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Lyme disease has become an epidemic in the US, especially in the Midwest (where I live) and the Northeast, and 25% of cases are in children.

I wrote of my personal journey with Lyme in a previous post, Lyme Disease Controversy – Which Side Are you On? But, since this is a bad year for ticks and a new ticke-borne illness that may be worse than Lyme has already struck 100,000 New Yorkers,  it’s time for an update.

If you’ve been diagnosed with anything from chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, Lupus, or any number of other autoimmune diseases – don’t rule out Lyme disease, even if your test was negative. For more on this potentially debilitating disease, read this comprehensive article from America’s Pharmacist, Suzy Cohen on Lyme Disease and Bartonella, More Common Than You Know.

If you’re wondering if you might happen to have Lyme – here’s a checklist often used by Lyme literate MDs to evaluate a patient who might have Lyme.

More than anything, I hope you’ll believe as I do that despite what you may hear from the medical mainstream, Lyme disease is serious and should never be taken lightly.

 10  Things You Should Know About Lyme Disease

1) Lyme disease is very hard to diagnose.

You could have Lyme for a long time and not know it. It’s called chronic Lyme.

The testing is inadequate and a proper diagnosis is difficult to get. Translation: A negative test doesn’t mean you don’t have Lyme. In this article Why You Should be Afraid of Lyme Disease by author Pamela Weintraub,  writes:

“Spirochetes leave body fluids for tissue early in the course of disease, after all, explaining lack of evidence in blood. And researchers had reported persistent spirochetes in the tissue of treated mammals for years.”

Pamela is the author of Cure Unknown: Inside the Lyme Epidemic and is the executive editor of Discover magazine.

2) Lyme disease isn’t just transmitted by ticks.  

It can be transmitted through blood transfusions, sexual contact, biting flies, mites, mosquitoes and fleas. (The CDC does not agree with this, but then I don’t often agree with the CDC!)

3) The good guys in the fight against Lyme are the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS).

“ILADS is a nonprofit, international, multidisciplinary medical society, dedicated to the diagnosis and appropriate treatment of Lyme and its associated diseases.” They recognize that chronic Lyme exists and are committed to improving the standard of care in Lyme treatment.

4) There is a condition called Psychiatric Lyme that is often mistaken for other mental illnesses.

Here’s what the experts from ILADS say in their brochure: “Neuroborreliosis can mimic virtually any type of encephalopathy or psychiatric disorder and is often compared to neurosyphilis. Both are caused by spirochetes, are multi-systemic, and can affect a patient neurologically, producing cognitive dysfuncion and organic psychiatirc illness. Such symptoms may be dormant, only surfacing years later.”

5) Lyme can be passed through the placenta in pregnancy and in breast milk.

6) Many children who are diagnosed with ADHD or behavioral disorders may actually have Lyme disease.

7) Borrelia burgdorferi is the causative agent in Lyme disease, however….
A person may also have co-infections from a bite like Bartonella or Babesia, too. You can even get Bartonell from cat bites and scratches! It’s known as cat scratch disease.

8) Chronic Lyme is real – and people who are suffering from it are not crazy.

They may only be manifesting the effects of psychiatric lyme. When the Lyme is treated the neurological symptoms leave. Treating chronic Lyme is difficult and each case is unique. 

No one-size-fits-all  for Lyme. Always seek the help of a qualified, Lyme literate health practitioner. We have many customers who’ve followed Dr. Cowden’s Lyme protocol with products like Samento Microbial Defense from Nutramedix.

9) Many cases of autism have been linked to Lyme.

For more information, see the Lyme Induced Autism Foundation.

10) In studies done on the brains of Alzheimer’s patients – 7 of 10 tested positive for Lyme.

Do you believe me now? I hope so. I also hope you aren’t like many people I’ve met who’ve suffered needlessly for years, until they finally got a Lyme diagnosis. Don’t give up – keep fighting!

Recently, former New Your Mets pitcher, Tom Seaver, threw the first pitch at the National League All-Star game. It was pretty amazing.  Not the pitch, the fact that he was there at all. You see, they thought he had dementia. Turns out it was Lyme disease. I found a few more famous people who’ve had Lyme disease. It can happen to the best of us – it can happen to you!

One final note. If you do find a a tick attached to your body or someone else’s, don’t do the dumb, folklore things I did to take one off my husband. Here’s the proper way to remove a tick!

If you’ve battled Lyme, we’d love to hear your story. Please comment below.

Resources:

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/08/when-lyme-disease-lasts-and-lasts/

http://www.fredericknewspost.com/news/health/diseases/article_7a7da636-6ece-5c7b-bfd8-cdd9074b51fc.html -

http://www.nojunqueliving.com/

http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/article/20130715/NEWS04/307150025/Encephalitis-virus-found-local-ticks - from Lymediesease.org

http://parenting.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/12/tick-checks-bug-spray-and-antibiotics-summer-in-the-age-of-lyme/

http://www.medicaldaily.com/articles/17487/20130717/lyme-disease-symptoms-treatment-invisible-illness-bulls-eye-rash.htm

http://www.klinghardtacademy.com/Lyme-Disease/

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2013/07/02/new-tick-borne-illness-could-be-worse-than-lyme-disease/

Search Mercola.com on Lyme:

http://search.mercola.com/search/pages/Results.aspx?k=lyme%20disease

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5 Responses to 10 Things You Should Know About Lyme Disease

  1. Kim July 20, 2013 at 8:40 am #

    I liked your article! I actually have one that I will be posting next week that is similar. I definately think the most important thing is getting this information out there so people can learn that this disease isn’t just a rash with some knee pain that is an easy fix.

    • Mary Bloomer July 22, 2013 at 7:07 am #

      Thanks, Kim, you are so right, and your own journey with Lyme validates that all too well! I’ll be looking forward to your next post! All the best to you in your journey back to health. Keep fighting!

      • Kim July 26, 2013 at 10:39 am #

        Thank You, Mary! I have taken the approach in the blog to tell my story and be real about it, as people need to know how bad this disease can be, but also be an advocate and educate :)

  2. Cranston January 6, 2014 at 4:29 pm #

    Hi. I am so glad i found your page. It’s very interesting. There is so little known about lyme and I’m glad it’s getting its due attention. This disease is horrible. About ten years ago, I was diagnosed with Lyme, along with many of the coinfections. I had the tingling, the depression and extreme lethargy and pain in my joints. I used products from a lab called Vonner that helped tremendously. They were bioenergized? or something like that, but they had such a profound efect on my body. I have been using their target protocol for about 4 years and just wanted to let your readers know. I originally found out about them on natural cures website. I still have my bad days, and some joint pain, but am so much better. Thanks so much for this article. Everyone keep fighting the good fight.

    • Mary Bloomer January 7, 2014 at 3:31 pm #

      Glad you are recovering from your Lyme and found something that works for you, Cranston. Everyone’s Lyme situation is unique. It would be so much better if mainstream medicine recognized the long-term health implications Lyme can cause. All the best to you in your journey back to health.

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About Mary Bloomer

I'm a wife, mother, grandmother and natural health advocate. After a number of close family members got cancer, I left the corporate world to pursue my passion for health and wellness. I'd love to hear the story of your journey to better health!

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