Welcome to our newest SpiroChick, Ozone Amanda.
I am itchy all over. I feel waves of irritable, unstoppable heat—they shoot down my arms and make my toes flex with their intensity. Scratchy, maliciously tickly, prickly. But, I refuse to run my fingernails over my skin—like I so desperately want to—because I know it will only make it worse. I’d rather lie here, unsleeping, taunted by my red, bumpy skin, than get some momentary relief only to have the feeling get worse.
It is my second week of ozone sauna treatments and the “rash,” which I was told would result from dead bacteria, viruses and neutralized toxins trying to exit my body through the skin, seems much more menacing than I had imagined.
I’m standing in front of the bathroom mirror now, smearing everything I can think of onto my skin—hydrocortisone cream, radiation burn cream, aloe, a magnetic clay paste. Nothing makes me feel any better. Finally, I run ice-cold water on my wrists to cool down and slump onto the toilet. It’s three am. “Is this really the best way to fight lyme?” I think.
But, then I catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror—a glimpse of my hair. The hair that people used to say made me look like a Pantene Pro-V commercial. The hair that lost its luster and began falling out in earnest around the six-month infection mark, though I didn’t know it then. It fell out until you could see my scalp in every direction, from every angle. And, when I went to have the remaining hairs cut, a hairdresser exclaimed: “Oh, honey! We need to talk!”
The hairdresser gave me scalp treatments and I switched to washing my hair only every few days. I also changed my diet and hair products. But, besides looking like a greasy bum, my hair growth changed very little and my self-esteem fell, along with my overall health.
When I found out years later, that I was infected with lyme disease, I learned that my hair loss was actually a symptom. I began treatment for lyme, but a series of therapies only made me feel worse. After an initial two weeks of having slightly more energy, months on antibiotics eventually wiped me out and left me with awful side effects, like detached and peeling thumbnails. I switched to an herbal protocol and, though there were no side effects, my energy waned and I was soon returned to the couch, with the infection re-surging inside of me. I looked into rife machines, but I was told only certain machines actually worked and I couldn’t figure out which would give me the best chance of success.
Finally, I tried ozone therapy. As I understand it, ozone (or, O3) acts as a kind of natural antibiotic/antiviral. O3 is an unstable compound and, once inside your body, it’s third oxygen molecule breaks off and kills bacteria and viruses, and also combines with the toxins lyme creates in the body, changing their form and neutralizing many of their harmful effects. Using Flood Your Body with Oxygen by Ed McCabe as my guide, I began to ozonate every day.
At the end of the first week, I suddenly realized my three and a half year headache was gone. Actually, until the pain left, I hadn’t even realized I had a headache. A constant level of pain felt so normal to me that I hadn’t remembered that my head could feel any other way.
Now, standing here in front of the mirror, looking at the baby hairs sprouting up all over my scalp, I notice that the bald spots—where I used to attempt a comb over—aren’t really bald anymore.
For me, searching for a lyme treatment that works has been a bit like a Goldilocks experiment, though not nearly as cute. And, undergoing treatment has been just as “fun.” But, I’ve learned to adjust the length and frequency of my current treatments to minimize the side effects, and when my head feels lighter and I look in the mirror, I know it’s worth it.
SpiroChicks does not endorse any treatment. We report them as a jumping-off point for anyone who wants to do more research. Always consult a health professional.