Systemic Infection Symptoms Are Linked to Chronic Adrenal Fatigue

This is Dr. Lam from DrLam.com and Adrenal
Fatigue Center. Today we’re going to talk about a subject
which is very, very serious, which is the role Lyme disease plays in adrenal fatigue
syndrome. Lyme disease is a tick-borne infection that
over the years has become quite a serious problem because we now know that it’s not
a single infectious process. Lyme disease, actually once infected, is a
continuum of many, many symptoms over a long period of time. The clinical expression can be very, very
wide and varied. The detection is very difficult. Systemic infections such as Lyme, Candida,
Epstein-Barr are prevalent because of multiple reasons. Once you have, for example, Lyme that’s
diagnosed. That first is a tremendous challenge because
it is not very clear-cut. Sometimes the titers that you do depends on
the laboratory values. Some labs are better than other labs. The interpreted numbers that come from the
lab also can be subject to change. Sometimes you can have clinical symptoms but
the laboratory tests are kind of marginal and not very definitive. Other times, you can have definitive labs
but the symptoms may not be very, very significant. All in all, the diagnostic process for Lyme
is very challenging to start. If a doctor is not really doing this all the
time, they can be overly cautious or they can miss many of such diagnoses. But let’s put that aside. Let’s assume that you have Lyme and then
you continue to feel tired. The question is why? If a single Lyme infection is properly treated
with antibiotics, which is normally the case, then the Lyme, in theory, would go away and
then you would be back to normal health. Such is the case for some of the people but
not all of the people. In fact, the vast majority of the people who
have documented Lyme and treated usually feel better in the beginning and then over time,
actually have either recurrences or the effectiveness of the feeling good wears off. The body continues to be attacked and then
start going downhill. This is more common than you think. Once this repeats itself, then it becomes
what we call chronic Lyme. The part that is the most troublesome is that
the Lyme disease itself and the tick infection, even though it may not be detected in the
titer anymore after antibiotics, it continues to be in the body. It continues to release toxins. These toxins, very small amount, may not cause
any significant physiological fatigue or inability to do work. The person, whether it’s a student or adult,
can continue to work for a long period of time not knowing that this is a problem. Oftentimes, there will be triggering events
such as stress, accidents, surgery, that allow these toxins to either accumulate in a quick
time or become quite significantly damaging on a clinical basis. That’s when the body falls apart, so to
say, with fatigue, anxiety, bloating, etc. and Lyme symptoms return. Repeated courses of antibiotics usually make
things worse and don’t solve the underlying problem. After a while, the body becomes strained. The adrenal glands are part of this apparatus
that is put into motion. First to defend itself and to defend the body
against the Lyme toxin but eventually, with chronic Lyme, adrenal fatigue becomes the
norm. It’s very unusual to find people with chronic
Lyme that don’t have a lot of fatigue. While other fatigue can be due to many reasons,
adrenal gland is one of the primary things you have to look at because the adrenal glands
are responsible to suppress the toxins from the Lyme and reduce inflammation. When this process is compromised, then the
Lyme toxin can go what we call wild and causes a lot of systemic damage. Systemic infections such as chronic Lyme,
Candida are very serious problems. There is a good approach to deal with this. It has to be very comprehensive, very long
term and look at the big picture, look at how the body reacts, and the history and the
constitution is not so simple as just putting in antibiotics which can oftentimes make the
body worse. If you have chronic Lyme and you have a problem
with fatigue, do look into adrenal fatigue. Supporting the adrenals often is a good thing
to do. It has possible benefits and no possible harm
if done right. That is the take home lesson for anybody who
has chronic Lyme at this particular time.