A Runner’s Guide to Tick Prevention and Removal

As the weather warms up, more outdoor runs means a greater exposure to ticks. Here’s how to prepare.


As the weather warms up, more of us head outdoors and wander off paved roads onto trails or into wooded areas to run. That, unfortunately, means a greater risk of exposure to ticks. While no one wants to deal with ticks, there are a few preventative steps we can take to help avoid tick bites and prevent tick-borne illnesses.

If you do happen to find a tick, there are a few important things you need to know. We talked to tick and infectious disease experts to find out everything from prerun tick prevention, to tick removal, to the signs, symptoms, and treatments of Lyme disease.  (See link for article)



Shame on Dr. Mather for stating  an adult blacklegged tick has to be attached for two days or more to give people a high risk of contracting Lyme disease.  Also, shame on him for perpetuating the “one dose of doxy” myth as a proactive measure.  Mather is a leading expert on ticks but strikes out twice here.

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Aucott’s statement that Lyme is a “benign” organism is also out of touch.  From everything I’ve learned over the years, I can state that borrelia is one of the most complex organisms known to man. Couple that with the issue of coinfection involvement, and you have an extremely complex disease process.  If it’s so benign, why have we struggled to no avail for over 40 years?  Aucott seems to have completely bought the argument that it’s just our immune system that’s the problem.

Interestingly, after Aucott calls Borrelia “benign” he then goes onto talk about what the CDC has coined “Post treatment Lyme disease syndrome” or PTLDS and that there’s no treatment, no test, and calls it a world class dilemma which is a real biological phenomenon. I thought it was benign?  Again, we are comparing apples to oranges as some, apparently Aucott, believe it’s just our immune systems to blame.

The article also states that 30% don’t get the rash.  That number is not accurate. Depending upon who’s counting, it’s highly variable with anywhere from 25-80% getting it. So many don’t get it that using it for diagnosis is fool-hearty.  If you get it, great – you have Lyme, but if you don’t get it – it means nothing.

The continued myth that only 20% go onto to develop persistent symptoms is also completely inaccurate.  According to this, upto 60% can struggle with continuing symptoms:

Dr. Donta comes the the rescue by speaking out for patients. He states:

“The National Institutes of Health has not agreed to have further treatment trials.…so it is left to clinicians like myself who in their clinical experience have sorted out what works and what doesn’t work.”

So there you have it.  What little research exists is owned by The Cabal with clear conflicts of interest who control the study parameters for a pre-determined outcome.  Clinicians are forced to muddle through and figure it out the best they can.  What a predicament – that’s been going on for over 40 years and continues to this day. In light of current events, please remember this debacle and how much of science has been bought out – yielding little more than propaganda. 

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