Lyme's Disease: Facts You Should Know To Protect Both You And Your Children

Lyme’s disease has been identified as the fastest-growing infectious disease in the US. Lyme disease (LD) is a clinically diagnosed mélange of symptoms caused primarily by a spirochetal bacterium called borrelia bergdorferi.  LD is transmitted by a tick-borne organism that transports itself to and from rodents, deer, pets, and humans.

LD is a tricky bugger (and known as ‘The Great Imitator‘), because it can present in the clinic with symptoms similar to multiple sclerosis & rheumatoid arthritis, just to name a few. Other bacterium (ehrlichiosis & babiosis) can be simultaneously transmitted via the same bite to complicate the situation.  The borrelia pathogen attacks the B-lymphocytes, which are the cells responsible for making antibodies for the immune system. 

So How Does It All Happen?

The tick must be attached to its host for at least 4 to 24 hours for the infection to spread.  Ticks are traveling on ninety nine different species of migrating birds and more than 30 species of small mammals.  Contrary to common belief, infection can occur during any month of the year.  More than half the bitten victims do not recall being bitten because of the minute size of the tick and due to the fact that it injects an anesthesia while performing the bite.  A ‘bulls eye’ – like rash usually forms at the site of the bite, but over 60% of victims do not present with the rash.  Generalized and inexplicable malaise and fatigue with flu-like symptoms are most common.  It can takes weeks to months for the spirochete to reproduce inside the body.  This leads to insidious and chronic infection.  Most tests have had only a 30 – 40% reliability rate.

The After Bite

The LD pathogen slowly makes its way through the body; the longer it remains in the victim‘s organism, the more severe the infection. The severity of the infection is categorized  into three phases related to its progression in the body — early disseminated (the most treatable phase), late disseminated, and chronic.  Allopathic care includes immediate treatment with quinolone or cephalosporin antibiotics for a minimum of 6 weeks and is not a foolproof  relief or cure.  In reality, the side effects of the antibiotic therapy can make the patient feel worse. Persons with chronic LD can be severely debilitated neurologically and can experience dementia and delusions, confusion, loss of memory, all of which can lead to a complete neurological breakdown.

LD Signs & Symptoms – What To Look For

Head, Face, Neck:  unexplained hair loss, headaches, tingling or stiffness and pain of head, neck, and jaw, facial paralysis or ‘tics‘ in the face.

Eyes/Vision:  impaired vision, ‘floaters‘, pain and/or swelling in and around the eyes, and photophobia (light sensitivity).

Ears/Hearing:  diminished hearing, pain, ringing and/or buzzing in ears.

G.I.:  diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain, and compromised urinary functions. 

Musculoskeletal:  muscle spasms, swelling, stiffness, heat and pain in the joints.

Respiratory and Circulatory:  chest oppression and pain, shortness of breath,  rib soreness, night sweats, heart palpitations, irregular heart beats.

Neurological:  burning sensations, shaking or tremors, partial paralysis, numbness and weakness of limbs, poor balance, and lightheadedness.

Psychological:  displays of hyper emotion, depression, bipolar-like behavior, weepiness, insomnia or inability to stay awake.

Mental Capability:  confusion and memory loss that can mimic Alzheimer‘s, lack of concentration and difficult speech.

Reproduction and Sexuality:  diminished sex drive and sexual dysfunction, difficult menses, breast tenderness and discharge, yeast infections, blisters and swelling of the genitals, testicular pain and generalized pelvic pain.

Lyme’s CAN be transferred from breast milk and via invitro!

Children cannot express what is wrong if they are too young and older children do not lie – SO LISTEN TO THEM!!  Teenagers suffer because quite often, they are thought to have Epstein-Barr (Mono), depression, drug use, social and sexual difficulties, and hormonal issues.  Lyme’s can be a killer for the elderly because their immune systems are compromised because of their age and are quite often misdiagnosed as having Alzheimer‘s.

Testing and Treatment

There are no CDC-approved screening tests that are accurate enough to be called definitive. Diagnosis is determined by identification of clinical signs and symptoms. Diagnostic tests include blood tests for IgG and IgM antibodies, such as ELISA and Western Blot, but these tests show poor sensitivity and can be inconclusive.
Thus the diagnosis must be made from looking at history, taking symptoms and general patterns into account. Diagnosis is additionally hampered by the co-infection factor, which may create a host of other sometimes strange symptoms.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Can Treat the Symptoms of LD
Traditional Chinese Medicine treats all the symptoms of LD and does not discriminate this as a ‘singular disease‘.  All body systems are addressed and treated. The body’s immune system must be ‘boosted’ by the use of acupuncture and herbal formulas, the generalized malaise, fatigue, muscular and neurological complaints are treated; simultaneously,  the GI system must be protected from the harsh side effects of the powerful antibiotic regime given by the patient’s m.d. 
BY NO MEANS SHOULD ANY PATIENT STOP THEIR COURSE OF ANTIBIOTICS!!! Otherwise you will find yourself sicker and will have to begin the course of treatment from the start line!

Most Chinese herbal formulas prescribed are very potent and effective heat-clearing herbs with well-demonstrated antibacterial qualities.   This helps to dissipate the ‘steaming bone’ sensation of heat permeating from the body’s core out to the surface.  These herbal formulas will boost the immune system, relieve joint pain, assist in the cessation of spasms and tics and clear the damp heat in the body (yeast infections, skin eruptions, etc.).

If  LD is quickly diagnosed and treated aggressively with the combination of western antibiotics and Traditional Chinese Medicine, recovery can be achieved, although there is no proven test to indicate that a true cure has been achieved. 
If LD is not diagnosed and treated within a timely fashion, it can become a physically, mentally and socially debilitating life for the victim.

If you have been experiencing any of the above-mentioned symptoms with no explained causes that you can recall, visit your m.d. and ask for a Lyme’s test to run out the possibility.  Since this is a disease of exclusion, your doctor will then examine and test for what could be the root cause of your concern!  If you don’t have an m.d., contact me, and I can refer a good western doctor.

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