Talking Tick Prevention:  Ask a UW Veterinarian

Talking Tick Prevention

The question below was featured in the Summer 2018 issue of On Call, the magazine for friends of the UW School of Veterinary Medicine. This expert response comes from Juliet Caviness DVM’17, primary care veterinarian at UW Veterinary Care and SVM clinical instructor.

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Question: Are the ingestible tick preventatives okay to use on tiny dogs? My dogs are under five pounds.

–Denise, Barrington, Illinois

Answer: Tick prevention is a key component of preventative medicine to keep your pet free of parasites and reduce the risk of parasite-transmitted diseases. Tick-borne disease (like Lyme disease or Anaplasmosis) is a very common problem in Wisconsin, which makes year-round administration of tick preventative even more important.

There are many options on the market these days for tick preventatives, ranging from topical spot-on products to collars, sprays, and oral medications. Newer oral products (including brands like Simparica, NexGard, and Bravecto) have been shown to be very effective and can avoid the mess sometimes involved with liquid spot-on products (such as Frontline and Advantix), which are applied directly to the skin, usually between the shoulder blades.

Oral products are very convenient for those who might hold their pets often, have small children, or have dogs who love to swim or are bathed frequently due to allergies or other skin conditions, as one concern with topical medications is that they must remain in contact with the skin for long enough to be absorbed before the pet can get wet.

On the other hand, an oral medication may not be well-suited to dogs with sensitive digestion, as some dogs may experience vomiting or diarrhea as a side effect. Other limiting factors would include the age and weight of your pet. Some oral products are not labeled for use in very young dogs (Bravecto and Simparica are for puppies six months and older) and some are only labeled for dogs just under five pounds and up, such as NexGard and Bravecto.For the tiniest of adult dogs or older puppies, Simparica is available in 2.8-to 5.5-pound doses.

As always, we recommend that you consult with your veterinarian in choosing the appropriate medication for your pet.


Prebiotics + Probiotics: Do They Really Work for Gut Health?

by Beth Janes | Posted September 12, 2018

Prebiotics and probiotics have been trending for a while now, but lately they’re getting even more attention — and showing up in more and more products, from packaged foods (pizza crust!) to topical skin-care products. It’s no surprise consumers are interested: As scientists learn more about the trillions of bacteria that inhabit our bodies and the role they play in our health, some have touted beneficial bugs as a cure-all for digestive distress and other health problems.

But there are still many unknowns among researchers, and a lot of questions and confusion among the rest of us about what prebiotics and probiotics are, and what exactly they can and can’t do, says Bill Rawls, M.D., medical director of Vital Plan. Here, he answers some of the questions he hears most often.

What’s the difference between prebiotics and probiotics?

“Prebiotics are types of fiber, such as inulin, that are known to promote the growth of healthy microflora in the gut,” Dr. Rawls says. In other words, prebiotics feed the good bacteria already living in your gut, which allows them to multiply, thrive, and better do their job of keeping you healthy.

Probiotics, on the other hand, are actual strains of friendly bacteria or yeast that populate your gut. Ideally, probiotics maintain or restore a healthy balance of microflora, either by keeping bad bacteria in check or giving a hand to the good bacteria so they can function and flourish.

What are the best sources of both?

For prebiotics, the best sources are vegetables, hands down, Dr. Rawls says. Certain veggies such as sunchokes, mushrooms, garlic, artichokes, dandelion leaves, onions, and chicory contain high amounts of inulin, but you needn’t be overly selective.

More than anything else, eating a range of vegetables will cultivate the growth of normal bacteria,” Dr. Rawls says. “Because it’s not just about feeding the good bacteria: All vegetable fiber helps ensure normal digestion and that you’re evacuating the gut properly and regularly, which prevents the buildup of harmful bacteria.”

As for probiotics, fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, kefir, and yogurt are naturally rich sources of live and active cultures (as well as digestive enzymes, which may be equally important for normal digestion). “Humans have eaten lots of different kinds of fermented foods throughout our history, for many thousands of years,” says Dr. Rawls. “That’s where the original idea for probiotic supplements came from.”

