I was going to title this post, “There and Back Again” because of all the traveling back and forth from Des Moines to St. Louis lately but I didn’t want to risk any copyright infringement on The Hobbit. Not too long ago, a friend recommended I take a look at a book called The Accidental Cure, by Dr. Simon Yu, MD. With a gracious offer to borrow the book for a couple weeks I decided to read it in between classwork and see what it was all about. I didn’t expect to find so many references to nutrition and holistic approaches to healing in a book authored by a doctor trained in traditional medicine. The book is easy to understand and I got a good sense of Dr. Yu’s unconventional methods of practicing medicine pretty quickly. I was enlightened to read that he looks at the whole picture when seeing a patient, and takes a holistic approach to treatment, whether by traditional medicine or alternative therapies. I was also pleased to read about his experience with nutrition, Lyme and dental issues.

Since my Lyme disease diagnosis a little over a year ago, a new symptom appeared as I began treatment with natural treatments (Samento, Enula, Banderol, Houttuynia, ACS200 Silver). Second to the inflammatory arthritis in my knees, I began to experience pain in the left side of my lower jaw. It started as a minor pain near the spot where a wisdom tooth had been removed a few years ago. The pain grew worse with each month of treatment, despite herbal protocols, parasite cleanses, or detoxification. A few months ago, the pain was enough to make it difficult to chew or open my jaw more than half way. I cancelled my upcoming dentist appointment just because I didn’t want to agonize through a 30-minute cleaning session that I knew would feel like torture. A few months later, the right side of my lower jaw started to hurt. I started avoiding hard, crunchy foods. At the time, my LLMD and dentist suspected I might be grinding my teeth at night, but my wife hasn’t noticed anything out of the ordinary.  Strangely enough, it was about this time that I was introduced to Dr. Yu’s book. What stood out the most in his book was the evidence that many chronic illnesses are caused by dental issues – usually related to root canals, fillings or teeth extraction. It never hit me until then. I had all four wisdom teeth removed in 2006, only a year before my previously perfect health went downhill.

After some deliberation and whole lot of prayer, my wife and I decided to schedule an appointment with Dr. Yu in St. Louis. Before the visit I was a little intimidated by what he might find. His testing methods were unlike anything I’ve ever seen. He uses a lot of methods including acupuncture meridian assessment. I was a little confused about what that was until reading about the technique in Dr. Yu’s book and having him explain it. It’s hard to describe, but for the skeptic like myself, it makes sense that our bodies have energy pathways that connect everything together. By testing specific points on the body, it allows you to find a connection, or the root cause of weakness in the body.

Right now I’m learning about the sodium/potassium pump of our cells in a nutrition class. Sodium and potassium are two of the most important electrolytes and it’s fascinating to learn how ions surround cell membranes, allowing them to generate electricity. It’s no wonder our energy levels are so dependent on the health of our cells.

At my visit with Dr. Yu, he performed a hair tissue mineral analysis, food sensitivity testing, thermography and acupuncture meridian assessment which showed some issues with weak adrenals, liver, intestine and kidneys and a big problem with the left side of my jaw so I started a range of homeopathic medicines and a round of anti-parasite medicines. At a return visit a month later, my organs were all back and working in a normal range, but more tests confirmed I still had dental issues on my left side. After viewing an x-ray of my jaw and no visible dental anomalies, he referred me to an oral surgeon for further evaluation. The surgeon was fantastic. In fact, I’ve never met two doctors who have been more caring, communicative, and had a true desire to figure out the cause of my symptoms. Fearlessly, I’m now awaiting oral surgery – a jaw tissue biopsy – to find out what problems might be causing the pain in my jaw, with a glimpse of hope that my dental problems may be linked to other symptoms like my chronic knee inflammation.

So, is it really Lyme? I don’t doubt that I do have or have had it based on blood test confirmation, but I’m no longer convinced that Lyme is the direct target. There are many similar spirochetes that could be causing havoc in my body and might not necessarily by borrelia burgdorferi. Either way, my goal is to continue to support my body and immune system with nutrients, mostly from whole, natural food sources, along with supplementation while working with physicians who look at a holistic picture of health.

Do you have, or know anyone suffering from Lyme or similar condition that has swollen knees along with jaw pain? If so, I’d love to hear your comments.


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  • Lymedout

    Hey there… I had a root canal done about 1 year before my lyme symptoms came… 2 years after this (early this march), my root canal got re-infected, got the fixer upper done again, was put on amoxicillan for 10 days, had a herx reaction, which then confirmed my lyme diagnosis… everything happened at once! So no doubt that dental is very related to lyme. My llmd said that also if you have mercury fillings, which I have, if u need to extract it, do so with a biological dentist. Also I just read that band 41 of the igenex test can be dental spirochetes…

  • swollenmystery

    It’s as if all the bad guys, whether dental spirochetes or lyme or others are all working together! Thankfully I’ve never had any fillings or root canals on top of this. Interesting about band 41.

