The Seven Rules of Lyme Disease


By Richard Horowitz

Many people are confused when they first get a diagnosis of Lyme disease. You might be suffering from a myriad of seemingly unconnected symptoms or have received conflicting diagnoses and treatments from your healthcare providers.  

The reason for this confusion is not just that Lyme disease is complex, but more to the point, that you are unique.

Each regimen must be customized to your unique patterns of illness. However, there are some basic rules to help you heal from Lyme and chronic illness that I have found after effectively treating thousands of patients.

It all comes down to the Seven Rules of Lyme Disease.

Rule One: Symptoms Drive Diagnosis and Treatment

I often use the analogy of a patient going into a doctor’s office with 16 nails in his/her foot. If the doctor pulls out one nail, the patient will not feel better. The medical paradigm many providers use for chronic diseases—that there is one cause for one illness—is outdated.

There are often multiple overlapping causes for chronic illness, and each person is different.

Rule Two: Lower Inflammation

Our bodies remove toxins naturally, but often, these detoxification systems are overburdened and no longer work optimally. To get better, you’ll need to decrease your load of infections, including Lyme and associated co-infections, and assist your body in detoxifying chemicals, such as heavy metals and mold.

The one common denominator underlying most chronic illness is inflammation. Inflammation may be due to different infections, autoimmune processes, toxins, unhealthy bacteria in our colons (dysbiosis), an improper diet, lack of sleep, and a variety of other environmental factors. It’s important to get this inflammation under control, and I can show you how.  

Rule Three: Detoxify, Detoxify, Detoxify

Our bodies remove toxins naturally, but often, these detoxification systems are overburdened and no longer work optimally. To get better, you’ll need to decrease your load of infections, including Lyme and associated co-infections, and assist your body in detoxifying chemicals, such as heavy metals and mold.

Rule Four: Repair the Damage

We must also repair the damage to the body that has resulted from chronic infections and toxins if we are to feel well. In short, you can do this through proper medication and effective nutrient supplementation.

Rule Five: Provide Internal Balance

When we are out of balance, our cells and organs do not work properly. Therefore, it is necessary to decrease the harmful molecules produced during infection. This can be done by properly treating the infections with medication and natural supplements, while also using antioxidants (from food or supplements), replacing essential minerals, avoiding allergic/sensitive foods, getting enough exercise and sleep, and making sure that we have the right bacteria in our GI tract. We also need to ensure that all of our hormones are functioning properly and that our immune system is not under or overstimulated for our body to stay in balance.

Rule Six: Master the Big Three: Sleep, Food, and Exercise

“You are what you eat.” Your ability to heal depends on the nutrients, exercise, and sleep you provide your body. An imbalance in proteins, carbohydrates, fats, minerals, and vitamins will interfere with the healing process and prevent a fully successful outcome. We similarly need to make sure we are avoiding foods we are sensitive/allergic to, in order to decrease the inflammation in the body.

Rule Seven: Heal Your Emotional Wounds

Many people who come to see me have had very difficult life experiences, which influence their ability to get better. Part of loving ourselves is allowing us the proper time and space to heal. Some of that healing may be with gifted healthcare professionals, and some of the healing is learning to be alone with ourselves, and at peace, at the deepest level of our being. In future emails, I will share with you some effective healing techniques that allow us to get to the root causes of why we may continue to hold onto old baggage from past experiences.


LDAA patron Dr Richard Horowitz

Dr Richard Horowitz is LDAA’s Patron and a great friend and advocate for Australian Lyme patients. Read his bio.
He has just launched a new Substack channel called Medical Detective: You Can Get Better!