilled Physician Assistant who has the rare advantage of being able to speak from the patient’s perspective, having battled chronic Lyme disease, and undergone treatment at NYCIM.
Sharing from her personal journey from the depths of despair to her eventual triumph and return to health, Heather explains what a true Herxheimer reaction is, why the term is often misused in medicine — especially among patients, what one can expect from a true Herxheimer Reaction and how to minimize the side effects before treatment begins.
Listen to her full interview here.
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