I write this article to pass on the essence of my knowledge about ticks, tick prevention, removing ticks, recognizing Lyme disease, treating Lyme disease and Lyme disease as initiation. This is based on my research, experience and experiments and does not replace medical advice from a professional doctor. I do my best, but I can’t gurantee that these informations are correct. It’s an ongoing research. Since I had Lyme disease myself I know how difficult it can be to navigate this tricky disease.
I fully recovered from stage 2 Lyme disease and I still spend a majority of my time in the forest. I feel passionate about nature connection and think that we can transform the fear of getting ill into a heightened awareness that keeps us safe, by educating ourselves about this subject. I keep this article as short as possible.
If you have additional information, questions or the need to speak to someone about Lyme disease, please get in touch.
- Lyme disease, also known as Lyme borreliosis, is an infectious disease caused by bacteria of the Borrelia type. It lives in the tick population, as well as in the blood of others animals like deer.
- Distribution: it’s very hard to find accurate information about the current distribution of the bacteria among the tick population. It’s more concentrated in certain areas than others. This needs to be brought into public awareness so that more research can be done.
- Lyme disease on Wikipedia
- The origin of Lyme disease is unknown. As far as I am aware, there are no references to Lyme disease treatments in traditional herbal medicine. 1981 the bacteria has been discovered and named after Willy Burgdorfer, who first noticed the disease among children who have played in a forest near the village Old Lyme in the USA, therefore the name Lyme disease. A few miles from Old Lyme is Plum Island, which had a laboratory for biochemical weapon research on it. Some people see a connection, others don’t, I leave that up to you. It’s shocking to imagine that a genetically modified bacteria might have escaped from a laboratory, but when we look at all that is happening on our planet right now, it’s just one more indicator that things need to change. Let’s see it as an invitation to grow up and take responsibility.
- Facing our fear: ultimately I am convinced that we can master the challenges that Lyme disease brings and cultivate our awareness along the way. If you are scared, I suggest you develop your inner warrior attitude and make a commitment to protecting yourself, whilst turning towards the thing that you are afraid of. Freezing, collapsing, looking away or pretending it’s not happening, is not going to help.
- Within the life cycle of a tick, there are three stages: larve, nymphe and the grown-up tick. In each stage, the ticks need blood to grow. The smallest ones are very hard to see.
- Ticks are not active in winter. When the temperature remains stable above 5° Celsius at night, the ticks wake up and start to become active again. Depending on where you live, this is approximately between April and October. I often use the time between November and March to explore the parts of the forest that I avoid in summertime.
- Ticks like moist and warm habitats. They don’t like dry and warm, they don’t like moist and cold. If you apply that to a landscape, you’ll find that around lakes and streams, in grasses and ferns, there a more ticks than in dry areas like coniferous forest, where the ground is covered with needles. They like to be in-between the leafs on the ground, but they don’t live on top of stone surfaces. Get familiar with the different qualities of the landscape around you.
- Where they are: the grown-up ticks can crawl several meters high and drop themselves of branches, but it’s less likely that they get onto you that way. I find most ticks crawl up from the ground, grasses and others plants.
- From my personal observation it seems that ants and ticks don’t live together. When there are plenty of forest-ants on the ground, I don’t get ticks in that same area. I don’t know why, it’s just a hypothesis at the moment.
- Run your own experiments. The way I find out where the ticks are, is by walking through an area barefoot in my underwear, touching the plants with my legs whilst walking. I only do this for a few minutes before I sit somewhere safe and inspect my legs. This might seem crazy to you and it is, but for me its the only way to really know what’s going on in a new area of the forest. If I have ticks on me, I remove them straight away and if not, I know I have found a place to stay and relax, because it’s less likely to get bitten. If you are not sure that you can spot and remove all the ticks before they bite you, don’t take a risk!
- Ask your instinct. As humans our bodies have access to a whole range of subtle streams of information. Ask your instinct, intuition or gut feeling, to tell you if there are ticks present or not. This might not work straight away, but over time you can become highly accurate.
