Archive for the ‘Ticks’ Category

Gundersen Still Giving Wrong Advice About Tick Bites

Please see my comment after the article.

https://www.gundersenhealth.org/health-wellness/be-well/how-to-remove-an-embedded-tick/

Removing ticks: The right way and the wrong way

Tick season is here! While most tick bites are harmless, some ticks can carry diseases, such as Lyme disease. Knowing what steps to take following a tick bite can reduce your risk of infection.

Remove the embedded tick as soon as possible. The longer a tick is attached, the higher the risk of transmitting tick-borne illnesses.

Follow these steps:

  • Gently pull the tick out with tweezers by grasping its head as close to the skin as possible.
  • If the head remains, try to remove with a sterile needle.
  • Wash the bite site with soap and water. Rubbing alcohol may be used to disinfect the area.
  • Apply an ice pack to reduce pain.

Avoid the following:

  • Do not grab the tick at the rear of the body
  • Do not twist or jerk tick while pulling it out
  • Do not use alternative methods to remove it; such as fingernail polish, alcohol, petroleum products, or a hot match.

Identify the tick. Take note of the size and color of the tick, whether it was attached to the skin (ticks must bite you to spread their germs), if it was engorged (full of blood) and about how long it was attached. A healthcare provider may ask you these questions if you begin to experience symptoms.

Watch for symptoms. If signs of infection, rash or flu-like symptoms occur within 30 days of the tick bite, seek medical attention.

Remember, a tick that is crawling on you but has not attached to your skin cannot infect you. However, if you find one tick, there could be more. Check your body carefully and use these tips to prevent future bites. Prevention is the best medicine.

If you have questions regarding tick bites or bug bites, contact our 24/7 Nurse Advisor Line at (608) 775-4454.

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**Comment**

Taking the “wait and see” approach has doomed thousands to a life-time of misery.  Wisconsin has a high rate of infected ticks, which simply means you have a higher likelihood of becoming infected. Any risk involved with taking a few weeks of antibiotics is well worth it.  This 5 year old article states:

On average, about 22 percent of deer tick nymphs in Wisconsin have been found to be infected with Borrelia burgdorferi. The infection rate for adults is about twice as high, around 40-45 percent. In some locations, though, researchers have found infection rates as high as 75 percent of the tick population.

I assure you, it’s only getting worse.

ILADS recommends at least 20 days of doxycycline for an acute tick-bite. It’s important to remember that this mono therapy will not cover many of the confections so it’s important to track symptoms and keep in close contact with your doctor – preferably an ILADS-trained doctor who understand the nuances of treatment.  And coinfections are just as bad if not worse than Lyme disease.  Some of these infections can be transmitted within minutes and have a high mortality rate, so each and every tick bite needs to be taken as seriously as a heart attack.

This article is much more thorough.  Please file it away for future reference if you get a tick bite.

Also, go here for prevention methods.

Connecticut Reports its First Case of Tick-borne Powassan Virus in 2022: What to Know

https://www.srgblog.com/connecticut-reports-its-first-case-of-tick-borne-powassan-virus-in-2022-what-to-know/

Connecticut reports its first case of tick-borne Powassan virus in 2022: What to know

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The Connecticut Department of Public Health announced the state’s first reported Powassan virus infection of the year this past Wednesday. Powassan virus is a rare disease spread by the same tick that causes Lyme disease, according to a recent press release. 

“The identification of a Connecticut resident with Powassan virus associated illness emphasizes the need to take actions to prevent tick bites from now through the late fall,” said Dr. Manisha Juthani, who is the commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Health.

“Using insect repellent, avoiding areas where ticks are likely, and checking carefully for ticks after being outside can reduce the chance of you or your children being infected with this virus.”

