PLEASE READ MY 6-30- 16 BLOG FIRST! This will help you gain perspective to better understand my experience with Lyme which is compiled below.
It all started in the womb for me. Those sneaky boring corkscrew shaped spirochete bacterias—very similar to the syphilis bacteria– hit me in earliest life. That’s right, NOT later in life through a tick bite.
Although controversial, transplacental transmission of Lyme is a scientific fact. For four generations. from my mother through my granddaughter, we all had the same weak, sickly, painful, multiple organ system maladies—unresponsive to the doctors’ best efforts.
My mother avoided doctors and was a silent sufferer through her adult life. But the stories through her childhood were hair raising, including times the doctors gave up on her to die in the night—and only God’s Healing Power, working through prayer, saved her young life. (Friends, this means A LOT to me as I would not have been here without healing prayer.)
I was weak and often sickly as I grew up. This affected my decision to become a doctor—so I could better understand my body, and why there was so much pain and suffering.
My daughter was much like me, only worse. I was now in medical residency and saw everything through the sharp lens of medical education. So she got the best care, but we still struggled to help her. Many times medications were not enough to relieve her terrible symptoms, and only through prayer God repeatedly healed and helped her. (In fact she became a great receiver of Divine Healing, and these experiences gave me great encouragement in praying for the sick.
Her daughter, my granddaughter, was worse yet! Inside the womb she struggled, and the doctors did weekly ultrasounds. After a difficult delivery, she immediately started having multiple organ problems, including terrible skin rashes that scared even an experienced dermatologist.
After taking her to multiple specialists in Tulsa, we went to Dallas and saw the best pediatric specialist. She received no help there either. After biopsies of her stomach showed Eosinophilic Gastritis, the only recommendation was a feeding tube with elemental (liquid, sterile) nutrition for six months, maybe longer—or possibly the rest of her life!
My daughter, her Mother, was outraged! This was totally unacceptable, but what could she do to help her daughter through this ongoing nightmare of pain, suffering and failure to thrive (due to severe food allergies to almost everything)? She did what every outraged faith filled, red-blooded Mother would do for her child—she resorted to prayer and the internet! Chatting with other concerned Mothers who had similar children, she began to try very simple diets, eliminating ALL processed foods, food additives and all known allergic foods. (Thank you Dr. Love, Tulsa Allergy Clinic, for helping us find CORN as a severely allergic substance. Turns out CORN is processed and used in every food preparation imaginable.)
After some improvement Dr. Mom landed on an elimination diet that was quite draconian. It is called GAPS—gut and physiology syndrome—developed by an Australian doctor for children with multiple severe food allergies. This was life saving for our granddaughter and life changing for all of us, as we wanted to adapt to this strange diet in order to support her. This evolved over about one year into the Weston A. Price diet which had a few more food choices.
The little girl who had been so pathetic, in such constant pain, failing to thrive, but with a big belly, was actually gaining weight and feeling better!! We were so grateful to God and to her MOM who would not take NO for an answer! But there was another demon standing in the way of complete healing —LYME DISEASE.
STAY TUNED FOR THE NEXT EDITION OF THIS REAL LIFE THRILLER—Dr Smith’s personal story of multigenerational Lyme Disease which took him through a full year of Integrative Medicine (both traditional and alternative) into full recovery!