Helsinki, June 5, 2015

I have been given intravenously distributed antibiotics for five days now, and are given a break during the weekend. The idea is that this first week lays the foundation for the rest of the treatment. On Monday, a second antibiotics is introduced, distributed orally. Meanwhile the IV-treatment continues as well, on every other day from now on.

This initial treatment period spans over eight weeks, carried out following the guidelines of ILADS (International Lyme And Associated Diseases Society.)

As a complement to the antibiotics, I take quite a lot of nutrition supplements. Some of them “pave the way”, give the antibiotics an opportunity to operate optimally. Some aid in detoxing the body. Others attack the borrelia bug in forms where it is hard to access. It’s an incredibly tricky bacteria. It knows how to guard itself against attacks.

When the bacteria feels threatened, it seeks shelter in something called a biofilm, which could be compared to the way an animal herd stick together in order to avoid becoming easy pray for predators. The biofilm has to be torn apart in order for the antibiotics to access the bacteria and destroy it, and nutrition supplements plays a major role in this mission.

When fearing for its life, the bacteria can also transform into a cyst form. Its destructive work in the body is then temporarily put on hold, but it can survive in sort of a “power-off”, lethargic mode, until the danger – the medication – has ended. Once the coast is clear, it emerges from its “shell” and continues its agenda of destroying the body. The cyst form, as well as the biofilm, can be counter-attacked by proper use of nuitrition supplements.

It’s warfare against a clever enemy. Treatment of late-stage lyme disease is a whole different matter compared to the few weeks of doxycycline treatment officially considered adequate in cases of acute lyme infections.

This is widely known by a significant part of the world expertise in the field. In Finland, as in many other countries, the tendency (a few brilliant exceptions aside) is to bury the head into the sand, murmuring heavily outdated mantras about how a simple blood sample and a lumbar puncture warrants an undisputed diagnosis, and how a subsequent uncomplicated, short-term antibiotics treatment can cure the disease.