Powassan virus, first discovered in Powassan, Ontario in 1958, is usually spread through the bite of an infected black-legged or deer tick, officially known as Ixodes scapularis, and can be transmitted in as little as 15 minutes after a tick bite, but it can take a week up to one month to develop symptoms, per the release. (See link for article)

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SUMMARY:

  • The article regurgitates the myth that it takes 36-48 hours for a tick to transmit Lyme, when minimum transmission times have never been establishedTreat each and every tick bite as seriously as a heart attack.
  • They state infections secondary to Powassan have been recognized.  In fact, there are 19 and counting different infections ticks transmit – and they can transmit them simultaneously.
  • They falsely state that Powassan infections are rare.  What is rare, is they are rarely reportedBig difference.
  • While those who work outdoors are perhaps at greater risk, you can become infected right in your own back yard.
  • The infected Connecticut man had central nervous system symptoms and was hospitalized and diagnosed, but is now recovering at home.
  • Early symptoms look like every other tick-borne illness (headache, flu-like symptoms, and even no symptoms at all) but can rapidly progress to confusion, loss of coordination, difficulty speaking and seizures.
  • Since it’s a virus, mainstream medicine believes there is no effective treatment.  Similarly to COVID, there is.  Please see a Lyme literate doctor asap. 
  • 1 in 10 cases are fatal, with half of survivors experiencing long-term complications.
  • The article falsely states touts the EM or bulls-eye rash as an “early symptom”.  This rash is highly variable and many never get it at all.  To be clear, IF you get the rash you have Lyme disease and should immediately start treatment.  To wait is foolish and irresponsible.
  • The article ends as every single article on TBIs ends – with tick prevention.  It’s sad that I can almost state what these articles say without even reading them.  Same old, same old – nothing new here.

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Maine CDC Confirms Fatal Case of Powassan Virus in Waldo County

https://www.maine.gov/tools/whatsnew/index.php?topic=DHS+Press+Releases&id=7360066&v=dhhs_article_2020

Maine CDC confirms fatal case of Powassan virus in Waldo County

April 20, 2022

Rare illness spread by bite of infected ticks

AUGUSTA – The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) has confirmed a fatal case of Powassan virus infection in a Waldo County resident. The adult developed neurologic symptoms and died while in the hospital. This person likely became infected in Maine.

Cases of Powassan virus are rare in the United States, with about 25 cases reported each year since 2015. Maine has identified 14 cases since 2010. Humans become infected with Powassan through the bite of an infected deer or woodchuck tick.

“Ticks are active and looking for a host to bite right now,” said Nirav D. Shah, Director of the Maine CDC. “I urge Maine people and visitors to take steps that prevent tick bites.”

Symptoms of Powassan virus infection usually start one week to one month after the tick bite. People who get sick may have fever, headache, vomiting, weakness, confusion, seizures, or memory loss. Some may experience serious neurologic problems, such as brain or spinal cord inflammation. Severe infection may result in death. Many people infected with Powassan virus do not get sick.

There is no specific treatment available for this disease. If you experience these symptoms, call a health care provider as soon as you can.

The best protection against all tickborne diseases is to prevent tick bites. Use these strategies to prevent tick bites:

  • Know what tick habitat is — wooded and bushy areas with tall grass — and use caution in areas where ticks may live.
  • Avoid these areas and stay in the middle of trails whenever possible.
  • Use an EPA-approved repellent on skin. Use Permethrin on clothing for added protection.
  • Perform tick checks every day, and especially after leaving tick habitat and after returning home. Bathe or shower after coming inside to wash crawling ticks off your body. Also examine clothing, gear, and pets.
  • Ask a veterinarian about tick bite prevention for cats and dogs.

For more information:

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**Comment**

To clarify:

POWASSAN VIRUS IS NOT RARE.

Coppe Lab out of Wisconsin emphatically states Powassan is NOT rare:

http://www.coppelabs.com/blog/why-is-powassan-virus-infection-still-described-as-rare-and-mysterious/  Please read the following excerpt by Coppe Lab here in Wisconsin,

For the last two years, Coppe Laboratories has dedicated a significant amount of time and resources to dispelling the myth that infection with Powassan virus, a virus transmitted by tick bite, is rare. The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) reports only 100 cases of Powassan virus infection in the United States in the last 10 years. Indeed, that statistic gives the illusion that Powassan infection is rare. However, did you know that the only infections reported to CDC are those that are life-threatening, particularly cases causing severe inflammation of the brain like the case reported in LiveScience? Coppe has published three new papers in the last year that clearly show Powassan virus infection is not rare are at all, and until testing for this virus is included as part of tick-borne disease screening panels infections will continue to be underreported. Coppe’s Powassan Guide, which can be downloaded from the website, summarizes the findings from both tick and human Powassan prevalence studies, as well as defining the patient populations that would benefit most from Powassan testing.

