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Tick bites warning as woman waits 29 years for Lyme disease diagnosis

University experts working to understand more about ticks found in Scotland.
 STV News

Pauline Bowie, from Clydebank, was bitten in 1989 and for decades experienced chronic fatigue, heart problems and joint pain. 

She was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and ME, but was still struggling with her symptoms when she heard about Lyme disease.

“I was off work, barely able to get out of bed at times and it was just a throwaway comment from my dad,” the 54-year-old said.

“He had been speaking to a cousin of mine who was getting treated for Lyme disease.”

Pauline googled the virus and finally felt “everything fell into place”.   (See link for article)



  • A ‘throwaway’ comment is quite often how “everything falls into place” for people because  government public health has failed to lead mainstream medicine to truth about this plague. Myths have continued unabated for over 40 years and show no sign of changing.
  • Similarly to this patient, nearly everyone who goes to a regular GP to get standardized testing has a negative testfurther propelling the Lyme lies.
  • It wasn’t until this patient, like so many others, uses a more sensitive testvilified by conflict riddled authorities due to their own patent ownership in testing, that she found out not only did she have Lyme, but numerous other tick-borne infections (TBIs). This is also common in Lymeland.
  • And she, like thousands, if not millions more – don’t receive true help until they see a doctor who specializes in TBIs – who are also vilified and called “quacks” by conflict riddled authorities, and who are hunted down by state medical boards and other professional medical groups and are persecuted for helping patients.
  • The patient admits she’s now in remission but has occasional flare-ups – or relapses, necessitating stints of treatment.  This concept is completely denied, ignored, and vilified by mainstream medicine.
  • She also admits she can do things now she hasn’t been able to do since she was in her 20’s, and that it’s been “life changing.”  DITTO!
  • Scientists as Glasgow University have developed a map where members of the public can upload information about where and when they found ticks, and take samples from hot spots.
  • Evidently people from all over Scotland are stating they’ve never seen ticks like they have this year and the team has found larger numbers in urban areas and gardens, and warns that they are everywhere.
  • The article then gives tick prevention ideas which can also be found here in an article that is more thorough & complete. They also recommend changing into a new set of clothes at the end of your activity which is a good idea.  (Put the others in a tightly secured bag and put in dryer on high for 15-20 min when you get home)
  • They also give a section on what to do if you are bitten.  I believe this article is better.  The article quotes the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS – how to handle a tick bite):

    “ILADS recommends that prophylaxis (preventive treatment) be discussed with all who have had a blacklegged tick bite. An appropriate course of antibiotics has been shown to prevent the onset of infection.

    When the decision is made to use antibiotic prophylaxis, ILADS recommends 20 days of doxycycline (provided there are no contraindications).The decision to treat a blacklegged tick bite with antibiotics often depends on where in the country the bite occurred, whether there was evidence that the tick had begun feeding, and the age of the person who was bitten.  Based on the available evidence, and provided that it is safe to do so, ILADS recommends a 20-day course of doxycycline.

  • Personally, I would treat each and every black-legged tick bite with antibiotics/antimicrobials.  The risk just isn’t worth it. Taking the “wait and see” approach is foolish considering the potential devastating outcome.

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