Unlocking Lyme Book Review and Giveaway

Unlocking Lyme Book Review & Give Away. Book about Lyme Disease, Dr. Rawls

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Unlocking Lyme A Book Review

I was so excited when I was recently given a copy of Dr. William Rawls’ newest book, Unlocking Lyme: Myths, Truths and Practical Solutions.

Since my Lyme disease diagnosis last March, I have literally devoured every piece of information that I could find about Late Stage Lyme. This book is a must have for any Lyme patient and I believe it would be helpful for many who suffer from Fibromyalgia and ME/CFS as well!

Below is my review of Unlocking Lyme by Dr. Rawls.  I am also hosting a give away!  So if you are interested in winning a copy of Dr. Rawls’ book be sure to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway near the bottom of the post!

Unlocking Lyme Disease Book Review Dr William Rawls

Who is Dr. William Rawls?

Dr. Rawls is a patient as well as a doctor. He is a board certified OB/GYN from coastal North Carolina. As a fellow sufferer of Chronic Lyme disease, Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue, he brings a unique perspective to this well thought out book.

He is also the author of the book Suffered Long Enough in which he shares his personal journey to wellness with Lyme, Fibromyalgia and CFS/ME. He is also the Medical Director of Vital Plan, a supplement company. You can follow him online at RawlsMD.com

About Unlocking Lyme and Understanding Chronic Lyme Disease

Since Dr. Rawls has struggled with and overcome Late Stage Lyme Disease himself, he lends a special insight into the disease. Ultimately healing himself from Chronic Lyme Disease by using a holistic approach to Lyme treatments, Unlocking Lyme is the collective knowledge that Dr. Rawls has acquired over the past ten years. 

Part one of Unlocking Lyme begins by explaining what Lyme Disease is and how it is contracted. It was eye opening to be able to read about the origins of Borrelia burgdorferi and how it has become a silent menace to the human race over time. Although, this book is so much more than a history of Lyme disease, it has real solutions to very real problems!

Dr. Rawls stresses that the symptoms of Lyme are not only caused by Borrelia burgdorferi but many other bacteria as well. He explains the likelihood that all of us carry low levels of this bacteria, but simply do not react to it. 

Unlocking Lyme Book Review and Give Away, Dr. Rawls

Lyme is a very personal disease.

A person’s reaction to the bacteria depends heavily upon the strength of their immune system. If an immune system is compromised in any way, this opens the door for infection and chronic illness. Dr. Rawls refers to this, as the “covered pot boiling over on the stove.”

A healthy immune function restrains stealth microbes, keeping them at a low simmer. If an immune system is compromised, that low simmer gradually increases to a full boil and then everything pours over the side. The immune system can no longer keep a lid on the symptoms. I found this analogy extremely helpful in understanding how down right sneaky the bacteria associated with Lyme can be! 

Being Tested for Lyme, Learning About Therapies and Getting Well

The rest of the book is dedicated to explaining how Lyme is diagnosed and the different approaches for the path to wellness. Dr. Rawls’ approach to wellness is all about our environment and what we put on and into our bodies. He adds that diagnosis is not as important as removing the problem. 

He discusses the different classes of herbs and each of their importance in fighting Chronic Lyme. Since I have already been taking an herbal approach to treating my Lyme disease, it was interesting to read about the different side effects associated with each herb and what they have been known to help. 

The body has an amazing ability to heal itself. Unlocking Lyme Dr. Rawls

Unlocking Lyme is a gold mine of information.

It provides information on every area of Lyme treatment that you would possibly need to know about. I was very impressed with the detailed information provided from history, background, diagnosing, emotional support, digestive issues, mold, detoxification and even the dosing suggestions for supplements and medications. This book contains a wealth of information.

I came away from reading this book feeling empowered and armed with the knowledge that I need to overcome this terrible disease. It gives me great hope that Dr. Rawls has experienced healing from Chronic Lyme and if he can do it, then I feel that I can too! Be sure to pop over and sign up for Dr. Rawls newsletter over at RawlsMD.com. You can also connect with Dr. Rawls on Instagram at Dr. Rawls.

Be sure to enter the giveaway below for a chance to win a copy of Dr. Rawls’ Unlocking Lyme!  Give Away is Limited to United States Residents.

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Congratulations to Melissa C. for winning the Lilac and Lyme giveaway for the free copy of Dr. Rawl’s Unlocking Lyme book! I will be contacting you via email to get your copy to you!

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28 Responses to Unlocking Lyme Book Review and Giveaway

  1. LSA says:

    I’ve been really wanting to get this book! Looking for more natural ways to treat Lyme. I have been on antibiotic & herb treatment for 9 months and feel I have improved w/ Lyme, yet my immunity and other health issues have emerged. What are the best ways to build back up my immunity?

    • ValerieB says:

      Best of luck to you! This book is a gold mine of information. I learned so much from it! Dr. Rawls covers the topic of immunity issues in the book. A must have for those of us fighting Lyme disease. Sending you well wishes.

  2. The one nagging question I have, is when will more accurate lab testing become available?? Lyme Disease is still basically a clinical diagnosis. But if we had decent testing, maybe there wouldn’t be so much controversy.

