May is the month to be aware of Lyme disease

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May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month and in Utah, where there are an average of eight cases a year, usually none of them are believed to have originated in the state.

A doctor who contracted Lyme disease in 2013, and lived to tell about it, said he cured himself with practices he learned as a medicinal spice expert and health researcher.

“I rolled the dice when I got the Lyme, I was either going to do natural or do the antibiotics,” said Dr. Cass Ingram, who is based in Illinois. “I chose to go ahead and do natural because I’ve had a lot of experience with it. I had written a book, ‘The Cure Is In the Cupboard’. But I’m glad I took this approach and I recovered from a horrible case of Lyme just natural, no antibiotics.”

He said the choice came down to antibiotics or wild oregano oil, which he calls a “great germicide.”

“I had co-infections and I chose something called super strength P-73 oil of oregano. I started squirting that under the tongue, taking large doses and taking capsules. It took awhile, but I got completely cured of it without the toxicity of the drugs.”

There are other Internet reports from Dr. Ingram’s life about the role of oregano returning him to full health.

In 1988 he said he was the victim of an IV needle stick from a person suffering from the late-stage manifestations of AIDS. That person died not long afterwards. Dr. Ingram said he removed all low-nutrient dense foods from his diet. Later he was exposed to wild herbs, primarily wild oregano, and he said that started his return to full health.

Dr. Andrew Weil, Founder and Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, explains that oil of oregano has been widely promoted on the Internet and elsewhere as a treatment for health problems as diverse as migraine headaches, sore throat, and dandruff.

“It got a big boost in a 1997 book by Cass Ingram, M.D., who maintained that oil of oregano saved his life after he was infected by a blood-borne fungus from an IV needle,” said Dr. Weil.

“While laboratory studies have shown that this natural product does have some antioxidant, antimicrobial and antispasmodic properties, we have no human studies of these effects, and I haven’t seen any good evidence that oil of oregano lives up to all the hype,” said Dr. Weil.


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