Lyme Disease, What is it?
Lyme Disease is an acute inflammatory condition. The name Lyme Disease comes from the town where it was first identified in the mid-1970s – Lyme, Connecticut.
Lyme Disease is a tick borne illness caused by bacteria
The bacteria that cause it are transmitted by the deer-tick (carried by deer and mice). It can also be carried by black-legged tick and wood rats. These ticks are tiny and hard to spot and thus go undetected. These ticks can fall off an animal into grasses in marshes or fields or into brush in wooded areas from which they can be picked up by an unsuspecting passerby who becomes the next host.
The tick will bite, and waits several hours before it begins to feed on the host’s blood. It will then feed for three or four days. As it feeds, it may deposit bacteria into the host’s bloodstream. The longer the tick remains attached, the greater the risk of the disease.
The symptoms are variable and will show up two to thirty two days afterward. The first sign maybe the appearance of a red, circular lesion or rash on the skin. The lesion gradually expands in a circular pattern while the center appears to clear up. It is for that reason it is referred to as a bull’s eye rash.
In addition to the rash, and in some cases, instead of the rash, fatigue, flu-like symptoms, difficulty sleeping, muscle weakness, achiness, headache, stiff neck, backache, and, occasionally, nausea and vomiting may occur.
The disease usually progresses through three stages:
1) Raised bumps on the skin and/or a rash appear and may cover the entire torso for a day or two or as much as several weeks and then fade.
2) Facial paralysis may occur weeks to months later. Enlargement of the spleen and lymph glands, severe headaches, enlargement of the heart muscle and abnormal heart rhythm may also occur.
3) Over the long term, persistent headache, stiff neck, joint pains that attack the knees, swelling and pain in other joints and even degenerative muscle disease maybe e caused.
Because the tick bite is usually unnoticed and the incubation period so long, and the symptoms so varied, the disorder may go unrecognized for weeks or even months.
Lyme Disease can mimic multiple sclerosis, gout, lupus and chronic fatigue syndrome. Misdiagnosis is not uncommon. A blood test is usually used to identify the disease by measuring certain antibodies that increase from three days to three weeks.
What to do if you’ve been bitten
It is important that if a person is bitten by a tick, the longer it remains, the more chance there is of infection. Most people can reduce the major problems if the tick is spotted fairly soon and removed. The way to remove it is tweezers, not fingers. If you must use fingers, protect them with a paper towel. Grab the insect close to its head and pull it straight out. Take it to a doctor or health department for identification.
Tea Tree oil can be used on a piece of cotton on the tick’s head. It will kill the tick in minutes, making it easier to yank out minimizing the amount of harmful bacteria absorbed into the system.
What to Avoid if you have it
Avoid products that weaken the immune system. That includes alcohol, sugar, caffeine, tobacco smoke, white flour products, hydrogenated fats, chemicals added to foods, fluoridated and chlorinated water, aluminum cookware, and certain medications.
Natural Remedy for Lyme Disease – You need to strengthen your immune system. See what Dr. Berg says to do (he had Lyme Disease)
Neuropathy, a side effect of Lyme Disease – Lyme disease is an infection that results in nerve damage. Click on the link to find out more about this side effect.
Here is a book written by America’s Pharmacist, Suzy Cohen, R.PH. See below. There is a link to the book Headache Free which includes Lyme Headaches.
About the Author
Suzy Cohen, America’s Pharmacist, is a Functional Medicine practitioner and pharmacist for more than 24 years. Cohen is a Huffington Post blogger, and the author of several best-selling books on natural health. She has appeared on hundreds of radio programs and television shows including The Dr. Oz show, The View, Know the Cause and The Doctors.
We’ve found all her recommendations to be sane and helpful. She uses natural solutions and studies to find non-drug help. In this book she has you find the cause of the problem and tells you want to do.
This is very much needed by many.
Headache Free by Suzy Cohen, R, Ph. (pharmacist)
This is what is said about this book.
“Your how-to manual to get rid of headaches, once and for all.
Up until now headaches were considered a pain syndrome that is only manageable, not curable. Prescription analgesics are addictive, while triptans have their own limitations.
Pharmacist Suzy Cohen has seen headaches of every sort and helps you uncover the hidden cause. Is it a hormonal imbalance, infection or food allergy? Is it a nutrient deficiency? Are your estrogen, testosterone and thyroid hormones in balance? What about neurotransmitters?
The latest research is at your fingertips with this easy-to-read book. Cohen offers hundreds of solutions to end the pain including herbals, vitamins, minerals, medications, teas and much more!
Inside Headache Free you will learn how to pacify pain from:
* Migraine headaches
* Cluster headaches
* Trigeminal neuralgia
* Tension headaches
* Sinus headaches
* Hormonal headaches
* Sex Headaches
* Lyme disease and Babesia headaches
Get it here
Available as both Kindle and Paperback
Headache Free by Suzy Cohen, R. Ph.
America’s Pharmacist does it again. This time headaches are the target of Suzy’s attention and I’ll tell you the end of the story: Headaches don’t win. You do. —Dr. Ben Lynch, Renowned expert of MTHFR, Nutrigenomics and Methylation. MTHFR.net
When it comes to the uncensored truth about pharmaceuticals, it’s hard to find a more credible source than Suzy Cohen, who has served tens of thousands of customers in her professional career. She knows medications inside and out, and yet she’s a strong supporter of nutrition and natural health, so she can tell you what to use instead of medications wherever possible.–Health Ranger Mike Adams Founder of NaturalNews.com
My favorite pharmacist has created a wonderful resource to help you eliminate your headaches and improve your health. —Dr. Joseph Mercola, Founder of Mercola.com, the world’s most visited natural health website
This is clearly the most comprehensive resource available for those suffering from headaches. —David Perlmutter, MD Author of Grain Brain
Headache Free by Suzy Cohen, R. Ph.
Learn More about the Author Suzy Cohen’s Biography
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