How Mindfulness Can Help You Cope with Chronic Illness

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If you suffer from a chronic illness, you’ve probably had at least one doctor or friend who has suggested activities that promote mindfulness – whether that’s yoga, meditation, tai chi or something similar. But when you’re suffering from serious symptoms, it can be difficult to see how these suggestions can actually help you feel better. So here’s a breakdown of how practising mindfulness can support you on your healing journey. The main focus of mindfulness is to stay present and
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The History Of Herbal Supplements And Chronic Diseases

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Although herbal supplements and medicines can be traced backwards through many decades of history, they have seen a dramatic increase in popularity over the last few decades. They are now a legitimate consideration for those afflicted by many forms of diseases, especially chronic varieties. These conditions often require intensive, long-term pharmaceutical treatment, which come with a risk of side effects and a number of safety concerns. In 2018, many patients are wary of copious rounds of antibiotics, and don’t see
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5 Nutrition Tips For Anyone Fighting Chronic Disease

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Chronic diseases come in many forms. They can leave the body weakened and fatigued on a day-to-day basis, and treatment paths can often be long and difficult. However, one of the best ways to fight back against the symptoms of chronic disease is through a healthy diet. Simple changes in our eating habits can produce dramatic effects, and while they won’t provide a cure in and of itself, they can support the body in its constant fight against the disorder.
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6 Healthy Recipes That Are Perfect For Lyme Patients

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Eating well is an important part of Lyme disease treatment, and one that many people underestimate. Fighting back against this incredibly debilitating disorder is a daily struggle, and we need to give our bodies the best chance at overcoming the infection. There is, unfortunately, no one-size-fits-all cure for chronic Lyme, and although antibiotics can be an important element of treatment, they’re not the magic bullet that many people (and some doctors) believe them to be. The good news is that
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4 Improvements In Lyme Disease Treatment In The Last 10 Years

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Lyme disease has increased in prevalence in recent years, but thankfully, the effectiveness of treatment has also increased. Here are four key improvements to Lyme disease treatment that have come about in the last 10 years.   1. Higher visibility   Lyme disease is a problem all over the world. Most people have heard about it, but only a relative few take it as seriously as it needs to be taken. Most people in Europe consider it an American disease;
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Why a Healthy Diet is Important During Lyme Treatment: Q&A with Nutritional Scientist Lydia Madrigal

Fighting chronic illness is indelibly linked to diet and Lyme disease is no exception; we talk to Make Well’s nutritional scientist to discover why a healthy diet is crucial in fighting off this tick-borne disease. What is your background and where did your interest/specialisation in Lyme come from? I come from a scientific background. Initially I studied for a Bachelor of Science Biology both at the University of Freiburg and the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, followed by the international Master’s
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How Herbal Supplements Help Patients With Chronic Disease

Thinking outside the box is critically important when it comes to medicine. There are so many insidious disorders out there that sometimes conventional medicine doesn’t have all the answers, and other options are worth exploring. If you take a look back through the annals of medicinal history, you’ll see that holistic and naturalistic treatments feature prominently; they date back to China, where they were first developed many hundreds of years ago, and continue all the way through to contemporary medicine.
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The Importance of Treating All Co-Infections of Lyme Disease, with Dr. Nicolaus

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Dr. Carsten Nicolaus has been treating tick-borne diseases from his clinic in Augsburg for many years. Over that time, he’s seen many different variants of chronic Lyme disease, and has helped hundreds of patients in their constant battle against the disorder. However, it’s not always simply Lyme disease that Dr. Nicolaus and his team are up against. Many people think that Lyme is one singular condition, but in fact, the Lyme bacteria (borrelia) can infect a person simultaneously alongside other
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5 Ways Chronic Lyme Disease is Different from Acute Lyme Disease

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While undoubtedly a prolific affliction, Lyme disease remains something of a mystery to many medical professionals. It’s an odd, enigmatic disease, that mutates and transforms the longer it stays in the body. It is spread by ticks, who attach themselves to humans by a variety of transference methods; most likely, people will become infected with the disease when they’re out walking in the country. Long grass is an especially prolific place for ticks to lie in wait; often people don’t
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Why a Positive Attitude is Essential in Fighting Lyme Disease

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The road to recovery from chronic Lyme disease can be a long and arduous journey. A large part of the frustration that most Lyme patients feel stems from the medical community not fully understanding the disease; it’s a mysterious ailment that’s hard to narrow down and treat conclusively, as the symptoms it produces mutate over time. Compounding this is the fact that many medical professionals don’t believe that chronic Lyme is a legitimate disease, meaning that there can be large
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