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Ask the Expert: 6 Tips for Creating a Tick-Free Zone in Your Yard

https://www.dispatch.com/story/lifestyle/home-garden/2022/04/24/ask-expert-tips-bug-bites-ticks-mulch-advice  Video Here (Approx. 1 Min)

Ask the Expert: 6 tips for creating a tick-free zone in your yard

The Columbus Dispatch

Editor’s note: Throughout the growing season, Mike Hogan, OSU Extension Educator for Agriculture & Natural Resources in Franklin County, will answer gardening questions submitted by Dispatch readers. Send your questions to hogan.1@osu.edu.

Q: Last summer while spending time in our backyard, ticks appeared on my legs on many occasions. Is there a pesticide that can be used early in the spring to prevent ticks from infesting the yard later this summer?

A: There are pesticides available that control ticks — they are called acaricides — but relying on the use of such products is rarely an effective season-long strategy if the environment is favorable for ticks.

Here are some tips to create a tick-safe zone in your yard:

  • Clear tall grass and brush around the home and at the edge of the lawn.
  • Place a 3-foot-wide barrier of wood chips, mulch or gravel between lawns and wooded areas.
  • Mow the lawn frequently and keep leaves raked.
  • Stack firewood neatly and in a dry area to discourage rodents, which ticks feed on.
  • When locating playground equipment, patios and decks, try to place these areas away from wooded areas and trees and in a sunny location when feasible.
  • Remove any trash and unused items from the yard, because these materials may give ticks a place to hide.
The practice of mulching too deeply, knwn as volcano mulching can slowly kill trees and shrubs.

Q: I have had a disagreement with our landscaper the past few years about mulch beds in our yard. Our landscaper says that new mulch should be added each spring, but the mulch is getting deep and I do not see a need for adding more mulch. Do you have any thoughts on this issu

A: Yes! The main thought is that mulch should never, ever, ever be more than 2 to 4 inches deep. Ever! No matter where the mulch is located -— in flower or perennial beds, shrub beds, vegetable gardens, and particularly around trees in the landscape, mulch should be spread to a thickness of no deeper than 4 inches.

(See link for article and video)

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SUMMARY:

  • Please see this article for info on how to dress, protect your yard, protect your pets, and properly use acaricides.
  • The expert talks about volcano mulching, which is harmful to trees, shrubs and other woody ornamentals due to causing oxygen deprivation to the roots of the plant, as well as repelling away water if it becomes compacted.  Also make sure to put mulch 2-3 inches away from the trunk of the tree.
  • Before adding new mulch to an area with pre-existing mulch, remove some of the old mulch first so depth never exceeds 4 inches.
  • Essentially you want to make your yard a tough place for ticks to survive by keeping it cleared of debris.  Also, repel wildlife that ticks travel on.  Bird feeders and bird baths draw birds into the yard, as well any other food that will draw wildlife.

Bioweapons Expert Speaks Out & Pentagon Unit A1266 Studies Bioterrorism Agents in Kazakhstan & Collects 40,000 Ticks

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2022/04/09/biolabs-in-ukraine

Bioweapons Expert Speaks Out About U.S. Bio labs in Ukraine

April 9, 2022

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola

Story at-a-glance

  • According to bioweapons expert Francis Boyle, Russia’s accusation that Ukraine is conducting U.S.-funded bioweapons research appears to be accurate
  • If true, everyone involved is subject to life in prison under the Biological Weapons Anti-Terrorism Act of 1989
  • According to Boyle, the U.S. government and Pentagon have had a “comprehensive policy” to “surround Russia with biological warfare laboratories” and “preposition biological weapons” there for use against them
  • The problem with trying to make a distinction between “biodefense” and “biowarfare” is that, basically, there is none. No biodefense research is purely defensive, because to do biodefense work, you’re automatically engaged in the creation of biological weapons, and all dual use research can be used for military purposes. SARS-CoV-2 may be the result of such dual use research
  • Boyle believes we can hold the culprits behind the SARS-CoV-2 bioweapon accountable by asking local prosecutors to convene a grand jury to seek the indictment of those responsible for the pandemic for murder and conspiracy to commit murder

