As all Lyme and Co sufferers know, treatment is a virtual labyrinth.  You have to support your gut, you have to treat the three forms of Borrelia, you usually have to fight against various protozoans, fungus, virus, and things they probably haven’t even named yet!

The following article explains why we get so ill and why it’s so difficult to treat.  Dr. Horowitz calls it MSIDS, or “multi-systemic infectious disease syndrome,” as the term Lyme Disease, frankly just doesn’t explain things adequately from a patient or physician’s perspective or do justice to our suffering.  And perhaps if we can clearly label and define this horrendous disease(s) we will finally start to break through the current barrier that puts is in an isolated underground.

“In the study, researchers collected local ticks and allowed them to feed on laboratory rats that had been bred in captivity and were free of disease. Afterward, they examined the ticks and the rats for bacteria believed to cause disease. Findings? The ticks contained 373 types of bacteria and had transmitted 237 to the rats. The authors concluded there is “unambiguous evidence that there are as-yet unidentified pathogens associated with ticks [which] increases the risk of multiple infections in humans, [leading] to more severe clinical manifestations.”

A single bite can transmit multiple tick-borne diseases or a victim may be co-infected through multiple tick bites from multiple ticks. According to a study of patients in Connecticut and Minnesota, 20% of patients with Lyme disease also showed evidence of a co-infection. LDo’s own recently published survey of over 3,000 patients with chronic Lyme found over 50% had at least one co-infection and 30% had two or more co-infections.

The most common co-infections in the LDo study were Babesia (32%), Bartonella (28%), and Ehrlichia (15%) while a study by Dr. Janet Sperling in Canada found that the most common were Bartonella (36%), Babesia (19%), and Anaplasma (13%).

All reported tickborne diseases have increased significantly over time according to the Institute of Medicine. Between 1992 and 2006, the incidence of Lyme disease increased 101%. Between 2000 and 2008, the incidence of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF) shot up over 400%. Between 2000 and 2007, the incidence of anaplasmosis rose by 275%, while the incidence of ehrlichiosis increased by more than 100%.

Many co-infections threaten more than just the tick host. For example, Babesia can be passed from mother to unborn child and by transfusion. A recent CDC article reveals that the percentage of ticks infected with Babesia in Maine increased from 29% in 1995 to 60% in 2011. A similar study in New York showed that the Babesia co-infection rate was twice as high as previously thought. This increase in infection rates puts residents, babies, and the blood supply at greater risk.”

This is an excellent article to have in your arsenal for educating others.  We simply must get the word out that this isn’t just our problem.  It’s become everyone’s problem.  And it’s far more prevalent than H1N1 or Ebola – which always seems to get all the press.

I encourage you to send family and friends information such as the article above which is short, sweet, and to the point, about how prevalent Lyme and Co really is, how debilitating it can make you, and how it will change your life.  Something within me tells me that WE are going to have to do the footwork on this one.