This disease gets its name from the town of Lyme, Connecticut, where it was first identified in the early 1970's. The locations and the number of cases of Lyme disease have continued to increase. In 1983, there were 48 cases were reported to the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
"CDC" in Atlanta. By the yaer 1991, this number had risen to
9,344 almost a 200 times increase in only 8 years. Approximately 90% of all known cases in the United States have occurred in
the states of California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin.
Lyme disease also occurs in Europe, Russia, China, Japan, and Australia.
Lyme disease is the most common tick carried illness in the United States. The bacteria that cause it, spirochetes called
"Borrelia burgdorferi", is
transmitted by the deer tick and this tick maybe carried by deer or
mice. But in California, they are transmitted by the black-legged tick,
which is also carried by wood rats.
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|contains vitamin E, vitamin
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and others which all are helpful in
both the treatment of Lyme disease as well as promoting good general
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| Garlic also
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| helps with
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| this herb operates
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|an important anti
|this vitamin is used
for both skin tissue repair and healing.
It is also needed for the body's immune system
and promotes healing. It works well with vitamin C to build
and strengthen the body's immune system.
Both deer ticks and black-legged ticks are very tiny; an adult tick is less than one-tenth of an inch long,
and the nymph is the size of a pinhead. They are hard to spot because they are so much smaller than the
common dog tick. Because they are so tiny, they often go undetected. The nymphs and larvae feed
primarily on white-footed mice, and the adults on white-tailed deer, although they may feed on many other animals as well, including birds, chipmunks, cows, horses, cats, dogs, lizards, and jackrabbits. The ticks fall off one host animal into grasses in marshes or fields, or into brush in wooded areas, from which they can be picked up by an unsuspecting passerby, whether human or animal, who becomes the next host.
Not surprisingly, those most likely to be affected are people who spend time outdoors in
or near wooded areas, where the ticks are prevalent, and the majority of cases occur in the summer
and fall. Household pets like dogs and cats can pick up ticks and carry them into the home, where they can be transmitted to humans.
After a tick bites, it waits several hours before it begins to feed on the host's blood, and once it does,
it feasts for three or four days. As it feeds, it may deposit its infectious cargo in the host's bloodstream.
The longer the tick remains attached, the greater the risk of disease.
The symptoms of Lyme disease are extremely variable, as is the incubation period, which may take anywhere from
2 to 32 days. The first sign may be the appearance of a red, circular lesion or rash on the skin. This is caused by the migration of the infecting organism outward through the skin, and it may appear anywhere from
a few days to a few weeks after the bite. The lesion gradually expands in a circular pattern, while
the center appears to clear up. For this reason, it is often referred to as a bull's-eye rash. In addition
to the rash (or, in some cases, instead of the rash), fatigue, flulike symptoms, difficulty sleeping, muscle weakness, achiness, headache, stiff neck,
backache, and, occasionally, nausea and vomiting may occur. The disease then usually progresses through three stages, although not everyone experiences all three:
1. Three days to three weeks after a tick bite, small raised bumps on the skin and/or a rash appears and may cover the entire torso, for as little as a day or two or as much as several weeks, and then fade. (If a rash appears
immediately at the site of the tick bite, it may be a reaction to the bite itself and not to the bacteria that causes Lyme disease.) Fever, chills, nausea, sore throat, and vomiting may also occur.
2. Facial paralysis may occur weeks to months later. Enlargement of the spleen and lymph glands, severe headaches, enlargement of the heart muscle, and abnormal heart rhythm may also occur about this time.
3. Over the long term, persistent backache, stiff neck, joint pains that attack the knees, swelling and pain in other joints, and even degenerative muscle disease may be caused by Lyme disease.
Because tick bites are usually painless, the incubation period is so long, and the symptoms of Lyme
disease are so varied, the disorder may go unrecognized for weeks or even months. A physician may fail to diagnose the disease before it is in its advanced stages. Lyme disease produces symptoms that resemble those of multiple sclerosis, gout, lupus, and chronic fatigue syndrome, and misdiagnosis is not uncommon.
Once arthritis appears, the joint pain and stiffness can come and go, recurring even years later. An estimated 10 percent of those with Lyme disease arthritis are left with permanent stiffness in their joints.
Lyme disease is treatable and almost always curable if found in its early stages. If the disease is not treated in the early stages, however, enlargement of the spleen and lymph nodes, irregular heart rhythm,
arthritis, and damage to the cardiovascular and central nervous systems can occur. Some people find that their symptoms slowly subside over two to three years; others develop chronic problems. Often, symptoms
leave and recur without another tick bite.
A test has been developed to identify Lyme disease. A blood sample is used to measure the levels
of certain antibodies that usually increase in number from three days to three weeks after infection.
Other Changes To Make
drink 6-8 glasses of steam distilled or
filtered water a day
eat 50% raw fruits and vegetables (organic is best)
nuts, seeds, and whole grains are good
juice is good (make your
own with a juice machine)
do not worry as much about calories as eating the right foods
carrot and celery sticks are good to use as a snack
a colon cleansing can be very helpful - (do several times each year)
do not drink coffee, alcohol, soda pop, other junk food drinks
do not eat processed foods white sugar, white flour, etc...
use stress relief like going for walks in the park
(or the 10/90 rule - see
brown rice is good to eat
avoid red meat and animal fats
reduce dairy products cheese, milk, and others
fast a few days a month
get at least 8 hours of sleep
exercise light to moderate amounts
avoid artificial sweeteners like Aspartame and NutraSweet
do not smoke and avoid second hand smoke
do not skip meals - just eat better and not as much at each meal
do not chew gum - it can cause you to feel hungry
do not watch too much TV try reading a book or something else