Detox During Lyme

For successful treatment of Lyme and coinfections, I feel that a detox routine that works for you is vitally important before starting the antimicrobial part of treatment.  The body must be able to evacuate waste effectively!  This is my list of favorite detox methods:

Epsom Salt Bath ~ The skin is our largest organ, so it is a great place to start .  Fill your tub with hot (does not need to be scalding hot) water and two cups of Epsom Salt.  Soak a minimum of 20 minutes.  Magnesium sulfate is absorbed into the skin, which helps to draw the toxins out of the body.  Be sure to shower after to rinse the residue off of your skin.

Lemon Water ~ Put mountain spring water (or water with no fluoride) in a glass (not plastic), and put 1-3 drops of lemon essential oil in it.  Oil is better than lemon juice as it doesn’t damage your tooth enamel.  Drink a few glasses a day to stimulate the liver and help it send waste out.

Body Brushing ~ There are several benefits to body brushing, but the most important is stimulation of the lymphatic system.  This system is responsible for removing toxins from the body.  I find that doing this before an Epsom Salt bath (or shower) is a great way to detox, relax, and sleep well after.

Activated Charcoal ~ Charcoal is an over the counter detox aid that is good to have in any home regardless of chronic illness or not.  It can be purchased in capsule form, and taken with a big glass of water.  Charcoal is highly absorbent, and “mops” up toxins from the body.  This should not be taken anywhere near your other medications or supplements ~ a minimum of two hours away from all other things including food.

Alka-Seltzer Gold ~ Alka Seltzer Gold (must be the gold) is a great tool for people that are herxing from Lyme Disease.  ASG changes the alkalinity of the body rapidly, giving relief from digestive upset that sometimes occurs during treatment.  It also helps the body to detox, and provides relief from herx symptoms.  It can be hard to find, so ask the pharmacist if it can be ordered into the store for you, or you can get it on Amazon.

Cholestyramine (CSM) ~ This is available as a prescription, so you will need to talk to your doctor about using this detox method.   CSM will remove biotoxins from the system.  When taken away from food, it is also shown to lower cholesterol.  Using CSM is considered “off-label” – meaning detox is not a use that was discovered by clinical trial, but more anecdotal findings through doctors that prescribe it.


Liposomal Glutathione ~ This is an antioxidant that is highly effective for detoxification.  Use with caution until you know how you react to it.  Some people report headaches when using this.  People with Babesia can have a sensitivity to it when not far along enough in treatment.


Other things we do to detox are craniosacral therapy using our Biomat, and Reiki.  We worked with essential oils as well.  I know there are numerous herbs and tinctures, but some of these methods also stimulate a release of heavy metals into the system which requires the guidance of a physician to monitor.


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My Lyme Story

People that have Lyme Disease know that sharing their story is important.  When my family was diagnosed, hearing other people’s stories made all the difference when it came to which doctor to work with, which treatments to try, and how to manage everyday tasks that were becoming harder to accomplish.  I hope that my story will help someone else that is trying to find answers about what is going on with their health.

My Lyme Story

I want to start by saying that I don’t remember ever being bitten by a tick!  I grew up in New England and was an avid hiker at one point in my life.  Because Lyme can be spread by any vector insect (mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, etc.) – it is impossible to trace back to the time I was infected.

From 1996 to 1998 I had spells of extreme dizziness.  I worked with my primary care physician, and was diagnosed with “Benign Positional Vertigo.”  This eventually resolved itself, and was replaced with extreme gastrointestinal pain all the time.  After ultrasounds, medications, and even talking to a therapist (docs thought I had too much stress), it eventually subsided after… YEARS.

Looking back, I think that this was the beginning of my Lyme journey.  I think the dizziness was Lyme, and the GI issues were Bartonella.

Fast forward to 2003.  I had never felt “right” after the vertigo.  My stress levels were always very high, my stomach would upset easily, and I was afraid of everything.  I went through periods of not sleeping well.  In early 2003 we went on a ski trip, and ended up with Bursitis.  I was put on… you guessed it… Prednisone!  Things were never the same after that.