Research also suggests real-food sources of probiotics may be more effective than probiotic supplements at maintaining a diverse and healthy gut microbiome, the collection of microbes that inhabit your digestive tract. That could be due to the bacteria themselves, or the fact that the foods also contain a plethora of other healthy nutrients, including prebiotics, Dr. Rawls says.

Can prebiotics and probiotics improve digestive symptoms?

Prebiotics do contribute to a happy, symptom-free gut in the sense that they serve as fuel for the good microbes that help keep the digestive process humming. So while on their own they don’t do much, you absolutely need prebiotics for gut microbiome support and healthy digestion. Natural foods are by far the best source — supplements aren’t necessary if you’re eating a healthy, balanced, and veggie-rich diet.

As for probiotics’ ability to improve digestive symptoms, the answer is possibly. Probiotic capsules seem to help most when they’re used short-term for acute GI upset (diarrhea, stomach cramps) from eating contaminated food, like a batch of chicken salad that sat out for too long, for example, Dr. Rawls says. They may also help protect your microflora while taking antibiotics, which kill off good bacteria along with the bad, or if you contract C. difficile, a dangerous bacterial infection that causes diarrhea and inflammation of the gut.

“Most probiotic supplements contain bacterial strains of lactobacilli or bifidobacteria, or a favorable yeast called saccharomyces boulardii,” Dr. Rawls says. “Those are the ones that seem to show the most benefit.”

As for other digestive conditions, it’s hit or miss, he says. “The gut contains 20,000-plus strains of bacteria, and bacterial counts in the trillions. A probiotic supplement may be just a drop in the bucket, so getting an effect can be really hard.”

Further complicating things is that the mix of bacteria in people’s guts varies widely — in fact, it’s probably unique to you, like a fingerprint. What’s more, your microbiome can change based on your diet or lifestyle, or due to illness, so what might work for one person with a certain condition or symptom might not won’t work for another, Dr. Rawls says.

In addition, while different brands may use the same species of bacteria (lactobacillus, for example), they usually contain slightly different strains. So unless human studies on that one specific strain or bacteria blend shows a benefit on your particular health concern, it’s difficult to know for sure whether it will help you.

For all those reasons, published research is also mixed. Some is promising; for example, one meta-analysis of 15 studies published in the World Journal of Gastroenterology reported that probiotic supplements reduced pain and symptom severity in those with irritable bowel syndrome compared with placebo.

But other research, especially in healthy adults, shows little benefit from taking probiotics. And in fact, it may even introduce new symptoms: One small study of 30 subjects, published in the journal Clinical and Translational Gastroenterology, showed that taking a lot of probiotics can result in symptoms like brain fog and bloating in those using them for GI complaints.

Still, many experts tend to agree that the supplements, when taken in moderate doses, pose little risk. “I think it’s fine if someone wants to try taking probiotics; the potential for harm is low,” Dr. Rawls says. “Some people — maybe 15 to 20 percent of folks – may even gain benefit from them long-term.”

The newest trend in probiotics is customized formulations that are said to be based on your unique microbiome needs. Companies develop them after testing your stool sample for different microbes, and then selecting probiotics they say you lack in your gut. “While it may be a step in the right direction, the science and technology have a long way to go before this is a viable option,” says Dr. Rawls.

If you want to try supplements, he suggests taking them daily for at least three months and keeping a journal to see if you notice any improvements. If you won’t remember to take them daily, however, don’t even bother. Because the strains of bacteria in supplements are not the same ones already living in your gut, it takes a few days for them to populate and build up in your gut, and then you must continue to deliver them via supplements to maintain any activity.

What are some alternatives to probiotics for microbiome balance?

Step one is eating a mostly plant-based diet that includes plenty of fermented foods. Getting plenty of sleep and exercise and keeping stress in check are also key, as too little sleep and activity and too much angst contribute to overgrowth of bad bacteria.

