With many emerging chronic illnesses, we tend to look more for an offending microbe that must be attacking us, rather than for the underlying reason as to why the microbes have gained a pathological foothold in the body to begin with. Many healthy people carry around the same germs which appear to be causing illness in another person.What keeps one person healthy and makes the other one sick? We often blame these weaknesses on heredity but exactly what do we mean by heredity? The modern processed diet has now negatively affected several generations, with each progressive generation becoming more weak and sickly. A high carbohydrate diet may be responsible for much of this suffering, yet government and corporate enterprise continues to promote this unhealthy starchy diet. No wonder there are so many hypoglycemics and diabetics. What other hidden effects are due to the modern diet?
As a chronic Lyme patient, I always attributed my weak ligaments and muscles, which resulted in sacroiliac problems, knee problems and weak feet and ankles....specifically to the lyme microbe itself. However, there may be another piece to the puzzle.I do know that I have weak adrenals. What came first....the lyme disease germ or the weak adrenals which may have allowed the lyme to become chronic?
The article segment below discusses the affect of weak adrenal glands on knees, feet, ankles, sacroiliac joints...etc. The adrenal glands are strongly affected, in a negative manner, by high carbohydrate diets.
The following segment is excerpted from an article entitled The Adrenal Glands http://www.tuberose.com/Adrenal_Glands.html
Adrenal Gland–Related Muscles
Dr. Goodheart identified five specific skeletal muscles which are related to adrenal gland function. These are 1) sartorius, 2) gracilis, 3) posterior tibialis, 4) gastrocnemius, and 5) soleus. There will be weakness in one or more of these muscles when the adrenal glands are malfunctioning. Because of the attachments of the sartorius and gracilis on the pelvis, (sartorius—anterior superior iliac spine; gracilis—pubic ramus), their weakness in persons with adrenal stress problems may allow the sacroiliac joint to subluxate posteriorly. The sartorius and gracilis stabilize the innominate (one side of the pelvis), holding it in an anterior direction. Many persons with hypoadrenia seek chiropractic help for the care of sacroiliac pain and/or low back pain which is due to the lack of pelvic stabilization normally provided by these muscles.
The sartorius and gracilis have a common insertion (along with the semitendinosis) on the medial side of the knee and rotate the tibia medially on the femur. When weakness of these muscles occurs, there is a loss of stability on the medial side of the knee. The sartorius and gracilis (along with the semitendinosis) act as dynamic ligaments, protecting and supporting the medial knee joint during various ranges of motion. Their function is particularly important in situations where the knee ligaments alone offer inadequate support.
It is very important to check for hypoadrenia in any person with knee problems. One can see how one hypoadrenic person will present with knee problems and another with back problems, and some persons will have both.
Due to the relationship of the posterior tibialis, gastrocnemius, and soleus to the stability of the foot and ankle, many hypoadrenic persons will complain of symptoms of tired feet, weak ankles, or aching calves. The posterior tibialis holds up the medial longitudinal arch of the foot, especially during gait. In some persons exhibiting hypoadrenia-related weakness of the posterior tibialis, the medial arch will drop, causing a pronation problem and strain to the foot and ankle. The one common factor in persons with the above-mentioned musculoskeletal complaints will be the weakness of one or more of the five adrenal gland related muscles accompanied by improvement of their symptoms following treatment of the adrenal glands.