    • ValerieB says:

      Dear Monica,
      I second that question. They do need to improve testing options. Best of luck to you. This book answers so many important questions. Sending you well wishes and thanks so much for entering! Valerie

  3. Chronic Mom says:

    I’ve been meaning to read this, thanks for the recommendation!
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    • ValerieB says:

      Dear Shelley,
      It really is a great read. It is broken down into easy to read sections, which was great for me and my brain fog. =) Best Wishes and thanks for commenting. Valerie

  4. Liz Wilcox says:

    Very interesting! I no so little about this but my sister was recently tested and came back negative… I’m so paranoid though! Thank you for sharing your story. It is helping more people than you know .
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    • ValerieB says:

      Dear Liz,
      Thanks so much for reading and commenting! Sorry to hear of your sisters recent struggles. Did she have the Western Blot? If so it is known for being notoriously inaccurate. The most reliable test right now is through Ignex a lab in Germany. Best wishes to you and your sister. Let me know if I can be of any help. Blessings, Valerie

  5. Fawn Miller says:

    WOW! I have a good friend that has Lyme disease and I will definitely be passing this link onto her.

    • ValerieB says:

      Dear Fawn,
      Thank you so much for passing this along. I am sorry to hear that your friend is sick with Lyme. Best wishes to you both. Valerie

  6. ItalianBelly says:

    Glad that you found this and that it energized you with optimism to win this battle against Lyme.

  7. Lisa says:

    Is there a point (that you have found, read about, etc.) that Lyme includes neuropathy? Chronic, moderate to severe diffused neuropathy? A friend of mine has had Lyme and the pain (18-20 yrs since the disease) is fairly constant.

    • ValerieB says:

      Dear Lisa,
      In my experience yes. Neuropathy is something that I have experienced myself. I have been sick with Lyme for 19 years now. I’m so sorry that your friend has such severe pain. I can identify. This is a wonderful book that explains so much of the “whys” of Lyme. Wishing you and your friend all the best! Valerie

  8. Sabrina says:

    My daughter was just diagnosed with Lyme so our journey is just beginning.

    • ValerieB says:

      Dear Sabrina
      I’m so sorry to hear that your daughter is struggling with Lyme too. This is a wonderful book that would be such a help in the beginning of treatments. It answers so many questions. Best wishes and thanks for reading and the kind comment. Valerie

  9. Melissa Craig says:

    The last effects, my best friends hubby suffers from Lyme disease since he was a teenager, he’s now 46 and this would be so helpful to their family

    • ValerieB says:

      Dear Melissa,
      Congratulations on being the winner of the free copy of Unlocking Lyme! I am so sorry to hear of your friend’s husband suffering. I’m sure this book will be a huge encouragement and help. I have had Lyme disease for many years and was only recently diagnosed. Wishing you all the best! Check your email for the message telling how to claim your free copy! Blessings, Valerie

  10. Celeste Herrin says:

    I really need to get this book! My husband just got out of the hospital and they never could figure out what was wrong with him. He gets bitten by ticks all the time and he has all the signs of Lyme disease. All the doctor could say is we may never know what was wrong! I just need to educate myself more on Lyme disease and it sounds like this book would be very helpful.

    • ValerieB says:

      Dear Celeste,
      This is a wonderful book! It answered so many questions that I had about Lyme. I was told the same thing that they told your husband after a hospital stay almost ten years ago! I had foot drop and they told me they might never know what caused it and I may never walk normally again. Just this past March I was diagnosed with Lyme disease, treatments have been tough, but I know I am on the right track to finding health again. Wishing you all the best. Valerie

  11. Denise S. says:

    What areas in the country are at a higher risk for Lyme disease.

    • ValerieB says:

      Dear Denise,
      Thank you so much for reading and for entering the give away! This book answers so many questions about Lyme disease. It is a rising epidemic around the world! Blessings and take care, Valerie

  12. Pamela Sloss says:

    What other diseases resemble Lyme disease?

    • ValerieB says:

      Dear Pamela,
      Thank you so much for reading and for entering the give away! I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, heart problems, Chronic Fatigue and possible Lupus or MS before my Lyme disease diagnosis. Lyme can masquerade as so many other illnesses. This book answers this question and so much more! Blessings, Valerie

  13. Jennifer Alford says:

    My mom has had it for about 6 years and and there is so much i dont know about it and need to know thanks for helping answer so many questions with this book.

    • ValerieB says:

      Dear Jennifer,
      Thank you so much for reading and for entering the give away! This book would be so helpful to you and your mom. It is one of the most comprehensive guides about Lyme disease I have read. Wishing you both all the best! Blessings, Valerie

  14. Paula Gillespie says:

    My brother has Lyme Disease and my question is why it is so hard to diagnose. He has suffered for years and no one could figure out what was wrong with him. I would love to win this book for him. Thanks for the chance!

    • ValerieB says:

      Dear Paula,
      I am so sorry to hear about your brother. Lyme is very difficult to diagnose and unfortunately new and more accurate testing needs to evolve in order for this to change. This book answers so many questions about how to begin healing even without an official diagnosis. Wishing you both all the best. Blessings, Valerie

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