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5 Reasons Why You Should Care About Lyme Disease

https://www.globallymealliance.org/blog/5-reasons-you-should-care-about-lyme-disease

“The fact is, everyone should care about Lyme disease. Here are five reasons why.”

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month. Some people may think, “Oh, I already know about Lyme disease. You only have it if you see a bull’s eye rash.” Or, “I don’t need to worry about Lyme disease, because I don’t live in New England.” These are myths about Lyme disease that are all too commonly heard. The fact is, everyone should care about Lyme disease.

Here are five reasons why:

  1. If you spend time outdoors, you are at risk.

Lyme disease used to be known for its prevalence in New England, as well as the fact that it is carried by deer. Both of those things are still true, but what people don’t always realize is that infected blacklegged ticks that carry Lyme disease are found across the country and world. Some ticks carry other diseases that are endemic to certain areas of the country, such as Heartland virus and Southern Tick-Associated Rash Illness (STARI). Moreover, in addition to deer, ticks also feed on other mammalian hosts such as mice, chipmunks, and birds. They don’t just live in the woods, either. They like to hide in tall grasses, leaf piles and on brush. Anyone who spends time outdoors is at risk for Lyme and other tick-borne diseases, and should take important precautions.

  1. Your children and pets are at high-risk for Lyme disease.

Do you have kids who like to play outside? Do you have pets who run through the woods? They are both at high-risk for contracting Lyme disease—and, your pets can bring ticks into your home, which can then infect you and your family. Children ages 3-14 are at the highest risk for Lyme disease, since they love to roll in the grass, explore in the woods, etc. Complications for both children and pets can be severe if Lyme is not detected and treated immediately. Like adults, children can develop cognitive issues, mood changes, sleep disturbances, and prolonged fatigue that can significantly impact their ability to focus in, or even attend, school. Here are specific prevention measures you can take for your kids and for your pets.

  1. If not treated early, Lyme disease can become seriously debilitating.

Most cases of Lyme disease that are treated immediately can be cleared up with a course of antibiotics, but some 10-20% of patients go on to experience persistent symptoms. And that’s for patients who are lucky enough to see a bull’s eye rash or whose doctor quickly recognizes their clinical symptoms. About 50% of people never see a bull’s eye rash, or any rash at all. Others present nebulous symptoms such as fatigue, or take months to develop other symptoms such as joint and muscle aches, fevers, and neurological impairments, which are often misdiagnosed; Lyme is considered “The Great Imitator” because its symptoms can mirror those of other conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS).

  1. Diagnosis and treatment can be complicated.

Lyme disease testing is notoriously faulty, since it only can detect antibodies against Borrelia burgdorferi (the pathogen that causes Lyme disease), not the bacteria itself. Many patients either get misdiagnosed, as described above, or not diagnosed at all. Their Lyme disease then progresses to later, more complex and systemic stages. It then becomes more difficult to treat. Treatment can also be complicated by co-infections that require different treatment—some doctors don’t know to test for co-infections in addition to Lyme disease—as well as an individual’s immune response. Each person’s case of tick-borne illness is different, and requires an individually tailored protocol.

  1. Ticks DON’T ONLY carry Lyme disease.

As mentioned above, ticks can carry other illnesses, commonly referred to as co-infections. Some of these include babesiosis, anaplasmosis, ehrlichiosis, and possible bartonella. Some require different treatment than Lyme disease (for example, babesiosis is a parasite that is treated with anti-malarial medication). They also can be more difficult to get rid of, even when caught early. If you have Lyme disease and have not been tested for co-infections, you may only be fighting half the battle.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 476,000 people are diagnosed and treated for Lyme disease every year. That’s more than breast cancer and HIV combined. Lyme and other tick-borne diseases are a serious health threat. The more people are aware of Lyme, the greater chance they’ll have of taking good preventative measures and/or getting accurately and efficiently diagnosed.

Writer

Jennifer Crystal

Opinions expressed by contributors are their own. Jennifer Crystal is a writer and educator in Boston. Her work has appeared in local and national publications including Harvard Health Publishing and The Boston Globe. As a GLA columnist for over six years, her work on GLA.org has received mention in publications such as The New Yorker, weatherchannel.com, CQ Researcher, and ProHealth.com. Jennifer is a patient advocate who has dealt with chronic illness, including Lyme and other tick-borne infections. Her memoir about her medical journey is forthcoming. Contact her via email below.

Email: lymewarriorjennifercrystal@gmail.com

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**Comment**

Here’s some more reasons why you should care:   https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2020/09/25/why-should-we-care-about-lyme-disease-a-colorful-tale-of-government-conflicts-of-interest-probable-bioweaponization-and-pathogen-complexity/  The information within this article is imperative to understand why patients are not believed, diagnosed, or treated within mainstream medicine unless they are lucky enough to have a bull’s eye rash and a tick dangling off their arm.  (Even then, people are sent home packing and told to “wait and see.”)

