Steps to Learning About Lyme Disease: MAY IS LYME DISEASE AWARENESS MONTH!

Written By Dani Published March 28th, 2010

By Danielle Spirer

12 Steps to Learning About Lyme Disease

Step 1. Your chances of getting Lyme disease are more than 10 times that of your getting West Nile Virus.

Step 2. Lyme Disease is the #1 infectious disease in the U.S., surpassing many times over AIDS and the West Nile Virus combined.

Step 3. Tests for Lyme Disease are extremely UNRELIABLE! Therefore, you need to have your blood tested through a lab that specializes in testing for Lyme disease and other tick-born diseases (IGeneX Lab).

Step 4. Lyme Disease is most often transmitted to a host by ticks, but all biting blood-sucking insects can transmit the disease, e.g mosquitos.

Step 5. Most primary doctors know little to NOTHING about Lyme Disease, although many believe they do. Only Lyme literate doctors (LLMDs) treat Lyme Disease effectively. They are hard to come by so you should contact The International Lyme And Associated Diseases Society for more information and a Lyme literate doctor referral.

Step 6. Lyme Disease, if not caught right after the bite can become chronic, extremely hard to treat, with the only hope for such patients often being long term antibiotics (sometimes YEARS), with relapses being very common.

Step 7. The CDC estimates that the number of people infected with Lyme disease each year is closer to ten times the number they have on record. That is over 400,000 new cases a year! Therefore, you most likely know someone with Lyme Disease who doesn’t know they have it. If you know someone who has back problems, knee problems, anxiety, headaches, or has been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, ALS, MS, etc. be suspicious of Lyme.

Step 8. You can be infected with the bacteria (Borrelia Burgdorferi) that cause Lyme Disease and you may not develop overt symptoms for years or even decades after the infection – it can strike at any time. You can have no symptoms at all, minor symptoms such as insomnia or headaches, or develop debilitating symptoms often diagnosed as Parkinsons, MS, Lupus, ALS, Alzheimer’s. Remember, you don’t have to “look sick” to be very very ill!

Step 9. Lyme Disease may be responsible for a large percentage of psychiatric illness.

Step 10. The number one cause of Lyme Disease death is suicide. As a Lyme Disease sufferer myself, the symptoms are often unbearable – I think at times that if anyone had to live in my body for a minute, they’d be screaming to be let back out.

Step 11. Lyme Disease can be fatal.

Step 12. Lyme has unfortunately become a “political” disease. The IDSA (Infectious Disease Society of America) who was recently investigated by the General Attorney of Connecticut for mishandling of the writing of the Lyme Disease guidelines, state that Lyme Disease is hard to get and easy to cure with a few weeks of antibiotics. They do not consider the co-infections (other bacteria ticks carry) that make Lyme even more virulent. Their claims of short term antibiotics “curing” Lyme Disease have been disproved. They state that if you still have symptoms after the standard 30 day course of antibiotics, what you have is “Post Lyme Syndrome” and not Lyme Disease and will not treat it any further; despite the fact that many patients have gotten well after many months or years of antibiotic treatment. There is much documentation of persistence of the spirochetes in the bodies of humans and animals, despite short and long term treatment with antibiotics.


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