The Use of Bacteriophages In The Treatment of Lyme Disease
Posted Oct 10 2008 1:07pm
So what's a bacteriophage? You ask. I know, the last thing you want to have to do with all that brain fog is to assimilate another thirteen-letter word into your vocabulary, but this is one you might want to learn, because the bacteriophage can help you to kill borrelia. Although it is a virus, the bacteriophage, if used properly, can be a friendly kind of virus, that invades and infects unwanted bacteria in the body, and then dies. What a refreshing change from having a bunch of killer viruses bent on breaking your body, don't you think?
These special viruses are supposedly the most abundant and diverse biological entities on the planet, and one of the largest natural sources for phages and other viruses is sea water. Their name comes partially from the Greek word "Phagein", which means "to eat." The first part of their name tells you what they eat...bacteria!
Obviously, though, you don't want just any ol' phages hanging out in your bloodstream, but rather ones that are targeted towards specific infections. Fortunately, by taking the bio-electric footprint of one of these viruses and cross-matching it to a targeted bacterium or microbe, phages can be created to eradicate infections such as borrelia. Such phages are actually called "homeophages" because they are made from the virus' energy and not the virus material itself. Hence, they are a homeopathic type of remedy that works effectively to kill targeted microbes in the body without harming the body's friendly bacteria.
One physician, Dr.T. Watkinson, has made phages for mycoplasma, borrelia, babesia and others. He notes that phages can also be used to take the body from a T2 chronic inflammatory response back to a T1 response, which is important for healing from Lyme disease and other chronic illnesses.
Another benefit of phage therapy is that infections cannot develop resistance to treatments, as they can with antibiotics. Also, they can cross the blood-brain barrier to get to the bugs that are deep in hiding in your gray matter. Furthermore, fewer herxheimer-type reactions occur with phages, and they are capable of eradicating antibiotic-resistant infections.
The idea of phages isn't a new one. They were discovered as early as 1915, at the Twort At Brown Institute, although at that time they hadn't yet been recognized as viruses. Today, they are used in meat processing and packing, as well as in cheese manufacturing to control unwanted bacteria in food. So why aren't we using them more in medicine? I don't know. The same question might be asked about hundreds of other effective natural health remedies.
Homeophages can also be used for the treatment of other chronic health conditions, such as Crohn's, Lupus, type 1 diabetes, early MS, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, liver and kidney disease, autism and mental illness.
Certainly the ghostly footprints of phages should be more widely exploited and taken advantage of in Lyme disease. Other than Dr. Watkinson, however, I do not know of any other health care practitioners who are choosing this unique homeopathic-type modality to heal their patients.
For more information on phages, visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/phage_therapy, or http://pathmicro.med.sc.edu/mayer/phage.htm.
In the meantime, it would be interesting to see how these creatures have helped others to heal from Lyme and other infections. If you know of anyone who has taken advantage of homeophages for treatment of Lyme and related conditions, send me a message! I believe that this, as well as other types of homeopathic treatment, need to be more widely explored for the healing of chronic illness, as indeed, when used properly, homeopathy is a powerful and effective strategy for all kinds of disease.