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This Heartbreaking Video Shows Lyme Disease At Its Worst

It takes courage to reveal your suffering to the world. This is particularly true in the case of chronic Lyme disease. This debilitating condition is often downplayed by the allopathic medical establishment and “Lyme literate” physicians are few in number. Self.com recently reported on an Australian woman, Rachel Battersby, who wants to shed light on chronic Lyme disease.

As shown in the video above, chronic Lyme disease is not even recognized by the mainstream medical establishment in Australia and this can make treatment prohibitively expensive for many sufferers. This myopic policy has inflicted untold pain on thousands who have been ravaged by this devastating health condition.

Lyme disease refers to illnesses transferred by insects. Although many still attribute transmission exclusively to ticks, according to Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, one of the leading authorities on Lyme disease, the bacteria can also be spread by other insects, including mosquitoes, spiders, fleas and mites.

Chronic Lyme disease is called the "great imitator" because it is often misdiagnosed as another condition such as multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, ALS, Alzheimer’s disease or anxiety. Treatments that work for these other illnesses are not appropriate for treating Lyme disease.

Despite debilitating symptoms, many Lyme patients outwardly appear completely healthy. People with Lyme often "look good," and their blood work appears normal, but their internal experience is a different story altogether. As a result, many patients simply end up being referred to a psychiatrist. Doctors have even been known to accuse Lyme patients of being attention seekers, fabricating their illness.

Dr. Klinghardt has developed a protocol for treating Lyme disease. One important consideration is probiotics. Some of the more intensive treatments involve antibiotics and probiotics, which can help restore your microflora. Optimizing your diet is also recommended. The best way to do this is removing all processed foods from your diet and consuming only nourishing whole foods.