Coping with Lyme Disease

Lyme Disease and SHAKLEE
Posts accumulated by Shirley Koritnik

Here's an excellent testimony about coping with Lyme
Disease using SHAKLEE, and I've added some info from
SHAKLEE about why it's good to take OPTIFLORA even when
you're on antibiotics for Lyme or other things. Finally,
there’s a link to a medical website about vaccines for
adults and kids.and related info. Good luck!

Lyme Disease
From: Mary Thompson (
Date: Friday, October 29, 1999 7:44 AM

I contracted lyme in 1990 in Arkansas, a state as many are
told does not have lyme disease. I found the tick so
therefore I knew I had lyme. I developed every one of the
lyme symptoms, but could not get a dr to believe it was
lyme. In 1992 we moved to upstate NY and in 1994 when
things really got bad for me I finally found a dr to
diagnosis me and basically couldn't believe with my
symptoms that no one else would treat me for this. I
received at that time 4 weeks of doxy which temporarily
helped with things like the blackouts, but nothing else.
As time went on I got really scared. I actually thought I
had Ms because the symptoms were so bad. Well it continued
to get worse to the point I was now bedridden.

Test showed I was "Full of Arthritis". They put me in
physical therapy for 3x wkly and told me to get used to it.
To give you a little background on myself, prior to
contracted lyme in 1990, I was an extremely active person.
Did century rides on my bike, ran 3 miles daily, swam,
lifted weights, you name it. Nothng in this world would
ever slow me down. Little did I know how severe this
disease could be. In fact when I found the tick on me,
after collapsing in a store totally paralyzed, my husband
was more upset then I because he knew more about lyme.

No little tick was going to get me down. When you are
lying in bed it gives you lots of time to think and read
which is exactly what I did. Prior to contracting lyme I
had used supplements, but nothing major. In fact I want to
clear the air right now this is not about selling anything
it is about what worked for me and why I use a certain
brand - Shaklee. I had used the Shaklee multi and that was
it but had seen this product do wonderful things for others
in my family, including my son who was so sick from birth.
So I thought it was time to test this stuff on me. Through
my research I discovered a lot about the immune system and
how critical it is to any disease to keep it running
correctly. I learned a lot about environmental toxins, the
foods we eat and what is in them and on and on. So I
watched what I ate, MEGA dosed on supplements, drank lots
of water to flush my system and hydrate me, and learned to
listen to my body. So began my recovery. I was up and
walking again in a short period of time and a lot of the
other symptoms started to disappear. The longer I did what
I did the better I got. Below is a list of what I take and
why. Please understand I am not into these so called
miracle cures. I believe if the body is fed what it needs
it will take care of it self. After all we are made of
nothing but protein, vitamins, minerals, water, fats,
carbos. The problem being is so much of our food is
depleted of these things and heavily saturated with
chemicals it suppressed the immune function.

This is what I take:
Soy Protein - You cannot build a cell without protein as
well it is needed to repair tissue cells
Vita Lea - Best all round multi vitamin
Vita C - This is probably my favorite and I megadose on
this. So good for the immune system and fighting
B-complex - Converts food to energy, builds red blood
cells, and helped with my neuro damage.
Immunity Formula I - This is designed specifically for the
immune system.
Garlic - Again great for the immune system as well as the
heart. I had developed heart complications.
Lecithin - It is a fat immulsifier for the heart problems.
As well it got my liver enzymes back to normal.
Alfalfa - Great for arthritis as well as allergy problems
which I developed after the lyme. Also great for fighting
Fiber - For the obvious reasons, digestion. It is so
critical to have a properly running digestive tract to rid
the body of toxins. If the body does not flush the toxins
out it will reinfest itself. Americans are the most
constipated people in the world.
Herb Lax - Again for the obvious reason, but as well this
product cleanses lymph glands and blood stream.
Calcium Magnesium - This stopped the muscle spasms
Optiflora – For intestinal bacteria
Vita E Complex - For heart and immune function
Beta Carotene [now called CAROTOMAX]

