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Jane’s Blog Chronic Lyme Disease

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The Centers for Disease Control estimates more than 300,000 infections will occur this year in the United States.

Lyme disease patients are typically prescribed tetracycline antibiotics, however approximately 10-20% of them later develop symptoms of fatigue, pain in their muscles, joints or nerves, and cognitive impairment which can continue for years after their initial infection. Studies suggest that this may because of drug-tolerant ‘persisters,’ a group of bacterial cells that survive the initial dose of antibiotics. Called "chronic Lyme disease," or "Post-treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome” the numbers are escalating.

Jayakumar Rajadas, Ph.D., assistant professor of medicine and director of the Biomaterials and Advanced Drug Delivery Laboratory at the Stanford School of Medicine in California states,  “Some researchers think this may be due to drug-tolerant bacteria living in the body and continuing to cause disease. Others believe it’s an immune disorder caused by bacteria during the first exposure, which causes a perpetual inflammation condition. Whatever the cause, the pain for patients is still very real.”

Most treatment guidelines recommend antibiotic treatment for 2 to 4 weeks, but some doctors use long term antibiotics for 3 months and sometimes for years post tick bite.

However  in a Dutch 2017 study,  Dr. Bart-Jan Kullberg, a professor of infectious diseases at Radboud University Medical Center in Nijmegen, the Netherlands says, “The major conclusion from this study is that three months of antibiotic therapy does not provide additional benefits to patients reporting persistent symptoms of pain, fatigue or mental confusion. These patients need customized care, not just a prescription for antibiotics."

Now physicians have found evidence that some people experience significant fatigue, widespread musculoskeletal pain, and/or cognitive difficulties within six months of completing treatment for Lyme disease.

A study published in the American Journal of Pathology from Tulane University, Lyme bacteria can survive a 28-day course of antibiotic treatment four months following infection by tick bite.

Also scientists at University of Utah Health published online in the February 2018 issue of The Journal of Immunology found Lyme arthritis can be a result of an overactive immune response. Their research shows an activation mechanism triggers immune T cells to produce inflammatory molecules that accumulate around the joints and contribute to inflammation and arthritis long after the initial tick bite. This results in a cycle of inflammation that can lead to an infection-induced autoimmune disease.

Lyme ticks are active year-round, except during subfreezing weather, but spring is the most dangerous season because that's when the baby ticks (which are so small they are almost invisible) are born.

Deer ticks are already tiny, as small as a poppy seed, and easy to miss, and not everyone gets the bull’s-eye rash after a Lyme-infected tick bite. The flu-like symptoms that occur after being infected are often misdiagnosed. Ticks must be attached to its host for 36-48 hours or more for the Lyme bacterium to transfer to their host.

Deer are often blamed for being carriers of Lyme disease, but mice are among the most effective carriers of the Lyme bacterium, infecting 95 percent of the ticks who feed on them, making mice responsible for most of the Lyme disease spread in the Northeast. One mouse can carry up to 100 deer ticks on their face and body and then bring those ticks around and even into your home.

PREVENTION is extremely important!

Of course the appropriate clothing and using a natural tick repellent is a must. Hiker’s Guard (Woodstock Herbal) lotion and spray is an effective Deet-free formula which is safe for children and pets too!

We have found in our practice Oregano Oil is a great first line of prevention as well as treatment.

Oil of Oregano (North American Herb & Spice capsules or drops) kills pathogenic bacteria without disrupting beneficial bacteria. The chief antimicrobial ingredient is carvacrol. Oregano Oil should contain at least 62-70% carvacrol content to be effective. Another antibacterial ingredient is terpenes.

Many people over the last few years who are gardeners, landscapers or outdoor enthusiasts have reported after taking 1 dose of Oregano Oil daily the ticks generally don’t latch on for long and in some circumstances, they don’t seem to bite at all. If they do bite the natural antibiotic properties circulating in your system can help protect you against the bacterium. Do not skip a day taking oregano, if you do it diminishes your protection.

Buying cheap Oregano Oil will not protect you!

Cat’s Claw:  is a plant indigenous to the Amazon rain forest and other tropical areas of South and Central America. It goes by the Spanish name “uña de gato,” owing to a hook-like thorn that grows along the vine and resembles a cat’s claw. Promising research shows that cat’s claw tinctures or capsules may be an effective addition to Lyme protocols. Cat’s claw extract was shown to reduce both spirochetes and rounded forms of the Lyme bacterium (Borrelia burgdorferi) in vitro, as well as disrupting and reducing the size of the biofilm.

Use a natural tick spray topically (TicksNAll or Hiker’s Guard). They can be used by children and pets too!

If you do get bit take the Oregano oil 3 x day and use  Goldensalve (Barlow Herbal) topically as it contains lomatium which is a potent natural antibiotic that should be applied to a tick bite site immediately and then call your doctor to see if you need to be tested or treated with an antibiotic.

It’s time to protect against Lyme disease before the ticks put the bite on you and it’s too late!

For prevention for children under 12 years old or pets contact us at the Tree of Life Wellness Center 508-336-4242. 

If you have Lyme disease you can schedule a telephone or in-office appointment at our center. Don't wait!

Jane Jansen  Holistic Practitioner    Tree of Life Wellness Center Inc.  508-336-4242

Host of Holistic Healthline Radio


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