Beyond that, Dr. Rawls says herbs and botanicals are more reliably effective and beneficial than probiotic supplements in the long-term. A few to key ones to reach for:

  • Chlorella, a type of green algae, is thought to be one of the most nutrient-dense foods available. It contains chlorella growth factor (CGF), a complex of proteins, vitamins, and sugars that works with fiber in the GI tract to promote the growth of healthy intestinal flora. It also contains chlorophyll, a potent antioxidant that binds to toxins and helps remove them from the body. “Chlorella is known for detoxification, but I’ve found that it does wonders for promoting normal GI function,” Dr. Rawls says.
  • Berberine, a compound found in several bitter herbs and other plants that’s well known for helping to balance the gut microflora. It’s been used for centuries to address intestinal disorders and digestive problems. “Berberine works very nicely because it stays predominantly in the GI tract, isn’t absorbed, and it’s active against gut pathogens,” Dr. Rawls says. That helps tip the scales toward healthy bacteria, keeping the bad guys from taking over.
  • Andrographis is likewise known to help support a healthy microbiome, plus it offers immune system-supporting capabilities. Native to India, andrographis can help promote good bacteria in the gut for better total balance, Dr. Rawls says.

The bottom line: Keeping your gut microbiome balanced is vital for maintaining healthy digestion, promoting sleep and immune strength, and more – and natural approaches are the best way to achieve that balance, says Dr. Rawls. Feel free to give probiotic supplements a try if you like, but be sure to track your progress to make sure it’s worth the money. And know that supplementing with the right herbs and botanicals, along with eating plenty of natural sources of both prebiotics and probiotics, will likely deliver the results you seek much more quickly.



My LLMD has noticed a stark contrast in patients from when before he started using probiotics in their treatment regimen and after.  He states it’s important to use a reputable lab and a refrigerated probiotic/prebiotic with many strains.  Refrigerated ones should be “live” cultures.

In all the years we’ve been in and out of treatment with antibiotics, we’ve never had GI issues and much of that is do to a low/no sugar diet and good pre and probiotics.


Relaxing Essential Oil Body Wash

What you’ll need:

  • ⅔ cup Castile Soap
  • ½ cup distilled water
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 tsp Jojoba Carrier Oil
  • 30 drops Relax Synergy
  • 8 ounce pump bottle

What you’ll do: Blend all of the ingredients together and mix well. Pour in the pump bottle and give a shake before each use!

Essential Oil Foaming Hand Soap

What you’ll need:

  • ½ cup Castile Soap
  • 1 tsp Fractionated Coconut Oil
  • 20-30 drops Germ Fighter
  • 1 cup purified water
  • 1 foaming pump bottle

What you’ll do: Mix all of the ingredients together and pour into the foaming pump bottle. Shake, pump, wash, and enjoy!

All Purpose Essential Oil Cleaner

What you’ll need:

  • 5 oz water
  • 3 oz white vinegar
  • 1 tsp dish soap
  • 4 drops Eucalyptus Globulus
  • 6 drops Tea Tree
  • 8 drops Blood Orange
  • 8 oz spray bottle

What you’ll do: Add everything to the bottle and shake to mix. Spray and wipe off to clean!

Disclaimer: Due to the water content, this product should be stored in the fridge and used within a week. Otherwise, add a preservative, such as Optiphen Plus or Germall Plus.

Rapid Muscle and Joint Relief Essential Oil Salve

What you’ll need:

  • 1.5 oz Fractionated Coconut Oil
  • 0.5 oz Beeswax Pearls
  • 30 drops Rapid Relief

What you’ll do: To melt the beeswax, place a canning ring in a shallow pan of water. Place beeswax in a glass bowl on the canning ring and bring water to a boil. Once beeswax is melted, add coconut oil. Turn off heat and add Rapid Relief. Remove from heat and pour into a 2 oz tin or jar. Salve will solidify as it cools.

