Hope, Healing and Toxins: Iatrogenic Botulism and Lyme Recovery

For a very long time I was unable to participate in this group or even continue following it. I was so sick and afraid I could hardly get through each minute, each hour, each day and night. It’s hard to imagine that now. My last injection was in December 2014. In 2015, I was also diagnosed with Lyme Disease, and I suspect I have the genetic mutation that makes me a slow detoxifier. It has been a long, arduous journey toward healing, but I have improved so much, and I have hope again! (And some energy to try to help others suffering this horrific experience.)

I cannot describe nor even recall all of the things I have done that have helped. Generally, they are along the lines of detoxing, taking nutrients/supplements prescribed by various doctors, and minimizing exposure to more toxins. Everyone is different, so what has worked for me may or may not work for others. A commonality I’ve seen with many chronic health issues, though, is an increased sensitivity to all toxic substances. As many of us have learned through this terrible, life-altering experience, the toxins in our environment, food, personal care and home care products, etc. are many!

Eliminating gluten, dairy and grain from my diet has helped me tremendously! Also, I changed my entire beauty regimen to clean, safe products. I had no idea how many toxic substances are in most haircare, skincare, sun-care, perfume and makeup products! When I discovered how much I was hurting my body and impeding its healing with this daily toxic (over)load, I transitioned to Beautycounter, a company that refuses to us 1500 + toxic ingredients in its products [despite that they have yet to be banned in the US (many are banned in Europe!)]. Not only are their products safe, they are really wonderful and provide me with a little extra income as a Consultant. Please visit my page here https://www.beautycounter.com/alihoffman if you’d like to take a look/purchase products. I’m also happy to offer free phone/text/email or in person (if you’re near Santa Barbara or San Francisco) assistance with product selection, and I have some samples and information I can mail out as well!

Additionally, I have replaced all of my household cleaners with natural alternatives, many of which are made with essential oils. I use Young Living, and I am also happy to assist anyone interested in getting started with their amazing oils! I don’t have my own page with Young Living, but their site is here https://www.youngliving.com/en_US/discover and you can use my ID number (3441106) for purchases. Oils can also be used to promote healing, and a practitioner friend has given me some good recommendations for addressing neurological issues with oils, which I’d be happy to share.

Please be in touch! I’m happy to share samples and any/all knowledge I have about Beautycounter and Young Living. I truly believe reducing the toxins in my diet, personal and home care products has made a tremendous difference in my body’s ability to heal itself. Please reach out if you think this might be right for you––I know the sheer misery of being incapacitated by this terrifying illness and I want to help others who aren’t as far along on their healing journeys as I am.

3 thoughts on “Hope, Healing and Toxins: Iatrogenic Botulism and Lyme Recovery

  1. What did you take for your lyme and how long have you been treating it. For detox purposes I believe garlic, tons of lemon water , chlorella and cistus are nr.1:)

  2. Hi amanter, I was diagnosed with Lyme by an LLMD in SF in 2015. I honestly can’t recall all of the things he had me take for it, and he was simultaneously treating me for the botulism and other issues (hormones, etc.), so, for the most part, I don’t know what he was giving me for what. One of the main things I did, which was for the Lyme (and botulism, I think), was mega dose vitamin C, both orally and via IV. I was able to take like 30 grams orally (and probably could have taken more, but didn’t try, cause that was already 30 pills/day!) plus I think each IV treatment was like 100 grams or so! I know all of the things you mentioned, except cistus, I will look it up :)

    1. Hm..pretty interesting about vit.c i am taking it too but 2 grams per day. I wonder how all of your protocol looked like..it can be helpful. I am close to 4 months of abx for lyme and I believe I will stop taking it..and continue with vitamins, diet, detox. I was taking abx along with herbs too like dipsacus, cats claw, boswella..cistus still taking 2xday.

      Currently I am taking also small doses of prednisone and this drug helps with nerves pain .

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