200 – The Basics
TOP TEN TIPS TO PREVENT CHRONIC LYME DISEASE
- Most persons inffected with Lyme go through a denial phase whereby something is wrong but because they never saw a tick or had a bulls-eye rash they dismiss the possibility of it being Lyme disease (LD). This phase is dangerous because if it is not treated early, then the chances of it becoming chronic are much greater. The rule of thumb is should you experience three or four aging symptoms in a relatively short time-frame then you should become suspicious (e.g. fatigued; vision impairment; insomnia; arthritis pains; numbness; memory loss).
- It is believed that about 30% of Lyme infected tick bytes result in a bulls-eye rash.
- Coinfections of Lyme (i.e., Lyme; Babesia; Bartonella; Ehrlichiosis) componds the difficulty of treating the disease. http://www.prweb.com/releases/2008/09/prweb1345344.htm
- Ticks do not jump but do drop from elevated positions (e.g., trees).
- Ticks are more ravenous during the spring and fall, but have been found to feed throughout the warmer months of the year.
- Deer are generally attributed to Lyme disease, but, nearly all mammals and birds transport and carry ticks. So whether or not an area has an active deer population or not, any number of species can introduce ticks to the area.
- We are told that you can only get LD from a deer tick even though nearly all ticks can carry the disease. (http://www.canlyme.com/BioOne_birds_disperse_ticks.html)
- Most Lyme blood tests look for 3 of the over 300 strains of Lyme resulting in inconclusive results. If you suspect that you have Lyme disease, insist that your blood is sent to a laboratory that specializes in Lyme. Even though they all say they do, I highly recommend: Specialty Labs (Valencia, CA) and Stony Brook Hospital Lab (Stony Brook, NY).
- Commentary discussing Lyme myths: http://lymehandbook.com/2010/04/11/commentary-lemming-and-lyme/
Article – 10 things you need to know: http://lymehandbook.com/2010/04/16/children-and-lyme-disease-101-10-things-you-need-to-know-about-lyme-disease/