Bergamot Essential Oil Body Powder

What you’ll need:

  • ½ cup arrowroot powder
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp baking powder
  • 30 drops Bergamot
  • 5 drops Patchouli

What you’ll do: Mix together the arrowroot powder, cornstarch and baking powder. Next, add in the Bergamot, whisking after every few drops. Continue to do this when adding Patchouli. Store in an airtight container and use as needed.

There are lots of great ways to put this body powder to work! Not only can you use it directly on your skin to help with moisture, but it can add a little freshness to all kinds of smelly things in your life. Think gym bags, laundry baskets, bedding, and shoes. Really, you can sprinkle it on anything that needs a little odor control! So easy to make, and even easier to use!

top_20_oils_for_sleep_chart  Top essential oils for sleep.       9 essential oils for headaches & migraines.Plant Therapy Giveaway + Top Uses for Essential Oils from 100 Days of #RealFood

 Top 7 Ways To Use Essential Oils

  1. Relieve Headaches
    As soon as you feel it coming on, rub Peppermint essential oil or Plant Therapy’s Headache Relief Synergy on your temples, back of the neck, or wherever the headache is coming on.
  2. Make Homemade Bath Salts
    Mix 2 cups Himalayan coarse salt, 1 cup baking soda, and 10-15 drops of one of the following essential oils: Lavender, Soft Skin, Relax, Tranquil, Energy, Invigor-Aid, Pain-Aid, Muscle-Aid, or your favorite essential oil. (This would be a great gift!)
  3. Relieve Insomnia
    Add 1-3 drops of Plant Therapy’s Sleep-Aid Synergy to a cotton pad and put it next to your pillow while sleeping. You can also use Clary Sage or Frankincense. For young children, use Calming the Child.
  4. Deodorize Shoes
    Add Deodorizing Synergy, Lemon, Geranium, or Orange Sweet to some baking soda and sprinkle it in shoes. You can also add it to a cotton pad and put the cotton pad in shoes.
  5. Remove Mildew Smell from Towels
    Add 1 cup vinegar, ½ cup baking soda, and 10 drops of Tea Tree essential oil to washing machine. Wash towels on high heat.
  6. Relieve Diaper Rash
    Add 1-3 drops of Lavender essential oil to a palm full of your favorite carrier oil. Mix before applying.
  7. Treat Minor Burns and Scrapes
    Put 20 drops of Lavender or Tea Tree essential oil into a 4 ounce spray bottle with purified water and spray directly on wound. Or you can purchase Plant Therapy’s Essential Oil First Aid Kit.

As you can see, you can do an amazing amount of things with one set of essential oils. For many more ideas, be sure to check out the 31 Ways To Use Essential Oils post on Plant Therapy’s website.  Many more recipes.

For more DIY downloads:

All of these recipes by Plant Therapy.  More here:


For my pain recipe go here:

What you will need:

  • 1/2 Cup aloe vera
  • 3 Tablespoons MSM
  • 10 drops Organic Rapid Relief essential oils from Plant Therapy
  • DMSO

What you will do:

In a medium ceramic or glass bowl, whisk together the aloe vera and MSM.  Add the EO’s and whisk again. Store in glass with a tight fitting lid like a small wide mouthed mason jar in a cool, dark place. I would also make sure the level of cream is such that it doesn’t touch any part of the lid – be it plastic or metal. If it’s glass, that should be fine. But it needs to be air-tight.

**Whatever MSM isn’t absorbed will appear as a white crystaline sheen on your skin.  Once dry, just brush off**

As to adding DMSO.  First, please read the article in the link above as DMSO is serious medicine and requires wise handling.

After you’ve read the article and understand how to use it, you can add drops to your liking.  For my purposes, I added 10 drops to the mason jar mixture above for normal pain.  For tougher pain, I put the pain mixture (that already has 10 drops of DMSO in it) into my cleaned palm and add another 10 drops right before before applying.  Again, amount added is personal preference.  Make sure to air dry applied area before anything touches it on your skin as DMSO is a driver/penetrator/carrier and will take dyes, perfumes, lotions, everything into your body.  This takes 20-30 min.