Harvard Student, Queen’s Prof, Collaborating to Rapidly Identify Lyme-Infected Ticks

https://www.coastreporter.net/national-news/harvard-student-queens-prof-collaborating-to-rapidly-identify-lyme-infected-ticks-

Harvard student, Queen’s prof, collaborating to rapidly identify Lyme-infected ticks

OTTAWA — Harvard University microbiology student Indumathi Prakash was just seven years old when a tick bite near her home in Massachusetts gave her Lyme disease and left her to spend most of her childhood battling rheumatoid arthritis.
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OTTAWA — Harvard University microbiology student Indumathi Prakash was just seven years old when a tick bite near her home in Massachusetts gave her Lyme disease and left her to spend most of her childhood battling rheumatoid arthritis.

Now Prakash, 21, is working with a Queen’s University professor, although virtually, on a rapid test that will diagnose the bacterium that causes Lyme disease in ticks in just a few hours.

If successful, the test will open the door to better and faster treatment for the rapidly expanding disease.

“I really wanted to do something to prevent the same thing from happening to someone else so that’s kind of why I got interested in tick-borne disease in general,” said Prakash, in a phone interview from Cambridge, Mass.

Lyme disease has been around in Canada since the 1980s. Warmer winters over the last decade have allowed ticks, and the pathogens they often carry, to flourish in ways they never did before. (See link for article)

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**Comment**

Interesting that this author doesn’t utilize her own countryman’s independent research showing ticks are impervious to the climate and hide under leaf litter, snow, mulch, etc. when conditions are harsh – but doing so would be defying the accepted narrative that “climate change” is behind tick and disease proliferation, and all the woes on planet earth today, despite climatologists who state otherwise, and we certainly can’t have that.

Important quote: 

Since Lyme disease can often be prevented if antibiotics are started within 24 hours of the bite, doctors routinely give people with tick bites antibiotics before it’s clear the bacteria is present.

No, I’m afraid doctors don’t routinely give people with tick bites antibiotics.  I wish they did – and they certainly should.  Doctors continue to take a “wait and see” approach, which is dooming patients to sometimes a life-time of suffering. In my opinion, it appears doctors would rather diagnose patients with anything but Lyme/MSIDS.

The article points out that ticks can be tested by results often take days to obtain results.  This is another problem with testing – not only for ticks but for humans.

Evidently the new test will also detect other coinfections that often come with Lyme disease.


Know Your Ticks

https://www.globallymealliance.org/tick-table/

Know your ticks

Easy to read table shows the most common ticks found in the U.S. that transmit pathogens to humans.
Note: only a partial list. To learn more about tick-bite prevention and how to be Tick AWARE, click here

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Remember, in Wisconsin, ticks are found in every county in the state. Researchers are also finding them in bright, open, mowed lawns.

Lawmakers Push for Lyme Disease Research as Tick Population Climbs

https://www.rollcall.com/2021/07/14/lawmakers-push-for-lyme-disease-research-as-tick-population-climbs/

Lawmakers push for Lyme disease research as tick population climbs

Changing climate conditions help drive up number of cases, as infecting insects thrive in warm, humid environments
Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne illness in the United States, appearing in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. (Edwin Remsberg/VWPics via Getty Images file photo)
Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne illness in the United States, appearing in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. (Edwin Remsberg/VWPics via Getty Images file photo)

Posted July 14, 2021 

Tick-borne disease is on the rise across the nation, and lawmakers are pushing to invest more this year in diagnostics and research to help the hundreds of thousands of Americans diagnosed with Lyme disease each year.

Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne illness in the United States, appearing in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Roughly 476,000 Americans are diagnosed with Lyme every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The number of actual infections is likely higher, experts say, as many infected people do not receive a test and Lyme disease tests are often inaccurate.

Although under diagnosed, Lyme costs the U.S. health care system more than $1.3 billion in direct U.S. medical costs, according to estimates, and tens of billions more in indirect medical costs.

“People know somebody who has Lyme, or they have constituents that have come to talk about it, and they all have the same story: It’s very difficult to diagnose and very difficult to treat,” Rep. Josh Gottheimer, a Congressional Lyme Caucus member, said in describing a recent groundswell of Capitol Hill interest.

(See link for article)

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**Comment**

The problem with this article is many of the premises are inaccurate yet continually touted as established facts.