Excerpts of article:

“InfoWars” host Owen Shroyer interviews Francis Boyle, Ph.D., a Harvard educated lawyer and bioweapons expert with a Ph.D. in political science, about the biolabs in Ukraine, which Russia claims are engaged in U.S.-funded bioweapons research.

While the U.S. has vehemently denied Russia’s accusations, Boyle says that based on what he’s discovered so far, the labs in Ukraine are all conducting biological warfare research — including ethnic-specific biological weapons — at the behest of the U.S. Pentagon, just as Russian authorities are claiming.

Go here for a background on biolabs in Ukraine.
Go here for background on Metabiota, a U.S. firm with ties to WEF, DOD & is implicated in a cover-up.

According to Boyle, the justification that the labs are for bio defense and health purposes is nothing but a façade for the fact that they’re conducting offensive biological warfare research with genetic research, gain-of-function and synthetic biology.

And if it is so innocent, why did the US embassy remove all evidence of Obama constructed Ukraine bio weapons labs from its website?

When asked what the motive behind this kind of research might be, Boyle highlights two potential reasons:

  1. a global “Nazi cult” that wants rid the world of certain ethnic groups, hence the focus on DNA-based ethnic-specific weapons. Please see this video of Dr. Ariyana Love on this topic as well as this supporting evidence
  2.  money – made on the research and creation of biological weapons, and money made on the supposed cures, be they vaccines or therapeutics

Boyle states that because our federal government has been captured by those who seek to destroy the U.S. from within, it’s highly unlikely federal authorities, even judges, will ever enforce the Biological Weapons Anti-Terrorism Act, but that we need to go to our local prosecutors, states’ attorneys, district attorneys, county attorneys, etc., who have been empowered by the 10th amendment and are accountable to the people of the community. These elected officials can convene a grand jury and return indictments for murder and conspiracy to commit murder. He recommends a two-step plan – the first of which is aimed at those responsible for the COVID ‘pandemic,’ and the second of which is aimed for those behind the COVID shots.  Go here to see the list of 27 State AGs Suing Biden Administration Over Vaccine Mandates.

I highly recommend following Boyle’s advice and contacting your State Attorney General.  Here is more information including a sample letter:  Letter to AG and the felony indictment notice:  https://www.davidmartin.world/attorney-general-document (This document clearly lays out the criminal conspiracy of COVID)

http://  Approx. 3 Min

July, 2020

Pentagon Unit A1266

Bioterrorism Agents in Kazakhstan

https://veritybase.info/pentagon-unit-a1266-studies-bioterrorism-agents-in-kazakhstan/  Full article & pictures Here

By Dilyana Gaytandzhieva

SUMMARY:

The U.S. military biological research program in Kazakhstan started in 2008 and the Pentagon has spent more than $300 MILLION on two bio labs in this former Soviet country doing risky biological research. The two labs are:

  • Central Reference Laboratory in Almaty (also known as Kazakh Scientific Center of Quarantine and Zoonotic Diseases (KSCQZD)
  • Research Institute for Biological Safety Problems (RIBSP) in Otar

These labs are just two of the many Pentagon labs in 25 countries across the world. They are funded by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) under a $2.1 billion military program – Cooperative Biological Engagement Program (CBEP), and are located in former Soviet Union countries such as Kazakhstan, Georgia and Ukraine, the Middle East, South East Asia and Africa.

Unit A1266 and local scientists have collected 40,000 ticks from 13 regions in Kazakhstan. Why Kazakhstan? It borders Russia and China – the main rivals of the U.S.

