Holistic Treatment For Bartonella
Bartonella is one of the most common, yet often un-diagnosed co-infections of Lyme disease.
The treatment of co-infections such as Bartonella is as important as the treatment of Lyme-Borreliosis infection in many cases of Lyme disease, which often in reality is a cluster of tick-borne infections occurring together.
Surprising to many, exposure to Bartonella is common. People can contract Bartonella from fleas, biting flies, mosquitoes, and ticks, as well as bites or scratches from cats or dogs.
Working or living with a flea-infested pet is a clear risk factor. You can also catch infection from a contaminated needle stick, which is an occupational hazard of veterinarians and IV drug users.
It is also possible for an infected pregnant woman to pass on the infection to her unborn baby, which could pose a risk of birth defects.
And it is possible to become infected via a blood transfusion, because blood banks do not screen for Bartonella, just as they do not screen for Babesia or Lyme-Borreliosis.
Why Bartonella Is Bad News
The 4 major problems that we face with Bartonella are:
- Exposure is common, yet diagnosis is difficult.
- Treatment through conventional medicine with antibiotics is usually insufficient, and/or difficult to tolerate.
- Bartonella is often accompanied by other infections, such as Borreliosis-Lyme infection, which complicates diagnosis and treatment.
- As a stealth pathogen, Bartonella weakens the immune system as it lives inside the body, and if this goes unaddressed, you will have a much harder time recovering fully.
Testing & Diagnostics
Conventional lab testing for Bartonella turns up a false negative up to 85% of the time because Bartonella has a variety of methods of evading the immune system.
The conventional labs screen for antibodies to Bartonella henselae and B. quintana, which are just 2 of the 15 strains of Bartonella that could be infecting you.
Igenex and Fry laboratories offers PCR testing, which is better, but only for the 2 most well-known strains of Bartonella (henselae and quintana). And finally, Galaxy Diagnostics offers an ePCR test that can test for all Bartonella species, and is the most sophisticated and accurate test available, and also the most expensive.
In the end, it’s important not to get overly hung up on lab work and securing an absolute diagnosis in this way. Instead, diagnosis of Bartonella comes out of a comprehensive clinical assessment of your symptom picture, your history, and lab test results.
Treatment of Bartonellla takes a minimum of 4-12 months for more acute and recently acquired infections, and it can take up to 3-5 years if the case is severe and there are multiple layers of infection to deal with – plus sometimes additional time for nervous system tissue to regenerate and full self-healing to take place.
Layers of Chronic Infection
In general, the more layers of chronic infection – such as Lyme-Borreliosis, Bartonella, Babesia, Mycoplasma, yeast, herpes, etc. – you are infected with, the more suppressed your immune system will be. The greater your disease load and weakened immunity, the more severe symptom picture you are likely to have – much more than any one of these stealth pathogens would create on their own.
A healthy, unburdened immune system can eradicate Bartonella, but a toxic or disease laden body can become horribly sick from the same disease.
Bartonella infection CAN BE quite debilitating; it is the co-infection that most often causes neurological Lyme disease and it is usually present in the more severe and chronic cases of Lyme disease.
This is in part because Bartonella, Lyme, and the other infectious microbes share DNA and work together in a variety of ways to resist antibiotic treatment and to disarm the immune system, thereby securing a long-term infection in your body.
Bartonella Weakens The Immune System
When this facet of the disease process goes unaddressed, it’s much harder to recover. Bartonella targets not only the red blood cells, but also the macrophages and CD34 progenitor cells of the immune system. It also uses these cells to hide from the immune system.
Therefore, active, consistent immune system support is actually as important as trying to eradicate the Bartonella.
Stealth infections are in part on the rise because they have evolved to take advantage of the compromised vitality and immune function that has resulted from the toxicity and chronic infections that burden most modern people.
Most of us walk around with way too much toxic accumulation in our tissues, and a somewhat compromised immune system already. As a result, these stealth infections come into your body and find a suitable home.
Unwittingly, we’ve paved the way for them to inhabit our bodies. And these are the internal conditions that we transform through the holistic treatment approach.
Here are the top 10 most common and characteristic symptoms of Bartonella:
- Sore throat, swollen glands
- Bone pain, especially soles of the feet, shins, and ribs
- Severe head ache and neck pain
- Eye irritation, pain, and symptoms
- Stretch marks, bruising, or rashes
- Neurological symptoms
- Mood and cognitive problems – depression, rage, anxiety, memory, concentration – you name it, Bartonella can cause it.
- Temperature and blood pressure de-regulation.
The Role of Natural Medicine in the Treatment of Bartonella
The natural anti-microbials can be used either instead of, or in addition to, pharmaceutical antibiotics to decrease the disease-load in a gentler, non-toxic way.
They are potent, yet better tolerated by the body. If stronger medicine is needed, they can be used in conjunction with an antibiotic protocol to help the antibiotics be more effective, and require a lower dose. Natural anti-microbials can be used long-term and for maintenance as needed.
Antimicrobial protocols are in no way the whole picture of holistic Lyme treatment, as much as we tend to focus on that.
The central nervous system and the body as a whole also needs time and support to recover and heal its tissues.
The holistic approach also involves strategies to actually promote the healing of damaged tissues, to clear inflammation and congested blood and energy flow, strategies to rebuild a high-functioning immune system, restore vitality, and develop a high-level disease resistance over time.
Specifically, a Bartonella treatment plan involves:
- protecting the RBC’s and blood vessels, bone, spleen and liver where the Bartonella infects and takes control of the immune system;
- reversing the inflammatory cascades;
- restoring the immune system and life force energy
- healing the specific symptoms where damage and infection is located, which is different from person to person
- and lastly – eliminating the bartonella infection
When each of these bases are covered, the Bartonella cannot and will not continue to survive in your body, and you will recover your full health.
In fact, it’s very likely that you will become even more healthy and disease-resilient than you were before Lyme and Bartonella entered your life. People who walk the path of holistic healing from Bartonella and Lyme disease come out the other end of it embodying greater health, freedom, purity, strength, and personal power than before the infections came in.
That is the ultimate outcome that I see among my patients when they near the end of their recovery process.
That’s not just a big bonus of this path to healing, but in fact it’s a necessity for full recovery, because the body that allowed the infection to take hold in the first place, is not the same body that is capable of expelling and healing from stealth infections.
You and your body have to become empowered, cleaner, stronger, and more resilient as a result the treatment, and only the holistic approach provides that, when properly executed.
In the Uprooting Lyme approach this happens primarily through taking on certain healing and cleansing life practices consistently over time, which gradually increase the body’s cellular intelligence and life force so that self-healing is a fully supported process.
If you are interested in learning more about how the Uprooting Lyme 6-Month Holistic Treatment Program works, you can read about it here.