Unlocking Lyme Book Review and Giveaway
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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!
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.
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.
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.