LYME DISEASE TESTING: WHY IT CONTINUES TO FAIL TO PROPERLY IDENTIFY LYME DISEASE

 

When I was working as a microbiologist in the early 1990’s, Lyme testing was still pretty new and we didn’t know much about Lyme disease and all of the nuances of testing that would soon follow. Now that it is 25 years later, we have learned a great deal about Lyme disease and the pitfalls of Lyme testing have been revealed. Here is a brief excerpt from my upcoming book on Lyme disease,

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WHEN LYME TAKES A TOLL ON RELATIONSHIPS: HOW TO FIND LOVE & HAPPINESS WHEN YOU’RE CHRONICALLY ILL

 

 

It is no surprise that stress and poor health go hand in hand as one tends to precede the other. Physical, mental and emotional stress can wear on a person’s physical body and feeling terrible everyday can be equally stressful and lead to its own set of problems. When you are living with chronic Lyme disease or other persistent illness, you do your best to put on a happy face,

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YES, CHRONIC LYME IS REAL

 

Record breaking heat in the summer, and much warmer winters, have contributed to a spike in the general population of ticks. These ticks carry Lyme disease, a neurodegenerative bacterial infection with symptoms ranging from arthritis to depression to severe brain fog.

The bacteria, scientifically known as Borrellia burgdorferi or other species, is a master shape-shifter and mimics many other illnesses. We also know that Borrellia has a knack for being able to hide from the immune system.

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STAYING ACTIVE WITH LYME DISEASE

 

Muscle weakness and fatigue are common symptoms of Lyme disease. Coupled with nerve pain, neurological issues and depression, it becomes difficult to complete simple everyday tasks. Even thinking about adding daily physical activity during this difficult time can be stressful. And as your body reels from the constant strain of fighting off Lyme and co infections, rest becomes more important and, ironically, sometimes more difficult. Reclaiming a restorative lifestyle becomes a monumental task.

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LYME’S IMPACT ON NEUROLOGICAL FUNCTION

 

Some patients describe it as a type of “brain fog.” It’s a state of mind where things are hard to remember and it takes longer to process what you read and think. It mimics the visibility that comes with the morning fog, where things are hard to see, hard to perceive, hidden behind a mental cloudiness that can result in a chronic change in mental status. While “brain fog” might not be a professionally supported medical diagnosis,

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THE THYROID CONNECTION SUMMIT, OCTOBER 24-31!

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I am honored to be speaking at The Thyroid Summit!

I will be speaking on Day 6 of the summit, October 29th: How to overcome the Lyme Disease Epidemic!

My good friend & colleague, Amy Myers, MD, created The Thyroid Connection Summit because conventional medicine failed her in her journey with thyroid dysfunction. Join us if you have Graves’, Hashimoto’s, hypo-or hyperthyroidism, cancer, nodules, cysts,

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LYME DISEASE: MULTIFACETED & MISUNDERSTOOD

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Public awareness of Lyme disease is largely overlooked by healthcare professionals and the public at large. As a general community, we know that Lyme disease is on the rise.

We also know that it is a very difficult disease to properly diagnose and treat. It is primarily transferred from tick bites, although new evidence suggests mosquitos and other insects may be carriers as well. It’s a disease that is often misunderstood.

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ALKALINE DIET FOR LYME DISEASE

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More than 300,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported each year, according to the CDC. However, this number may be even higher due to a few reasons including:

1. Lyme disease can go undiagnosed for a long time. Many individuals do not get a bulls eye rash and don’t have strong enough symptoms that would warrant a doctor or hospital visit.

2. Lyme disease can mask itself as many other conditions and autoimmune disorders, 

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Lyme Disease On The Rise

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As the weather gets warmer, we enjoy more time outdoors. With warm weather comes more exposure to tick bites, which can lead to Lyme Disease. Lyme disease is a bacterial infection of Borrellia burgdorferi, a spirochete bacterium that can take many shapes once it infects humans.

The typical sign from a tick bite would be a ” bulls eye” rash accompanied with fever and pain. However, this really isn’t the best indicator to prove that you have been bitten by a tick.

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