LYME DISEASE And Sex Hormone Depletion

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A comprehensive and holistic approach to living with Lyme disease

Rika K. Keck

“We are designed to live with short-term stress followed by periods of recovery and rest with the help of the calming parasympathetic nervous system. Being in balance, with acute stress followed by rest, is called healthy stress adaptation. But with sustained inflammation from excessive environmental toxins, unhealthy foods, and Lyme-related infections, the body experiences insufficient rest and repair because it remains in fight-or-flight mode. This directly impacts our energy, blood sugar balance, fertility, sleep, and the ability to heal. The body is not concerned with those functions when it is in survival mode. Hormonal imbalances make Lyme symptoms worse, as they are closely connected with our nervous system, digestion, moods, and immune function.

The good news is that our body is always looking out for us; it is continually adapting or compensating to ensure our survival. In its innate wisdom, the body creates resources to fight infections, but it comes with a price. . . . For instance, when it is challenged with chronic infections, the body will resort to using building materials meant for sex hormones, such as progesterone or testosterone, for the production of stress hormones, such as cortisol. However, lower levels of DHEA, testosterone, progesterone, and estrogen, contribute to depression, anxiety, sleep problems, and increased pain and inflammation.

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When living with chronic Lyme or mold-related illnesses, the sex and steroid hormones are often out of balance, but there are many treatment options avail- able. Some individuals respond well to hormone replacement therapy; others prefer glandulars, herbals, and homeopathy to support hormonal balance that is closely interlinked with the immune system. I recommend avoiding all synthetic hormones and only choosing a bio-identical option if you opt for hormone replacement therapy.

In those with persistent Lyme, the menstruation cycle is often affected, and even the cessation of menses can occur. With lower sex hormones, the libido is diminished, which can create conflict in personal relationships. Hormonal imbalances with symptoms such as PMS, insomnia, and migraines add other dimensions to an already complex Lyme scenario. Infertility, low sperm counts, or repeated miscarriages are also a concern.

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Functional testing from specialized labs is very helpful to gain additional information about the hormonal status in your body. But it is only as good as its interpretation within the context of clinical findings, and if the appropriate action is taken by your practitioner or doctor. Testing from specialized labs can be expensive, and the financial aspect can be restrictive and prohibitive for many because these tests are often not covered by insurance companies. Integration of hormonal balance is an important factor when living with the ongoing stress of Lyme disease, yet it is often neglected.”

Rika Keck, author


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Lyme disease is a global epidemic.

As said by ILADS (International Lyme and associated Disease Society):

“Ticks know no borders and respect no boundaries. A patient’s county of residence does not accurately reflect his or her Lyme disease risk because people travel, pets travel, and ticks travel. This creates a dynamic situation with many opportunities for exposure to Lyme disease for each individual. ”



Washington Depot, CT

Saturday: MAY 27th


Rika Keck, NY Integrated Health

Holistic health consultant, FDN-P, ACN


A comprehensive and holistic approach to living with Lyme disease

Join Rika Keck for a health-talk at the Depot so you can become informed about Lyme disease, co-infections and transmission (it is not only ticks.) Learn about the complexities that keep many individuals sick, even after a correct diagnosis and antibiotic treatment.

Whether you are dealing an acute infection or ongoing sickness post-treatment, Rika explores key points that impact the body?s ability to heal, or live more easily with Lyme disease over years.

We look forward to sharing this important

and timely talk in the Depot.

See you there!

Lyme disease health talk with health expert Rika Keck



Finally! RiKa’s book is available NOW on

Here is a little snippet about me – just for you…

“My continuous studies opened my eyes to how I could support my clients from a personalized nutritional, holistic, and functional paradigm. All along, I was staying abreast of cutting-edge information regarding chronic Lyme, vec- tor-borne infections, biotoxins, and environmental medicine. In the meantime, I have been honored to collaborate with various medical professionals, including Lyme-literate medical doctors.
Through the years, I have dealt with my own health challenges, including multiple skin cancer surgeries, physical injuries, and family illness. I was also faced with the devastating and very sudden loss of my mom in 2014.

While supporting clients with chronic Lyme from a nutritional and clinical perspective (not treating the disease), I felt compelled to write this comprehen- sive book. It is not just about the illness; it is about the terrain. Many symptoms can be caused by vector-borne infections, yet our daily nutritional and lifestyle choices, plus environmental toxin exposures, can harm and provoke the body too. I have witnessed grateful clients who have more energy, can tolerate more foods, and have become more empowered through the process of learning how they can use food to help themselves heal. This has given renewed hope and joy to lives that were involved in an ongoing struggle for many years.
My clients tell me, ?You get it.?
And to me, there is no higher compliment.”



If you suffer from debilitating Lyme disease after antibiotic treatment – or are in treatment right now- do buy a copy of NOURISH, HEAL, THRIVE: A comprehensive and holistic approach to living with Lyme disease.
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Take good care, be well Rika

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