As many of you know I am a regional sales manager for Energetix and my territory is the Midwest—a HOT BED for Lyme disease. Today’s topic, forget what you know about Lyme disease, is a compilation of what I’ve learned from my practitioner clients who specialize in this area.
A few years ago I didn’t know a whole lot about Lyme disease. I lived in Georgia and in Florida before that, we didn’t hear much about it except from the occasional snowbird.
What I thought I knew was that Lyme came from deer ticks, it could give you a temporary fever and flu-like symptoms, sap your energy, and was treated by antibiotics. It didn’t seem like a huge deal.
Well, I was dead wrong about that! Lyme disease is an EPIDEMIC deal, and one of the most misdiagnosed and misunderstood diseases out there.
As Nick Harris, Ph.D, President of Igenex, Inc., a research and testing lab, stated:
“If it weren’t for AIDS, Lyme would be the number one infectious disease in the United States and Western Europe.”
The following are 7 little-known facts about Lyme disease that may blow your mind …they sure blew mine!
1. Lyme disease is a NOT just a Northeastern problem.
Though cases are concentrated in the Northeastern and Midwestern states, Lyme has been reported all over the country including the Western states.
2. And…you aren’t immune just because you live in a city.
This came up recently when New Yorkers—who hadn’t left Manhattan for months—were coming down with Lyme.
It turns out the connection was their dogs. Pet owners would take their dogs to rural Lyme hot beds on the weekends, then return to the city with ticks-in-tow. Bada bing bada boom…Lyme in the city.
3. The spread of Lyme has nothing to do with deer populations…seriously!
In a groundbreaking study, scientists discovered the ten-fold increase of Lyme in this country is due to a decrease in the red fox population.
Here’s why, coyotes are the red fox’s natural predator, and coyote populations are out of control in many states. Foxes hunt small mammals; small mammals carry Lyme disease; without their natural predator the disease is running rampant.
To wrap your head around this, check out the study above…they have cool charts and everything.
4. Break out the citronella, Lyme disease is not just spread by ticks.
According to Dr. Klinghardt, an expert in the field, Lyme can be spread through other insects such as mosquitoes, fleas, mites, spiders, and human-to-human contact.
5. Blood tests do not always provide an accurate diagnosis.
Lyme infects white blood cells, when these cells are infected they lose the ability to produce antibodies; this causes blood tests to come back with a false-negative diagnoses. Frustrating much?!
Some doctors who suspect Lyme, recommend that patients get treatment for several weeks to pump up the immune system, THEN get another blood test. At that point they are more likely to get an accurate diagnosis.
However, other practitioners get around this by using different methods of assessment such as Applied Kinesiology (aka muscle testing) or EAV—a type of biofeedback.
6. Antibiotics may not be the best course of treatment for Lyme.
Though antibiotics can be effective, especially when used early in the game, they don’t always work and make the person weaker in the process.
Integrative health practitioners have been very successful using a holistic approach. Including antimicrobial herbs, homeopathic nosode detoxifiers, probiotics, and other immune-boosting herbs and nutritionals.
Some practitioners also recommend that patients drastically reduce their exposure to Electro Magnetic Fields (aka EMFs) as an integral part of their treatment protocol. Sound kind of out-there? Dr. Klinghardt actually makes a highly compelling case, read all about it here.
I am a testament to holistic therapies; I’ve talked to these patients and seen the results…this stuff really does work.
7. Symptoms of Lyme run the gamut…then take another lap.
Lyme sufferers always present with multiple symptoms. These may include insomnia, depression, tingling, anxiety, sensitivity to light and sound, fever or hot/cold sweats, muscle and joint pain, gastrointestinal pain, stiff neck, bladder dysfunction, dizziness, memory problems, violent outbursts…and this isn’t even a fraction of the list!
For the full list of symptoms click the link to: lymediseaseassocation.org.
Okay, so Lyme is everywhere, it’s very difficult to diagnose, most doctors will only prescribe antibiotics, and the symptoms are endless…is there any GOOD news?
So glad you asked because I always have good news…and here it is, you have just been empowered with golden nuggets of information. You have a track to run on.
If you suspect you or a love one may have Lyme disease I urge you to seek solutions beyond the “standard-blood-test-plus-antibiotics-and-good-luck” approach. Find a holistic practitioner who specializes in Lyme disease.
Ask what type of Lyme disease training they have gone through, how many cases they have successfully treated, what lab tests or assessment techniques and treatment protocols they use, ask for testimonials or to speak with their patients who have overcome the illness.
There is a LOT of work to do to combat this virulent disease, and the starting points are to have our facts straight and to know our options.
If you or a loved one is battling Lyme, or if you are a practitioner who specializes in Lyme please share your insights with us in the comment section below.
All viewpoints are welcome…we love to hear from you!
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