Not realizing that any of this had anything to do with Lyme Disease, I found out I was pregnant in May of 2003.  For the first seven months of my pregnancy, I felt better than I had ever felt in my life.  I was hungry (typically my appetite was, and still is, small).  I was sleeping.  I felt happy, hopeful, and aside from one day of nausea, things were great.

During my seventh month, it all fell apart.  I started getting searing headaches/migraines.  I couldn’t sleep.  My heart started racing – often – and I ended up in the emergency room with tachycardia (320+ beats/minute).  I was admitted, given a partial electrophysiology study (where they test the electrical pathways of the heart), and put on bedrest and beta-blockers for the rest of the pregnancy.

In early 2004, my kiddo was born.  My health issues were not over.  I was still having anxiety, tachycardia, not sleeping (even for having a new baby), and was afraid to drive in case I had one of these attacks in the car.  In April of 2004, I had a second complete electrophysiology study, and found out I needed an ICD.  That is a pacemaker with a defibrillator built in, you know –  in case my heart decided to rocket out of my chest again, I would get a “shock” and bring it back to regular speed.  I also had an ablation due to a block in some of the nerves in the heart.

I honestly don’t know that the heart issues are totally related to Lyme as I was born with a hole in my heart.  Maybe the sudden increase in tachycardia was because the Lyme was affecting the problem that was already there, but I have since read many stories of people needing pacemakers and having ablations for the same kind of blockages that I had, and they have Lyme.  My heart issues are in the electrical part of the heart, not the plumbing part.  So, the jury is still out for me on this being Lyme related.  But, worth mentioning because of possible correlation.

The next few years (2004-2007) were full of the highest anxiety I have ever had or ever knew possible.  Being a new mother, having health issues, and now a device in my chest that could deliver a shock anytime was quite terrifying.  I had a big depression during these years, and thankfully my parents are extremely supportive and helped me through it.  We even had a period of time where we were living with my parents because I was afraid of being alone with the baby in case something happened.  Those were some dark days.

During that time, I was also having a LOT of pain in my lower belly.  My ovaries always felt swollen and painful.  I was having bad headaches/migraines cyclically (which I later figured out was during full moon and new moon), and sleep – well, I DIDN’T sleep.  I eventually had a hysterectomy.  The doctor had suspected possible Adenomyosis (cousin to Endometriosis), but was not able to confirm it even after testing.

I think the insomnia was Babesia.   Hormone issues?  That is a combo of all these Lyme and co-infections after reading through the symptom lists.

The kicker?  The pain didn’t go away.  Any of it.

In constant pain, wrapped in a prayer shawl waiting for a miracle...

In October of 2008, I had to go to the emergency room, because I couldn’t breathe.  My lungs felt like they couldn’t expand, and my breathing was shallow.  I had a nebulizer treatment, was put on… PREDNISONE and antibiotics, and sent home.  Did I mention that one of my lungs was partially collapsed?  Good times.

This went on for over a year.  Coughing, labored breathing, pulmonary function tests, allergy testing… everything inconclusive.  Antibiotics and Prednisone was the answer to everything.  I finally stopped taking all the garbage because it didn’t make these issues go away.  Eventually it faded away on its own.

I believe this whole thing was me suffering from Mycoplasma Pneumoniae, a co-infection of Lyme Disease.

In the meantime, I was still having pain in my ovaries (my hysterectomy was partial), migraines that grew worse as the years went on, and anxiety and insomnia.  Added to the stress was that my husband was also having a lot of symptoms, and the kiddo was demonstrating traits of Autism.  That is a whole different story, but needless to say, life was not fun, easy, or enjoyable during these years.  I tried to be positive, but this all got the best of me for a long time.

It was also discovered that my thyroid was dysfunctional.  I will be on meds for that for the rest of my life.

In 2012, I went to North Carolina by airplane to see a friend.  I was sick and had a migraine for 24 hours after getting there.  Looking back, anytime I travel by plane or car, I am sick for the first 24 hours.  Planes are particularly bad for me.

In 2013, I had an episode of swollen glands in my armpit.  I have since learned that this is a Bartonella symptom.