They have isolated four bio-agents that post a serious bio-terrorism threat. The following bio agents have the potential to be engineered for mass aerosol dissemination and used as bioweapons:

A US Air Force C 17 cargo plane transported plague samples, a priority Pentagon project, from Kazakhstan the the U.S. as well as anthrax, tularemia, and coronavirus.  Plague has been developed as an aerosol weapon by several countries in the past.  The Pentagon project from 2015-2018 & funded by the DOD, showed all bat guano samples screened were positive for coronaviruses. 

More recently, Project GG-21, a five year long project with a possible 3 year extension studies “Arthropod-borne and zoonotic infections among military personnel in Georgia.”  Blood samples looking for the following pathogens will be obtained form 1,000 military recruits during their physical exam at the Georgian military hospital:

  • Bacillus anthracis
  • Brucella
  • CCHF virus
  • Coxiella burnetii
  • Francisella tularensis
  • Hantavirus
  • Rickettsia species
  • TBE virus
  • Bartonella species
  • Borrelia species
  • Ehlrichia species
  • Leptospira species
  • Salmonella typhi
  • WNV

The project report states:

“all volunteer deaths will be promptly reported (usually within 48 h of the PI being notified) to the Georgian Military Hospital and WRAIR.

The author of the article points out that simply testing blood for antibodies cannot cause death, which raises the question why this statement is even given.

The results will NOT be given to the study participants and the samples will be stored at the controversial and heavily guarded Lugar Center, a U.S. funded (2.1 BILLION) Pentagon bio lab in the country of Georgia, known for laboratory incidents and scandals surrounding the US drug giant Gilead Science‘s Hepatitis C program which has resulted in at least 248 deaths. The cause of death in the majority of cases has been listed as unknown, internal documents have shown.

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) has funded a similar project involving soldiers in Ukraine code-named UP-8, which will look at the spread of Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) virus and hantaviruses in Ukraine as well as the potential need for differential diagnosis in patients with suspected leptospirosis. The project started in 2017 and was extended until 2020, internal documents show.

This project will also collect blood samples from 4,400 healthy soldiers in Lviv, Kharkov, Odesa and Kyiv. 4,000 of these samples will be tested for antibodies against hantaviruses, and 400 for the presence of antibodies against Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) virus. The results of the blood testing will also not be provided to the study participants.

The project report also states:

serious incidents, including deaths should be reported within 24 hours. All deaths of study subjects that are suspected or known to be related to the research procedures should be brought to the attention of the bioethics committees in the USA and Ukraine.”

But, again, simply testing blood does not cause deaths or serious incidents – begging the question, are these soldiers being infected and then tested?

Similarly to “vaccine” manufacturers, DTRA-sponsored scientists have full indemnity if they cause deaths or injuries to the local population.

For more:

https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2022/01/24/we-do-need-an-overhaul-of-public-health-just-not-the-way-walensky-wants/ And due to typical CDC bungling of every single thing it touches, there’s been a call for a public health overhaul.  Unfortunately, the Data Modernization Initiative’’ — a CDC plan to strengthen the health surveillance infrastructure will:

  • unify public health data systems at the state and federal levels
  • “help” states hire staff to work on data collection & analysis (using $3 BILLION CDC funds)
  • create a “Travelocity”-like system where a “cloud-based” framework would allow staff to quickly analyze data and understand what is happening in real-time. WHO minion Dr. Harari, a real life Dr. Evil, states “intelligent design, not created by “some God above the clouds,” “but our intelligent design,” and the “intelligent design of our Clouds, the IBM Cloud, the Microsoft Cloud, these are the new driving forces of evolution.”
  • This centralization and monopolization of health data will give the CDC even more power and authority, and sounds like a perfect prelude to global “vaccine” passports
The CDC already rules both research and the medical profession with an iron fist and medical freedom is increasingly under fire.

Nearly every single detail about the current COVID “White House Plan” is flawed.  Walensky wants to create an even more powerful federally based health system which further forces people into a box with no options or individualization, and which would be a top down approach where independent doctors wouldn’t stand a prayer of a chance.  As it is, independent doctors who dare defy the accepted narrative are being hunted down and persecuted.  These medical renegades are branded as giving “misinformation,” and Walenski’s plan would only amplify this polarization, and would take away the already few options for desperate patients.