Altering The Terrain: A Key Strategy In Lyme Recovery
It is said that in his final hours Louis Pasteur proclaimed that “the terrain is everything.” Simply put, this was an admission that the true cause of disease is the internal environment of the body, not external micro-organisms. It is the state of your internal environment – your terrain - that either allows for germs to invade and injure you or fend them off successfully.
With virtually every patient and every disease that I treat, there are 3 main approaches that blend together to form an effective treatment plan. These are:
1. Rooting out the source or trigger of disease – the bacteria, the virus, the toxin.
2. Supporting the vital energy of the body.
3. Altering the terrain.
The conventional medical approach is focused on #1. In the case of Lyme disease, that’s killing the spirochetes and other bacteria, and drugs like antibiotics are hard-hitters in this realm. Natural medicine has its own vast artillery that are weaker in action, yet more complex, which can be advantageous (there are pro’s and con’s to both!).
Yet killing off bacteria and viruses is not the be-all and end-all of curing Lyme disease, preventing recurrence, or regaining health.
Approach #2, supporting the vital energy of the body, is a strategy exclusive to nature-based medical philosophies. Many herbs, special diets, and basic common sense advice around getting adequate sleep and exercise speak to the importance of actively maintaining and supporting the integrity of the vital organs and immune system by doing what we know helps the body function optimally.
Approach #3, altering the terrain, is a bit different. It is the least recognized, the least talked about, and the least practiced by conventional doctors and natural medicine practitioners alike.
The terrain can be defined in terms of nutritional status, pH level, toxicity levels, energetic balance, immune function, mineral stores, mental outlook and emotional well-being.
It can be evaluated through any combination of physical examination, pulse diagnosis, blood chemistry analysis, pH testing, and verbal consultation. Generally, we can think of it as those factors which dispose the body towards either health or disease.
Even with infectious diseases such as Lyme, the microbe is only a portion of the whole story. Altering the terrain asks, what are the conditions that allowed the bug (or genetic expression) to take hold in the first place?
An overly narrow focus on destroying bacteria with a reliance on pharmaceutical agents that solely perform the function of eradication is one of the major shortcomings of conventional medicine.
Antibiotics eliminate bugs and most often eliminate the symptoms, though not completely, because the terrain remains the same (and typically worsens!). Without making changes to the internal condition of your body, you will remain susceptible to re-growth of the infection.
Thus the vicious cycle of infection, drugs and increasingly poor resistance with weakened gut and immunity , which eventually leads to more aggressive procedures like “maintenance doses” of drugs, and antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Imagine your body as an ocean (which to a large extent it is) with 70% water content and every cell awash in a sea of blood and body fluid that brings nourishment and communication to the cells, and carries waste and communication away from the cells.
Yet if you imagine all the different qualities of water in nature you will find they also have counterparts within the body. The blood may be bright with a high level of oxygenation, or it may be dark oxygen-poor blood.
It may propel itself with ease through the vessels like a mountain stream, or it may be sluggish and thick with the congealing of blood cells (due to inflammation for example), like a murky muddy swamp.
The blood may be polluted with acidic toxins, or clean and alkaline with life-generating vitamins, minerals, and enzymes.
What’s the nature of your internal environment, and how do you think that affects your Lyme recovery process?
True holistic medicine is the endeavor of understanding and adjusting the terrain in order to create healing and disease-resistance. Based on extensive clinical experience, cleansing and enriching the terrain is an essential aspect of successfully overcoming Lyme disease.
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