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When Words Become Unlanguagable

Posted on May 13, 2017 in Blog |

Earllier this week, I saw this photo of Glennon Doyle Melton on Facebook. The power of the imagery was almost overwhelming for me. I remain in awe of Glennon’s determination to live authentically. While I do not necessarily agree with all that she has said, says, or believes, I honor her as a fellow Love Warrior and know that she is doing exactly what she needs to do in this life. A day later, I saw this photo of my son and his girlfriend. Again, no words are necessary to describe the love, commitment, and desire these two young lovebirds hold for one another. For the past 14 months, since Dad’s death, I have found my emotions and everything else in my life unlanguageable. I have tried to write of my grief, sometimes successfully, but mostly, lacking in depth and breadth of what is happening in my heart. I have been silent in many ways because I didn’t know how to explain my experience. In the past year of combing through thousands and thousands of photos, I have found a few treasures. I see the look Dad gave Mom and the love becomes tangible for me again. I see that same love in a few photos of Jeff and me as well. Again, words cannot describe the heart. Only the image can. Without cause or prior notice, a few days before my birthday, I started to dream in images. Vivid images. I mentioned to Jeff that I thought I wanted to paint. No, I needed to paint. I had never painted before and was actually jealous of the artists around me who could create such magical visions. Jeff bought me an easel and other supplies and encouraged me to move forward. And I did. For the past two months, I have been painting almost daily, almost in a manic mode. I cannot produce these visions quickly enough at times. I have been told I have some talent for which I am grateful. Though, honestly, I am doing this for me and for no one else. Painting is the only way I have found to describe my heart and my...

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Traditional Tick Bite Treatment

Posted on May 13, 2017 in Blog |

The following is an excerpt written by Dr. B. Robert Mozayeni from our book Lyme Savvy: Treatment Insights for Lyme Patients and Practitioners. Traditional Tick Bite Treatment Diagnosis for Lyme Disease is not simple and neither is treatment. Let’s move out three months from the original tick bite and classic ECM rash. Now we have a patient who is ill and the antibody tests are still not clearly positive. In the meanwhile, that person has already had the standard two weeks of doxycycline because a practitioner wanted to allay the patient’s concerns even though the Western blot done in the beginning was negative. Let’s assume the Western blot has slightly changed, but not in any way that convinces anyone. In other words, they might have one new IgG band or maybe the total antibody, or the EIA, is now slightly positive or weakly positive. Now we have this symptom complex and it is not clear. In other words, there is no other explanation and we cannot prove it is from the original event. At this point, doctors who believe that only a two-week protocol is necessary to start calling this post-Lyme syndrome. They may not call it that until it is a few more months out. They might give the person up to 30 days of doxycycline. They might even add another antibiotic if that didn’t work. But to those who believe antibiotics are uniformly 100% effective against Borrelia there is no other explanation other than calling the problems the patients is experiencing post-Lyme syndrome. Other physicians are apt to believe it is common sense that this patient still has Lyme Disease because the patient originally had the tick bite with the diagnostic ECM rash. At this point, because there is no other explanation, we need to simply intensify or extend the treatment for chronic Borreliosis. The point to make about this debate is it can exist only in the absence of good information. You can have this argument over what it is and what it isn’t because you really don’t have any way to disprove or prove either theory. So people argue over whose evidence is bigger and...

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