It is estimated that 300,000 Americans are diagnosed annually with Lyne disease.
This figure according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention is on the rise and it is believed tga each year since 1982 25 additional people are affected each year.
In the U.S there was a high prevalence of Lyme disease between 1993 and 1997 across 43 counties, this number rise to 182 counties by 2012.
Climate change according to CDC is the primary reason why the disease is on the rise in the U S.
Ticks are the carriers of Lyne disease and are in fact born with the spirochetes of Lyme, they contract thus bacteria from their hosts when they feed which can include deer and rodents.
Deer is believed to infect about 2% of ticks that feed on them with Lyme disease while white-footed mice infect about 75 to 90% of ticks with Lyme disease.
What is alarming is that these mice natural predators have depleting population due to hunting and so these rodents are thriving and so is the disease.
A Lyme disease epidemic surfaced this year in Illinois and about 17 states in the U.S have a high risk according to CDC.
These states include;
- New Hampshire
- New York
So What Is Lyme Disease?
Lyne disease is caused by a bacterium known as Borrelia burgdorferi and this bacterium is a cousin of the spirochete bacterium that causes syphilis.
Lyne disease is contracted from the bite of blood sucking bugs. Ticks are primarily responsible for the spread of this disease although it can also be spread by spiders, fleas, mites and mosquitoes according to a leading authority on Lyme disease -- Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt.
Symptoms Of Lyme Disease
Common symptoms of this disease includes;
- Bulls eye
- Recurring fever
- Headaches/ migraines
- Achy muscles/ joints
Untreated Lyme disease can lead to;
- intermittent paralysis
- muscle spasms
- loss of motor coordination
- heart issues
The bacterium that causes Lyme is a corkscrew shape and stays hidden in the body’s tissues as well as in the cells which help it avoid the effects of antibiotics.
Treatment will involve antibiotics and Plaquenil in order to alter the intracellular pH of the sufferer.
It is known by scientists that the Lyme bacterium can survive without iron even though most bacteria rely on iron to survive instead the Lyme bacterium survives on manganese.
Diagnosing Lyme Disease
It is believed that lab tests are unreliable when it comes to diagnosing Lyme disease.
Lyme disease can be misdiagnosed as fibromyalgia. This is because the bacterium stays hidden in the body’s tissues and manifests itself as a symptom of vague pain and so doctors tend to inadvertently give a wrong diagnosis.
Lyme disease is also known to mimic other known ailments such as;
- Alzheimer’s disease
- multiple sclerosis
- chronic fatigue syndrome
The body’s white blood cells are usually attacked by the spirochete so when a blood test is conducted it comes out as unusual.
It is not uncommon for a person to be treated for Lyme disease first of all and then once the person’s immune system begins to function appropriately and a blood test is conducted the antibodies tend to show up in the blood test.
Since regular blood tests Dail to detect this disease it is recommended that people make use of specialized labs. One such lab is IGeneX.
This lab tests for outer surface bands as well as co-infections as Erhilichia and Babesia.
Sometimes the co-infections can come out negative but this does not mean that the infection is not present.
The Lyme Disease Treatment Debate
There is debate as to whether Lyme disease can be treated effectively with antibiotics or if it will linger on and become chronic.
Treatment of patients with Lyme disease by doctors from the Disease Society of America do so for no longer than 4 weeks as they do not believe in chronic Lyme.
However, doctors from the International Lyme and Associated Disease believe in chronic Lyme disease and its persistence. These doctors will treat the disease for a period beyond 4 weeks.