Preventing Lyme Disease, Part 1

As those of you who have read my bio know, I have suffered from chronic Lyme disease for seventeen years. Lyme disease is not only transmitted through a tick bite; it can also be sexually transmitted or passed from mother to child in uterus.

 

Unfortunately, because of the intense controversy surrounding this disease, facts such as these are not widely known.

 

  It is not my intention to deal with the politics of Lyme in this post. For myself, I have multiple blood tests to prove that the Lyme is active in my body.  For others, there is proof showing that more than 800 new cases of Lyme are detected EVERY SINGLE DAY.  Lyme does not discriminate and it is possible that you may contract this disease as well.

This past winter was unusually mild. That means that the tick population this summer will be rampant, and we will all need to be exceptionally careful. The following posts will give you multiple ideas on ways to PREVENT contracting Lyme disease, as well as information about TESTING for ticks if you, your children, or your animals are bitten, to discover if the tick carries any diseases.

But first, let’s go over some of the basics regarding this disease. Follow my blog through email to keep up with the follow-up posts, in which I’ll discuss prevention and testing!

Please remember, dear readers: I am not a licensed medical professional. All statements provided below reflect my opinion only. Please discuss treatment options with your doctor.

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PART 1:  WHAT IS LYME DISEASE?

  • Lyme disease is an infection, often caused by a tick bite
  • It’s not only ticks that carry Lyme; any biting insect is capable of transmitting a variety of pathogens (including fleas, mosquitoes, flies and mites)
  • You are ten times more likely to contract Lyme disease than West Nile, but even so, Lyme receives significantly less funding
  • Lyme has far surpassed AIDS as the #1 infectious disease within the United States
  • Co-infections are also often transmitted along with the Lyme disease. Common co-infection include Babesia, Bartonella, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Powassan virus, and more
  • Lyme and co-infections can be transmitted in as little as fifteen minutes after a tick first bites
  • Children and pets are particularly at risk, due to the amount of time they spend outside
  • Standard testing for Lyme (and co-infections) is EXTREMELY inaccurate, because they are testing for the presence of antibodies and not bacteria
  • Few medical professionals understand the seriousness of Lyme disease, and even fewer realize how easily it can become (and stay) chronic
  • For a large percentage of cases, the recommended dosage of antibiotics for a 28-day cycle is nowhere near enough to completely kill the infection
  • Lyme is often misdiagnosed with “autoimmune diseases” such as MS, ALS, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s, Lupus, etc
  • Lyme bacteria can enter the nervous system, bloodstream, and organs, often causing severe neurological damage
  • Once Lyme becomes chronic, there is no cure. It often becomes debilitating, forcing patients to try a variety of treatments in desperation
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Keep posted for the next installments!

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