- When an area is so full of ticks, that I can’t be in it at all, I see it as a way of Nature communicating that she doesn’t want us there. I leave it up to you, if you want to think that way, but it does help me to accept the situation and move on.
- Knowlege: the first and most important step is to educate yourself and educate your children. Learn everything you can about ticks. You are doing this already by reading this article!
- Stay on the path. If you are walking on a muddy path, stones, needles, … or any others dry surface without plants, it’s very unlikely that you encounter a tick. It never happened to me. I know how tempting it is to leave civilisation behind and role around on the forest flow. Just make sure you selected the right spot beforehand.
- Cover your skin. Put your trousers into your socks and your t-shirt into your trousers. Wear bright colours and non-structured surfaces. This way you look at your trousers and spot the ticks, without exposing your skin. If you walk past someone else who looks like a complete moron with white jeans stuffed into they socks, just smile and be friendly. It’s functional and who cares anyway.
- Check regularly: look at the surface of your trousers from time to time, so see if there are ticks crawling on you. When you are looking for ticks, slow down! The smallest ones are tiny and hard to see, especially when we “just want to get it done”. It’s an invitation to pay attention. Sometimes I look for 5 minutes before my eyes get accurate enough to see the smalls ticks. If you have hair on your legs, you look between the individual hairs, one small area at a time.
- There are two ways ticks come onto your body. The first one happens when you walk past the blade of grass they are sitting on, close enough for them to hold onto you. The second way of contact happens, when they start walking towards you because they register you chemically.
- Walk in-between the plants. Reduce the amount of physical contact between the bladed of grass, ferns and others plants whilst walking. See it as a game. If you keep going it becomes something you do automatically after a short amount of time.
- Acidity in the body: ticks don’t have a nose, but they have chemical antenna to chemically detect warm blooded creatures. Acidity in the body seems to be something they feel attracted to. Alcohol, sugar, coffeein and nicotine as well as stress and fear all increase the level of acidity in your body. Living in a culture that promotes intoxication and fear is hard, but through diet and lifestyle choices you can cleanse your body and be less noticeable for ticks.
- Sleeping outdoors: be especial careful where you sleep. 6 to 10 hours is a long time for ticks to start moving into your direction. You want to make sure that you know what the tick-situation is, before lying down.
- Apply coconut oil to your skin. It contains lecithin which repels ticks. I’ve seen them walking around in circles on my legs and not being able to find a good spot to bite me. If you do this every 4 to 5 hours, whilst checking for ticks at the same time, you gain an advantage and smell good too.
- Ticks can be brought into the house by animals, so you might get bitten whilst sitting on the couch. It’s rare but possible.
- Unfortunately ticks can survive the washing machine, so make sure you check your cloth after a walk in the woods or fields.
- Increase your body awareness, so that you can feel the tick whilst it’s crawling on your skin. Ask your body to send you a picture or a feeling, when a tick is on you. Listen to your body.
- We live in an energetic universe, which means that your emotional state is reflected in the events around you. Lyme disease is connected to boundaries and fear. Working with these themes on a personal level, will effectively shift your energetic signature and when you non-longer have a matching energetic signature, the amount of ticks you attract will be reduced considerably.
- If you got bitten, don’t panic. Not every tick bite does lead to lyme disease and the quicker you remove it, the higher the change, that you body can neutralize small amounts of it. You need to be present, precise and grounded whilst you remove the tick, to make sure you do it right.
- Always carry tick removal equipment when going out into nature, including disinfectant.
- I recommand these two tools because they both slide between the ticks head and it’s upper body to leverage it out. This way the tick doesn’t get squeezed and the head doesn’t get stuck in your skin.
- When outdoors, check 3 to 5 times a day. Don’t wait till you get home.
- Ask someone to check for you or use a hand-mirror to look at yourself.
- Ticks especially like the soft skin between our legs, around the genitals, under the arms, at the back of our knees, around the hips and the ankles, as well as between the toes. You are on a tick mission, so don’t get overly distracted whilst looking at the beauty of your body temple.
- The quicker you remove the tick the better, because you reduce the duration of the interaction between the tick and your bloodstream.
