Excerpted From the Writings of Dietrich Klinghardt, MD, Ph.D., edited by Eve Greenberg, LPC, CN, Explore Staff Reporter and Director of the Klinghardt Academy of Neurobiology
The Three Components of Lyme Disease
Lyme disease has three components, which should be recognized and addressed with treatment:
Component #1: The presence of spirochete infection and co-infections
The co-infections are bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic. Since the spirochetes paralyze multiple aspects of your immune system, the organism is without defenses against many microbes. Many — if not most — of the co-infections are really a consequence of the spirochete infection and not truly a simultaneously occurring “co-infection”.
Component #2: the illness producing effect of microbial exo- and endotoxins produced by the host in response to microbial trigger
Most of these are neurotoxins. Some appear to be carcinogenic as well; others block the T3 receptor on the cell wall, etc. Decreased hormonal output of the gonads and adrenals is a commonly observed toxin mediated problem in Lyme patients.
Central inhibition of the pineal gland, hypothalamus and pituitary gland is almost always an issue that has to be resolved somewhat independently from treating the infection.
Furthermore, biotoxins from the infectious agents have a synergistic effect with heavy metals, xenobiotics and thioethers from cavitations and NICO lesions in the jaw and from root filled teeth…
Component #3: The immune reactions provoked by the presence of both toxins and microbes (there are three sub-possibilities, which have to be recognized and addressed).
Your immune reactions are largely depending on factors such as genetics, prior illnesses, mental-emotional baggage, early childhood traumatization, current exposure to electromagnetic fields, food allergies and diet, socio-economic background, marital stress etc.