Dear Stephen,
Could an earlier incident of lyme disease, in your opinion, trigger type 1 diabetes later on? Also, do you have any advice for someone trying to heal from type-1 diabetes via diet and herbs?
Stephen’s response:
I don’t know of a connection between the two. A very strict nutritional approach can help considerably. For some, insulin requirements become negligible. I would also suggest the use of herbs and cannabidiol oils for diabetes to protect circulation and blood vessels as this is the main problem later in life.

  • Stephen Harrod Buhner

    Stephen Harrod Buhner was an Earth poet and an award-winning author of twenty-four books on nature, indigenous cultures, the environment, and herbal medicine including the acclaimed book Healing Lyme: Natural Healing & Prevention of Lyme Borreliosis & Its Co-infections.

    Stephen came from a long line of healers including Leroy Burney, Surgeon General of the United States under Eisenhower and Kennedy, and Elizabeth Lusterheide, a midwife and herbalist who worked in rural Indiana in the early nineteenth century. The greatest influence on his work, however, was his great-grandfather C.G. Harrod who primarily used botanical medicines, also in rural Indiana, when he began his work as a physician in 1911.

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  1. epiphany

    My own impression from years of reading is this: Due to the ways in which Borrelia and other tick borne pathogens manipulate our internal systems, it is thought by many that the “infections” will trigger auto-immune diseases – particularly in situations where the genetics factor is already there (epigenetics). I think Shoemaker might write about this.

  2. Jim Thompson

    Yes there is definitely a connection between the two Lyme is in fact Lymes Disease 85%+ of the time. I have my on experience withe and have resolved the lymes. It took 2yrs. Still working with t1d but in a much better spot now. Diet completely changed. Healing the gut is big in this conundrum.

  3. Marie

    Type 1 diabetics always need injected or pumped insulin. All of us use insulin in two ways. First, every time we eat carbohydrates our pancreas secretes insulin so that the insulin can usher the carbohydrates into cells to use for energy. Second, our liver and muscles store glucose which we regularly secrete over the course of a day to fuel our cells, and the pancreas secretes insulin to bring that sugar into the cells, also.

    Type 1 diabetes have no functioning beta cells in the pancreas, so all insulin has to be injected.

    Type 1 diabetics on a no carb diet (which has risks and benefits) can skip the shots for eating, but not the insulin for their constant glucose use. Before we had manufactured insulin for injection, Type 1 was treated by essentially starving people. You could extend the life by a few years this way, but not much longer. It was always fatal. If you Google images of type 1 diabetes and starvation you can see the suffering involved, there is nothing healthy about not injecting insulin for Type 1 diabetics.

    Anyone who takes himself completely or nearly completely off insulin who has been diagnosed with diabetes is either honeymooning (the diabetes onset is in early stages) or has been misdiagnosed (there are a number of different types of diabetes and misdiagnosis is not uncommon). If he is Type 1 and doesn’t take insulin, he will die.

  4. kristy

    Lyme gave me and a handful type 2 diabetes

  5. Kelee

    Lyme gave me type 1 and years later I’m struggling with chronic Lyme and the diabetes putting me in a downward spiral…..type 1 highs increase lyme, the inflammation and joint pain is unbearable.

  6. Fred

    Try eating Raw Honey, Royal Jelly and Kelp. Eating red grapes and navel oranges will lower the bacterial loads. Borrelia (Lyme) is quite sensitive to Thyme, Oregano, Cinnamon, Clove and Raw Garlic. For the cyst forms Grapefruit seed extract (GSE) is quite good.

  7. Jessie

    Hello! I am so happy to have found this thread, for about 10 years I have been trying to cure my Type1, I dated someone with Lymes about 5 years ago, and realized that – I got bit when I was 7 had a tick on my head—- then I got diabetes when I was 10 but was sick for a year before they figured it out. Now I realize all of the symptoms of chronic Lyme… Can you provide a link to the research connecting the two 85% of the time? I have the connection bewtween Pertussis, DTAP and TDAP, but no research between Lyme and diabetes TYPE 1. Thank you!

  8. Tracey

    Can you please share the pertussis, DTAP and TDAP for my 16 yr old daughter who had a severe reaction as a baby, tick bite at 12, Type1 diagnosed at 13.
    Thanks 🙏

  9. Jessie

    Hi Tracey – i am sorry to hear about your daughter – it sounds like she’s got a smart mom so lucky her!

    I had read somwhere about lymes reactivating things – i had whooping cough when i was little – bit when i was 7 diabetes when i was 9 diagnosed at 10 i was sick for a year.

    I have a list of herbs for diabetes i have gathered over the years – if you’d like i can share it with you let me know. Sorry i am just now seeing this!

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