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BioBlog: The Bioenergetics of Lyme Disease

By Dr. Martin Hart, DC, Biologix Center for Optimum Health

Anyone who has grown up in the antibiotic era knows that when you have an infection, you take an antibiotic, and the infection goes away. But anyone who has Lyme disease also knows that this is likely not to have worked. Many Lyme patients try one round, two rounds of antibiotics, then intravenous drugs, often mixing and matching different antimicrobials. But that frequently does not work, does it? Otherwise, they would not be considered Lyme patients. Why don’t the antibiotics work like they are supposed to? Why don’t they kill the borrelia infection and allow the person to heal from Lyme disease? That is because the bioenergetics of Lyme keep the bacteria alive and the patient sick.

Bacteria are living creatures that want to stay alive. They live in communities, almost like herds, tribes, or packs. And just like any other pack animal, they need to communicate with other members. Not many of us have stopped to consider how bacteria talk to each other, but communication is a key for them to stay alive and avoid treatment. Bacteria communicate through light, emitting little packets of light, called photons. This light carries all sorts of information that the bacteria can use to find food, gain resilience, and move around their host. When you understand how they speak to each other, you can understand how to disrupt their hold on you.

The foundation of any good community is teamwork. Lyme disease and co-infections are no exception. Research has shown that when Lyme disease occurs with other infections, they work together to make themselves stronger and the symptoms more intense. This is known as bacterial synergism, it is the effect of bacterial co-infections modulating the immune system and creating treatment resistance, thereby exacerbating the disease process itself. Learning to see Lyme disease as a team of infections changes how you approach treatment and improves results.

The species of bacteria involved in Lyme disease, borrelia, have a way to energetically interact with their environment to shape shift and change as needed. Scanning the host (the Lyme disease patient) they can detect if there is plenty of food available, if the immune system is a threat, or if treatment may harm them. Depending on what’s going on around the borrelia, they may form a biofilm, morph into a cystic form, increase or decrease their numbers, and enhance their damaging factors. Knowing that the bacteria are tricky allows you to outsmart them.

Understanding the bioenergetics of Lyme disease helps you to know why it can be difficult to treat and enhance your approach to regaining your health.

Join the Marion Institute and expert guest Dr. Martin Hart, DC, from the Biologix Center for Optimum Health on March 1st, 2022 for our monthly BioBites series to learn more about the Bioenergetics of Lyme Disease.  To register, visit

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