- No scratching or twisting, no oil and no flames! When you irritate the tick, it wants to disconnect from your body and empties it’s stomach content including the bacteria into your blood stream.
- When using tweezers, make sure you don’t squeeze the ticks body too hard, otherwise you squeeze it’s body content into your bloodstream.
- Disinfect the bite. You can use alcohol, fresh garlic or other anti-bacterial herbal remedies as an alternative to pharmaceutical producs.
- Make a mark around it with a pen, which helps you to locate it better afterwards.
- Place the tick somewhere safe or kill it between your two thumbnails, or in a flame.
- Another option is to keep the tick between two layers of transparent cello-tape, so that you can hand it over to a laboratory in case you get lyme disease symptoms.
Recognizing Lyme disease
- You don’t know if you have lyme disease until you get tested, have a red mark or symptoms showing up.
- The standard anti-body test that most doctors do is not accurate. Some people have antibodies but no lyme disease. Maybe from a tiny exposure that the body was able to neutralize. Some people already have the bacteria in them, but the body responds with a delay and does not yes show antibodies.
- More accurate tests can be done by analysing the lymphatic fluids. Ask your doctor about the test he or she uses and in case of doubt, considerer paying for a test in a specialized laboratory.
- The red mark expands for some days and can get as big as a grapefruit. A small red dot is usually not a sign of lyme disease. Not every transmission of lyme disease comes with the red mark. You are lucky if you get it, because then you are sure that it’s lyme disease.
- Lyme disease comes with a broad range of symptoms and all of them tend to squeeze the life force out of the body. The disease forced me to surrender, to the point where I could not maintain my resistance towards being ill.
- Lyme disease feels similar to fever. The body is heavy, as if weights were attached to the muscles, the joints feel painful and “old”.
- Heightened sensitivity occurs on several levels!
- Increased sensitivity towards environmental stress like air pollution, loud and sharp sounds, electricity and Wi-Fi is very common. At some point I could hear high-frequency electricity running in the walls and needed to turn the main switch of, in order to be able to sleep. Wi-Fi created instant pain in-between the fingers of my hand.
- Increased sensitivity towards foods is a strong part of the disease and diet is also an important part of the treatment. See further down below.
- Sensitivity towards emotions can bring up strong sadness, melancholy and bursts of anger. Fear and depression can be part of the symptoms. They tend to come in waves. I experience a very low tolerance towards stress and pressure in generall. Pressure can come from out own expectations and what we think we should do, as well as from other peoples expectations.
- Increased need for rest, up to 16 hours of sleep per day.
- Spiritual / energetic sensitivity might occur, which can include communication with plant spirits or non-embodied intelligence. Depending on the world view someone holds, this can be experienced as highly confusing and frightening.
- The mind can start to deteriorate, which means that fragmented thoughts, inability to focus, irrational or paranoid phases and even loss of memory can occur.
- I have personally experienced all of these symptoms and I’ll talk about it more in the last part of the text, lyme disease as initiation.
- Inner and outer stress and toxicity makes all the symptoms stronger, whilst inner and outer harmony and health reduce the impact of the disease. I stopped working and spent most of my time in bed, in silence, basically meditating because I couldn’t afford to waste energy on mental activity. The ability to navigate inner states of consciousness like meditation can help a lot during the time of intense waves of symptoms.
- Lyme disease is often not recognized and treated as something else like rheumatis, altsheimer, shizophrenia, … which does not cure the diease and adds aditional side-effects to the problem. I have read about alzheimer cases, that disapeared complettly, when lyme disease was recognized and treated as the root of the symptoms.
Treating Lyme disease
- Lyme disease has three stages. Stage one is the early stage, often without symptoms, when the bacteria is spreading but it might not be noticeable on a subjective level. The bacteria has a 19 days reproduction cycle and symptoms increase accordingly. The second stage starts a month or two after the initial infection and the body starts to show the symptoms I described above. In the third stage the disease comes with a delay, hasn’t been recognized or treated before It could spread into different organs and fat-layers of the body. The third stage is the most difficult to treat.
- I hate to say this, but within the first two or three weeks, Antibiotics are 98% effective in killing the bacteria in your body. Usually 7 to 10 days of antibiotics is enough, even though some doctors want to be “on the safe side” and prescribe more.
