Lyme Disease: Under our skin
Whilst it may sound like the result of enjoying one too many citrus fruits, Lyme Disease is actually a complex bacterial infection that can be spread to humans by infected ticks.
Dangerous cases of chronic Lyme Disease have risen noticeably over the past few years. In fact, it’s estimated there are 50% more cases of Lyme Disease than Breast Cancer in the US, as highlighted in this short film: ‘Under Our Skin 2: Emergence’.
The film explains how - controversially - Lyme Disease is only just starting to be recognised more widely by the medical community. As Lyme Disease is an ‘invisible illness’, where sufferers can quite often appear outwardly healthy, Doctors have frustratingly diagnosed it as a ‘psychological’ condition in the past. Lyme Disease also mimics the symptoms of other diseases such as Arthritis and Fibromyalgia, which means thousands of people have been left undiagnosed.
What causes Lyme Disease?
The bacteria responsible for causing Lyme Disease is called Borrelia Burgdorferi, which is released into the bloodstream after being bitten by an infected tick. It’s believed ticks pick up the bacteria by biting infected animals such as deer and rodents.
What are the symptoms of Lyme Disease?
Symptoms of the disease are not always immediate, and are often similar to those of the flu. These may include:
- Rash - replicates either a bull’s-eye or one with red and slightly raised edges
- Muscle and joint pain
- Tiredness and loss of energy
The earlier these signs are picked up on, the better. If you’re aware of having been bitten by a tick, and especially if you’re experiencing these symptoms, see your doctor as soon as possible.
How can I avoid being bitten?
If you’re out and about, particularly in grassy and forested areas, make sure to check yourself for ticks. Most tick bites are harmless, and Lyme Disease only occurs if the tick that bites you has already bitten an infected animal.
There are many ways to prevent being bitten by ticks that are infected with the bacteria that cause Lyme Disease.
- Having some knowledge of ticks will help to understand the times when to take extra care. For example, the peak time for ticks is during the summer between May and September and they are most active at dawn and dusk.
- Layers - whilst during the summer it may be harder to wear extra layers, consider this when partaking in particular activities in woodland areas, and take a look at tick repellent products.
- Visit a health practitioner if symptoms carry on.
What if I get bitten?
Take precaution when removing ticks by using fine-tipped tweezers (rather than the broad-tipped type used for plucking eyebrows) or special tick-removal tools, and grip the tick as close to the skin as possible. Pull up slowly, making sure not to crush it, and ensuring the head remains attached. After successfully removing and disposing of the tick, wash the bite with either antiseptic or soap and water. Learn more about tick removal here.
Are there treatments available for Lyme Disease?
Antibiotics are usually prescribed to Lyme Disease sufferers, with varying success. Chronic sufferers sometimes find that symptoms return once they stop taking their medication, so antibiotics aren’t always the best long-term solution.
Dr Cowden’s approach
Dr. Lee Cowden developed a protocol using 14 Nutramedix products, taken rotationally for 9 months. This holistic approach includes microbial defense herbals that are 100% natural and non-toxic.