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How To Stay Sane in Uncertain Times

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How to stay sane in uncertain times

Lori Dennis, MA,RP

Lori Dennis, MA,RP

Registered Psychotherapist, Speaker, Author of Lyme Madness

These are times of great uncertainty. Uncharted, unprecedented times that require a sense of calm, creativity and connection.

I wish it weren’t so but the truth is that my family, along with tens of millions worldwide, have been living a similar medical nightmare for years. While chronic Lyme disease and the Coronavirus have many distinctions, the experience is parallel in many ways.

For both, there is an inability to get properly tested, a lack of access to proper care for far too many, frustration with the CDC for their lack of transparency, not enough support or resources to manage this pandemic, no viable treatment or cure, the fear of how this will impact all of us financially.

The Coronavirus, like chronic Lyme, is an experience unlike the world has ever seen and, for the most part, we are being asked to navigate this in the dark.

Here are a few simple suggestions to help you find some light in the dark:

Turn anxiety into action – High anxiety can be paralyzing. While we are certainly entitled to feel a sense of angst, unease, and even gloom and doom, it’s not productive to stay stuck in these feelings. The best way to combat these strong, often destructive emotions is to turn your angst into action.

When I was feeling paralyzed about our chronic Lyme crisis, I resolved my ‘stuckness’ by researching daily, writing a book on the subject, giving talks, blogging and creating an online platform where I could connect with and help others.

How you take action is entirely up to you and your own strengths, needs and preferences. But taking action, without a doubt, is the best way I know to take back your power in a very powerless situation.

Practice self care – When we’re experiencing tough times, we tend to forget about our own personal needs, often putting them on the back burner. This is the time to take walks, go for a run, meditate, journal, eat well, sleep well, create daily rituals that feed your body, mind and soul.

Stay connected – Whether introverted or extraverted, we are all social beings. This time of social distancing requires us to discover more creative ways to stay connected. Staying in touch with family, friends, and colleagues is critical to our health and well-being. Make more time to nurture relationships — even from a distance. Help others when possible. We are all in this collective experience together.

Reframe crisis into opportunity – The Chinese character for crisis is opportunity. Get creative. Think of ways to reframe your struggles – emotional, physical, spiritual, financial — by creating healthy new habits, developing new family rituals, designing new business practices that can benefit you and others.

I’ll be writing more about how to navigate these dark waters in the weeks to come.

Until then, stay well and stay safe. ❤️

LORI DENNIS, MA, Registered Psychotherapist. Author LYME MADNESS, Speaker, Activist, For more information, feel free to message me on LinkedIn, or email me at loridennis@talktherapy.ca

 

 

 

 

Second-Degree AV Block Caused By Lyme

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/32186826

2020 Jan 24;164. pii: D4214.

Second-degree atrioventricular block caused by Lyme disease

[Article in Dutch]

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Tick-borne diseases, including Lyme disease, are becoming increasingly common in Europe. Lyme disease has a wide variety of clinical manifestations, as a result of which physicians of diverse disciplines are coming into contact with such patients.

CASE DESCRIPTION:

A 58-year-old man was seen at the emergency room with a symptomatic Wenckebach-type second-degree atrioventricular (AV) block and periods of 2:1 AV block. Four weeks previously the patient had noticed a red skin lesion on his left lower leg. Under the working diagnosis of early disseminated Lyme disease with cardiac involvement, treatment with ceftriaxone was started. This diagnosis was supported by a positive Borrelia PCR and culture of a skin biopsy and positive Borreliaserology. The AV conduction disorders resolved completely after 2 weeks of treatment with antibiotics and it was not necessary to implant a pacemaker.

CONCLUSION:

A Borrelia infection is a reversible but rare cause of AV conduction disorders. In the event of sudden onset of symptoms or a severe or progressive AV conduction disorder, Lyme carditis should be considered, especially if the medical history or physical examination provides clues for Lyme disease.

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**Comment**

Due to the fact Lyme testing is so abysmal, stating that AV conduction disorders caused by Lyme is “rare,” is premature.  It may be true that reports in the literature are rare but nobody has a clue on prevalence due to underreporting & misdiagnosis. 

This patient needs extensive follow-up.  Two weeks of antibiotics is rarely sufficient.

For more:  https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2019/03/10/when-lyme-hurts-your-heart-warning-signs-solutions/

https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2018/06/03/heart-problems-tick-borne-disease/

https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2018/02/22/new-lyme-cme-course-available-lyme-carditis-more-than-blocked-beats/  Course for doctors to become educated.