Once again, I am not affiliated with any companies.  I’ve just had superb results using Plant Therapy brand.




Since the recent death of a Wisconsin resident due to Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF) it’s important we understand this pathogen as it’s in our neck of the woods:

The following article by doctors Lapenta (father & son) explains how devastating this particular tick borne illness is and what you need to know about it.




In this publication we bring you another disease caused by the bite of several TICKS; it is the ROCKY MOUNTAIN SPOTTED FEVER, which is caused by a bacterium called Rickettsia Rickettsii, and also another recently discovered the Rickettsia Parkeri. This disease, described since the 1900s, is disseminated in North America, from Canada to South America. The purpose of this publication is to know the main vectors of the disease, how it is transmitted, its symptoms, treatment and to give warning to the world once again that these parasites, ticks are the new plague of the 21st century.

Key words: Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, spotted fever, Typhus by ticks, Black measles, Dermacentor Andersoni, Dermacentor Variabilis, Rhipicephalus Sanguineus, Rickettsia Rickettsii, Rickettsia Parkeri.


Hello friends of the network, today DERMAGIC EXPRESS brings you another interesting topic about the TICKS and the diseases they transmit, in this case it is the ROCKY MOUNTAIN SPOTTED FEVER (RMSF), which as I said is transmitted by the a tick bite and disseminated not only in the United States, has also been described in the AMERICAS under the name of “Sao Paulo fever” or “Fever maculosa” in BRAZIL; In MEXICO “Spotted fever” and “tick Typhus” or “Tobia Fever” in COLOMBIA. Cases have also been described in Costa Rica and Panama. [1-5]

This disease is produced by the BACTERIA called Rickettsia Rickettsii; gram-negative intracellular cocobabicil considered the most pathogenic strain of the Western Hemisphere and a small part of the Eastern Hemisphere. It belongs to the Rickettsiaceae Family, Order: Rickettsiales, Class: Alphaproteobacteria, Domain: Bacteria, Genus: Rickettsia and species: Rickettsia rickettsii. The disease extends from CANADA to SOUTH AMERICA, and is the most frequent rickettisial disease in the United States. [6-11]


The main TICK transmitter of this bacterium are the ticks of the DERMACENTOR genus, Family Ixodidae, known as “HARD TICKS” which, in addition to transmit the Rickettsia rickettsii, are transmitters of other diseases such as: TICK PARALYSIS (neurotoxin); the POWASSAN virus (Powassan encephalitis); THE FEVER Q (Coxiella burnetii); ANAPLASMOSIS in cattle and humans (Anaplasma Marginale and Anaplasma spp.); TULAREMIA (Francisella tularensis) and the BABESIOSIS in  equine (piroplasmosis) and humans  (Babesia Caballi and Babesia spp.). [12-18]

The DERMACENTOR genus of ticks belongs to the Ixodidae Family and has more than 34 described species and the most involved in the ROCKY MOUNTAIN SPOTTED FEVER are DERMACENTOR ANDERSONI (Rocky mountain tick) and DERMACENTOR VARIABILIS (American dog tick), second main vector causing this disease.


Of this “hard tick” (DERMACENTOR VARIABILIS) I can say to you that in addition to transmit the ROCKY MOUNTAIN SPOTTED FEVER, it is transmitter of TULAREMIA (Francisella tularensis). They can also be carriers of the Anaplasma phagocytophilum that causes the HUMAN GRANULOCYTIC ANAPLASMOSIS, and Ehrlichia chaffeensis, causal agent of the HUMAN MONOCITIC EHRLICHIOSIS; and in addition they can produce TICK PARALYSIS when introduce a NEUROTOXIN when  are feeding with human blood.

