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Lyme Disease - A Combined Therapy Approach

Why Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)?

Oxygen kills the Lyme organism.  Studies have demonstrated that the Lyme spirochete cannot survive in an oxygen partial pressure of 160 mm Hg.  When the patient enters a hyperbaric chamber breathing pure 100% oxygen, the spirochete is exposed to partial pressure over 320 mm Hg.  This is more than 2 times the lethal dose of oxygen required to kill the lyme spirochete and its co-infections.  HBOT will not only kill the organisms but it will repair the tissue damage caused by the migrating spirochete, thus alleviating many of the symptoms.  Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been shown to reduce pain significantly, modulate the immune system, increase energy, alleviate sleep dysfunction, and reduce cognitive impairment. It is viewed by many as the most effective therapy available for Lyme disease. These facts are supported by the research done by Dr. William Fife at Texas A&M University.

Read about Texas A&M University’s pilot program to assess the possible benefits of HBOT in mitigating chronic Lyme symptoms.

What is Lyme disease?

Lyme disease is an inflammatory disease that is caused by the bacterium Borrelia Burgdorferi, which is transmitted to humans via a tick bite. Other bacteria called co-infections can also be transmitted by the tick and should also be tested for. The first symptoms of Lyme disease can include a bull’s eye rash (occurs only 50% of the time), fever, flu-like symptoms, migraines, fatigue, muscle and joint pain.  If the disease is diagnosed at this stage, it can be easily treated with a 3-4 week course of antibiotics.  If Lyme disease is not diagnosed during this initial 2 week phase the organisms will migrate through all organs and tissue including the brain and spinal cord.  The damage caused by these migrating organisms produce immune system dysfunction, nervous system abnormalities, inflammation in the brain, cognitive disorders, sleep disturbances, personality changes and cardiac problems in addition to the symptoms seen in the initial phase of the disease.  When the disease reaches this stage it is very hard to treat.  The standard course of therapy is IV antibiotics for long periods of time.  Most often this will result in temporary improvement but symptoms often return when antibiotic therapy is stopped. 

How is Lyme diagnosed?

Lyme disease (the great pretender) can be hard to diagnose because its symptoms are similar to those of many other illnesses including; multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, depression and arthritisThe Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends the ELISA test (which is only 50% accurate) to identify the lyme antibodies followed by the Western Blot Test (which can also produce false negatives). These are the tests that most doctors use. Therefore it is important to know that a negative report from these two tests doesn’t mean there is no infection.  Lyme literate doctors usually request a complete Lyme panel that includes the IFA (Immunofluorescent Assay), Western Blots and PCR. They will also send them to laboratories that do the proper testing as not all labs do.

Nirvana offers a combined therapy approach.

In addition to HBOT, Nirvana offers patients with Lyme disease two other valuable tools to assist in the healing process, EWOT and far infrared sauna therapy.  People who find an effective treatment protocol will inevitably find their bodies becoming overwhelmed with large amounts of toxins, but lack an effective means of removing these toxins from the body.  As a result, despite the continuation of a mediocre and ineffective detoxification protocol, they still continue to feel bad.  Combining HBOT with EWOT and infrared sauna therapy can facilitate the removal of these toxins and speed up the healing process. (

EWOT (Exercise with Oxygen Therapy aka Oxygen Multistep Therapy) can help:

Breathing pure 100% medical grade oxygen while exercising can boost the immune system and detoxification functions and activate healing within the body.   One of the common symptoms of Lyme is “brain fog”.  Brain fog is a commonly used phrase that sums up feelings of confusion, forgetfulness, lack of focus and lack of mental clarity. EWOT increases oxygen flow to the brain acting at the cellular level to stimulate the mitochondria in the cell. This revitalizes the cell and causes the cell to detoxify. Toxins and cellular waste will exit your cells and enter your blood and lymph within 3 minutes at a pulse over 110 bpm.

Detoxification with Infrared Sauna:

Because oxygen kills the Lyme organism, HBOT and EWOT both release toxins from the dead spirochetes into the body.  These toxins cause severe pain and discomfort to the person (Herxheimer reaction).  Infrared sauna as part of a combined therapy approach helps the body remove these toxins and diminishes the pain and discomfort ten times better than a normal sauna.  It is a very important part of Nirvana’s approach to helping patients with Lyme disease. reports, "Detoxification is just as equally important in healing from Lyme Disease as an effective treatment protocol is.  Those treating their Lyme Disease know that toxins released from dead spirochetes flood their bodies once they [the spirochetes] are killed.  Though this debilitating experience is a great indication of an effective treatment protocol, the process itself occurs many times throughout treatment.  As a result, toxins build up in the body, and the process of removing them becomes too much for passive or non-aggressive detox methods.  Infrared saunas compensate or pick up the slack by helping to bring the over all toxin load down in an incredibly efficient manner."

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