- The longer you wait, the more time the bacteria has to spread and the more difficult it becomes to treat lyme disease. Allopatric medicine has only one solution to offer: more antibiotics! When the treatment has been delayed, that means up to one and a half year of antibiotics, intravenous every day with a low chance of recovery and massive side-effects.
- Once you are in the second or third stage of lyme disease you are confronted with a choice between a high-risk antibiotic treatment, alternative treatments or a mixture of both.
- I started the treatment in the second stage of lyme disease and combined 40 days of antibiotics with the alternative treatments I’ll describe further down bellow. The side-effects of 40 days of antibiotics has caused leaky gut in me, which took me another four years to recognize and recover from. Looking back at my choice, I can accept what has happened, but nowadays my trust in alternative treatments with less side-effects is growing. More research needs to be done.
- If you take antibiotics, always combine them with probiotics and make sure you treat your guts extra well afterwards.
- Rest as much as you can. Let the body do what it needs to do.
- Sexal absitinence: has nothing to do with morals but it’s advisable not to have sex during the disease period, or reduce it to a minimum, so that the body can hold its energy and direct it towards the healing process. Lyme disease might be transmitted between mother and child.
- Prayer and Meditation can help to find a still place within. Our essence is timeless and immortal and to be able to feel that during the challenges lyme disease brings, can make it easier to navigate.
- Diet is very important. In order to find out what enhances my vitality, I’ve stopped eating for two days to empty myself and than re-introduced one food after the others, observing my bodies reaction over the next 24 hours. This process takes several weeks and establishes a clear body-feedback communication. Since the digestive process itself takes up a lot of energy, eating less and being highly selective is beneficial during the time of intense healing.
- My general guideline is: no intoxication and maximum vitality of food and water. That means no sugar, alcohol, coffee, nicotine, cannabis or any other drugs. I had to completely avoid milk and most milk products, except for butter. Milk and fish from fish-farms contain residues of antibiotics, which add extra stress to the body. Fish from the ocean is often polluted with heavy metals. Meat brings the energetic quality of the animals life into your system. Abused animals carry that energetic imprint and add stress to your life, even if you are not aware of it.
- I recommand a vegetarian/vegan diet with 60% raw and 40% steam-boiled foods, protein instead of carbs, no gluten, maximum fresh vegetables, high quality oils, herbal teas and food supplements.
- Organic food is better for you because it doesn’t add more toxicity from pesticides to your system and is generally more vital. High vitality is found in fresh and unprocessed foods like fruits, vegetables and sprouts.
- Experiment with herbal teas and find your allies in the plant realm. Plants that boost your immune-system and energy levels and help your recovery. I especially benefited from raw garlic, mistletoe, alant and saint john’s worth.
- Add supplements like probiotics, vitamine B, C and D, as well as iron and magnesium to your daily meals.
- Don’t overeat. Eat regularly, at the same time every day with little snacks in-between if needed.
- Drink lot’s and lot’s of water. Avoid tap water and plastic bottles. If you can get it, fresh spring water in glass bottles is best. Especially when taking antibiotics you want to add 2 to 4 litters of high quality water to your body.
- The combination of Teasel root powder and cat claw is used as an alternative way of treating Lyme disease. I added teasel root to my diet over a period of three months and found the effect beneficial. In a vision I could see the teasel flower around my whole body and the spikes started to push out the Lymes bacteria. I made me feel more protected.
- Wolf-Dieter Storl’s book “Healing Lyme disease naturally” is a great resource.
- Artificial fever can be used to kill bacteria in the body but it can be dangerous and should not be done alone. Six times a week over a period of six weeks I sat in a hot bath. Starting with water on body temperature, I added more and more hot water, till the water reaches 42 – 45° Celsius. At that point its normal to want to jump out of the bath, but instead you immerse yourself as fully as you can, keeping the hands under the water. Pearls of sweat will appear on the forehead and the whole body goes into a fever-like state. After approximately 10 minutes, when it starts to feel unbearable, stay another 2 to 5 minutes. Empty the tub, allow your body to steam. Take a cold shower, whilst sitting so that you don’t fall down. Go and wrap yourself in a warm blanket for 45 minutes to 2 hours, allowing the body to completely relax and fall asleep. If you can, lye down outside, so that the fresh air can come into your lungs. You need to drink at least one litter before entering the water and another litter right after the treatment, ideally more. You might feel strong buzzing sensations in your body with grids of white and back patterns in front of your eyes and potentially even lose consciousness. Check-In with your doctor beforehand, get support and always make sure you are safe.