As you can read, this has not been an easy road.  This disease has taken so much from me in the last 20-ish years, and by the grace of God, in 2013 we were led to a naturopath that eventually figured out that our whole family has this and needs to be treated.  I don’t know where we would be today if we had not seen her (to talk about Autism!)…

I tried talking to my regular doctor about Lyme after seeing the naturopath, but she was cruel about it, really.  But that is a memory I would rather not share here because many of you know the experience of a disbelieving doctor first hand.

I started the first phase of treatment in December of 2013, by modifying my diet, getting more rest, balancing my hormones, learning how to detox my body, and preparing for the phase of treatment where we would go after these bugs/bacteria.  I didn’t start the killing phase until March of 2015, but all the prep work was worth it.  This disease is not a “30 days and you’re cured” kind of thing – no matter what your family doctor that you trust tells you.

Many of you know what people go through to get a proper diagnosis, so to have a doctor mention this first was amazing.  I honestly had no clue that all of us were suffering from this.  I thought each of my medical problems were isolated and unrelated.

So here I am, two decades later, and a whole lot wiser.  We are all in remission, thanks to perseverance, education, and an excellent Lyme doctor on our side.

We have been through many treatments.  I don’t think there is one treatment that will work for everyone.  I think that getting Lyme into remission is a combination of many treatments, and when you feel that you have plateaued on one, it is time to move to another.  We went gluten/casein/sugar free.  We used herbs/herbal tinctures, supplements, and essential oils (customized protocol from our Lyme doctor).  We used several different detox methods (link here).

So that is my Lyme story.  I cut out some of the graphic details, but you get the idea, right?  Chances are you are walking the same path right now, or you are being blown off by doctors and specialists.  I hope that you are led to a good Lyme doctor that you can partner up with and start treating this.  A Lyme doctor is absolutely necessary – find one at if need one.  I offer health coaching to people that have Lyme and need guidance.  Click here to contact me.

Please feel free to share this post with someone that you suspect may be going through medical problems that are being misdiagnosed or blown off by doctors.  This disease is spreading, and over 300K people per year are diagnosed.

If you need help navigating the Lyme maze, I offer health coaching.  Click here to read more.

It Started With a Promise


In 2013, after 20 years of unexplained illness, my husband and I were diagnosed with Chronic Lyme Disease.  This was shortly after my son was diagnosed with Autism and Chronic Lyme, and the naturopath recommended that my husband and I be tested.

My husband and son were able to begin courses of several antibiotics, but I could not due to allergies to them.  The doctors I consulted with were not quite sure what to do with me, as somehow antibiotics were involved with all of their protocols.

I focused on modifying my diet to be gluten free and started limiting sugar.  I also worked with the naturopath to balance my hormones.  And, I worked on finding ways to reduce stress.  This was NOT easy as my whole family was sick and I was devastated.

In May of 2013,  my son had a major reaction to one of the antibiotics and woke up with a head-to-toe rash and was unable to breathe.  I made a promise then and there that if we made it to remission from Lyme, I would spend the rest of my life helping others find hope and healing from this debilitating disease.

In 2014 we had the opportunity to move from New England to Southern California.  We were all still stumbling through treatments until we started working with a naturopath that was familiar with treatment options for Autism and Lyme.  She offered choice for treatments to try, and my family was able to start a protocol in 2015 that led to us being in remission by early 2016.

This whole time, I researched Lyme and Autism treatments during any moment I could, and wrote about our daily lives on a blog.  I became active in online support groups for Lyme and Autism, and became a parent mentor for TACA (Talk About Curing Autism). People that needed help started contacting me directly, and it helped me to realize that my promise was becoming a reality, and Dahl Holistic Health was born.

What started out with health coaching has grown into consulting for people that are interested in using essential oils, herbs, and biomedical treatments for their health and healing.  I’ve helped people with everything from common ailments to long-term illness.  This past year I started offering Reiki to clients, which is a Japanese relaxation and healing technique.  I also offer Biomagnetic Pair Therapy.  I’m currently studying to be a traditional naturopathic doctor and master herbalist.

I look forward to helping you on your healing journey.

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