As if we all needed another health concern beyond COVID 19, Lyme disease season is about to begin.
A walk in the woods might be an appealing way to relieve stress from the coronavirus lockdown, but it comes with an underappreciated risk: Ticks that carry Lyme and other illnesses.
Dr. Shannon L. Delaney, a neuropsychiatrist and director of child and adolescent evaluation at Columbia University’s Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases Research Center says, “We already know people with underlying conditions are more vulnerable for complications with coronavirus. Certainly, people with tick-borne illness fall into that category.”
Lyme Disease is There are an estimated 300,000 new cases of Lyme disease each year in the United States. Standard treatment with doxycycline or an alternative antibiotic for a few weeks usually clears the infection and resolves symptoms. However, about 10 to 20 percent of patients report persistent symptoms including fatigue and joint pain -- often termed "persistent Lyme infection" or "post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome" (PTLDS) that in some cases can last for months or years.
Lyme disease can become a crippling lifelong chronic illness affecting children, adults and pets. Some of the basic symptoms of a Lyme infection — fever, malaise, fatigue — can resemble Covid-19 too. Making detection of Lyme potentially to go un-noticed.
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.
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 disease is treatable, including using natural methods, but it can cause serious health problems when you wait too long to be treated. Unfortunately, many people with Lyme disease don’t even know they have it until their symptoms are advanced.
PREVENTION is extremely important.
Of course, the appropriate clothing and using tick repellent is a must. Hiker’s Guard (Woodstock Herbal) lotion and spray is an effective natural 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 internally and externally. Make sure to add a few drops of oregano oil to your tick repellent. You can also use Oregaspray (North American Herb and Spice) topically too.
In a 2017 study, researchers found that essential oils from oregano, cinnamon bark, clove buds, citronella and wintergreen killed stationary phase Lyme bacteria even more potently than daptomycin, the champion among tested pharmaceuticals.
A study from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health published October 16, 2018 in the journal Antibiotics found oils that are pressed from plants or their fruits and contain the plant's main fragrance, or "essence," showed strong killing activity against dormant and slow-growing "persister" forms of the Lyme disease bacterium. Dr. Ying Zhang, MD, PhD, professor in the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at the Bloomberg School stated. “We found that these essential oils were even better at killing the 'persister' forms of Lyme bacteria than standard Lyme antibiotics.”
Wild Oregano P73 (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 often 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.
OregaResp (North American Herb & Spice) : is the strongest of all the wild spice formulas. It contains desiccated pure spice oils of P73 Wild oregano oil, Wild sage oil, remote-source cumin and cinnamon. A unique combination of spices to provide maximum power where needed, this synergistic blend is the perfect combination for supporting immunity from pathogenic invaders.
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. TOA Free Cat's claw is a special formulation & potentially more powerful of the herb.
Teasel Root (Dipsacus sylvestris) is most known for its use in treating Lyme Disease. It is also used as a stomach aid, an analgesic for pain relief, an anti-inflammatory, and a stimulant for the nervous system. It is effective for chronic inflammation of the muscles, one of the major symptoms caused by the bacteria infection of Lyme Disease. Teasel Root is used for its ability to pull the bacteria from muscle tissue into the blood stream so that antibiotics (natural and pharmaceutical) and the immune system can do its work. Dosing when taking for Lyme disease must be done slowly. On day one, you will start with only one drop in the morning. On day two, you will start with one drop in the morning and add one drop in the afternoon. On day three, you will start with one drop in the morning, one drop in the afternoon and add one drop at night. Continue this process until 9 drops are achieved. You may not need all 9 drops, as teasel can be very potent so pay attention to how you feel. Once you hit the 9 drops, you will taper off slowly, the same way you started. You can take 3-4 drops daily as a maintenance dose afterwards if you find it to be helpful. Every person is different.
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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