  • sarah

    Hi there! It’s interesting because I had the exact symptoms for a number of months (I do have Lyme). It began with terrible inflammation in my knees so much to the point that stairs were treacherous and simply walking I had to take easy. I’m 23 and (was) in very good health. It was confusing at the time. After two months or so pain migrated to my lower left jaw, just as you’ve described. The feeling was unlike anything ever experienced, and came out of no where. I have had no dental work or problems, including no cavities, etc. It pulsed along my jaw and eventually made it very problematic to chew, talk…anything. It would get stuck, it would radiate into my ear, which would grow into a migraine, and so on. The pain was overwhelming and unresolvable from daily chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture, massage, and shiatsu. After two months, the pain vanished and has not been back since. It’s been three months. And now, thanks to Lyme, I have a wrath of new symptoms! But, that was absolutely one of the worst so far.

  • swollenmystery

    Lyme really can complicate things. I’m beginning to realize it’s not the whole picture for me though which is why I’m trying to take a holistic approach and get my entire body working as well as possible. Strange that your jaw symptoms went away so suddenly. Sounds similar to what I’ve got going on. I really think a lot of my symptoms are weaknesses in different areas of my body where infections/spirochetes have settled in and because there are still too many for my immune system to handle all at once, I experience pain in those places. I’m confident though that supporting the body with the right nutrients is the most helpful over the long term.

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  • Lyme is in CO

    Hi.  I thought I was cured of Lyme but, instead it morphed into Morgellon’s.  I am not into conspiracy theories.  So my research has led me to studies which show microfilareal worms in tick gut, and passed with the Lyme to humans.

    After experimenting with Ivermectin from the feed store–I have gotten rid of my open lesions but the stinging and itching are slower to abate.

    I am thinking about going out to see your doctor because I understand that he puts something like 92% of the people who see him on an anti parasitic protocol.  Did he put you on an anti parasitic protocol.  If so what was the medication, the dosage,etc.  I have to admit–I like science pretty well–I am not into energy fields that much.

  • swollenmystery

    That’s interesting. Parasitic worms can be a possibility as I think most people have some form or another. Dr. Yu does look at parasites and dental issues before most things. I’d suggest reading his book if you want to know more about his methods. I did 2 weeks of ivermectin, tinidazole and wormwood complex, then waited a month and did another round of the same. I prefer scientific approaches too and was surprised how grounded his methods are. Another thing I thought was good is that he really looked at my case individually and has a desire to figure out my puzzling symptoms.

  • wow what an interesting site. it is similar to mine in that we discuss similar topics. i think i have lyme – most igenex bands were IND and positive. i have knee inflammation, all over inflammation, a jaw that seemed to shift to the right so that my right teeth touch and my left teeth don’t. I tested positive for parasites and yeast, i could go on but won’t. how are you doing now? my site is AmandasHealthJournal.com. I just blogged about my Igenex test results, which I got a while ago. Thanks so much for sharing your experience!

  • swollenmystery

    Thanks for sharing the link to your site. I look forward to reading through your posts. It sounds like you’ve got similar symptoms. I just started 6 months of the Cowden protocol so I’ll probably post about that soon. Not a significant amount of improvement yet, but I am feeling some reaction and I’m hoping now that the parasites and dental issues have been addressed I can heal from Lyme and coinfections.

  • Aneroulias

    I have been struggling with Lyme (and who knows what else) for almost a year now although I’m sure that i have had it for longer.  Mainly my symptoms include arthritic aches and pains, but mainly my left knee has swelled up and taken on fluid which ebbs and flows but never completely goes down.  I just recently started a regiment recommended by Gary Null, and have found a lot of success with it. 
    my main goal was to reduce inflammation and boost my immune system through a series of supplements, essential fatty acids, and natural antibiotics.

    —Garlic 6 tbl spoons (3bulb) a day—black current seed oil
    —Borage seed oil
    —Oregano oil 
    —Pancreatin oil  3 times a day

    Olive leaf extractColloidal silver
    Colloidal gold 500 pt per million 

    Taurine  (w blood cell activation and helps increase neurological function)
    Vitamin c 20,000mg 3 tm week for 12 weeks 
    Vitamin a gludothiam

    Dandelion oil
    Horse tail 
    Milk thistle 
    Pau d’arco
    Red clover

    Greens juices:
    Barley grass
    Royal jellySpirulina I don’t take everything on this list and have tweaked a few things to accommodate my body, but all in all i feel a lot better. the inflammation has gone down almost completely and I am confident I will beat this.

  • swollenmystery

    Thanks for posting this detailed info! I’ve considered taking essential oils. Do you take the garlic, borage, oregeno, pancreatin oil orally or apply it topically? It sounds like you’ve got a good approach to working with your body and what it needs to recover. I haven’t heard of Gary Null, but I will be sure to look him up.

  • Szmachnik

    Have you heard of Dr. Klinghardt?  He has an amazing website and several you tube videos well worth watching on Lymes disease and coinfections.  God Bless you on your healing journey.  My son has been sick for 9 plus years.  nobody ever suggested lymes disease.  All the symptoms are there so we’ll see.  We are doing blood work through Igenex labs.

  • swollenmystery

    Yes, Dr. Klinghardt has some great knowledge about treatments for infections. It can be a little overwhelming, but good. I hope you find success with your results.

  • Ezzy

    What is the name of the Dentist Dr Yu refers to? I have to get 2 root canals extracted