Beating Lyme Naturally: Jordan Mitchell Story
In this story, DISCOVER:
- The warning (and ignored) signs that you might have Lyme Disease
- Lyme Disease testing and whether it's acute or chronic, late stage Lyme
- Jordan's first step after her diagnosis
- The food Jordan eats and avoids to fight Lyme
- Jordan's best advice to other women facing similar challenges
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1. Please tell us the story of your health issue(s). What were your symptoms?
When I was around 6 years old, I broke out in a rash with painful, swollen joints. My pediatrician suggested it may be Junior Rheumatoid Arthritis, but within a week the symptoms subsided and I was back to normal...or so I thought.
Fast forward to middle school, and I started having very painful, pinpointed headaches in the back of my head. One MRI and a neurologist appointment later, I was diagnosed with a rare form of what they call "icepick" headaches. These have continued off and on to this day.
Not too long after that, I started experiencing heart palpitations several times a week. Perhaps the most bizarre medical issue (that none of my doctors were able to explain) was the fact that I would break out in large, itchy hives at my elbows, knees and ankles during times of stress or 2-3 days before I came down with something like the flu or strep throat.
Since I had no explanation from doctors, all of these things became my new "normal," and I went on with life undeterred.
In 2017, I started experiencing symptoms like chronic debilitating fatigue, muscle weakness, brain fog, chronic nausea, anxiety, light and sound sensitivity, memory loss and the list goes on.
2. What tests led you to your diagnosis?
At one point in 2017, I experienced severe nausea for 3 weeks straight, so I went to my new primary care physician who thought to test for Lyme disease since I had a history of tick bites. For those readers who are familiar with Lyme disease, you know how rare that is for a PCP to suggest Lyme testing. The Western Blot test was positive, and she diagnosed me with Lyme disease. After further research, I decided to pursue extensive testing to verify that it was Chronic Lyme or late-stage Lyme as opposed to a recent (acute) infection. I found a lab that would run the NK-cells CD testing, which looks at the number of your CD57-Natural Killer cells. If the number is below a certain amount, it's considered positive for chronic, late-stage lyme, which was the case for me.
How this woman uses food to beat Lyme Disease
3. After you found out you got Lyme Disease, what did you do next? What was your first step?
After researching how greatly misunderstood Lyme disease was in the mainstream medical community, I decided to seek help from natural health professionals who focused on herbs, holistic nutrition, energy testing, etc.
My very first step was to change my diet. At this point, I was eating the Standard American Diet (SAD...ironic, right?) full of sugar, carbs and acidic foods. I quit sugar cold turkey, which resulted in a massive candida die-off and the dreaded "candida flu" that lasted about a week. Within 3 months of diagnosis, I was sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free and eliminated all processed foods and seeing improvement as a result.
4. Could you give us a quick list of foods you incorporate in your diet and the foods you avoid to manage your symptoms?
The foods I eat on a daily/weekly basis include:
Extra virgin olive oil (to combat omega-6 dominance)
Homemade 24-hr yogurt from A2 milk (the only dairy I consume)
A vast array of vegetables (makes up majority of diet)
Detox smoothies with alkalizing fruits & veggies
Pure stevia powder (no sugar alcohols)
The foods I avoid include:
Anything with sugar
All things processed
Anything with gluten
Limit acidic foods
At the moment, chicken because my Lyme strain & co-infections have made me temporarily allergic to poultry
Limit nightshades due to being pro-inflammatory
Spoonie, don't fall for "shiny object syndrome."
5. If you could give one piece of advice to other women facing similar challenges, what would it be?
Don't fall for "shiny object syndrome." If you haven't heard of it, it's when you chase every "new" thing that comes your way, distracting you from the task at hand.
I've found this to be true in my healing journey because natural healing takes time, and what works for one person may not work for you as we're all unique.
Do your research until you settle on a protocol, supplement or medication to try then stick with it for at least 3-6 months. So many times, I've cheated myself out of results because I didn't see immediate results and claimed the treatment wasn't working. I'd get distracted by that next "groundbreaking" supplement that promised change, and I'd switch treatment plans before giving the previous one time to work.
Be patient and give whatever plan you've chosen time to work, realizing that you didn't get sick overnight, so your healing won't happen overnight either.
You didn't get sick overnight, so your healing won't happen overnight either.
Jordan is a homeschooling mom of 3, spreading the word of the power of detox as a way to thrive despite chronic illness. She's on a mission to help families live joy-filled, healthy lives by eliminating toxins in their food, bodies and homes.
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