Lack of Knowledge About Lyme Disease in Canada

https://danielcameronmd.com/lack-knowledge-lyme-disease-in-canada/

LACK OF KNOWLEDGE ABOUT LYME DISEASE IN CANADA

man hiking in shorts along lake

The number of Lyme disease cases in Canada continues to rise. Climate change, along with other factors, are enabling ticks to expand into the eastern and central provinces of Canada, including southern New Brunswick. But how knowledgeable are residents in those areas about Lyme disease and how willing are they to adopt protective measures to prevent tick bites? A new survey provides some answers.

Researchers surveyed 137 participants from 11 professional and recreational organizations across New Brunswick between December 2018 and February 2019. Thirty-six percent of the participants spent time outdoors for their occupation and 64% for recreational activities.

Only one of the participants had been previously diagnosed with Lyme disease in Canada, while 14 were unsure about whether they had ever been infected.

“Of these participants, two reported that their symptoms began six or more years prior to the completion of the survey and one participant indicated that they were still suffering at the time of the study,” the authors write.¹

Survey participants were asked how frequently they perform protective behaviors. For example, “How often do you wear long pants to avoid ticks infected with Lyme disease?”

Hiking (66%) was the most common activity reported by participants in the recreational group while golfing (12%) was the least. Other activities included sport fishing, home gardening, sport hunting, dog ownership, and recreational paddling.

The most commonly reported activities by participants who worked outdoors included individuals who owned a small wood lot, farmers, tree planters, forestry professionals, and a dog trainer. Owning a wood lot (63%) was the most common activity, while dog training (2.1%) was the least common activity.

Comfort inspires safety behaviors

The only two safety behaviors that occurred more than “sometimes” involved wearing long pants and protective footwear. However, these behaviors were related more to comfort than to tick bite prevention.

The authors noted that “the protective behaviors are only frequently adopted if they protect the individual from immediate discomfort, such as long pants protecting one’s legs from scratches and protective footwear preventing foot and ankle injuries.”

Individuals were less likely to adopt the following behaviors: tucking pants in socks, spraying insecticide on the environment, avoidance of sitting on grass, and avoidance of walking in long grass.

Survey results

“Overall, the entire sample reported a low level of knowledge about Lyme disease,” writes Pierre and colleagues in their article entitled “Knowledge and Knowledge Needs about Lyme Disease among Occupational and Recreational Users of the Outdoors.”¹

“Our findings call attention to a desire for further information about all aspects of tick exposure and Lyme disease among individuals that spend time outdoors in New Brunswick,” the authors write.

Furthermore, “behaviors linked to avoiding tick bites are being carried out relatively infrequently.”

Questions raised by survey participants

There were a number of questions and concerns raised by the participants that demonstrate their desire to know more about Lyme disease in Canada and the prevalence of infected ticks in their region.  Comments included:

“Knowing which areas are active with Lyme-infected ticks would be very helpful. I feel like all the precautions are not worth the trouble if my area is not a hot-spot. I don’t know if some areas are more high risk than others or if the risk is the same across the province, or region.”

“Clear protocol explanations for how to remove ticks and if they should be brought with you to the doctor – how to proceed.”

What are the “side effects, side effects from delayed/neglected treatment?”

“Is there a time limit where the effects of Lyme are permanently irreversible?”

“Is it life-threatening?”

“How soon should an individual seek medical attention if feeling symptoms of [Lyme disease] LD?

“Why is it so much easier to get a diagnosis for animals than it is for humans?”

“Pets get lots of ticks. I’ve heard different information about whether cats/dogs can get Lyme disease, how it affects them (how you can tell they have it), whether they can transfer it to you, etc.”

“How are physicians trained to deal with this serious disease?”

“Have any advancements been made in diagnosis and treatment?”

“Do you still have to have testing and treatment done in the USA for best results?”

Editor’s note: The questions raised by those living in Canada are the same questions I am asked regularly in my practice.

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**Comment**

An independent Canadian tick researcher has proven that tick and Lyme proliferation has nothing to do with the weather:  https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2018/11/07/ticks-on-the-move-due-to-migrating-birds-and-photoperiod-not-climate-change/

He’s even called out other researchers on shoddy, biased research on the topic:  https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2019/06/17/ontario-public-health-officials-called-out-on-shoddy-biased-research-utilizing-an-erroneous-climate-change-model-to-program-a-futuristic-tick-problem/

The reason this is important is researchers clamor for dollars.  We need research dollars going toward transmission studies, testing and diagnostics, as well as effective treatments.  The last thing we need is more climate data.

Ozone at Home -Live Interactive Video – Friday 6p.m. ET

Doing Ozone at Home
Facebook Live
6PM Eastern Time, Friday

Are you wanting to learn more about doing ozone at home?