  1. Ticks are marvelously ecoadaptive.  They are impervious to weather.  If they are stressed they will hide under leaf-litter, snow, mulch, plants, etc.  When conditions are better, out they come. Independent research has proven this but has been ignored because the ‘climate change’ agenda is powerful and backed by a lot of money and powerful people/institutions who profit from it.
  2. Ticks are not the only creatures to be concerned about, and the only source of transmission, yet again the sole focus upon ticks continues to this day.
  3. The fact there isn’t accepted treatment should indicate there is a sordid back-story that isn’t being told by our corrupt public health ‘authorities.’ Similarly to COVID, there are effective treatments (although admittedly individually determined) that continue to be ignored, censored, and denied.  This has gone on for over 40 years and continues to this day.
  4. The fact testing isn’t reliable also indicates a fundamental flaw in this story.  Due to the false stance taken on this complex illness, and the fact the only accepted research is done by a conflict-riddled Cabal, we remain and will continue to remain in the Dark Ages with Lyme/MSIDS.
  5. The federal government is always whining about needing more money, despite the fact the CDC’s operating budget has averaged about $7.2 billion per year since 2016. It’s budget was $10 billion in 2008 before Congressional investigations found that the agency wastes millions and spends lavishly.  For example, It spent:
    • $106 million on a visitor center
    • $5.1 million on audio-video integrations
    • $18 million on a video production studio
    • $1.7 million to “fact-check”television shows like “ER,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” and “House”
    • The CDC spent its AIDS and HIV Prevention fund in 2007 on erotic writing, a drag queen contest, and a San Francisco workshop called “how to flirt with greater finesse.”
    • The CDC is NOT a neutral government agency, and has its own private slush fund called the CDC Foundation. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has given $2.3 million so far to the CDC in 2021. You can see all Gates to CDC contributions here, and only the United States government gives more to the World Health Organization than the Gates Foundation.
    • The CDC Foundation’s other donors come from pharmaceutical companies and big tech firms such as Bayer, Facebook, GlaxoSmithKline and Merck. They sell drugs and don’t care about public health. These relationships are incestuous – for example, former CDC chief Julie Gerberding left her position at the CDC to become President of Merck’s vaccine division.
  6. Regarding the increasing tick population, it is highly probable our own government is partially if not wholly to blame. (This is another reason they push the climate agenda. It’s a slight of hand to stop us from asking relevant questions.)
  7. The reference to COVID must be addressed. The only reason it is considered a ‘pandemic’ is due to the WHO changing the definition 1 month before the Swine Flu ‘pandemic’ that wasn’t, and taking away the criteria that it is highly deadly – because COVID is not highly deadly, with the vast majority being asymptomatic or mild cases.
  8. The push for more federal funding to go to the exact people who have done nothing for Lyme/MSIDS patients for over 40 years is illogical.  I completely disagree that the “lack of funding contributes to major knowledge gaps surrounding the disease.”  What is causing major knowledge gaps is scientific bias and conflicts of interests.  Until those are dealt with, we will get no where.
  9. It is well established that early detection is imperative; however, doctors due to the IDSA guidelines continue to take a “wait and see” approach, delaying life-saving treatment.  These same people refuse to treat people with obvious Lyme rashes and make up all kinds of excuses.  And, of course, many never see or get the rash at all.
  10. While I surely do not have all the answers, one thing I do know: giving our corrupt public health ‘authorities’ more money to continue doing biased research is NOT the answer.  They’ve been using sick patients to raise monies for their own nefarious ends for far, far too long.  Insanity is doing something over and over and expecting different results. Time to take our precious pennies and put them toward independent research.

Tick Academy

Tick Academy – Announcement Flyer

Tick Academy

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September 13-15, 2021, 10:00a.m. – 2:00pm

Please join the Tick IPM Working Group for the second annual Tick Academy! The Tick Academy is the premier event for researchers, educators, students, public health professionals, pest control professionals, public-space managers and citizen scientists interested in learning more about what they can do to stop the spread of ticks and tickborne diseases in their communities. This virtual event will feature twelve presentations over three, four-hour sessions where presenters will share the newest information from the field. Participants will be able to ask questions of these world-class tick experts.

Topics covered:

  • Tick management Tickborne disease prevention
  • Recent discoveries of emerging pathogens
  • Public perceptions of risk Diversity and identification of ticks
  • Vaccine developments

Instructors:

  • Alejandro Calixto, PhD, Director, New York State Integrated Pest Management Program
  • Bieneke Bron, PhD, DVM, Scientist, Wageningen University & Research
  • Bob Maurais, President, Mainely Ticks, Inc.
  • Bobbi Pritt, MD, MSc, FCAP, DTMH, Director, Clinical Parasitology Laboratory, Mayo Clinic
  • Jean Tsao, PhD, Associate Professor, Michigan State University
  • Jordan Mandli, PhD, MPH, Research Associate, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Kirby Stafford, PhD, Chief Scientist, State Entomologist, The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station
  • Lorenza Beati, MD, PhD, Curator U.S. National Tick Collection, Georgia Southern University
  • Susan Paskewitz, PhD, Professor & Co-Director, Midwest Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Disease
  • Tammi Johnson, PhD, Assistant Professor of Wildlife Disease Ecology, Texas A&M University
  • Tom Mather, PhD, Professor & Director, University of Rhode Island Center for Vector-Borne Diseases
  • Xia Lee, PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher, Midwest Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Disease

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