Is Lyme Disease the Silent Culprit behind CFS, Lupus & other Autoimmune Diseases?

Leslie Carol Botha: Although I do not endorse medical clinics on this blog – in this case Envita Medical Centers – I found the article to be most interesting – especially the tie in to the endocrine system, trauma and even vaccines. Rosen Mary has done an excellent job in shedding light on why so many women suffer from autoimmune diseases and I thought it was important to share with my readers.

Finally- Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Lupus, Autoimmune Disease linked to Infections and Chronic Lyme Disease -

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By: Rosen Mary

==> Idiopathic Disease Easy Explanation – But is it the Right One? 

Idiopathic disease, one that presents without any definitive causes, can have recognizable signs and symptoms. It remains the causality; however, that troubles medical schools, private practices, and hospitals. Only pharmaceutical companies benefit from ongoing symptom treatments ordered for CFS, Lupus, Autoimmune disease, and Fibromyalgia. These can total in the billions every year.

==> Proposed Non-idiopathic Causes for CFS and Fibromyalgia 

==> Brain abnormalities
==> Genetic factors (HPA) axis
==> A hyper-reactive immune system
==> Viral or other infectious agents like (Chronic Lyme disease Complex)
==> Psychiatric or emotional conditions

==> Fibromyalgia and CFS – Are Genetics to Blame? 

CFS and Fibromyalgia have been linked with genes involved in the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis as well as the sympathetic nervous system. These genes regulate response to trauma, injury, and other stressful events. After ten years of ongoing clinical experience, Envita is confident that while such traumas could play a role in these diseases’ etiology, they are likely not the causes.

==> What is the HPA (Hypothalamic-pituitary- adrenal axis)? 

HPA comprises a complex set of direct influences and feedback interactions among the hypothalamus, the pituitary gland (a pea-shaped structure located below the hypothalamus), and the adrenal, also called “suprarenal” glands – small, conical organs atop of the kidneys.

The interactions among these organs constitute the HPA axis, a major part of the neuroendocrine system that controls reactions to stress and regulates many body processes including digestion, the immune system, mood and emotions, sexuality, as well as energy storage and expenditure. Infectious disease, such as chronic Lyme disease Complex, impacts the HPA-axis via neurotoxins that compete for the same receptor sites used by the HPA-axis. In fact, such infections can bring about identical symptoms of some idiopathic disease and many of the symptoms associated therewith. This should bring our attention that complex of infections such as Lyme Disease Complex that is composed of a number of infections and neurotoxins bring about all the same symptoms and more.

==> Does HPA Affect Fibromyalgia or CFS?

Abnormal levels of certain chemicals regulated by the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis have been proposed as a potential cause of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. It has also been cited as being related to Fibromyalgia. This HPA system controls important functions including sleep, stress response, and depression. Of particular interest to researchers are the following chemicals and other factors controlled by the HPA axis as it pertains to the neurobiology of mood disorders and functional illnesses:

==> anxiety disorder
==> bipolar disorder
==> insomnia
==> post-traumatic stress disorder
==> borderline personality disorder
==> ADHD
==> major depressive disorder
==> burnout
==> CFS
==> Fibromyalgia
==> irritable bowel syndrome
==> alcoholism

==> Antidepressants, which are routinely prescribed for many of these illnesses, serve to regulate HPA axis function. All of these conditions and their symptoms are commonly seen in Chronic Lyme disease patients that contain a host of infections and neurotoxins.

==> Can Chronic Lyme disease Complex or Infectious Disease Affect HPA?

Patients may contract an infection at any point in their life-time; however, the symptoms of Chronic Lyme disease Complex or its co-infections may remain unseen or dormant until the individual is weakened by a trauma. This could be anything ranging from child birth or injury (like car accident) to something like the death of someone close, a divorce, or even a vaccine (as seen among children with weakened immune systems.)

In the etiology of chronic infectious disease, the traumatic event is a trigger but not the cause of Autoimmune disease, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, or Fibromyalgia. Nevertheless, treating these triggers is critically important to patient care. It seems that infection, rather than genetic defects, is the progenitor of HPA axis disruption.

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