We are putting together a Facebook live video to help teach the nuances of doing ozone therapy at home.

It will be a live, interactive video where you can ask questions and participate.

  • Learn the best ways to do ozone at home
  • Ask questions and get a live response
  • Discover helpful nuances

Wishing you good health, 
Micah Lowe – The Ozonaut

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**Comment**

This will be at 4 p.m. for those in Wisconsin.

For more:  https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2020/02/17/dr-jason-west-the-real-cause-of-lyme-disease-the-use-of-ozone-therapy/

https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2017/12/04/ozone-ten-pass-lyme-msids-treatment-in-ca/

I’ve used ozonated olive oil to help heal after MOHS surgery for skin cancer:  https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2018/03/02/dmso-msm-for-lyme-msids/  (Scroll down to the picture in the video of the gaping hole under my eye.  I was told I would need 2 cosmetic surgeries.  I attribute the healing to the surgery which removed the cancer and the ozonated olive oil with a speedy recovery which made it possible to not need further surgery)

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Is Your Child Crazy, or Sick? Mental Illness vs. Medical Disorder

https://www.lymedisease.org/kinderlehrer-crazy-sick/

Is your child crazy, or sick? Mental illness vs. medical disorder

 

 

 

Protection From Lyme Disease From Ticks Or Mosquito-borne Illnesses on Your Homestead

https://www.motherearthnews.com/homesteading-and-livestock/protection-from-lyme-disease-on-your-homestead-zbcz1912

Protection from Lyme Disease from Ticks or Mosquito-borne Illnesses on your Homestead


12/3/2019 

Inn Serendipity Homestead on 5.5 Acres (of tick habitat)

Mosquitoes and tick-related diseases are on the rise. It’s gotten so bad in some parts of the country that some communities in urban areas have taken to widespread applications of insecticides to kill off the flying pests. While covering up and staying away from insect-prevalent areas may be the official advice from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), for homesteaders and farmers, it’s completely impractical. The CDC also advises the application of insecticide poisons and destroying tick habitat, the exact opposite of how we manage our organic growing fields and pastures at Inn Serendipity Farm and B&B. While not our strategy, we’ve met many homesteaders who have embraced having tick predators, like guinea fowl and chickens, around, allowing them to roam free to eat ticks. (See link for article)

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**Comment**

I like this article because it’s very, very practical. The author shares what has worked and not worked for him in repelling ticks.

For more:  https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2019/04/12/tick-prevention-2019/

 

A Focus on Lyme Disease & The Cascade of Inflammation Podcast

https://livingwithlyme.us/episode-100-a-focus-on-lyme-disease-and-the-cascade-of-inflammation/

Cindy Kennedy, FNP, is joined by Dr. Jaquel Patterson, who discusses why treating Lyme Disease, a multi-layered illness, requires a multi-system approach to treatment. Dr. Patterson has 11 years of clinical experience treating Lyme and other tick-borne infections.Dr. Patterson is a nationally recognized naturopathic physician and Medical Director of Fairfield Family Health in Fairfield, Conn. She has over 11 years of clinical experience with a focus on Lyme disease, autoimmune conditions, allergies, anxiety and depression and childhood developmental disorders.

She is an active member of ILADS, AAEM, MAPS and CNPA. She has served in many taskforces throughout the state on areas such as Person-Centered Medical Home and Integrative Medicine. She is the current President for the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and serves on the board of the Connecticut Association of Naturopathic Physicians.

Dr. Patterson has presented at large conferences like Annual World Congress Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M) Venetian, and has appeared multiple times on television, publications and radio. She has been published in Real Simple magazine, Under Armour, Fitness Pal, Natural Practitioner, Naturopathic Doctor News and Review, and the Spa Dr., amongst others, and was asked to appear on the Dr. Oz show.

Dr. Patterson is also the Medical Advisor for Zycal Bioceuticals Healthcare. In addition to her naturopathic medical degree, she has her MBA in Healthcare Management from Quinnipiac University and has her undergraduate degree from Cornell University.

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SHOW NOTES

How do you approach a patient with possible TBI?
Is there a need to improve immunity before going after the infections?
What are some go to therapies?
What are the best ways to reduce the cascade of inflammation?
Lyme can make an opportunistic environment for old viruses to rear their ugly heads.
How does Lyme and co-infections trick the body and become a continuous fight?
How can an infected person help turn their illness around?
How is it that people are misdiagnosed with ALS and MS?
What are the contributing factors for Lyme to be spreading around the world?
Along with awareness are there any other preventable options you suggest?
How to get more healthcare professionals on board with a Lyme diagnosis?