In addition to the DERMACENTOR VARIABILIS and ANDERSONI TICKS as vectors of the ROCKY MOUNTAIN SPOTTED FEVER (RMSF), other species have been described: RHIPICEPHALUS SANGUINEUS (brown tick of the dog), AMBLYOMMA CAJENNENSE (Cayena tick) which is disseminated in South and Central America, AMBLYOMMA AMERICANUM (Lone Star Tick) and AMBLYOMMA MACULATUM (Tick of the Gulf Coast) involved in the transmission of this disease. [1-22]


On the other hand, it was discovered in the year 2002 and confirmed in 2013 another species of Rickettsia, the Rickettsia Parkeri in the tick AMBLYOMMA MACULATUM and recently in the tick AMBLYOMMA AMERICANUM capable also of transmit the ROCKY MOUNTAIN SPOTTED FEVER (RMSF).

In addition, it has been demonstrated in the tick DERMACENTOR VARIABILIS AND RETICULATUS antibodies against BORRELIA BURGORFERI which is the causal agent of the already described LYME DISEASE or ERITHEMA MIGRANS, but they are not considered vector of it.


The disease ROCKY MOUNTAINS SPOTTED FEVER, is also known under the name “TYPHUS BY TICKS”, and “BLUE DISEASE” and was described in the years 1800 and 1900 in the Valleys of Montana United States, (US), known at that time as “Black measles” for its clinical characteristics. Later it was discovered that the ticks were the vector of the same one and it was in the year 1906, when the scientist Howard T. Ricketts discovered the causal agent, described as an agent “smaller than a bacterium and longer than a virus”; it was called RICKETTSIA RICKETSII in honor of its name. [22-30]

We must remember that Willy Burgdorfer is intimately linked to the ROCKY MOUNTAIN SPOTTED FEVER and study of the Rickettsias; In fact, between 1967 and 1978, he was investigating the Rickettisial Zoonoses in Egypt and then he was sent by the WHO (1976-1986 – World Health Organization) to Montana, United States, and in the course of his investigations he discovered the FEARED ESPIROCHETE BORRELIA, in the year 1981, which carries in its honor the surname BURGODERFERI.

These ticks are the NATURAL HOSTS and they serve as RESERVOIRS AND VECTORS, they transmit the RICKETTSIA through the bite to vertebrates mammals and man, and unlike other diseases they only need to be attached 2 hours to the skin to achieve the transmission of the disease, so that it is a ZOONOSIS, transmitted from animals to man. It can also be transmitted through fluids, tick feces and contaminated tissues of the same.


Symptoms of the disease appear after an incubation period of 1 to 2 weeks, (can affect children and adults) and include threee stages:

1.) INITIAL phase: fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, mumps,

2.) SECONDARY phase: characterized by maculous and petechial rash, abdominal pain, conjunctivitis and joint pain.

3.)  POSTERIOR or LATE stage: the  Rickettsia may invade the brain, heart, eyes, lungs, kidneys, gastrointestinal tract, and other organs causing definitive sequel such as: deafness, ataxia, blindness, and loss of bladder and bowel control; in extreme cases amputation of limbs by gangrene. Mortality in severe cases: 30-80%

The “CLASSICAL TRIAD” of this disease in terms of symptoms is: 1) FEVER, 2) MACULOUS AND PETECHIAL ERUPTION AND 3) THE PRECEDENT OF TICK BITE; it should be noted that only 35 to 60% of patients manifest the complete TRIAD, and 40% do not present the TYPICAL rash of the disease; it is presented in a centripetal form, from the extremities to the trunk. [1-32]


The treatment of choice for THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN SPOTTED FEVER (RMSF) is the  DOXYCYCLINE (tetracycline antibiotic), the same used in the LYME disease and EHRLICHIOSIS, which is administered for a period of 10 to 14 days, and in some cases may be more longer. The other antibiotic that shows effectivity against Rickettsia is  the CHLORANPHENICOL, but this should be used with caution as it has many side effects.

With this I want to tell you in a simple way how seven (7) TICKS are capable of transmit nine (9) diseases:

Including the ticks of the Family ixodidae: IXODES SCAPULARIS or the black legged tick.