- Heavy metals that come into the body through food, air or vaccinations are stored in the body and seem to increase the symptoms of lyme disease. Contact a professional health care practitioner to detox your body. When it’s not done properly it can make things worth.
- Reduce Environmental Stress from air pollution, noise, electricity and Wi-Fi. Even the chemical evaporation from the paint that’s on the walls of a room can become noticeable during lyme disease. You might have to retreat to a calm, healthy, natural environment, with a minimum of technology around you.
- Earthing is a practice that helps the electro-magnetic field of your body to reconnect with the electro-magnetic field of the earth. Take of your shoes of and stand on the earth, in mud, on sand, … for at least 20 minutes every day, ideally several times as day.
- Reduce Emotional Stress caused by other people and energetically dense or heavy environments like big cities or haunted houses. Spend time in silence and get to know yourself better. Lyme disease might bring up your anger, fear, sadness and all the old wounds we usually want to hide from ourselves and others. When you don’t have the necessary energy anymore, your psychological filters and walls might crumble. On top of everything else, a therapeutic or other loving support from friends and family can be priceless, whilst navigating the chaos. Journaling also helps to release, especially when it’s done in an uncensored way. There are no good or bad emotions, it’s all energy and information and its there to teach you something about yourself. The more you embrace the journey, the easier it becomes.
- As a final step its important to disconnect from the disease, once you feel that you’ve come out on the other side. It’s not uncommon that we form an identity around a disease. A believe like “I have lyme disease”, can block a part of our self-healing potential. Create a ritual for yourself or find another way to mark the transition towards new health and vitality.
Lyme disease as initiation
- Once you have Lyme disease and are confronted with symptoms, it can help to change your perspective on it. To be in the downward spiral of the victim mind-frame is highly disempowering, so even though we don’t know if it’s ultimately true or not, the simple idea of “this is happening for a reason” or “I can learn from this” can bring us back into alignment with an upward moving energy.
- When I did not know if I would ever recover from Lyme disease or not, I decided to go inward to the root of it all. I met my fear of death and abandonment, which are the traditional compounds of initiations all over the world. This gateway experience has lead me to making a commitment to myself, my life, my friends and family and the earth, in which I no longer compromise on my vision and values. Our time here on this planet is short and an incredible gift. My advice is to let the experience inform you.
- The heightened sensitivity I experienced during lyme disease has taught me a lot about the world and the energetic reality we are living in, which is beyond the projection of our believes. In German we have to words for truth, “Wahrheit” and “Wirklichkeit”. Wahrheit, from the word “Wahr-nehmung” is that which we peceive. It’s what we take for granted because we can see or hear it and its subjective in nature. Wirklichkeit from the word “Wirken” is that which is having an effect, it’s truth that doesn’t depend on us believing in it, or even being aware of it. Lyme disease has shown me both my subjective truth and the way I filter my perception, as well as some of the universal principles of body mechanics, health, diet, life force, harmony and disharmony, energetic fields of information and non-embodies non-human intelligence like plant spirits. This can be confusing at first because our cultural world-view does not equip us with the necessary framework to understand these dynamic forces, but once we open up, the bigger picture starts to become clear.
- If you have lyme disease, allow yourself to feel hopeful. You are not alone in this. You might have to take a whole bunch of challenging decisions to find your way out, but don’t give up. Many doctors still don’t recognize lyme disease for what it is, so that you’ll need to take responsibility for your own health and well-being. Once you do and find out what helps you, life will get better again.
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May we all be safe and able to enjoy nature like young children and protect ourselves like grown-ups at the same time.
Yannick from the Woods.