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Treating Lyme Disease with Colostrum

Lyme Disease

Individuals can contract Lyme disease if they are bitten by an infected backlegged tick. Conventional medical treatment for Lyme disease is antibiotics taken over the course of several weeks or months. Bovine colostrum supplements could provide an immune support for Lyme patients whose immune system is severely compromised.

Ticks transmit Lyme disease, which is caused by a bacterium called Borellia burgdoferi. Lyme patients will display symptoms such as fever, fatigue, headaches, and a skin rash known as erythema migrans.

If Lyme disease goes untreated, it can spread to the joints, nervous system, and heart, causing severe harm to the immune and digestive systems. Later symptoms of Lyme disease include neck stiffness, facial palsy (loss of muscle tone or droop on one or both sides of the face), and short-term memory problems. These symptoms may persist for days or months after a tick bite.

Oral antibiotics such as doxycycline, amoxicillin, or cefuroxime axetil are used to treat Lyme disease. Typically, a Lyme patient will recover after a few weeks of antibiotic treatments. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes a small percentage of Lyme disease cases may last for more than six months.

According to the CDC, Lyme disease is the most common vectorborne illness in the United States. The CDC has estimated 329,000 new cases of Lyme disease are contracted annually, and 95 percent of Lyme disease cases were reported in 14 states in 2015.

Although antibiotics offer a proven option to treat Lyme disease, digestive and immune system problems may linger for Lyme disease patients. Bay Area Lyme Foundation (BALF) states a two-tiered ELISA/Western Blot blood test frequently is used to check for Lyme disease. The test measures human antibodies against Borrelia burgdorferi and provides an indirect measure of infection. But BALF points out the test misses up to 60 percent of cases of early-stage Lyme disease, and it may take weeks for the body to develop measurable antibodies against the infection.

Furthermore, BALF notes as many as 20 percent of Lyme patients will continue to experience symptoms after treatment. This indicates antibiotics alone may be insufficient for some patients to overcome Lyme disease.

Antibiotic treatment can cause severe damage to an individual’s immune and digestive systems. Antibiotics kill both bad and good bacteria, but often leave behind pathogens that are resistant to antibiotics. These so called “superbugs” can become nearly impossible to treat in the future. More and more powerful antibiotics are required to treat the infection, and at some point, antibiotics may be completely ineffective.

Colostrum-LD™ offers superior immune and digestive health benefits, and may provide an immune system reactivation approach for patients with Lyme disease. Colostrum-LD™ contains immunoglobulins, lactoferrin, lactoperoxidase, proline-rich polypeptides (PRPs) and other immune components that assist the body in fighting infection. Lactoferrin is particularly potent in destroying bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Bovine colostrum is a rich source of lactoferrin.

The PRPs are powerful immune system modulators; they help stimulate the immune system to destroy pathogens (via inflammation), and then bring the body back into balance by helping to reduce the inflammation response. Colostrum-LD™ contains a high percentage of PRPs, but for extra pathogen-fighting capabilities, a concentrated PRP formulation, such as Colostrum-IC™, is recommended.

In addition, colostrum’s other health-enhancing properties can benefit Lyme patients during their recovery process. These include:

  • Reducing allergies and over-reactivity to environmental toxins
  • Healing and preventing Leaky Gut Syndrome (intestinal permeability)
  • Increasing muscle strength and stamina
  • Repairing damaged muscle, tendon, ligament, bone, skin, or nerve tissue

Colostrum-LD™ is an alternative approach to rally the body’s defenses without destroying the gut biome for Lyme patients. If you or someone you love has Lyme disease, speak to your physician about Colostrum-LD™. If you physician is not familiar with the infection-fighting properties of bovine colostrum, ask him/her to contact Sovereign Laboratories. We’re happy to explain the reason he/she should consider recommending Colostrum-LD™.