As a Lyme patient, I learn new things every day. But there are hundreds of great books about Lyme disease I have yet to read. Fortunately, I don't work during the summer. That means time to relax, renew, heal, and read.
I scanned best of lists, read book reviews, and consulted my never ending "to read" list, and came up with the top 7 books about Lyme disease I want to read this summer. It’s ambitious, especially with Lyme brain, but it's worth a try.
Lyme Disease Summer 2016 Reading List:
1. The Beginner's Guide to Lyme Disease: Diagnosis and Treatment Made Simple by Dr. Nicola McFadzean
I read Dr. McFadzean's book The Lyme Diet and I appreciated her easy, non-doom and gloom writing style. I’m hoping this book gives me a good overview without terrifying me to my very core.
2. Healing Lyme: Natural Healing of Lyme Borreliosis and the Coinfections Chlamydia and Spotted Fever Rickettsiosis, 2nd Edition by Stephen Herrod Buhner
I'm currently taking antibiotics and will be for awhile, but I love the idea of natural healing. When I move past this step, I’d like to continue my healing as naturally as possible.
3. How to Heal Yourself When No One Else Can: A Total Self-Healing Approach for Mind, Body, and Spirit by Amy B. Scher
I'm into DIY, so I like the idea of healing myself. All joking aside, I know the only person who is going to heal myself is me. I'm glad there is a guide out there from someone who has been through it.
4. Out of the Woods: Healing From Lyme Disease for Body, Mind, and Spirit by Katina I. Makris
Katina Makris is a positive voice in the Lyme community. I'm interested to hear her views on the healing process.
5. Bite Me: How Lyme Disease Stole My Childhood, Made Me Crazy, and Almost Killed Me by Ally Hilfiger
A new release by designer Tommy Hilfiger's daughter on her battle with Lyme. I think it's wonderful when those with a name help bring much needed attention to this epidemic. I can’t wait to read Ally's story.
6. Chronic Illness as an Access to Quantum Healing: Passing Through the Eye of the Needle into Self-Actualization by Jenny Rush
I love the idea of quantum healing. Some people don't believe in it, but I have seen some pretty miraculous things in my life. I have a feeling this will be a very inspirational and motivational read.
7. The Bulletproof Diet by Dave Asprey
I love books that outline a diet protocol and it's been awhile since I’ve sunk my teeth into a new one. So far, I’ve read The Lyme Diet, The Autoimmune Solution, The Wahl’s Protocol, Clean Cuisine, and The Maker’s Diet. They are all very similar, but different. This one is written first hand by a Lyme patient. I don't know if I'm ready for a ketogenic diet, but maybe I’ll learn some great recipes to cook up when I finally have the energy.
What is on your summer reading list? I'd love to hear what you are reading, whether it is related to Lyme or not.
"Reading is important, because if you can read, you can learn anything about everything and everything about anything." - Tomie dePaola
I'm Kerry and I am a writer and licensed therapist. This is a positive space focused on how to thrive in any situation and the transformative power of illness.