Post – Lyme Syndrome
Majid Ali, M.D.
A Chronic Illness That Des Not Respond to Extended Antibiotics
What Is Post-Lyme Disease (PLDS)
I have seen a large number of patients who say the following: I was well. I came down with Lyme disease which was treated with doxycyclin and other biotics for several months, then with intravenous antibiotics. I have never been the same. The order of words and phrases changes but the tales of suffering and living truncated lives are the same. None of more than 100 patients whom I treated first with a firm unequivocal diagnosis of acute Lyme disease ever went on to have PLDS.
What Is the Difference Between PLDS and Chronic Lyme Disease?
This is an important question. The term chronic lyme fisease implies that it is a chronic infectious disease and must be treated with extended antibiotic therapy. I introduced the term post-Lyme syndrome to clearly state that the illness in question is not an active infection but a dysoxic inflammatory-immune state in which the cells are bloated with acids, covered with cellular grease, and literally and figuratively cannot breathe their air. Extended antibiotic therapies only make the problem worse.
Grease Begets Grease, Drano Begets Drano
In a kitchen sink, grease gathers more grease. Drano removes some grease and makes it easier to remove grease with frequent use. Simple! Now let us build on this grease-Drano analogy to understand cellular injury and cellular healing.
The Grease and Detergent Model of Cellular Injury and Healing
Majid Ali, M.D.
In the late 1990s, I put forth The Grease and Detergent Model. In this image, the cell innards, the cell membrane, and the cement that holds the cells together (the matrix) accumulate “cellular grease” due to insufficient detergents in the body. Cellular grease is composed of cellular waste, molecular debris, rancid fats, sticky sugars, and pulped proteins. The primary detergent in the body is oxygen, with secondary “oxy-detergents,” such as hydrogen peroxide, nitric oxide, hydroxyl radicals, oxygen-activated enzymes, and grease-eating phagocytes
The cellular grease, in scientific terms, is composed of:
. Rancid fats are oxidized and peroxidized lipids,
. Sticky sugars are glycosylated proteins and lipids,
. Pulped proteins are cross-linked peptides (chains of amino acids that make up proteins),
Cellular debris, and
. Cellular waste.
What causes Grease Build-up On and In Cells?
This is a vast subject which I address in several articles in my Insulin Toxicity Series. Here I point out that cellular grease buildup is caused by toxic foods, toxic environment, and toxic thoughts.