My friend's daughter found a bullseye rash, here was my initial research regarding lyme and alternative treatments.
Transmission is quite rare, with only about 1% of recognized tick bites resulting in Lyme disease. Acute neurological problems, which appear in 15% of untreated patients, encompass a spectrum of disorders. Chronic neurologic symptoms occur in up to 5% of untreated patients.
[Wondering what percentage of TREATED patients end up with acute disorders and chronic symptoms from the aggressive antibiotic treatment.]
"Up to one third of Lyme disease patients who have completed a course of antibiotic treatment continue to have symptoms such as severe fatigue, sleep disturbance, and cognitive difficulties, with these symptoms being severe in about 2% of cases.
Antibiotic treatment is the central pillar in the management of Lyme disease. However, in the late stages of borreliosis, symptoms may persist despite extensive and repeated antibiotic treatment.
Alternative medicine approaches include bee venom because it contains the peptide melittin, which has been shown to exert inhibitory effects on Lyme bacteria in vitro; however, no clinical trials of this treatment have been carried out.
There are many alternative treatments that have had success. Some of them are described below. As for anyone, eating whole, unprocessed organic foods will be of benefit. Also, eliminating sugar, saturated meal fats, alcohol, and common food allergens (such as wheat, dairy, and corn) from the diet can lessen the body’s burden so it has energy to fight the Lyme spirochetes. Exercise is very important for Lyme sufferers because it supports the lymph and cardiovascular systems which are pushing out wastes from the immune system and pulling in fresh nutrients to the body to improve its healing ability. "
(more alternative treatments, scroll 75% down): http://heartspring.net/symptoms_of_lyme_disease.html
Here are two long threads on MDC: http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=742770&hi...http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=1116810&h...
Cell salts alternatives: http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?p=15010215&...
There is a homeopath in Connecticut who specializes in Lyme. http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?p=15484388&...
She recommends a grain and sugar free diet: http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?p=15525597&...
Everyone is talking about teasel for lyme, per "Lady Barbara": http://www.ladybarbara.net/html/using_teasel.html
Here is some bio-chemistry and detox info related to lyme: http://www.lymeinfo.net/alt.html
alternatives to antibiotics: http://cassia.org/
acupuncture is suggested here: http://www.lymehelp.org/lyme-disease-alternative-treatment.htm
; (probably the most informative alternative site yet)
Probiotics, Garlic and Medicinal Mushrooms: http://altmedicine.about.com/od/healthconditionsdisease/a/lyme_dise...
good photo: http://www.lyme-disease-testing.com/lyme_info.html
Lyme research data base: http://www.lyme-disease-research-database.com/
Longer list of alternative therapies: http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/lyme-disease-000102.htm
(more alternatives, check salt/vit C protocol, the site is very advert heavy): http://www.chroniclymedisease.com/
Homeopathy info: http://www.cindeegardner.com/boom11.htmhttp://hpathy.com/homeopathy-papers/treating-lyme-disease-naturally/http://homeopathicmd.com/articles_3.html