You usually feel tired and sluggish, but you are not so sick that you are in bed. There’s no fever and your blood counts are all fine.
Four Levels of Anxiety & Depression
In this special time, anxiety and depression are common. As a (hyper) sensitive person you can completely overshoot this. There are different types of fear. I name the four levels, which you also see in homeopathy: spiritual, emotional, mental and physical. Of course, every level plays a role and (rapid) shifts can take place.
This article focuses on the physical level. Anxiety and depression can arise because your immune system is constantly fighting a pathogen. Many people don’t know this; that’s why I like to bring it to your attention. If you take antidepressants or antipsychotics and they do not or hardly help, it is good (in addition) to look for the cause with your therapist.
Mild inflammation: tired and lame
Your body can fight against a pathogen for a long time, without you really noticing it. This is called a so-called ‘low-grade’ inflammation. It is a mild, but chronic inflammation. This can release a certain enzyme that makes you feel anxious and/or depressed. You usually feel tired and sluggish, but you are not so sick that you are in bed. There’s no fever and your blood counts are all fine. You hobble through life on willpower and may even come to believe that you’re making a fool of yourself. The diagnosis is often fibromyalgia – all other conditions are excluded.
Did you know that 80 percent of fibromyalgia diagnoses are wrong? In these cases, it is actually Lyme disease.
A vicious circle
An enzyme can convert a molecule into another molecule: substance A becomes substance B. IDO (Indoleamine 2,3-dioxgenase) is an enzyme that makes you feel anxious and/or depressed. In addition, it causes complaints such as fatigue and memory loss. So you are not waiting for IDO. It works together with its ‘little brother’ TDO. They appear with a (low-grade) inflammation, but can also arise after prolonged stress. In this troubled time you will soon find yourself in a vicious circle…
Magic with serotonin
You are probably familiar with serotonin. It ensures that you are comfortable in your own skin. It’s a feel-good hormone. Serotonin is made from tryptophan, but when you are dealing with a (low-grade) inflammation, IDO and TDO reappear. They conjure up another substance from tryptophan: kynurenine. This causes anxiety, depressed feelings, memory loss and fatigue. What a nasty magic trick!
What can you do about it?
Of course you want to avoid this trick. The duo IDO and TDO come when the immune system is under stress, for example due to a pathogen. Is this the case with you? Research it. Also check (anonymously) my free Lyme questionnaire. Lyme or a co-infection often does not show up in a regular blood test, while it usually causes many complaints in (hyper)sensitive people, such as low-grade inflammation.
A natural solution
Research has shown that taking the right omega-3 fatty acids with polyphenols can yield positive results. This combination has an anti-inflammatory effect and reduces feelings of anxiety and depression. It is very important that you take omega 3 with polyphenols. Without these polyphenols, it can backfire. In addition, you can think of good pre- and probiotics, a natural multi with vitamins and minerals and possibly curcumin and resveratrol.
Gerrie Hasselaar, orthomolecular therapist and classical homeopath, will start again on September 18, 2021 with an 8-day accredited professional training ‘Lyme recovery therapy’, in which you learn to treat Lyme and the co-infections in a natural way. You are most welcome at the training .