Chronic Lyme disease patients, also known as multiple systemic chronic infection syndrome (MSCIS), are often afflicted with more than just the borreliosis and often have multiple infections affecting every organ system. They can suffer from chronic viral infections, multiple bacterial, parasitic, spirochetes, and protozoal infections, as well as chronic fungal and mold infections. They can have immune dysregulation, including reduced white blood cells and decreased natural killer cell activity, along with elevated inflammation, biofilms, neurotoxins, and biotoxins.
All of this can be difficult to pin point a diagnosis and the general treatment is prescribed antibiotic therapy, which often causes bacterial resistance and at best may only suppress some of the bacterial infections while increasing further problems like biofilm growth, candida overgrowth, and disturbances in the gut. Often multiple antibiotics are used to combat the complexity of conditions, creating resistant strains of bacteria making antibiotic therapy less effective than we thought.
Silver nanoparticles now provide an effective approach for people with Lyme and other multiple infections without the complications of antibiotic therapy, or producing further problems. Silver nanoparticle therapy provides a broad-spectrum antimicrobial therapy coupled with immune and inflammation modulating benefits, as well as disrupting the biofilm capabilities.
Silver has had a history of use in the health field for it's strong anti-microbial, bacterial, viral, parasitic, and fungal infection benefits. Silver nitrate was used topically for would healing, silver sulfadiazine was used for burns and wounds for it's antibacterial and wound healing properties. Colloidal silver was often used, even intravenously to treat major infections, but high doses caused gastrointestinal problems, convulsions, even death. It fell out of favor as mainstream antimicrobial therapy after the 1940's.
Now the introduction of nanotechnology and the development of silver nanoparticles prove to be a stronger and more effective microbial agent without the toxicity or side effects compared to colloidal silver. Because the silver nanoparticles do not contain the salts and proteins of colloidal silver, the gastrointestinal side effects are eliminated. Due to the smaller size and greater surface area, much smaller doses are needed for efficacy.
Silver nanoparticles penetrate bacterial cell walls, increasing membrane permeability, which leads to bacterial cell death. They prevent cell division and DNA replication and effectively inhibit even Strept, Staph, and E-coli. As an anti-fungal, nano silver cause die-off of candida, as well as jock itch, ringworm, and toenail fungus. Having strong anti-viral capabilities, it lowers counts of virus's, including HIV, herpes, RSV, hepatitis B, and multiple others.
It is also a potent tool against parasitic infections. Silver nanoparticles have proven effective against Entamoeba, crytosporidium, and plasmodium, the intracellular parasite causing malaria. Babesis is another intracellular parasite, which is resistant to most antimicrobial treatment and is regarded as a co-infection of chronic lyme.
Biofilm is the dense 'cocoon' of gelatin that microbes create around themselves to prevent attacks and protect themselves, such as spirochetes, borreliosis, and babesiosis. They are often difficult to diagnose as well as erradicate. Unlike antibiotics which encourages an increase in biofilm, silver nanoparticles interfere with biofilm development and enhancing the effectiveness of herbs or drugs. When nanoparticles merge with Tumeric, biofilm destruction is significantly more effective. Many of the virulent bacteria that produce endotoxins and biotoxins further damage joints, tissues,and organs, causing pain and inflammation.
Recent research confirms the control of biofilms and removal of endotoxins by silver nanoparticles, making it effective for the treatment of Lyme, Epstein Barr, Chronic Fatigue, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and other chronic conditions.
Silver nanoparticles provide strong antimicrobial therapy against hundreds of microbes, including bacteria, parasites, fungi, and virus's. By disrupting the protective biofilm, reducing endotoxins, and destroying microbial replication, silver nanoparticles are showing a powerful role in the complex treatment of Lyme and other multi-complex conditions. Although silver nanoparticles are clinically proven to be very safe, more studies are needed to show the immunological modulations on humans fighting chronic infections. To be safe, it is suggested to take selenium along with probiotics with nano-silver therapies.
As a Total Body Detox, I also recommend using nano-zeolite's which irreversibly binds and removes toxic heavy metals, such as Mercury and Lead, chemical toxins, VOC’s, radioactive toxins, dioxins, and free radicals of all types through the urinary tract, without removing vital nutrients.
It is also advised to include Glutathione to avoid the herxheimer reaction of detoxification. It is a powerful antioxidant utilized by the liver. I use an Extra Strength intra-oral spray that tastes great and has been proven by an independent clinical research firm to effectively increase intracellular levels of GSH by over 10% in only 7 hours. Epidemic Glutathione Deficiency “There is an epidemic deficiency of glutathione in patients today. In fact, glutathione deficiency is found in almost all chronically ill patients.” Charles M. Scott, M.D.
So for those struggling with one of the many chronic, debilitating illnesses, is it essential to consider these new approaches which are showing excellent results.
Jane Smolnik is a Naturopath and Iridologist with over 25 years clinical practice. Her office is in Asheville, NC, but Jane works with folks from all over the country. Please visit her website at www.ultimatehealing.com or www.adrenalmasters.com for more info.