There are still many aspects of Lyme disease that scientists and doctors don’t understand, and this makes it virtually impossible to efficiently and effectively treat. Whether allopathic medical techniques are used or methods of alternative medical practitioners, the rapid shape-shifting capabilities of the disease itself have prevented reliable treatments or cures from being developed.
What’s worse, more and more human beings are getting Lyme disease every year, partially as a result of human-induced climate change which has made more of the Earth habitable for the disease and for the animals and insects who harbor the disease internally. As per the CDC, “the number of people diagnosed with Lyme disease each year in the United States is around 300,000. Notably, these estimates do not affect our understanding of the geographic distribution of Lyme disease. Lyme disease cases are concentrated in the Northeast and upper Midwest, with 14 states accounting for over 96% of cases reported to CDC.”
As alluded to, conventional antibiotics are not reliable for long-term cures; however, it turns out that there may be a much more natural and easy method of effectively treating Lyme disease. More specifically, research in the European Journal of Microbiology and Immunology indicates that Stevia could be a dependable cure for late stage or chronic Lyme disease. According to the CDC, 80% to 90% of the cases in question were thought to be resolved, but 10% to 20% of those cases ended up turning into cases of chronic Lyme disease—which can damage any organ in the human body.
Lyme disease is a bacterial infection, and the specific culprit is spirochete bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. Doxycycline and amoxicillin are often used to treat the disease, but the many forms that Borrelia burgdorferi comes in—such as spirochetes, spheroplast, L-form, round bodies, and biofilms—oftentimes makes treatment completely ineffective; when the bacteria find themselves in an undesirable environment, they simply morphs into the dormant round body and hide in biofilm form. And once their environment is favorable, the bacteria can easily morph back to spirochete form.
This primary study on Stevia is titled, “Effectiveness of Stevia Rebaudiana Whole Leaf Extract Against the Various Morphological Forms of Borrelia Burgdorferi in Vitro,” and the Department of Biology and Environmental Science at the University of New Haven in West Haven, Connecticut made several discoveries like the ones mentioned: “Stevia whole leaf extract, as an individual agent, was effective against all known morphological forms of B. burgdorferi.” It’s also known that Stevia leaf extract contains phytonutrients which are antimicrobial agents.
Stevia extracts were compared to doxycycline, cefoperazone, and daptomycin since they have been effective against some forms of Lyme disease in the past. The stevia leaf extract was effective against all forms, and it worked against the most antibiotic-resistant bacteria: biofilm. Shockingly—and appallingly—the antibiotics ended up benefitting the biofilm.
*This content was inspired by an amazing article that can be found here.