According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Lyme disease is induced by the Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria that are transmitted to humans who are bitten by infected black-legged ticks.
Borrelia burgdorferi, or Bb, is a spirochete type of bacteria. The bacteria are carried by infected ticks. When these ticks bite their hosts, bacteria are transmitted. In addition, Bb can be spread via close human contact during sexual activities, breast-feeding and the transfusion of blood.
Black-legged ticks become attached to wild animals such as deer, squirrels, raccoons, foxes, mice -- and even some types of birds. When humans come into contact with these animals, or venture unprotected into their natural habitats, they run the risk of being bitten by the infected ticks -- and of developing Lyme disease.
A particular characteristic of an infected tick bite is the bulls-eye rash, properly known as eretherma migrans/EM. However, less than 50 percent of adults with Lyme disease exhibit EM, and only one-tenth of children do so. As such, the rash itself is not the most worrisome feature of Lyme disease. The greater challenge to effective treatment is the biofilm formed by bacterial colonies.
University researchers have indisputable evidence that Bb, the Lyme disease bacteria, grows in the form of a biofilm. This biofilm is like protective armor for the bacterial colony, making it seemingly impervious to standard treatment options. The biofilm also explains the chronic nature of Lyme disease and the widespread damage it causes to tissues and organs.
Treating the biofilm requires a multi-pronged approach, since no single type of treatment is adequate. As such, compounded medications are necessary to attack the bacterial biofilm effectively.
Fusion Rx Compounding Pharmacy offers commercially-available products for treating Lyme disease, but, equally importantly, the pharmacy also compounds medications to treat these conditions in pets and other animals.
Lyme disease can affect any or all organs and tissues of the body, which means symptoms can be extremely wide-ranging. They can range from simply troublesome to life-threatening. Untreated Lyme disease is also a contributing factor in the development of Alzheimer's disease.
People suffering from Lyme disease will not experience all or the same symptoms, and, since many elements are involved in the treatment process, the disease is best treated with a customized therapy protocol.
Treatment of the biofilm utilizes natural foods, spices and oils that inhibit biofilm formation. A combination of supplements can also be used synergistically to break up the biofilm and to prevent adhesion of any further biofilm.
Devising a treatment therapy for Lyme disease is a complex process. It is mediated by the individual needs of each patient. For example, their dietary or dosage requirements, particular sensitivities, lifestyles and current medications present special challenges.
Ultimately, a compounding pharmacist is an essential and important ally in the effective treatment of Lyme disease.
"It is rare to find health professionals who are so willing to educate the patient on what they need to know."