Ozone works its magic for Liza

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS -

FOR the past 25 years, Gran­ite Belt wo­man Liza Can­navo has lived with

Lyme dis­ease, an in­flam­ma­tory dis­ease caused by the bac­terium Bor­re­lia burgdor­feri, which is trans­mit­ted to hu­mans by ticks.

“I’ve had it for 25 years and it’s only been di­ag­nosed five years ago,” she said.

“It’s not recog­nised (in Aus­tralia). They have al­ways known that it’s here but they choose to sweep it un­der the car­pet. That’s the global ques­tion: why?”

A Dar­ling Downs Hos­pi­tal and Health Ser­vice spokesper­son ad­vised con­clu­sive iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of the bac­te­rial species that could cause a Lyme-like ill­ness in Aus­tralia had yet to be made but over­seas ac­quired Lyme dis­ease was ac­knowl­edged.

“It is ap­pre­ci­ated that this di­ag­nos­tic uncer­tainty is not ideal for peo­ple who be­lieve they have a Lyme-like ill­ness,” the spokesper­son said.

“The Com­mon­wealth has de­vel­oped a spe­cific re­source to as­sist med­i­cal of­fi­cers with manag­ing a per­son with sus­pected Lyme dis­ease. The Queens­land Depart­ment of Health has widely dis­trib­uted this re­source to gen­eral prac­ti­tion­ers in Queens­land. The Aus­tralian Govern­ment is work­ing closely with re­search fa­cil­i­ties to ex­plore the pathogens that are found in ticks in Aus­tralia and the im­pli­ca­tions for hu­man health.”

Mother-of-five Liza Can­navo, who re­cently trav­elled to Cyprus for treat­ment, said Lyme dis­ease side-ef­fects and symp­toms had af­fected her for years.

“It was only about a month ago I thought I was go­ing to be in a wheel­chair,” she said. “My worst symp­toms are over­whelm­ing fa­tigue. The mo­ment I wake up in the morn­ing, I’m just so tired and it feels like I have been run over by a truck. Ev­ery day. Pain all through my body.”

Liza said the main treat­ment she un­der­went in Cyprus was called di­rect IV ozone.

“Mostly I’d go straight into IV ozone which ba­si­cally meant they’d can­nu­late me in the morn­ing and then they’d ozonate some saline with their ma­chine and then they’d put that in. As soon as that starts go­ing in, it’s killing bac­te­ria and pathogens.

“My big­gest prob­lems be­fore Cyprus were ex­treme dizzi­ness and ver­tigo 24/7. I was us­ing my walker, hold­ing on to walls, hold­ing on to peo­ple.

“That, thank­fully, has im­proved prob­a­bly 80 per cent since Cyprus. It’s been a turn­ing point.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

SIX WEEKS TREAT­MENT: Liza Can­navo in Cyprus, where she re­ceived di­rect IV ozone treat­ment for Lyme dis­ease.

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