Are we really going to Connecticut this weekend? It’s Labor Day and friends have been asking..The thing is if there is Lyme Disease and we are also bringing the family pet, is this something we should be doing?
The CDC says that 300,000 Americans are diagnosed every year with this disease. It is increasing and prevalent in more areas (high risk counties appear in 17 states including CT, MS, NH, VT, PA, VT, NY, IO, MI, MN) in the and some of this is due to rodent-spread of the disease due to urban sprawl, increases in hunting and climate change.
Ticks pick up the bacteria when feeding on a host and mice infect the great majority of ticks (75-95%) compared to deer (1%). [i] And other insects spread the disease too including mosquitoes, spiders, fleas and mites.
Lyme Disease is transferred by insects and the bacterial infection is a cousin to that which causes syphilis. Side effects are a round rash (bull’s eye rash in 50% of cases), pain, fever, inflammation, fatigue, migraines, and achy muscles—even recently noted as a cause of stroke. The disease has to be treated or there can be significant issues of motor coordination and movement and heart problems and meningitis. Treatment is difficult because of the cellular involvement and the interactions with antibiotics which don’t always cure the disease. Under Our Skin is a film that you can watch to learn more about this issue.
Sometimes the disease can present itself and look like fibromyalgia, MS, arthritis, chronic fatigue, ADHD, ALS, etc.. and sometimes treatment is necessary before it will show up on a blood test.
Mercola recommends natural supplements for Lyme Disease including probiotics, curcumin, whey protein, krill oil, CoQ10, cilantro, grapefruit seed, resveratrol, etc..
Prevention for Lyme Disease
Best thing to do is to prevent this and avoid piles of leaves in the woods, no being in long grass nor sitting on tree stumps. Check yourself after and have a friend check you—for several days including where you sleep. Wear long pants and long sleeves. Tuck it all in so that your skin is not exposed. Ticks need 24 hours to infect the bacteria into your system. Fewer than half of people infected, ever notice they got the bite.
There is reported incidence of toxicity of regular tick and mosquito sprays and chemicals in the medical literature. And the CDC endorsed DEET, though we have read to the contrary. They also recommend showers, tumbling dry your clothes on high heat for ten minutes-high heat not cold will be effective.
It is recommended to look in hard to reach places around ears, back of knees, hair, any place that is not usually visible. Then remove the tick with tweezers pulling it straight out.
Preventing ticks on pets is very important too. There are collars and shampoos etc., but then they all contain chemicals.
Organic Life[ii] mentions some alternative ways to prevent ticks in the yard: keeping the lawn short and clear out the leaves, line the paths in your yard with gravel or chips of wood.
Be mindful of wooded areas that are moist as that is where ticks love to go, plant berry bushes because they can help deter ticks and if you are really hen-terprising you can raise chickens because they peck away at ticks.
Robins do this too!
There is no current vaccine available.
You can choose where you go and how you protect yourself.
Choose to Win!