1) ROCKY MOUNTAIN SPOTTED FEVER (Rickettsia Rickettsii).

2) POWASSAN ENCEPHALITIS (Powassan virus, flavivirus).

3) TICK PARALYSIS (neurotoxin).

4) EHRLICHIOSIS (Ehrlichia chaffeensis, Ehrlichia ewingii).



7) FEVER Q (Coxiella burnetti).

8) TULAREMIA (Francisella tularensis).

9) LYME DISEASE (Ixodes Scapularis). 1-32]

“… perhaps other diseases …. Today not well documented or simply man has not discovered yet.”


On the web you can find thousands of articles about the ROCKY MOUNTAIN SPOTTED FEVER, HISTORY AND SYMPTOMS, but for us the main objective of this publication is to make you UNDERSTAND the following:

1) These TIICKS are distributed practically in the entire PLANET.

2) Transmit parasitic diseases with risk of MORTALITY if the diagnosis and treatment is not made in time.

3) Some of the transmitted diseases are RESISTANT to treatment such as LYME disease, leaving permanent sequel in the body, being able to confine the patient to a wheelchair for life.

4) Apart from fighting for the human rights of the unassisted for diseases such as LYME, the final destination is to fight against the TICKS and their HOSTS.

5) THE CODES ICD-11 (International Classification of Diseases, year 2018) for this disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever have been recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) a long time ago, but  in some cases as the Lyme disease, the scientific society and affected population awaits its inclusion.

6) The new plague of the 21st century is not the mosquitoes (Dengue, Zika and Chikungunya), they are TICKS. [33-38]

… Humanity is not going to be extinguished by atomic bombs thrown into the air, atomic bombs walk in the earth attached to animals, mice, rats, birds, coyotes, deer, dogs, cats, cattle, goats, camel sheep, rabbits, etc, or the humans, feeding on his blood, contaminating and spreading vertiginously, slowly creating a incapacitated society … “

Greetings to all.

Dr. José Lapenta R Dermatologist
Dr. José M. Lapenta MD.

For more on RMSF:  Please note the last quote of the story – that they proved a tropical form of tick typhus in one of tropical ticks found in Germany. Typhus, a bacteria, is making a comeback, particularly in the South. Common in the U.S. in the 40’s, and normally attributed to lice, now it’s been proven to be in a tick. In other words, another disease and a tick found where they supposedly shouldn’t be.
Typus is a rickettsial infection with ticks carring numerous species including rickettsia, ehrlichia, and anaplasma. Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is also considered a tick-borne typhus fever.  Divided into the typhus group and the spotted fever group, disease is transmitted through ectoparasites (fleas, lice, mites, and ticks). Inhalation and inoculating conjunctiva with infectious material can also cause disease. The good news for most is that doxycycline is a front-line drug for it. Broad-spectrum antibiotics aren’t helpful.


October Lyme Support Group Speaker:

Kathy Nodolf of TRUTHCURES

When:  October 13

Time:  2:30-4:30

Where:  East Madison Police Station, 809 S Thompson St. Madison, WI.  Parking info here: No parking allowed in red areas. You may park in the dotted yellow areas, in-between the light poles and in the last row under the red, as well as on the road leading up to the station.


We are honored to hear and learn from Lyme Advocate Kathy Nodolf of TRUTHCURES, whom candidly admits to trusting the medical establishment for 20 years for her son who had severe neurological Lyme disease.  He unfortunately succumbed to the disease and passed.

With the heartbreaking loss of her son, she has vowed to make everyone aware of this disease tsunami by becoming politically active and speaking up for patients whom are too sick to speak for themselves.

She feels we are on the right track by exposing the correct definition of the disease with scientific discoveries continually validating what TRUTHCURES has maintained for 20 years.

Having been active with HHS prior to the selection of the Tick Borne Disease Working Group (TBDWG), she has given statements and has closely followed their actions.  She will discuss her concerns about the TBDWG and what we can do to be Pro-active.  More on the TBDWG:

Kathy with WI Senator Tammy Baldwin, whom she feels is on our side.