Immune Function As you can see from the list I take a lot
of supplements. But these supplements along with some diet
changes have brought my life back to normal. I look at it
like this, instead of eating a bag of M&M's I eat
supplements. One thing I must stress also was I avoid
sugar. This is the quickest way I can bring my arthritis
pain back. I have learned that it is because sugar
dehydrates you and then causes digestion problems. As I
mentioned earlier listen to your body. Each of us is
different. You had also mentioned your husband had candida
problems and it wasn't from antibiotic use. This is true.
We get more antibiotics in the food we eat then we consume.
And if the body is stressed with any disease, infection,
healing a wound, etc this will cause the immune system not
to keep the yeast under control.

I am so sorry to hear about your family all suffering from
this disease. I hope I have offered some help. I will
continue to stress to use Shaklee supplements. I know no
other company with a better product. I have researched
these people as well have tried other brands and there is
no comparison. There is a lady in NY that I will gladly
give her name to you if your brother would like to contact
her. She too suffered from lyme and candida and is always
willing to help people. She works very closely with a
homeopathic dr. and as well highly recommends using
Shaklee. Good luck and if there is anything else I can
help you with or answer any other questions please don't
hesitate to ask. If it takes a few days to get back please
don't think I don't care it's just I'm traveling alot these
days with business.

God Bless, Mary
P.S. I almost forgot to tell you there is a lady I have
spoken to a couple of times in the state of Michigan who
also had lyme and used Shaklee for recovery. Great lady,
she is a school teacher.

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Optiflora while on antibiotics

I bumped into one of my customer's today and learned that
her son was just recently put on a round of antibiotics for
lyme disease. When I asked her if she had started giving
him her Optiflora right away, she said no. Her doctor said
not to start ancidophilus until he had completed the 30
days of antibiotics. She had a friend with her who stated
that she had heard the same thing before. I did not want
to sound overly pushy, but I told them that I thought the
doctor was wrong, but I would ask someone else who should
know more than all of us. I know that the advice from a
non-degreed Shaklee distributor will not be listened to as
much as their doctor. Please help me out with your
information. I know you do not give medical advice, but
please share some information I can share with them, and
any research studies bibliography references, etc.

Thanks, Brenda deMartine

Reply from Shaklee Field Communications:

The doctor may have specific reasons for recommending no
acidophilus for 30 days that might be specific to the
disease being treated. Therefore, you may want to
recommend her doctor clarify the reasons for the
prohibition on acidophilus.

Otherwise, Shaklee Optiflora can be taken by someone who is
on a course of antibiotics. According to our Health
Sciences personnel, studies indicate that taking bifidus
bacteria while on an antibiotic regimen can help reduce the
time that an individual has symptoms of an infection, as
well as to reduce harmful bacteria found in the colon.
This is in line with recommendations made by many
physicians to include yogurt in the diet while on

Your Friend at Shaklee/ smg
Re: Lyme Disease
From: BeHealthy

I have a customer with Lyme's Disease who has had very good
results by using the Basics, Soy and Formula I. He is
extremely pleased with Shaklee products.
Date: 8/2/2001 7:35:40 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From: (Debi Schroeder)

Hi All,
Just got off the phone with one of my members who joined
Shaklee several years ago when she had a health challenge -
Lyme Disease. She recovered nicely and has done very well
since starting on her Shaklee vitamins, Vita Lea, Calcium
Complex, Formula I and Protein. Recently she had a physical
and the doctor recommended a bone scan. When the results
came in, he told her she had the bones of a "much younger
woman." He told her to keep doing whatever she was doing:
Vita Lea and Calcium Complex and exercising. HE DID NOT
preventative solution for osteoporosis? I think so!
Gerri S

Subject: Re: MS Nutritional Suggestions
Date: Sat, 30 January 1999 07:23 PM EST

Sometimes persons with Lyme Disease are diagnosed as MS.
Suggest Lyme testing and a second opinion. There's a whole
organization in Michigan(?) of former MS patients who have
Lyme, and who want to help those misdiagnosed. Nutrition is
EXTREMELY IMPORTANT with both conditions.

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