Commentary – Lyme’s Stranger Danger: Complacency

All across the country, we are getting reports that the
incidences of people contracting Lyme Disease (LD) has doubled in just the past  few years.  That is an alarming rate since it took nearly 10 years earlier to do the same doubling of cases.  Granted, much of this increase can be attributed to LD  awareness.  But just the same, this awareness  does not seem to be effective in helping people avoid and protect themselves from contracting it in the first place.

First of all, if I can surmise anything from this blog’s  viewership,  LD interest spikes during  the summer months when people are most active outdoors, and trickles to a crawl during the winter months when conventional wisdom tells us that the risk of contracting LD is extremely low.  This is true because ticks feed predominantly during the spring and fall months.  But, if you have contracted any of the tick borne infections TBI (e.g., Lyme, Bartonella, Ehrlichiosis, Anaplasmosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, etc.)  during the year, you may not begin experiencing symptoms until you least expect it (i,e,  winter).  If so, it might be more detrimental.

Several infectious disease specialists (e.g. Dr Rau), believe that our natural immune system is generally strong enough to combat TBI  infections.  Not until our immune system has been compromised from colds, Flu,Metal Poisoning, Vitamin Deficiency,  etc., the infections can then gain strength.  At this time, it is possible  that an individual can begin to experience exacerbated TBI symptoms.

Unless you are fortunate enough to seek out a Lyme Literate Doctor (LLD), you are unlikely to get a TBI diagnosis.  Without a tick bite or a bulls-eye rash, physicians are reluctant to clinically diagnose TBI.
They are even less likely to prescribe antibiotics to treat it.  Not treating TBI increases the possibility of
a treatable condition progressing to the more debilitating chronic stage. So, the best way to avoid serious TBI problems is to recognize the early symptoms of TBI such as fatigue, memory loss, dizziness,
finger numbness, etc., and be very aggressive about getting it checked out.  Not all symptoms are TBI related,  but complacency may be detrimental

All the best,

Rob

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~ by Rob on September 15, 2011.

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