I was also able to successfully able to convince WI Representative Mark Pocan to join the Lyme Caucus:

Please, contact your reps and senators today, letting them know we need them to speak up for the Wisconsin residents who are debilitated due to tick borne disease.  It’s going to take all of us working together to move this mountain.  Never underestimate the power of one.  Just try sleeping with a mosquito!

For information to send them and/or adapt your own letter (personalization is always best), go here: Letter to WI Reps and Senators

Also, spread the word to willing medical practitioners to become properly trained:

More information on TRUTHCURES:





Join Dr. Bill Rawls on Tuesday, September 18th, at 8pm EDT for a new LIVE Q&A webinar about How to Overcome Roadblocks to Lyme Disease Recovery.

In this interactive webinar, Dr. Rawls will answer questions about your biggest obstacles to moving beyond Lyme disease and feeling like yourself again, including:

  • Herxheimer reactions
  • Common coinfections (Epstein-Barr, bartonella, parasites + more)
  • Gut dysfunction
  • Lack of social and medical support
  • Plus, more questions from the live audience

Submit your top questions after you register, and Dr. Rawls will answer as many as possible.

Reserve Your Seat Now:

If you have any questions about the webinar, call 800-951-2414.

Emerg Infect Dis. 2018 Nov 17;24(11). doi: 10.3201/eid2411.172033. [Epub ahead of print]

Detection of Tickborne Relapsing Fever Spirochete, Austin, Texas, USA.


In March 2017, a patient became febrile within 4 days after visiting a rustic conference center in Austin, Texas, USA, where Austin Public Health suspected an outbreak of tickborne relapsing fever a month earlier. Evaluation of a patient blood smear and molecular diagnostic assays identified Borrelia turicatae as the causative agent. We could not gain access to the property to collect ticks. Thus, we focused efforts at a nearby public park, <1 mile from the suspected exposure site. We trapped Ornithodoros turicata ticks from 2 locations in the park, and laboratory evaluation resulted in cultivation of 3 B. turicatae isolates. Multilocus sequencing of 3 chromosomal loci (flaB, rrs, and gyrB) indicated that the isolates were identical to those of B. turicatae 91E135 (a tick isolate) and BTE5EL (a human isolate). We identified the endemicity of O. turicata ticks and likely emergence of B. turicatae in this city.



For decades there has been complete denial of Lyme in the South.  Dr. Masters fought this tooth and nail:

TBRF has been found in Austin, TX caves:

Thankfully more and more is coming out revealing that in fact these poor patients and the doctors who dare to treat them are not delusional but are in fact dealing with tick borne illness.  The Lyme-like illness that for all intents and purposes looks, smells, and acts just like Lyme, is caused by something that needs to be identified.  We need to quit focusing on the red herring of climate change and start identifying these bugs so people can get better.

Bartonella isn’t even on the radar yet it is a HUGE player:  Various strains have been found in eye fluid, the heart (myocarditis and endocarditis), and cysts, and can infect by nearly anything puncturing the skin and exchanging bodily fluids – including needles. Evidence also suggests congenital transmission.…. Symptoms are largely associated with where the blood flow is compromised. The reason many have pain in the soles of their feet is due to inflammation caused by microvascular trauma. It has been known to cause cysts around dental roots leading to chronic and hard to diagnose head and face pain as well as root canals. This microvascular trauma is also to blame for brain issues causing psychological issues such as anxiety, anger, and suicidal thoughts, since the small vessel disease affects executive function. A cog is literally caught in the wheel. As neurotransmitters become depleted due to overstimulation, depression rears its ugly head. A vicious cycle ensues.  Due to the cyclical nature of Bartonella and that it exists in very low amounts in human blood, blood tests are unreliable. It also has a long division time between 22-24 hours and requires a special growth environment. There is a Triple Draw through Galaxy which collects blood over 8 days to maximize the test, stating a 90% reduction in false negatives.