What's with this salt/Vitamin C Lyme disease cure?
XY wrote: What I've been finding is the use of large amounts of salt and Vitamin C will cure lyme [sic] disease. Is this true? Here is a report that I bought for $30.00. (30 page e-report attached)
AB wrote:…would appreciate it if you could go into this salt cure…tired of hearing I must try something or I can’t comment on it… Thanks.
The short answer is taking large amounts of salt and Vitamin C will not cure Lyme disease. Doing so can even be harmful. And yes, there are sites, testimonials and books that promote and enable this so-called ‘cure’ or protocol.
No, you don’t have to try something to discuss or heartily debate it or to try to get legitimate answers. The common ploy of “don’t knock it if you haven’t tried it” is a tiresome hustle to discourage critique and common sense.
The ball is ALWAYS in the court of anyone who is trying to make you do something, sell you something. Someone may have the effrontery, but never any authority, to silence you especially about your health care. Sites that discourage intelligent discussion, delete posts, use ploys to control and convince, employ long pseudoscience posts, or don’t address adverse health consequences are the domains of very questionable health advice.
Visit the original site http://www.lymephotos.com/ where all the salt/ Vitamin C hoopla started. Sadly, it has always looked like a very sick Internet joke to me—an encouragement, even—to delusional thinking. Beyond the strange precept that Lyme patients are full of worms and parasites—backed by odd photos—one concept after another is not only beyond reason but smacks of a perverted sense of humor, such as:
Cows somehow avoid getting Lyme disease because of their love for salt.
Slugs are killed when salt is put on them; this same idea can be applied to killing internal parasites and worms in the human body.
The treated person will feel—but not see—parasites or worms coming out of his body.
The anonymous author describes worms coming out of his ears and head.
There is more of course, but beyond the physiological implausibility of the claims and the fantastical musings, the author irresponsibly encourages a potentially harmful treatment to children, the elderly and those of unknown medical status.
One may argue you can do anything you want to your own body. Fine. But submitting children, the elderly and other dependents with no real say in the matter to something like this is unconscionable. In fact, feeding salt to children to the point of illness has occurred in cases of Munchausen syndrome by proxy.
The e-pamphlet (30 pages) sent to me didn’t bother with the worm concept—perhaps it was too difficult to justify or it was simply too much even for the author. However, he does mention how salt “ruptures” Borrelia, using “science-speak”. The explanation falls under the “if you can’t convince ‘em, confuse ‘em” category and could be viewed as a classic example of pseudoscience, mixing fact, fancy words, and fantasy to come to a fantastical conclusion.
Even if you do not understand basic electrolyte balance in the body—how the body regulates sodium chloride and other ionic substances—the author’s basic conjecture is easily questioned anyway: why do Lyme spirochetes ‘rupture’ yet no other cells in the body do the same?
Electrolyte balance which includes the body’s regulation of sodium is not simple and involves organs such as the kidneys, lungs, adrenals. An increase in sodium intake will result in the body immediately working at normalizing sodium by a number of mechanisms. No pockets of sodium are going to exist where Borrelia hide anyway to cause any “ruptures”.
If you feel it is magical and works anyway. Fine, stick with that.
Illnesses can happen, of course, from electrolyte imbalances or electrolyte imbalances can occur in certain diseases. Acute situations, such as vomiting, diarrhea, profuse sweating and chronic problems (e.g. hormone imbalances) are simple examples of where this can occur. Drugs, including diuretics, specific antidepressants (SSRI’s), and some anticonvulsants can also cause problems.
If you suspect you have an electrolyte imbalance, see a physician who should evaluate you thoroughly and should include checking the medicines and supplements you are taking. Check the adverse reactions of your medications as a possible cause while you are at it. This kind of stuff is too complex to fool around with. Chugging salt is not the answer....